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Dexter's Final Cut: A Novel | [Jeff Lindsay]

Dexter's Final Cut: A Novel

Mayhem. You won't find this story on television. Hollywood gets more than it bargained for when television's hottest star arrives at the Miami Police Department and develops an intense, professional interest in a camera-shy blood spatter analyst named Dexter Morgan. Mega-star Robert Chase is famous for losing himself in his characters. When he and a group of actors descend on the Miami Police Department for "research", Chase becomes fixated on Dexter Morgan, the blood spatter analyst with a sweet tooth for doughnuts and a seemingly average life.
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Publisher's Summary

With 1.7 million copies of the Dexter novels sold, and ever-increasing critical acclaim, Jeff Lindsay returns to his groundbreaking and beloved character with his most entertaining book yet. Get ready for a grisly send-up of Hollywood, and a full dose of dark Dexter wit.

Lights. Camera. Mayhem. You won't find this story on television.

Hollywood gets more than it bargained for when television's hottest star arrives at the Miami Police Department and develops an intense, professional interest in a camera-shy blood spatter analyst named Dexter Morgan.

Mega-star Robert Chase is famous for losing himself in his characters. When he and a group of actors descend on the Miami Police Department for "research", Chase becomes fixated on Dexter Morgan, the blood spatter analyst with a sweet tooth for doughnuts and a seemingly average life. To perfect his role, Chase is obsessed with shadowing Dexter's every move and learning what really makes him tick. There is just one tiny problem...Dexter's favorite hobby involves hunting down the worst killers to escape legal justice, and introducing them to his special brand of playtime. It's a secret best kept out of the spotlight and away from the prying eyes of bloated Hollywood egos if Dexter wants to stay out of the electric chair. The last thing he needs is bright lights and the paparazzi...but even Dexter isn't immune to the call of fame.

Jeff Lindsay's razor-sharp, devilish wit, and immaculate pacing prove that he is in a class of his own, and this new novel is his most masterful creation yet.

©2013 Jeff Lindsay (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Jeannie Fulton, MO, United States 09-26-13
    Jeannie Fulton, MO, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2008

    I'm an avid reader since childhood. I'm a retired science teacher, retired nuclear plant worker and grandmother of three. I love mysteries.

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    "Stumble, stumble, fall..."

    I always figured Dexter would die. I'm okay with that. My dream is that he be killed by a serial killer who only kills serial killers... I've been entertained by previous story lines and was ready for Dex to go out with a bang. A pop? No, it's just a whimper.. It's like the author had nothing to say and felt something had to happen anyway. The last 30 minutes may be the worst Lindsay has ever written.There is no way a Dexter fan is going to skip this book but I can't imagine them not being disapointed. Also let me say that I miss the original narrator (Nick Landry?). It's very Stephen King to say I need control over every aspect of my story but I didn't like the change at all. Lastly, the way Lindsay read the chapter headings in his super low voice sounded like farce to me. Insulting even. Dexter fans deserve better. Will there be another book to fix and finalize?

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    mike 10-18-13
    mike 10-18-13
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    "Dexter Doesn't Deliver..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    i don't know. This didn't feel like a Dexter novel to me. Re-read the first 3 books again instead.


    What could Jeff Lindsay have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The characters all seem to have wandered off their respective paths and the novel suffers for it. He spends the whole book with his passenger asleep for some reason. Not much resolution or even a hint of resolution in the end.


    How could the performance have been better?

    it was fine.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dexter's Final Cut?

    I felt much like the passengers role in this novel. Occasionally he flutters a little, but not much else happens.


    Any additional comments?

    Wait to see if Jeff Lindsay writes another Dexter novel to complete this story and assure us all that Dexter is not a deliberate douche.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    drew Fishers, Indiana 11-03-13
    drew Fishers, Indiana 11-03-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Should be renamed "Dexter is a D-Bag""
    What disappointed you about Dexter's Final Cut?

    Dexter is a totally different person in this novel. Previously he has always had admirable qualities despite his many flaws. In this one, he's just terribly annoying and for lack of a more sophisticated word, a real jerk.


    What was most disappointing about Jeff Lindsay’s story?

    I just really didn't like the whole direction of it. Dexter falls in love with a famous movie star? What?


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Lindsay’s performances?

    Of course. I'm hooked on the Dexter series regardless of how disappointing this one was.


    What character would you cut from Dexter's Final Cut?

    Oddly enough, Dexter!


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking to read a Dexter book, please don't make this your first.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph South Hampton, NY, USA 10-10-13
    Joseph South Hampton, NY, USA 10-10-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointment...."
    What would have made Dexter's Final Cut better?

    Horrible voice over, Dexter just really not being dexter...... I really can't imagine being more disappointed in this book that I've waited over a year and a half!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jeff Lindsay again?

    Yes after seven pretty good books everyone's entitled to a lemon


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeff Lindsay?

    The original guy


    What character would you cut from Dexter's Final Cut?

    I would scrap the whole Idea.......


    Any additional comments?

    Please give us a better book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Johnald Manlius, NY, United States 09-29-13
    Johnald Manlius, NY, United States 09-29-13
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    "The emotional sociopath who's now all talk..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Considering it is a book about a sociopathic serial killer, I would like to hear more than 10 minutes of murder & mayhem.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Thankfully, NOT a Dexter book as I believe this is the last one in the series. At least I hope it is because I simply MUST listen to them when they come out, despite the fact that the last 3 have been terribly ridiculous.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Whether they admit it or not, anyone listening to Dexter books listen because they like seeing life through the eyes of a psychopathic serial killer. Therefore, the scenes when Dexter is on the prowl are always the best.


    Do you think Dexter's Final Cut needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    PLEASE NO!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for the first 2 Dexter books, Jeff, but please STOP already! Maybe take up narrating if you've run out of ideas because your performances are GREAT!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William KNIGHTDALE, NC, United States 09-28-13
    William KNIGHTDALE, NC, United States 09-28-13 Member Since 2004

    I love a good book...

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    "A Sharp Departure!"

    Jeff Lindsay has completed this series with such a wonderful twist. I love how he resolved my angst at having hopes for Dexter to get away with all he has done. Lindsay's reading of his own book was fun as he knew exactly how each character should sound and the emphasis of their dialog.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    kms86 11-10-14
    kms86 11-10-14
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    "Dexter's disappointing let down"
    What would have made Dexter's Final Cut better?

    The whole book was disappointing , I kept waiting for the jarring places to resolve themselves.


    What could Jeff Lindsay have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Definitely given a better ending. So what, every character in the group is bleeped?


    Any additional comments?

    I was very disappointed and let down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Anchorage, AK, United States 06-10-14
    Andrea Anchorage, AK, United States 06-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Really?!? This is how we end the series?!?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Everything! It was predictable, slightly boring, and frankly...it seems that Jeff Lindsey just phoned this one in!


    What could Jeff Lindsay have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Made it quite a bit less anti-climatic! or Write another Dexter book that treats this one as just a bad dream!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jeff Lindsay?

    While he is a great author, he lacks a bit in the role of narrator. He speaks too fast at times and runs sentences together.


    Was Dexter's Final Cut worth the listening time?

    I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, it WAS a Dexter story. But on the other hand, it wasn't a very good Dexter story. So...it was worth a listen-but not worth a second listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Please don't leave Dexter as is with this...(what feels like) conclusion. Mr. Lindsey, you can do much better!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    janae Livingston, Montana, United States 01-26-14
    janae Livingston, Montana, United States 01-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Better ending then the show"
    Any additional comments?

    The ending was very depressing, but better then the ending to the show. I wish this book had more involvement with his family because they are hilarious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. L. Johnson 12-21-13

    CLJ

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    "Missed the mark"
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    Almost from the beginning this was a disappointment. The signature sharp wittiness of the series was soft in this book, clues were so broad so early that Dexter seemed dim to have missed them so completely, logic errors-occasionally present but forgivable in other books in the series- were so glaring as to be distracting. Love the series but not this entry into it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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