Marie Angell, January 10, 2008 (view all comments by Marie Angell)
While I enjoyed this book, I didn't find it quite as tasty as other reviewers. I will say, however, that the writing is a cut way above many others of this genre (I've read some real honkers lately, some I couldn't even finish, the writing was so poor).
This is very probably a book that satisfies more upon reading the sequels. There were a lot of loose ends, a lot of hints without conclusion, that kept Dexter at arm's length (a place he would prefer me, I assure you).
This book also likely suffers a bit from familiarity. Having read it after the inception of the TV show, which I have heard a great deal about but not seen, some of the shock of surprise was gone.
But certainly a meaty character to build upon and an enjoyable read even if not a masterpiece.
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sphohman, August 27, 2007 (view all comments by sphohman)
I adored this book and its sequel. Dexter is primal and complex. He lives in an entirely different place than the rest of us, and he appeals to a part of me that wishes I could do away with all the bad people in the world... without being a sociopath, of course. The Showtime series has done this book justice, with only a handful of minor changes. Buy the book then rent the DVD's. You won't regret it!
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Pat, October 11, 2006 (view all comments by Pat)
Lindsey writes from Dexter's point of view with depth and gives Dexter complex substance as a character. The level of moral paradox within Dexter's character is unusual, and it is this broken dark side of Dexter fused with an oddly altruistic channel for his violence that makes the book compelling. Lindsey writes with a convincing, competent hand.
Showtime's first two episodes seem up to the task, Dexter both attracts and repulses on screen as he does within these pages.
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tmmca, September 30, 2006 (view all comments by tmmca)
Funny, creepy, edgy...an easy, addicting read. Dexter is so likeable that you actually root for him to remain at large! I immediately started on the second Dexter book after this one (Dearly Devoted Dexter) and am already desperate for for a third. I can't wait for Showtime's adaptation. Hopefully, they will be able to do Dexter and the rest of the characters justice.
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Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
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by Booklist (Starred Review),
"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."
by Ron Bernas, Detroit Free Press,
"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."
by Carol Memmot, USA Today,
"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."
by The New Yorker,
"[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..."
by Wanda J. DeMarzo, Miami Herald,
"[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."
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.
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