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Dexter In the Dark (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)by Jeff Lindsay
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In his work as a Miami crime scene investigator, Dexter Morgan is accustomed to seeing evil deeds...particularly because, on occasion, he commits them himself. But Dexter's happy existence is turned upside down when he is called to an unusually disturbing crime scene at the university campus. Dexter's Dark Passenger — mastermind of his homicidal prowess — immediately senses something chillingly recognizable and goes into hiding. Dexter is alone for the first time in his life, and he realizes he's being hunted by a truly sinister adversary. Meanwhile, he's planning a wedding and trying to learn how to be a stepfather to his fiancé's two kids — who might just have dark tendencies themselves.
Macabre, ironic, and wonderfully entertaining, Dexter In the Dark goes deeper into the psyche of one of the freshest protagonists in recent fiction.
"In Lindsay's third novel to feature endearing Miami cop and serial killer Dexter Morgan (after 2005's Darkly Devoted Dexter), the Dark Passenger, the voice inside Dexter's head that from time to time drives him to the 'Theme Park of the Unthinkable,' inexplicably disappears while Morgan is investigating a gruesome double murder on the University of Miami campus. The crime scene, at which two co-eds were ritualistically burned and beheaded, gives even the human vivisection — loving vigilante the creeps. As the burned and beheaded body count continues to mount, Morgan realizes that the force behind the killings is something even more evil than his Dark Passenger. Though the macabre wit that powered the first two installments of this delightfully dark series (also a hit on TV's Showtime) is still evident, this third entry takes a decidedly deep introspective turn as Dexter is forced to contemplate not only life without his enigmatic companion but also who — or what — he truly is. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"This novel explores new facets of Dexter's multifaceted personality and plumbs new dramatic depths (while never losing the sharp-witted humor that makes the series so perversely enjoyable). For fans of Lindsay's one-of-a-kind creation, it's a must-read." Booklist (Starred Review)
"Wonderful....Darkly amusing....Our handsome murderer may consider himself emotionless, but his sheer joie de vivre — or joie de mourir — is both obvious and contagious." The Boston Globe
"[Dexter's] adrenaline-pumping gore factor is balanced with large doses of hilarious black humor. Any writer who can make his readers love a serial kill must be doing something right." USA Today
"An entertaining, funny series that draws us in and makes us root, almost against our will, for a ruthless, yet appealing killer. In his own way, Dexter is trying to make the world a better place." The South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Readers who have not yet met Dexter can enjoy reading the latest without starting at the beginning....Dexter is an evolving character, as well as a fascinating and original one." Denver Post
"[A] fantastic series....Lindsay gives Dexter a great voice and provides the reader with several laugh-out-loud scenes. It's easy to cheer for this nicest of serial killers, and the pages will turn quickly....Highly recommended." Library Journal
Crime scene investigator Dexter Morgan is not unaccustomed to seeing evil deeds — particularly because he commits them himself. But at a particularly disturbing scene, he realizes he's being hunted by an adversary so terrifying it scares away Dexter's inner monster.
About the Author
Jeff Lindsay is the author of Darkly Dreaming Dexter and Dearly Devoted Dexter. He lives in Florida with his wife and children.
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