- 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: 156,645
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.
By Rainy Days and Pajamas 04 Oct 2011
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.
" 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 kindof 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 place." -- "Tulsa World" " Jeff Lindsay sure does it right with Darkly Dreaming Dexter." -- "Cleveland Plain Dealer" " Newcomer Jeff Lindsay has created a unique hero. . . . Intriguing." -- "Mystery Scene" " In creating a singularly unique killer, Lindsay also manages to create a few sleepless nights for the reader." -- "Anniston Star" (Anniston, AL) "From the Paperback edition."
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.