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Publisher's Summary

“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

Critic Reviews

"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

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A Dexter divided, cannot stand.

If you could sum up Dexter in the Dark in three words, what would they be?

Dexter is possessed.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Always.

What about Jeff Lindsay’s performance did you like?

He's the PERFECT voice for every single character in his book, especially Dexter.

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

No, but I really enjoyed it.

Any additional comments?

First, for anyone that is a fan of the show (like me) the books are totally different than the TV show. I love all the dexter books. This one has a kind of sci-fi style to it. I don't think this is a problem. In fact, I really liked it. The story still stays in the realm of a serial killer, but some readers may feel it differs too much from the other Dexter books. Like all Dexter stories, it is a mystery that Dexter must unravel. The only weak point in the story which bleeds into other books is that the odd relationship that develops with kids is rather contrived. Note: I don't mean that Dexter abuses kids. I don't want to spoil anything. I'm just saying that the kids turn out . . . odd and it seems a bit contrived.

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Third time is difficult.

First one is your blast. Second is what's left over from the first one and third is the brand new idea. Not bad not the best. But a fine read as always.

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not like the show but worth a listen

i enjoyed it but the tv show has better plot lines. the authors voice isn't the best at doing multiple characters but it is worth a listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Awesome, awesome to the max

I'm hooked. Thanks again Mr. Jeff! buying the next book now. Take care enjoy the super bowl!

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Unfortunate Narrator Change

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Man, I miss Nick Landrum as the Dexter narrator. I appreciate it when authors try to read their own work but... writing and reading are completely different skill sets and sometimes an actor is better.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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author read

I LOVE that the author reads his own work!!! I feel like I'm hearing it as it was intending to be.

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love the series so far

can't wait to get the rest, loved the TV show, love the books just as much

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On to the Next Book in the Series

Jeff does a great job portraying the very characters he created. I'd be just fine with him narrating all my audio books. You're thrown into the subconscious of a serial killer going through the mental struggles of everyday life, the secret life and the very narrow, slowly deteriorating path in between. You stray in and out between righteous and demented, right along with my favorite family man/ serial killer.

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Another enjoyable Dexter story!

I really enjoyed this book. If you enjoyed the first book you will enjoy this one. I like the differences in the novels from the TV series. Looking forward to listening to the rest of them.