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Dexter In The Dark

By Jeff Lindsay

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Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 July 2008
No rest for the wicked - the serial killer with a heart is back . . .Dexter Morgan is busy planning his wedding to Rita to complete his nice-guy disguise.But when a student is found burnt, molested and headless - seemingly sacrificed to an ancient god - and Dex is brought in as forensic analyst to help investigate, he realises he could be dealing with someone a whole lot more sinister than he is. Soon it seems the dark passenger in Dexter's head has gone into hiding. And when something creeps out your friendly neighbourhood serial killer, you know it's serious . . . As Halpern and Dexter are stalked by death, it looks like it's getting personal - especially as Dex now has a family to protect. Gradually, Dexter realises his stepchildren might share his extracurricular interest in death. Could he help them target their bloodlust, just as he steers his own? But to do that, Dex must cope with a certain mutilated sergeant from his past, and more importantly . . . stay alive . . .

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Dexter is now a major ITV 1 series, adapted by the award-winning writer of THE SOPRANOS, and starring Michael C. Hall of SIX FEET UNDER. Dexter is one of the most original and exciting heroes to bloody the pages of a serial killer thriller. DARKLY DREAMING DEXTER was shortlisted for the 2005 Barry Awards. Both the previous DEXTER novels have received excellent reviews: 'A sleek black comedy' LITERARY REVIEW 'A virtuoso debut by a new young American author, this is a compulsive trip through territory rendered familiar by the psycho-thrillers of Thomas Harris and Michael Connelly ... Articulate and ghoulish, Dexter is one of a kind and his adventures never fail to entertain' GUARDIAN '[A] macabre tour-de-force' NEW YORK TIMES 'A most welcome return for Dexter Morgan ... Clever and wonderfully incorrect, the adventures of Dexter are a delight for all those who like their crime fiction just that little bit twisted' GUARDIAN

About the Author

Jeff Lindsay is the author of four previous novels and several plays. As well as writing, he is a karate world champion and plays in a band. Jeff lives in Florida with his wife and three daughters.


"Dark humour at its creepy best" DAILY EXPRESS

EAN: 9780752881607
ISBN: 0752881604
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Dimensions: 19.5 x 13 x 2.5 centimetres (0.25 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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7 review(s)
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Tessa on
The Dexter novels are the perfect anitdote to jaded monotonous serial killer fiction. Dexter narrates his misadventures trying to pass for normal while occasionally slicing and dicing deserving victims. As his wedding approaches Dexter finds himself investigating a disturbing series of killings and bewildered by the sudden silence of his voice. Darkly comic, cynical and wickedly warped.
Keri on
This book is a bit different to the first two in the Dexter series. I found it to be both good and bad on different accounts. The good part was that for the first time I felt a little uneasy while reading the book because for once Dexter felt shaken and threatened and it did not seem like he could face absolutely anything. The bad part of the book was that it went a bit strange and supernatural which I did not see coming and did not really see a place for in this type of, I think some Dexter readers will be quite disappointed. I was.
Customer on
Boring, slow and more than a little lost. Dexters dark passenger has fled and poor Dexter is beside himself. This book
is empty and leaves you unsatisfied and hoping dexter will kill again.
Excellent book trully loved it.
the movie is great but the book is soooooo much better I have the series on dvd and all the books I am a fan and this book does'nt dissapoint!!!!!
Robert on
The series takes a turn for the worse with this addition. The characters and relationships (as seen from Dexter's skewed perspective) are all high class. Bringing the reader in and making them invest even more with the characters. However the problem with 'Dexter In The Dark" is the plot. There really isn't one. Sure... there are a series of events leading inevitably to a climax. It just isn't a very engaging or entertaining one. I found that I spent half the time wanting to put the book down because of the plot, and the other half wanting to continue reading because I wanted to know what happens with Rita (his girlfriend) and her kids, or with Deborah (his cussing sister) and the continuation of the fallout from the previous book with Sgt. Doakes.

All in all, I find it hard to recommend for new readers, but people continuing on from the previous series may want to pick it up just as a pre-cursor to the next book in the series.
Greg on
This third novel in the Dexter series introduces a supernatural element, which i thought diminished the strength of the narrative somewhat. For that reason alone I would rate this as the weakest of the three, although I have at least one friend and fan of the series who disagrees and so your view may vary. Despite that quibble, the characters continue to be well developed by Jeff Lindsay, and we get inside Dexters head to an even greater extent than before. Recommended for fans of the series.
Renae on
In this poor Dexter's Dark Passenger has been scared away. I was very intrigued by this notion & was looking forward to a great read, but in the end found this book lacking....something. It didn't seem to have the same dark twisted humor as the previous two Dexter's books. I dont know if this because we don't have the Dark Passenger along for the ride. Or it could be the story line of the mythology behind the existince of the Dark Passenger's. TO ME it didn't seem to have them same drive as the others. But it did have promising bits with poor Dexter trying to teach the code of Harry to Cody & Astor. Having help from Masuka in planning Dexter's wedding & the return of Doakes. Still worth a read for any Dexter fan.

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