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
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.
I just really didn't like the whole direction of it. Dexter falls in love with a famous movie star? What?
Of course. I'm hooked on the Dexter series regardless of how disappointing this one was.
Oddly enough, Dexter!
If you're looking to read a Dexter book, please don't make this your first.
i don't know. This didn't feel like a Dexter novel to me. Re-read the first 3 books again instead.
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.
it was fine.
I felt much like the passengers role in this novel. Occasionally he flutters a little, but not much else happens.
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.
I'm an avid reader since childhood. I'm a retired science teacher, retired nuclear plant worker and grandmother of three. I love mysteries.
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?
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!
Yes after seven pretty good books everyone's entitled to a lemon
The original guy
I would scrap the whole Idea.......
Please give us a better book
Considering it is a book about a sociopathic serial killer, I would like to hear more than 10 minutes of murder & mayhem.
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.
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.
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!
Was never much of a reader before due to the fact i had to actually read. Now i'm discovering unexpected adventures with time to do other th
Yes, but only those familiar with the Dexter portrayed by Jeff Lindsay throughout his books.It must be noted that the Dexter from the books & Dexter from the Tv Show is very different. Dexter from the books goes on very different adventures and his personality is a little different, also the book's progression is quite different, there's a lot of focus on himself rather than the action at hand. Also, because there's so much bullshit that Dexter is constantly rambling on about himself, and the kind of smooth way that Jeff Lindsay performs the narration, it's quite easy to kind of just tune out and not really listen....whilst also actually listening.I would recommend it to those that have trouble falling asleep. I feel asleep listening to this book on 2 separate plane journeys, and yet was still kind of listening as i slept, when i woke up i hadn't really missed THAT much of the story. So yes, it's not Dexter from the TV show, so those that are expecting that will be disappointed; yet those that love the Dexter Books, then of course they are still going to read/ listen to this. And, those that might want a peaceful slumber might also go for it.
I READ the past 6 books previously, this is the first Dexter book i listened to, was interesting to hear that the author of the book was doing the actual narration. He has a very smooth, but sleepy voice. However, of course he reads the book like i guess he originally meant for it to be read. This might be bad like for myself when i actually READ the book i guess i misconstrued the inflection in the writing so that the thoughts Dexter had presented itself as dark sarcasm. But when read by Jeff Lindsay, apparently how he meant it to be read, you hear that it may not be sarcasm after all. Dexter becomes a character that is convinced he is not complicated (character) yet intelligent whilst in reality you hear that he might only just be reaching the cusp of someone that is intelligent.I think it was better when i thought he was being darkly sarcastic. Instead he genuinely seems to take ages to figure things out, and says dumb things like ' because i had gone to college i knew that 50 was more than 20' That being said, Jeff Lindsay is a pretty good narrator, but he's probably more suited to narrating other people's books rather than his own.
Yes, this book needs a follow-up book. I will of course finish off the Dexter series regardless for my own sense of closure or sense of accomplishment or whatever, but... the previous books were stand-alone stories. I don't know if this one is meant to be a stand-alone story , or if the 8th and final book finishes the 7th book's story arc. But, if the 7th book is a stand-alone story, then it has some problems, & in which case its more pointless than originally thought. That's because several curious things are built up, like another character's 'dark passenger' just like Dexter's but that doesn't seem to lead anywhere where it was a curious development and could have led somewhere much more interesting. -Also the conclusion of the book....well it wasn't an adequate conclusion, thats for sure. I'm hoping the 8th book concludes this story arc, because otherwise this story really is much worse than I thought.
I bought the book because I've enjoyed reading the different story arc that Jeff Lindsay provides with the Book as compared to the Tv Show. I'm a big Dexter fan, so was going to listen to this book regardless of how bad the reviews were. There are 2 reviews with a title called 'Dexter Doesn't Deliver' & 'Should be renamed 'Dexter is a D-bag' ' ; i thought these titles were kind of funny and made me get the book to see if it really was as bad as they say. To be fair, it's not that bad, although it's definitely not as good as his previous books. And I feel as if Dexter in this book does a little bit too much self-reflection.Anyone buying this book as their 1st Dexter book is an idiot. Start from the beginning, get some perspective for character development, that should be obvious. The original books talk a lot about Dexter's 'Dark Passenger' for which in my favourite book of the series 'Dexter in the Dark' he discovers that his dark passenger is a true entity in itself. I would highly recommend this book by the way; but this 7th book seems to forget that, as in 1 of the other reviews... 'his dark passenger seems to be sleeping most of the time'. This is 1 of the things that made the book series very different, yet interesting from the tv show, yet if he's just doing self reflection but not reflecting on his Dark Passenger...then it feels lacking, and kind of boring.
There are too many very high quality audio novels out at the moment for this to get any higher rating in my opinion. As it is, i think this is already a generous rating for this book.
It's certainly not the same type of story that you might have come to expect from the previous books or TV series, but I still found it reasonably enjoyable. I read a lot of bad reviews of this installment in the Dexter series and I think it's a lot better than they led me to expect.
I can't imagine higher praise to heap upon the author. Jeff has crafted amazing stories for Deranged Debonair Dexter in this tale of selfishness, of desire, of vanity, of arrogance, and of pride before a fall.
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