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Dexter anywhere and anytime is a treat, but Dexter in the Dark is an absolute delight! I laughed all the way through Dexter’s latest adventure and especially enjoyed watching as our hero begins to feel some actual emotions, yet stubbornly tries to deny them. Jeff Lindsay is a master, and I can’t wait for the next Dexter outing. The Showtime series will have to do for now, but it pales in comparison to the real thing.
Recommended by Lynn, Powells.com

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"One of the most likable vigilante serial killers" (The New Yorker) faces his ultimate adversary...an evil so terrifying it scares away Dexter's inner monster — and nearly dries up his sense of humor — in this wickedly witty, darkly suspenseful novel.

In his work as a Miami crime scene investigator, Dexter Morgan is accustomed to seeing evil deeds...particularly because, on occasion, he rather enjoys committing them himself. Guided by his Dark Passenger (the reptilian voice inside him), he lives his outwardly normal life adhering to one simple rule: he kills only very bad people. Dexter slides through life undetected, working as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, helping his fiancé raise her two adorable (if somewhat...unique) children, and always planning his next jaunt as Dexter the Dark Avenger under the light of the full moon.

But then everything changes. Dexter is called to a crime scene that seems routine: a gruesome double homicide at the university campus, which Dexter would normally investigate with gusto, before enjoying a savory lunch. And yet this scene feels terribly wrong. Dexter's Dark Passenger senses something it recognizes, something utterly chilling, and the Passenger — mastermind of Dexter's homicidal prowess — promptly goes into hiding.

With his Passenger on the run, Dexter is left to face this case all alone — not to mention his demanding sister (Sergeant Deborah), his frantic fiancée (Rita), and the most frightening wedding caterer ever to plan a menu. Equally unsettling, Dexter begins to realize that something very dark and very powerful has its sights set on him. Dexter is left in the dark, but he must summon his sharpest investigative instincts not only to pursue his enemy, but to locate and truly understand his Dark Passenger. To find him, Dexter has to research the questions he's never dared ask: Who is the Dark Passenger, and where does he come from? It is nothing less than a search for Dexter's own dark soul...fueled by a steady supply of fresh doughnuts.

Macabre, ironic, and wonderfully entertaining, Dexter in the Dark goes deeper into the psyche of one of the freshest protagonists in recent fiction. Jeff Lindsay's glorious creativity is on full display in his most accomplished novel yet.

Review:

"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.)

Review:

"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)

Review:

"[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

Review:

"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

Review:

"Jeff Lindsay proves that risks — even those that seem insurmountable — can pay off....Dexter in the Dark proves that the third time is indeed a charm and that the first two novels in this series were not just a fluke." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Review:

"Sadly, the struggle between Dexter and his new demons is more portentous than interesting. How you feel about Dexter's third adventure will depend on how invested you are in Dexter." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

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 more sinister than he's ever faced.

Synopsis:

“One of the most likable vigilante serial killers” (The New Yorker) faces his ultimate adversary…an evil so terrifying it scares away Dexters inner monster—and nearly dries up his sense of humor—in this wickedly witty, darkly suspenseful novel.

In his work as a Miami crime scene investigator, Dexter Morgan is accustomed to seeing evil deeds…particularly because, on occasion, he rather enjoys committing them himself. Guided by his Dark Passenger (the reptilian voice inside him), he lives his outwardly normal life adhering to one simple rule: he kills only very bad people. Dexter slides through life undetected, working as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, helping his fiancé raise her two adorable (if somewhat…unique) children, and always planning his next jaunt as Dexter the Dark Avenger under the light of the full moon.

But then everything changes. Dexter is called to a crime scene that seems routine: a gruesome double homicide at the university campus, which Dexter would normally investigate with gusto, before enjoying a savory lunch. And yet this scene feels terribly wrong. Dexters Dark Passenger senses something it recognizes, something utterly chilling, and the Passenger—mastermind of Dexters homicidal prowess—promptly goes into hiding.

With his Passenger on the run, Dexter is left to face this case all alone—not to mention his demanding sister (Sergeant Deborah), his frantic fiancée (Rita), and the most frightening wedding caterer ever to plan a menu. Equally unsettling, Dexter begins to realize that something very dark and very powerful has its sights set on him. Dexter is left in the dark, but he must summon his sharpest investigative instincts not only to pursue his enemy, but to locate and truly understand his Dark Passenger. To find him, Dexter has to research the questions hes never dared ask: Who is the Dark Passenger, and where does he come from? It is nothing less than a search for Dexters own dark soul…fueled by a steady supply of fresh doughnuts.

Macabre, ironic, and wonderfully entertaining, Dexter in the Dark goes deeper into the psyche of one of the freshest protagonists in recent fiction. Jeff Lindsays glorious creativity is on full display in his most accomplished novel yet.

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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Cedate, January 22, 2008 (view all comments by Cedate)
Interesting third installment finds Dexter without the constant reassurance of his "dark passenger."

I absolutely love this series!

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385518338
Author:
Lindsay, Jeff
Publisher:
Doubleday Books
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Vigilantes
Subject:
Serial murderers
Subject:
Miami (fla.)
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Copyright:
Publication Date:
August 2007
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.52x6.39x1.10 in. 1.16 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Doubleday Books - English 9780385518338 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Dexter anywhere and anytime is a treat, but Dexter in the Dark is an absolute delight! I laughed all the way through Dexter’s latest adventure and especially enjoyed watching as our hero begins to feel some actual emotions, yet stubbornly tries to deny them. Jeff Lindsay is a master, and I can’t wait for the next Dexter outing. The Showtime series will have to do for now, but it pales in comparison to the real thing.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.)
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "[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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Jeff Lindsay proves that risks — even those that seem insurmountable — can pay off....Dexter in the Dark proves that the third time is indeed a charm and that the first two novels in this series were not just a fluke."
"Review" by , "Sadly, the struggle between Dexter and his new demons is more portentous than interesting. How you feel about Dexter's third adventure will depend on how invested you are in Dexter."
"Synopsis" by , 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 more sinister than he's ever faced.
"Synopsis" by , “One of the most likable vigilante serial killers” (The New Yorker) faces his ultimate adversary…an evil so terrifying it scares away Dexters inner monster—and nearly dries up his sense of humor—in this wickedly witty, darkly suspenseful novel.

In his work as a Miami crime scene investigator, Dexter Morgan is accustomed to seeing evil deeds…particularly because, on occasion, he rather enjoys committing them himself. Guided by his Dark Passenger (the reptilian voice inside him), he lives his outwardly normal life adhering to one simple rule: he kills only very bad people. Dexter slides through life undetected, working as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, helping his fiancé raise her two adorable (if somewhat…unique) children, and always planning his next jaunt as Dexter the Dark Avenger under the light of the full moon.

But then everything changes. Dexter is called to a crime scene that seems routine: a gruesome double homicide at the university campus, which Dexter would normally investigate with gusto, before enjoying a savory lunch. And yet this scene feels terribly wrong. Dexters Dark Passenger senses something it recognizes, something utterly chilling, and the Passenger—mastermind of Dexters homicidal prowess—promptly goes into hiding.

With his Passenger on the run, Dexter is left to face this case all alone—not to mention his demanding sister (Sergeant Deborah), his frantic fiancée (Rita), and the most frightening wedding caterer ever to plan a menu. Equally unsettling, Dexter begins to realize that something very dark and very powerful has its sights set on him. Dexter is left in the dark, but he must summon his sharpest investigative instincts not only to pursue his enemy, but to locate and truly understand his Dark Passenger. To find him, Dexter has to research the questions hes never dared ask: Who is the Dark Passenger, and where does he come from? It is nothing less than a search for Dexters own dark soul…fueled by a steady supply of fresh doughnuts.

Macabre, ironic, and wonderfully entertaining, Dexter in the Dark goes deeper into the psyche of one of the freshest protagonists in recent fiction. Jeff Lindsays glorious creativity is on full display in his most accomplished novel yet.

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