In his work as a Miami crime scene investigator, Dexter Morgan is accustomed to seeing evil deeds. . . particularly because, on occasion, he commits them himself. But Dexter's happy existence is turned upside down when he is called to an unusually disturbing crime scene at the university campus. Dexter's Dark Passenger – mastermind of his homicidal prowess – immediately senses something chillingly recognizable and goes into hiding. Dexter is alone for the first time in his life, and he realizes he's being hunted by a truly sinister adversary. Meanwhile he's planning a wedding and trying to learn how to be a stepfather to his fiancé's two kids – who might just have dark tendencies themselves. Macabre, ironic, and wonderfully entertaining, Dexter in the Dark goes deeper into the psyche of one of the freshest protagonists in recent fiction.
This edition includes an excerpt from Jeff Lindsay's Dexter's Final Cut.
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.
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Huh that was unexpected
Well this was not quite the way I was expecting the series to go. I’m not so sure I really liked the supernatural-like elements. I did like Dex’s sense of humor. I laughed out loud a few times. His relationship with the children and his sister is interesting also. I’m continuing the series for sure.
Excellent storytelling on Lindsay's behalf. However, I did NOT like the direction that was taken with the story. Dearly Devoted Dexter so far, is my favorite book in the series and I am excited to start Dexter By Design in hopes that the story takes a better turn.
Worst if the dexter series (so far, at least)
I should admit that I watched the entire Dexter series before reading any of the books. Maybe that's why I like the tv series better than the books, but it just seems to me that they did a way better job with Mr. Lindsay's idea than he did in his own books. (Spoiler alert) I hate that Deborah becomes aware of what Dexter is and just accepts it. I hate that Cody and Astor have dark passengers of their own. But, most of all, I hate this explanation of the dark passenger as the offspring of an ancient god, who just happens to ride along in Dexter's brain, rather than being Dexter's own psyche. I've always accepted that the "dark passenger" was Dexter's way of describing the part of his personality that needs to kill, stemming from an extreme childhood trauma. I did to like this outlandish magical/occult explanation. It took the realism out of the series for me (and it got very annoying listening to Dexter continually whining about his missing passenger). It was slow going getting through this book. I will finish reading the series, just to see how the ending differs from the show, but I'm not optimistic.