Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

03 Mar

“I thought about the nice clothes that I always wore. Well of course I did. I took pride in being the best-dressed monster in Dade County.”

I’ve avoided the Dexter mania thanks to no cable or satellite at home and I looked at my friends with mild amusement as they went on and on about the TV show or the books. What a strange character to be excited about. Don’t you realize he is a serial killer?!?!? But, a wise readers’ advisor would have taken the hint that this is a clear sign of strong characterization and checked it out. I finally did and I admit it, I’m a convert. Power saw to the people! errr…on with the review.

Darkly Dreaming Dexter introduces us to Dexter, a blood-splatter analyst for the Miami Police Department who just happens to be one of the most deadliest of serial killers-only no one knows it.  Harry, Dexter’s adopted father, recognizes the signs early in Dexter’s life of a sociopath and did his best to put Dexter under the tutelage of the ‘Harry Code’.  Dexter knows he is a monster but thanks to Harry only kills certain members of society who have gotten away with murder.

What makes this book special is the layers that are inherent throughout Dexter’s story. Lindsay artfully weaves a tale that leads the reader through a variety of emotions of fear, disgust, humor, sadness and even the value of family. The story moves quickly as any good thriller and the Miami setting adds for a quirky sense of setting but it is Dexter that brings people back for more as he struggles with who he is and what has happened to him and through him.

If you’ve seen the show on Showtime, please take the time to read the books. Only the first book follows the TV storyline. The others vary greatly and add to the Dexter persona. 2004, 289 pages.

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Posted by on March 3, 2010 in General Fiction


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