Darkly Dreaming Dexter

Darkly Dreaming Dexter

A Novel

Book - 2004
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Meet Dexter, a polite wolf in sheep's clothing . . . a monster who cringes at the site of blood . . . a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likable:he only kills bad people. Dexter Morgan isn't exactly the kind of man you'd bring home to Mom. Though he's playful and has a wonderfully ironic sense of humor, Dexter's one character flaw (his proclivity for murder) can be off-putting. But at heart Dexter is the perfect gentleman, supportive of his sister, Deb, a Miami cop, and interested only in doing away with people who really deserve his special visit. Dex is quite good-looking but totally indifferent to (and, frankly, a bit puzzled by) the attentions paid to him by women. Despite the fact that he can't stand the sight of blood, he works as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police department, a job that allows him to keep tabs on the latest crimes and keep an eye open for his next quarry. Dexter's well-organized life is suddenly disrupted when a second, much more visible serial killer appears in Miami. Dex is intrigued, even delighted, by the fact that the other killer appears to have a style reminiscent of his own. Yet he can't help but feel that the mysterious new arrival is not merely invading his turf, but reaching out to him as well. This new killer seems to be doing more than copying Dexter--he seems to be saying, "Come out and play." Dexter's secret life makes for a lonely existence . . . even a lovable monster can be intrigued by the prospect of finding a friend. Introducing one of the most witty and original narrators in years, Jeff Lindsay'sDarkly Dreaming Dexteris a fresh, surprising, and brilliantly executed novel that is sure to receive wide acclaim.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday , 2004
ISBN: 9780385511230
038551123X
9780307473707
9780307277886
Branch Call Number: FIC LIND
Characteristics: 288 p

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TSCPL_KyleM Jun 02, 2016

Interesting read but I prefer some of the character choices they went with in the show over the original book.

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amalyndb
Jan 31, 2016

Mixed thoughts

An interesting read, in terms of the perspective of a flat affect, no emotion, trying to pretend to be normal, killer of killers.

I’m not sure if it was stylistically intended, but other characters come across as cardboard cutouts, boring. Possibly this is due to Dexter himself lacking full insight into what drives them, moves them.

Plotwise, interesting, and it was a quick read for an afternoon.

I was a bit disappointed, as this had been recommended to me by others, both for the book series and the television series, but this just doesn’t quite live up to the suggestions.

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withthebutterflies
Jan 14, 2016

I first met Dexter when I discovered the TV show on Netflix. I embarked on an epic marathon of the series, and when it came to an end, I was satisfied with my experience. So when I saw the series was originally books, I added them the my TBR pile (to-be-read for you non-nerds :P).

Here is a brief summary of what Darkly Dreaming Dexter made me think:

Gosh, does Dexter talk this much in the show? Why do I hate the characters that I loved in the show? WAIT they changed that?!?!

Ultimately, Dexter is a charming serial killer who lives and works in Miami. He has fake friends, a filler girlfriend, and a job that allows him to hunt his victims - other bad guys.

KC Rating: 4/5

The book left me disappointed after watching the show, but it wasn't BAD. Fans of true crime and crime fictions will enjoy the insight into Dexter's brain that Jeff Lindsay creates. It's an easier read with lots of self-reflection and dialogue. My fingers are crossed that the rest of the series will be better, or at least just not worse!

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sspaniolo
Aug 20, 2015

I love the dark humor and the language of this book!!!! I never want him to get caught.

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ben_norman
Jul 31, 2015

A great start to what continues to be a wonderfully macarbe series. Funny, witty and charmingly dark I recommend the Dexter series to anyone who likes their crime books with a twist and a dark laugh.

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Michelle333
Jun 28, 2015

Loved the first book but I am really disappointed that the library doesn't have books 2-7, yet has 8 on order. It doesn't make sense.

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newfieshawn
Mar 25, 2015

excellent book cant wait to read the rest

TJW007 Sep 13, 2013

enjoyable read but prefer show

ehbooklover Aug 02, 2013

Very enjoyable blend of dark humor, mystery, and suspense with an intriguing premise. I loved the complexity of Dexter and I found him very likable despite the fact that he is a serial killer.

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tbebb
Jun 11, 2013

Like it, couldn't get into the TV show, but the book is more compelling. Great character development, such an odd point of view, cool twists and turns in the story. Read it, really!

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RONROSARIO Aug 10, 2012

A loveable serial killer. No, seriously. Truly enter the mind of a monster not unlike the average person...except that he's a serial killer, of course.

FavouriteFiction Oct 27, 2009

Witty and attractive, blood-spatter scientist Dexter Morgan leads a double life as a serial killer.Due to a heavy influence from his foster-father, a police officer, however, he only kills those deserving of his unique brand of justice. When his vice-cop sister investigates a series of prostitute centered killings, Dexter decides to lend a hand - if mainly because of his fascination with the killer, whose style closely resembles his own.

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Veronica Martin
Jul 12, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Veronica Martin
Jul 12, 2008

Coarse Language: lots

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tbebb
Jun 11, 2013

"In my whole life I had only known one of such somebody.

Could that somebody possibly be darkly dreaming Dexter?"

RONROSARIO Jul 21, 2012

"It was another clear example of the disintegration of society that had so worried Harry. Really, now: If you can't get me my newspaper on time, how can you expect me to refrain from killing people?"

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Veronica Martin
Jul 12, 2008

Veronica Martin thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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