Darkly Dreaming Dexter

Darkly Dreaming Dexter

Book rating: 04 Paperback Vintage Crime/Black Lizard

By (author) Jeff Lindsay

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  • Publisher: Vintage Books
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 201mm x 20mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 19 September 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307277887
  • ISBN 13: 9780307277886
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 152,615

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The Basis for a New Showtime(R) Original Series Starring Michael C. Hall Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep's clothing. He's handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He's a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened-of himself or some other fiend.

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Jeff Lindsay is the author of "Darkly Dreaming Dexter." He lives in South Florida with his wife and three daughters.

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By Rainy Days and Pajamas 04 Oct 2011 4

It was a long venture to get through this book, because I have a policy where I don't watch anything before I read the book(s) of basis. I accidentally watched the first season of Dexter before I found out about the book series. So, like a good girl, I refrained from watching the second season and began Dexter. In January. See, there is a reason I have this rule: my love of suspense rivals my love of reading. Another love of mine is being in the know, for when I watch the movies/tv series/whatever based on said book. And although Dexter season 1 and Darkly Dreaming Dexter were different, the gist was basically the same. So, since I knew the gist, it was hard to focus on this book and not read another one.
Boring note aside, this book was enjoyable, once I FINALLY sucked it up and read it. Dexter's character is interesting- he's hilarious, a blood spatter analyst, and a serial killer- which makes it fun to read things from his point of view. The mystery, which wasn't such a mystery to me (although a lot of elements were different) was a darn good one. The characters were developed well. I could see them all as real people. Which is why I hate Deb, Dexter's sister. The entire book she was such a grouch. Ugh.
I am definitely looking forward to reading the next books in the series. It's the Sookie Stackhouse series all over again.

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"A macabre tour-de-force." --"The New York Times Book Review""A dark comedy with a creative twist."--"The Miami Herald""Dark and devious. . . . . Daring and unexpectedly comedic." --"USA Today""Maybe the first serial killer who unabashedly solicits our love." --"Entertainment Weekly""With chills like these, you can skip the air-conditioning." --"Time""One of the most likeable vigilante serial killers in recent thriller literature." --"The New Yorker""Demonology has a dastardly new darling." --"The New York Times" "Just when you think (hope?) that the tired and rarely credible device of the serial killer next door has hit a wall, along comes a writer like Jeff Lindsay to prove you wrong. . . . So enjoyable." --"Chicago Tribune""Mordantly funny." --"The New York Post""A fresh, inventive slice of crime fiction that turns the axis of good and evil . . . upside down. A psychological thriller in the best sense of the genre." --"The Sun-Sentinel" (Fort Lauderdale, FL)"A memorable debut with a hero who really ought to be in a mental institution, but is too much fun to lock up." --"The Rocky Mountain News" (Denver, CO)"Dexter's captivating, first-person account is a genuinely exciting read." --"Time Out" (NY)"This ghoulish, fascinating tale . . . will grip readers and make a lasting impression." --"The Philadelphia Inquirer""Entertaining. . . . Dexter is a fascinating character, though he's not the kind of guy you'd like to invite to dinner." --"Chicago Sun-Times""Fun, terrifically fresh. . . . It's thrilling to watch Dexter struggle between everyday vanilla reality and the compelling, kaleidoscopic thrall of his own bloody fantasies." --Linda Marotta, Fangoria"Totally captivating. . . . Totally original. The characters are beautifully drawn, particularly Dexter, who is tremendously likeable, his hobby not withstanding." --"The St. Petersburg Times "(FL)"Lindsay gets high marks for originality, atmosphere, vibrant action scenes and having the brass to write this in the first

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Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep's clothing. He's handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He's a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened-of himself or some other fiend.