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Darkly Dreaming Dexter


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Jeff Lindsay is the author of Darkly Dreaming Dexter. He lives in South Florida with his wife and three daughters.


Dorothy Parker once wrote, "If I had a shiny gun/ I could have a world of fun/ Speeding bullets through the brains/ Of the folks that cause me pains." If that make you grin, you'll love Lindsay's new twist on the slasher novel. Dexter Morgan is a blood-spatter expert for the Miami Police with an uncanny knack for criminal profiling. Is he tormented by some dark affinity with the evil that men do? Not a bit. He's a very accomplished serial killer himself. Dexter's pragmatic foster dad recognized the boy's homicidal tendencies and channeled them toward a cautious and constructive vigilantism. Helping solve crimes by day and tidily filleting the worst kind of predators by moonlight, our friendly neighborhood sociopath is doing well until a new killer, who has perfected Dexter's modus operandi, surfaces. Dexter finds his carefully balanced double life rocked by strange new feelings of rivalry and kinship. With his charming, morbid wit and compelling candor, Dexter is a less pompous Lestat. Indeed, Lindsay brings the same refreshing ebullience to serial killers that Anne Rice once brought to vampires. A macabre gem that will appeal to more than just the Thomas Harris crowd; highly recommended.-David Wright, Seattle P.L. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Miami blood spatter specialist Dexter Morgan is not your average monster. He occasionally gives in to the impulse to kill in order to satisfy the Dark Passenger inside his brain, but he's much more well-adjusted than the label "serial killer" implies. He has a girlfriend, a sense of humor and, thanks to the loving tutelage of his cop foster father, he dismembers only other serial killers. But his self-control is sorely tested when he agrees to help his sister, a vice cop, solve a string of murders so bizarre, and yet so familiar, that he seriously starts to wonder if he is committing them in his sleep. Voiceover artist Landrum does a superb job conveying Dexter's witty first-person narration; he seems to embody "quirky, funny, happy-go-lucky, dead-inside Dexter." With his nimble vocal chords, he also has no trouble giving voice to the story's female characters and affecting an authentic-sounding Cuban accent for the incompetent homicide detective assigned to the case. Perhaps Landrum's finest feat, however, is the chill-inducing voice he adopts for Dexter's Dark Passenger, which underscores Dexter's transformations from charming neighborhood killer into inhuman predator. Refreshingly original and expertly narrated, this audiobook should be required listening for all thriller aficionados. Simultaneous release with the Doubleday hardcover (Forecasts, Apr. 19). (July) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

"A macabre tour-de-force." -The New York Times Book Review"A dark comedy with a creative twist."-The Miami Herald"Dark and devious. . . . . Daring and unexpectedly comedic." -USA Today"Maybe the first serial killer who unabashedly solicits our love." -Entertainment Weekly"With chills like these, you can skip the air-conditioning." -Time"One of the most likeable vigilante serial killers in recent thriller literature." -The New Yorker"Demonology has a dastardly new darling." -The New York Times "Just when you think (hope?) that the tired and rarely credible device of the serial killer next door has hit a wall, along comes a writer like Jeff Lindsay to prove you wrong. . . . So enjoyable." -Chicago Tribune"Mordantly funny." -The New York Post"A fresh, inventive slice of crime fiction that turns the axis of good and evil . . . upside down. A psychological thriller in the best sense of the genre." -The Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL)"A memorable debut with a hero who really ought to be in a mental institution, but is too much fun to lock up." -The Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO)"Dexter's captivating, first-person account is a genuinely exciting read." -Time Out (NY)"This ghoulish, fascinating tale . . . will grip readers and make a lasting impression." -The Philadelphia Inquirer"Entertaining. . . . Dexter is a fascinating character, though he's not the kind of guy you'd like to invite to dinner." -Chicago Sun-Times"Fun, terrifically fresh. . . . It's thrilling to watch Dexter struggle between everyday vanilla reality and the compelling, kaleidoscopic thrall of his own bloody fantasies." -Linda Marotta, Fangoria"Totally captivating. . . . Totally original. The characters are beautifully drawn, particularly Dexter, who is tremendously likeable, his hobby not withstanding." -The St. Petersburg Times (FL)"Lindsay gets high marks for originality, atmosphere, vibrant action scenes and having the brass to write this in the first place." -Tulsa World"Jeff Lindsay sure does it right with Darkly Dreaming Dexter." -Cleveland Plain Dealer"Newcomer Jeff Lindsay has created a unique hero. . . . Intriguing." -Mystery Scene"In creating a singularly unique killer, Lindsay also manages to create a few sleepless nights for the reader." -Anniston Star (Anniston, AL)

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