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Darkly Dreaming Dexter

A Novel
Lindsay, Jeffry P. (Book - 2004 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Authors: Lindsay, Jeffry P.
Title: Darkly dreaming Dexter
a novel
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 288 p. ;,22 cm
Alternate Title: Darkly dreaming Dexter
ISBN: 038551123X
9780307473707
Statement of Responsibility: Jeffry Lindsay
Subject Headings: Vigilantes Fiction Serial murders Fiction Serial murderers Fiction
Genre/Form: Suspense fiction
Psychological fiction
Topical Term: Vigilantes
Serial murders
Serial murderers
LCCN: 2004045460
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Sep 13, 2013
  • TJW007 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

enjoyable read but prefer show

Aug 02, 2013
  • ehbooklover rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very enjoyable blend of dark humor, mystery, and suspense with an intriguing premise. I loved the complexity of Dexter and I found him very likable despite the fact that he is a serial killer.

Jun 11, 2013
  • tbebb rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Like it, couldn't get into the TV show, but the book is more compelling. Great character development, such an odd point of view, cool twists and turns in the story. Read it, really!

Mar 19, 2013
  • Pinar rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

One of those cases where the movie (or show, in this case) is better than the book. The ideas and plot were intriguing, but I was put off by the writing style.

Feb 19, 2013
  • Catstiel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Having watched the whole series and waiting to borrow a book from a friend I picked up Darkly Dreaming Dexter. As many other people say it does have fairly large differences from the show. I enjoyed it immensely but had to re read the epilogue and last bit of the last chapter a couple times in order to tell exactly how it ended. I went though this book fairly quickly by my standards, something that only happens when I truly enjoy a book. I look forward to the second book.

Jan 09, 2013
  • adering rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Darkly Dreaming Dexter is Dull Dreary Dumbery.

Lindsay has grabbed a terrific idea (a "moral" serial killer whose victims are all murderers themselves) and completely flubbed it.

The Dexter of the novel comes across as prissy and anal-retentive, compared to the HBO series character who has complexities and subtleties.

The flat and uninteresting supporting characters are barely there. Whether this is intentional on Lindsay's part or simply a manifestation of his inability to do anything with them except stuff them in the book and hope they'll animate themselves remains to be seen.

For better (much better) Florida crime fiction, pick up any of the Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald. Start with "The Deep Blue Good-by" and you'll see what an author can really do with a good idea, good characters, and good dialogue.

After letting it languish on my “To Read” list for a couple of years, I finally took this book home and very nearly brought it right back after reading the first few pages. I had a hard time understanding the, to me, sheer lyrical descriptions of killing and why the “rightness” of certain elements was so unbearably important. While the idea of a moral serial killer fascinates me, I will not be continuing on with this series.

Jul 25, 2012
  • RONROSARIO rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A fan of the series, I just had to go back to where it all began: Darkly Dreaming Dexter. It also helped that the book's name is in the opening credits, further planting the seed as the book is a MUST read, despite the many notable differences betwixt the two.

Jul 11, 2012
  • aplumpe rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Very interesting premise to have a story about a serial killer who only kills other serial killers.
Vicarious vigilante justice for us all. Well written.

May 17, 2011
  • sacamp rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Can't wait for the next installment.

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Jul 12, 2008
  • Veronica Martin rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Veronica Martin thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Aug 10, 2012
  • RONROSARIO rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A loveable serial killer. No, seriously. Truly enter the mind of a monster not unlike the average person...except that he's a serial killer, of course.

Witty and attractive, blood-spatter scientist Dexter Morgan leads a double life as a serial killer.Due to a heavy influence from his foster-father, a police officer, however, he only kills those deserving of his unique brand of justice. When his vice-cop sister investigates a series of prostitute centered killings, Dexter decides to lend a hand - if mainly because of his fascination with the killer, whose style closely resembles his own.

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Jul 12, 2008
  • Veronica Martin rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: lots

Jul 12, 2008
  • Veronica Martin rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Jun 11, 2013
  • tbebb rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"In my whole life I had only known one of such somebody.

Could that somebody possibly be darkly dreaming Dexter?"

Jul 21, 2012
  • RONROSARIO rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"It was another clear example of the disintegration of society that had so worried Harry. Really, now: If you can't get me my newspaper on time, how can you expect me to refrain from killing people?"

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