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Dexter in the Dark: A Novel | [Jeff Lindsay]

Dexter in the Dark: A Novel

“One of the most likable vigilante serial killers” (The New Yorker) faces his ultimate adversary…an evil so terrifying it scares away Dexter’s inner monster - and nearly dries up his sense of humor - in this wickedly witty, darkly suspenseful novel.
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“One of the most likable vigilante serial killers” (The New Yorker) faces his ultimate adversary…an evil so terrifying it scares away Dexter’s inner monster - and nearly dries up his sense of humor - in this wickedly witty, darkly suspenseful novel.

In his work as a Miami crime scene investigator, Dexter Morgan is accustomed to seeing evil deeds…particularly because, on occasion, he rather enjoys committing them himself. Guided by his Dark Passenger (the reptilian voice inside him), he lives his outwardly normal life adhering to one simple rule: He kills only very bad people. Dexter slides through life undetected, working as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, helping his fiancée raise her two adorable (if somewhat…unique) children, and always planning his next jaunt as Dexter the Dark Avenger under the light of the full moon.

But then everything changes. Dexter is called to a crime scene that seems routine: a gruesome double homicide at the university campus, which Dexter would normally investigate with gusto, before enjoying a savory lunch. And yet this scene feels terribly wrong. Dexter’s Dark Passenger senses something it recognizes, something utterly chilling, and the Passenger - mastermind of Dexter’s homicidal prowess - promptly goes into hiding.

With his Passenger on the run, Dexter is left to face this case all alone - not to mention his demanding sister (Sergeant Deborah), his frantic fiancée (Rita), and the most frightening wedding caterer ever to plan a menu. Equally unsettling, Dexter begins to realize that something very dark and very powerful has its sights set on him. Dexter is left in the dark, but he must summon his sharpest investigative instincts not only to pursue his enemy, but to locate and truly understand his Dark Passenger. To find him, Dexter has to research the questions he’s never dared ask: Who is the Dark Passenger, and where does he come from? It is nothing less than a search for Dexter’s own dark soul…fueled by a steady supply of fresh doughnuts.

Macabre, ironic, and wonderfully entertaining, Dexter in the Dark goes deeper into the psyche of one of the freshest protagonists in recent fiction. Jeff Lindsay’s glorious creativity is on full display in his most accomplished novel yet.

©2013 Jeff Lindsay (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"It’s like very little else you’ve read. Imagine if Hannibal Lecter starred in CSI: Miami, and you’re halfway there." (Time)

"Maybe the first serial killer who unabashedly solicits our love." (Entertainment Weekly)

"The real appeal of this macabre tour-de-force is Dexter’s sardonic voice, so snappy and smart, and yet so full of self-loathing that we hate ourselves for laughing." (New York Times)

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    Alfred Cleveland, GA, United States 04-12-14
    Alfred Cleveland, GA, United States 04-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow. Dark Dexter Does It Again."

    I think Jeff Lindsay really does the Dexter voice well. I would hope so, as he is the author. The thing that I hate about the Dexter books is that I wind up liking and rooting for a sociopath and murderer. How does he do that? Why would I like such an inhuman character so well?

    I enjoyed the story very much and look forward to the next book in the series as I work my way through it.

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    Wes Bloomington, IL, United States 08-30-13
    Wes Bloomington, IL, United States 08-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Meh, its good for continuity purposes."
    What did you like best about Dexter in the Dark? What did you like least?

    Um, im not really sure. The killings are really good and gory.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jeff Lindsay? Why or why not?

    Yes, The first 2 books were eally good. I like them and want to finish the series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His voices were distracting and at times "nails on a chalk board" annoying. They also dont have a very good consistancy to them. Deb's voice will change constantly through out the book which at times makes it hard to figure out who is talking. Not to mention that Debs voice is the most annoying of all. If you arent going to keep them consistant then dont do them at all.
    Plus Dexters voice is either very dull sounding or he sounds like he is trying to do a womaans voice for him. Either way please get another narrator. i know Michael C Hall is probably not going to happen but can we atleast try someone close and at least with more charisma?


    Was Dexter in the Dark worth the listening time?

    It depends, If you are on a long car, train, or plane ride then sure.


    Any additional comments?

    Before I listened to this I read a lot of reviews and they were all very much negative and with the same complaints. Regaurdless I decided to give it a listen because I am a completest so I wanted to listen to them all. Unfortunatly I was very disapointed with it. The Story was not great, although not as bad as people have said, but it was very boring at a lot of parts. Honestly the dullness might not have been as bad if the narrator were not so dull and bad with voices.
    I was not a big fan of "The Watcher" in the story and his narration at the end of chapters did tend to take me out of the story and didnt really seem nessecary for the story. But i understand that it was the author trying something new and it just didnt work. It happens. My only other complaint about the story is**SPOILERS** that it seems like Dexter does nothing but complain about his missing dark passenger. Doing it here and there would be fine, but he whines about it in every chapter.
    All in all it was an okay listen. The story wasnt as engaging or suspensful, and with Lindsay's narration, alot of the characters are really annoying. But if you like the previous 2 Dexter books and you are a completist then give it a listen. Otherwise you could probably read a detailed synopsis about it and move on to the next one. From what I understand it has a diffrent reader and is better.

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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 04-28-13
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyable, like watching the series on TV"

    Dexter is just fun (there are moments when I literally laughed out loud). The relationships between Dexter, Rita, and the children keep building delightfully. So, if you like Dexter and like the show, you will not be disappointed. However, if you have never read one of the books in this series, start elsewhere. The plot is intriguing but I found the ending to be anti-climatic. Too sudden after all the set up. It left me anticipating the next installment, the next program.Unfortunately, I will have to wait more than one week.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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