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Publisher's Summary

He’s a charming monster....
A macabre hero....
A serial killer who only kills bad people....

Dexter Morgan has been under considerable pressure. It’s just not easy being an ethical serial killer - especially while trying to avoid the unshakable suspicions of the dangerous Sergeant Doakes (who believes Dexter is a homicidal maniac... which, of course, he is). In an attempt to throw Doakes off his trail, Dexter has had to slip deep into his foolproof disguise. While not working as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, he now spends nearly all his time with his cheerful girlfriend, Rita, and her two children, sipping light beer and slowly becoming the world’s first serial couch potato. But how long can Dexter play Kick the Can instead of Slice the Slasher? How long before his Dark Passenger forces him to drop the charade and let his inner monster run free?

In trying times, opportunity knocks. A particularly nasty psychopath is cutting a trail through Miami - a man whose twisted technique leaves even Dexter speechless. As Dexter’s dark appetite is revived, his sister, Deborah (a newly minted, tough-as-nails Miami detective) is drawn headlong into the case. It quickly becomes clear that it will take a monster to catch a monster - but it isn’t until his archnemesis is abducted that Dex can finally throw himself into the search for a new plaything. Unless, of course, his plaything finds him first....

With the incredible wit and freshness that drew widespread acclaim to Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Jeff Lindsay now takes Dexter Morgan to a new level of macabre appeal and gives us one of the most original, colorful narrators in years.

©2005 Jeff Lindsay (P)2012 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

" Dearly Devoted Dexter is fascinating, entertaining, and brilliant. Let Jeff Lindsay introduce you to the serial killer next door - Dexter (and his Dark Passenger) are the freshest, most terrifying creations you are ever likely to meet... and live to tell about.” ( New York Times best selling author Robert Crais)
“A macabre tour de force... so snappy and smart.” ( The New York Times)

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Another great Dexter story!

I'm really enjoying going through and listening to all of the books in the Dexter series. Having discovered the TV series first, I was a big fan, and this is like rediscovering it all over again, because these are all different stories than the TV show. Fans of Dexter, I recommend you read (or listen to it) the book series that it was based off of!

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Dearly Devoted Dexter

I thought this was a great book! It was not the same as season 2 of Dexter, if you've seen it on TV. I got wrapped up in it quickly and found it hard to stop listening. I'm undecided on Jeff Lindsay's performance, though. I found his need to have a different voice for each character somewhat distracting. I also think that part of my indecision stems from the fact that I was a fan of the show first, and so it's hard to not want to hear Michael C Hall voicing Dexter (but I realize this is a personal hangup).

Anyway- I am really enjoying the Dexter book series as much as the show, and from here I couldn't wait to get book 3!

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Lots of Lizard Brain Fun

Jeff Lindsay does a great job of narrating his own book. I will continue to read this series.

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More dexter

This book continues the dexter obsession
I feel awkward laughing about how focused dexter is and his dark passenger
Lindsay is perfect for the narration

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Great story!!!

I love this series!! Jeff Lindsay is an awesome writer. His performance is phenomenal as well. Ready for the next one!!!

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Hilarious and Charming

The narrator, Jeff Lindsay, is what really makes this series amazing. His performance with Dexter’s character is what makes it worth it to continue the series. Dexter is witty, charming, and full of hilarious one liners. The series also wouldn’t be the same without Deb. Love it! Will be getting more!!

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Dexter Part Deux

What did you love best about Dearly Devoted Dexter?

I miss the series on SHO so much that this is the only way to get my Dexter fix. It works.

What other book might you compare Dearly Devoted Dexter to and why?

I can't imagine comparing it to anything else. Maybe Hannibal.

What about Jeff Lindsay’s performance did you like?

He wasn't bad, but at times he seemed to go flat with no emotion at all.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book held my interest and that is more important to me than an extreme reaction. I think I had those watching the series.

Any additional comments?

I enjoy comparing the books' stories against the series. The differences make the books more interesting to me.

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Good because it’s wacko different.

But this one suffers from lack of logic.

BACKGROUND:
Dexter is a psycopath. He likes to kill people and feels no guilt. His sister is a cop. Dexter is a great help to his sister investigating killers, because Dexter thinks like them. Dexter’s foster father imprinted upon him a golden rule - never kill the good guys, only bad guys. In that way Dexter is a good guy. (But he does kill and mutilate people in these stories.) There is a TV series which I have not seen.

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This is book #2. There is a happy ending for the good guys.

I like the weirdness of Dexter - what goes through his mind. He admires the methods and styles of other killers. But this book was not as good as book #1 because of plot logic. The cops know the name of the killer but can’t find him. The problem is: when there is a lead, and one cop goes to where the killer is, no other cops are helping as back up. So bad things happen. In one case, a cop sets himself up as bait, but then he goes outside alone without backup and of course he gets taken. It was stupid.

Kyle has a list of names the bad guy is after, but he doesn’t give the names to any other cop. When something bad happens to Kyle, the others have nowhere to look. And no one notifies the guys on the list that they are in danger. This lack of logic bothered me.

Dexter was hunting his own private victim, Ryker, a pedophile. When Dexter finally gets him, we don’t see it. I wanted to see the conversation of Dexter catching him, talking to him about his sick deeds hurting children, and then paying for it by suffering and screaming as Dexter sliced him. But no, it was an afterthought in the Epilogue saying Dexter took care of it.

I do have to say the author was good with details about how the killer caught his victims and some of his conversation as he sliced. Actually that was too gory for me. I’ve still got some “ick” feelings about that.

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Sadly I did not like the author narrating this. He was ok as Dexter, but he’s not good with female voices. It wasn’t as bad as book #1, but only because there was less female dialogue in book #2.

Genre: crime mystery suspense

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amazing

this book is much better than the first. i wish the show followed the same plot.

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Surprised.

I was a fan of the Showtime show, watched every episode, including the dismal and horrific final season. It was beyond the excellent "Trinity" season that I realized that the show was based on novels by Jeff Lindsay. Now that a Dexter revival is coming, I thought why not? It's time! So I started with the audiobooks. Two in and I have to say... I am pleasantly surprised. I had major issues with the show, such illogical leaps despite such an intriguing main character. Now I see it. The novels capture Dexter's personality and essence, I mean, he originated him. Showtime duplicated this with excellent performances by Hall. HOWEVER... Linday's imagination and scenarios are far darker, and the only ridiculous aspects of it are threadlike inconsequentials that constantly allude to "the universe having an ironic sense of humor" anyway, so its forgivable. (But seriously, kids playing hangman for an hour? LEAP OF FAITH PLEASE) Lindsay's Dexter is humorous, ironic, clever, witty, and his dry dark nature IS the center of the story. His performance as a voice actor is pretty good. I am warming up to his voice more and more. My only critiques are as follows: - You live in Miami Lindsay. Come on. I'm Hispanic, Cuban American. You've been here your whole life. You totally butcher the Spanish words left and right and even said one not even CLOSE to right. Que vola hacere! - Dexter's constant allusions to being a robot, non-human, and the dark passenger as if it were another person that takes over. Ok. I have always liked that he referred to his dark side as the dark passenger. But the snickers, laughs, and miraculous guesses - ok its cuz he's a serial killer too I get as well. But sometimes, it gets a little ridiculous "Hmm oh yeah the dark passenger said to check real estate records". What? He's a realtor too? Also, by the way he acts, the way describes things, and forgets about important characters -- it is clear his emotions don't work like an average person. Saying it once in a while is understood for reinforcement. But it is said a lot. Every chapter. Every moment. I would care. If I only had emotions. These complaints are FAR minor, but explains only why I didn't give the story 5 stars all the way down. Very enjoyable, and I plan on listening to the rest of the series.