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Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)by Jeff Lindsay
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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's Darkly Dreaming Dexter is a fresh, surprising, and brilliantly executed novel that is sure to receive wide acclaim.
"After finishing this novel, readers will have only one thing to say: Wow! Dexter...is one of the genre's most original, compelling characters to appear in years." Booklist (Starred Review)
"Lindsay's at his best when Dexter comments on the foolishness of the humans around him, less so when he's navel gazing....That aside, there's still a lot to like in this promising start of a twisted new detective series." Ron Bernas, Detroit Free Press
"Lindsay's tale is daring and unexpectedly comedic. The writing is lively and the plot steps away from the common ground in which many thrillers are rooted." Carol Memmot, USA Today
"[O]ne of the most likable vigilante serial killers in recent thriller literature....Like other charismatic killers — Hannibal Lecter, say, or Tom Ripley — Dexter has a set of motives that are tough to untangle. But his quest proves weirdly convincing..." The New Yorker
"[A] delight to read....This ghoulish, fascinating tale, narrated by Dexter, will grip readers and make a lasting impression....Most of all, [it] is thrilling in its new spin on the overwrought, often trite, serial killer novel." Wanda J. DeMarzo, Miami Herald
The Basis for a New Showtime® Original Series Starring Michael C. Hall
Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheeps clothing. Hes handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. Hes 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.
About the Author
Jeff Lindsay is the author of Darkly Dreaming Dexter. He lives in South Florida with his wife and three daughters.
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