Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (11 ratings)


Introducing Dexter Morgan, a serial killer to fall in love with...Dexter Morgan isn't exactly the kind of man you'd bring home to your mum.

At heart, he's the perfect gentleman: he has a shy girlfriend, and seems to lead a quiet, normal life bordering on the mundane.

Despite the fact that he can't stand the sight of blood, he works as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police. But Dexter also has a secret hobby: he is an accomplished serial killer. So far, he's killed 36 people and has never been caught because he knows exactly how to hide the evidence. And while that may lead some people to assume he's not such a nice guy, he tempers his insatiable hunger for brutality by only killing the bad guys.However, Dexter's well-organised life is suddenly disrupted when a second, much more visible serial killer appears in Miami. Intrigued that the other killer favours a style similar to his own, Dexter soon realises that the mysterious new arrival is not simply invading his turf but offering him a direct invitation to 'come out and play'...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780752865744

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Dexter is a forensic scientist, and a part-time serial killer, but the people he picks aren't missed in the community, they're the killers and the abusers that don't leave enough evidence to be caught by conventional means. However another serial killer has turned up in Miami and he's very similar. He's almost taunting Dexter, at the same time his foster sister Deborah is trying hard to get out of vice and into homicide.Whats truly scary about this book, written from Dexter's point of view, is that he's actually a sympathetic character. Although he's a psychopath with no proper humanity you actually start to like him, to smpathise with him and think of him as a hero in the story.A book I would recommend.

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Darkly Dreaming Dexter is a refreshingly original novel told in first person from the killer's point of view. It is interesting to get into the head of a psychopath who, though he has no conscience, tries to live by the 'code of Harry' - that is, he only kills people who deserve it. Despite some disturbing statements and chilling actions on the part of Dexter, by the end of the book we are left feeling sympathetic and definitely don't want him caught. In fact, Dexter is only doing what most have us have wished for in our darkest dreams. I highly recommend Darkly Dreaming Dexter and look forward to reading more books by this highly talented author.
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I have been watching the TV series for quite a while, and ever since I discovered it was based on the books by Jeff Lindsay, I was only a matter of time before I would have my hands on them. Dexter is such a great character that keeps prompting darkly humorous remarks - either about himself as the non-human or about the foolish true humans. I agree with the other reviewer that the other characters are a bit underdeveloped, but I have good hopes that this will be set right in the following novels. The TV series deviates quite a bit from the book, which was very welcome because that means some interesting surprises even though you've seen Dexter on TV. I will definitely be reading the other books!

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What a great idea - a serial killer who only preys on other serial killers. The shell that houses this novel is a strong and original one, however it is the contents which let this book down. The charming and deadpan Dexter is a joy to read about. His internal monologues are full of satire and wicked thoughts, a protagonist who appeals to to a wide audience, he balances upon a fence that divides honourable vigilantism and the bureaucracy which bogs down our police force. Ironic, since he is both, a serial killer and a forensic officer. However, the actual story is weak, unlikely, and for the most part, quite improbable. With the characters firmly established I imagine further Dexter novels to deliver a strong plot, where readers can actually get immersed in a more robust story. This one is fun, but unfortunately superficial.

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I got to know about this book from a group on Shelfari, I knew about the TV series but I had no idea that it was based on books by Jeff Lindsay. I have never watched the series but after reading this book I plan to watch it, as well as read the rest of the books in the series.The character of Dexter is great, it makes you fall in love with him even though he is a murderer. Being written from Dexter's view you feel like you're in the mind of a serial killer, the way he thinks and the way he feels, what makes him need to do such horrible things. Being that he's funny, quite charming and that he only kills the bad guys makes you soften up for him and make his hobby seem justified otherwise who would like a serial killer?This is an unusual way how to portray a murderer which is what makes it so enjoyable to read in my opinion. The ending was a little confusing, I really wanted to know what happened in between the end of the story and the epilogue, but was glad of the outcome.

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