Meet Dexter Morgan, A Polite Wolf In Sheep S Clothing He S Handsome And Charming, But Something In His Past Has Made Him Abide By A Different Set Of Rules He S A Serial Killer Whose One Golden Rule Makes Him Immensely Likeable He Only Kills Bad People And His Job As A Blood Splatter Expert For The Miami Police Department Puts Him In The Perfect Position To Identify His Victims But When A Series Of Brutal Murders Bearing A Striking Similarity To His Own Style Start Turning Up, Dexter Is Caught Between Being Flattered And Being Frightened Of Himself Or Some Other Fiend Find all of my reviews at I am now so far behind in reviewing that all of my read but not yet reviewed selections can t fit on my home page Bonus this go round is somehow I didn t even manage to mark this one down as something I was reading at all failure But wait, you ain t seen NUTTIN yet Not only have I never read Dexter, but I have never seen an episode of the highly acclaimed television series either Yeah yeah yeah Since I am so late to this party, this won t be much of a review so unusual for me, right Instead, it will probably read like a love letter to my Darling, Dreamy Dexter Boy is THAT an understatement In case you too have recently emerged from cave dwelling and now mingle with the masses, the story here is of Dexter Morgan His day job is in the forensics department with the Miami police force specialty blood splatter come to momma , but it s what he does off the clock that makes things real interestingWhat are you Father Donovan whispered The beginning, I said And the end Meet your Unmaker, FatherSome of you might be thinking not a man of the cloth To which I say OH YES A MAN OF THE CLOTH See, this is one of those priests that you sometimes see on the nightly news who totally had it coming to him Such is the case with all of Dexter s victims You see, a superbadawful happened to Dexter when he was a wee little boy When the Morgan family took lil Dex in as a foster child, pops Harry realized pretty early on that there was something off about the boyI ve been expecting this What happened to you when you were a little kid has shaped youBut you can channel it Control it Choosechoose what or who you killThere are plenty of people who deserve it, DexSo that s it Dexter solves crimes by day and rids Florida of human waste by night He s my lobster becauseWe re in love and we re going to get married You re all invited to the wedding Hopefully there won t be a hurricane in the middle of the ceremony Jarringly Jolly Jeff Lindsay has given his Rascally Rabid Readers a serial killer to cheer for Hellishly Haunted Harry knew early on that his young son had a personality disorder e.g sociopath psychopath up and coming serial killer With that in mind, Hollow Headed Harry figures if child rearing has given him a lemon make lemonade So Highly Helpful Harry steers his son on a course that he hopes will keep him from a lifetime of incarceration.Fast forward to present day and Disturbingly Damaged Dexter has learned well The legend is born page 14 Dexter narrates I felt a lot better I always did, after Killing makes me feel good.I enjoy my work sorry if that bothers you Oh, very sorry, really But there it is And it s not just any killing, of course It has to be done the right way, at the right time, with the right partner very complicated, but very necessary page 33 Sister Deb to Dexter Dexter narrates But you re starting to get a feel for this one, she said I had developed hunches before I had a small reputation for it My hunches were often quite good And why shouldn t they be I often know how the killers are thinking I think the same way It wouldn t look good if I was always right And I didn t want the cops to catch every serial killer out there Then what would I do for a hobby page 43 Harry camping with 14 year old Dexter You re different, Dexter, he says It s going to make you want to kill And you can t help that But you can channel it Control it Choose his words come so carefully now, choose what or who you kill There are plenty of people who deserve it, Dex page 72sister Deb to Dexter She blushed I caught a couple of the uniforms snickering at me afterward There s a joke going around, and I m it She bit her lip and looked away Einstein, she said If my tits were brains, I d be Einstein, she said bitterly I cleared my throat instead of laughing page 82 Dexter narrates I woke up covered with sweat, and absolutely certain that another murder was about to happen Somewhere not so far away he was searching for his next victim, sliding through the city like a shark around the reef I could almost hear the duct tape He was out there, feeding his Dark Passenger, and it was talking to mine And in my sleep I had been riding with him, a phantom remora page 170 Dexter narrates While the coffee brewed, I checked for the newspaper,out of hope than expectation It was rare for the paper to arrive before six thirty, and on Sundays it often came after eight It was another clear example of the disintegration of society that had so worried Harry Really, now if you can t get me my newspaper on time, how can you expect me to refrain from killing people page 173 Dexter narrates Another beautiful Miami day Mutilated corpses with a chance of afternoon showers I got dressed and went to work. Ok, well I m coming at this from an entirely different angle than most of my friends because I ve never seen the tv show GASP Amirite So, I have nothing to compare the book toother than the book BUT.Having said that, I only read this because I d heard about the show and how faboo it supposedly was.Also, one thing I should mention is that Irare to never read mystery thrillers, so I don t know how this stacks up to the other popular stuff in this genre Admittedly, I shy away from stuff with serial killers because I get very skeeved out when I read watch something about torture killings in a real life setting Now, if you put something like that in a fantasy superhero sci fi sort of setting I can tolerate quite a bitalthough graphic descriptions of innocent people getting hurt are still reallllly hard for me.Blessedly, despite the fact that the book centers around a serial killer killing people and trying to maybe catch another serial killer, there s not much in the way of torture Or, at leastthe people who don t deserve it are killed off page And it honestly doesn t bother me to see child rapists murderers chopped up SoI m not sure if fans of the show will like the book , but I thought it was a pretty cool story Dexter has an interesting voice, and I love the idea that even if you re that damaged and broken, you can still choose to be the best version of yourself Throughout the entire book, Dexter talks about how he is missing that thing that allows the rest of us to feel emotions, but oddly enough, he bases most of his choices on what his foster father would have wanted him to do, because the thought of disappointing Harry is somehow upsetting to him Hmmm.Maybe he doesn t have the same sort of empathy that most people have, but his odd version of a moral code and the reasons behind it make me think he does haveof a capacity to feel than he believes.I also liked the way his foster father saw him for what he was, and instead of giving up on him, saw the potential for him to carve out a gruesome niche for himself as a good ish guy.Nature vs Nurture has always been an interesting debate but this story takes it to a whole nother level Ok, the fact that this was a pretty short book was a huge bonus for me I m not sure I would have liked riding along in Dex s head for another 300 pages Because even if he was a pretty funny narrator That Dark Passenger was a bit too much for me to take in large quantities.In the end, I d say this is a pretty good story, and it s told with such an interesting protagonist that I enjoyed myself quite a bitthan I would have if he d just been your run of the mill regular character But at the end of the day, this isn t my genre of choice so I don t know if I ll continue with the series If I do, I ll probably have to take breaks and read several fluffy romance novels in between to clear my psyche of all the dead bodies This review is brought to you by the letter D.Dexter is a delightfully demented and dynamic dudeWell now that is enough of thatDexter Morgan is a blood spatter pattern analyst for the Miami Dade Police Department, but in his spare time he enjoys boating, eating donuts, spending time with his foster sister Deborah, playing with his girlfriend Rita s childrenoh and killing people Dexter lives by a code, The Code of Harry Before Harry Morgan Dexter s foster father died, he taught his son to only kill people who have gotten away with murder as a way to channel his homicidal urges.Dexter manages his double life without incident until The Tamiami Slasher starts murdering prostitutes in the Miami area He feels a connection to this killer, and this connection could be his undoing.I read DARKLY DREAMING DEXTER before the TV series started, and thought it was quite a refreshing and new take on the whole serial killer theme based novel I very rarely like books from the point of view of a serial killer but Dexter is quite different I didn t mind being in his head one little bit Once the TV series started I got so caught up in it, that I left behind the books and decided that one day when it was all done I would go back to them I am so glad I waited It was evenentertaining the second time around Kudos to the brilliant casting director of Showtime s Dexter for giving me outstanding faces to put to the characters They were even better than my imagination could conjure up the first time around. I m a BIG fan of the Dexter TV show on Showtime This led to me being a bit hesitant to read the novels because I was worried about a serious case of disappointment Michael C Hall s portrayal of the title character is such an integral part of my enjoyment of the series that approached this book with trepidation, worried I wouldn t relate as well to the novel s main charactera dangerous thought, I know, given Dexter s proclivities. Well, turns out that my fears were groundless The characterization of Dexter was excellent and I found myself engaged by him from the outset The novel tracks the first series of the show closely and in many way it was like re watching the first season with some nice additional details added The plot is fast paced and tightly focused and the characters are well drawn In sum, an excellent read 3.5 stars Recommended.P.S For audio listeners, the audio version of this was well done The narrator, Nick Landrum, did a good job, most notably with Dexter, and enhanced the story experience. Getting in mind of Dexter is never boring his insight is funny and his technique of killing is masterful.Dexter talks of his beginnings, of his first kill, the day his dark passenger became the rider Recollections of the past with his father Harry and his deadly advice, its a good fast read in the rambling mind of a sociopath Dexter. I read this series of books because I was so taken by the Showtime series And you know what I liked the TV show better The books are good, and it s fun to get inside the mind of Dexter, but because the plot of the book follows pretty closely to the first season of the TV show, it was hard not to make comparisons Spoilers below, so don t continue reading if you don t want to know what happens A few things that I thought the TV show did a lot better was the whole flirting with another killer plotline In the books as in the TV show, Dexter is absolutely enthralled by this other killer s method of draining the bodies of blood, and recognizes that the killer is communicating with him However, in the books the killer goes largely absent from the plot, where in the TV show he shows up as Dexter s foster sister s boyfriend Which is just marvelous it reveals him to be just THAT muchcreepy, that he can have that COMPLETE of a mask And it makes so muchsense on the TV show that he s Dexter s brother We re gifted with a lotof Dexter s flashbacks and his aversion to blood than in the books, if you can believe that In the book it feels like, Oh hey, you re my brother Neat where in the TV show it s muchshocking, muchof a draw for Dexter to follow along in his brother s footsteps, and join him in killing indescriminantly And, therefore, muchimportant for the character when in the TV show he kills his brother In the book, he lets his brother go presumably to show up again in some later installment Also in the book, he almost kills is foster sister so now, she KNOWS that he s a monster On the TV show, NO ONE knows It makes him that muchof a lonely hero, of sorts And I just find it incredibly unrealistic that a cop sister who finds out her brother is a murderer would just accept that fact and move on. Like so many others, I loved the Showtime series and wanted to check out the original source material I was very disappointed indeed Since a lot of other people seem to have liked it, it may just be a matter of taste, butThe characters are two dimensional cliches that can t tie their own shoelaces, except for the daringly deductive Dexter, who can tie his own shoelaces Which makes him a genius I recall seeing someone else comment that Darkly Dreaming Dexter needs to show, don t tell Dexter s interior monologue tells the reader about his code, and how careful he is, yet with one exception he s clumsy and messy throughout the book I found the authorial voice to not be darkly humorous, but frequently silly and always snidely sarcastic The interior monologue harps constantly on the same few themes, especially his lack of emotions and the crippling stupidity of every living being in Miami.It quite fails to function as a mystery at no time does anyone successfully piece together evidence or clues to get closer to catching the offscreen serial killer the book focuses on The obvious exception is when Dexter the genius follows psychic visions and prophetic dreams intuition, presumably to where the killer predicts they will meet Any actual plot development happens at the very beginning and very end of the book, with the intervening chapters basically being nothing but red herrings and Dexter watching police be stupid At one point Dexter s sister Deb, a police officer, comes to a correct conclusion before Dexter He immediately tells her that she is right for all the wrong reasons, which is blatantly untrue and presumably only there to make him sound smarter.While I had a pretty good idea of how the end would turn out, having seen the first two seasons of the TV series, I was shocked at how little foreshadowing or fanfare there was of the big revelations The deus ex machina leads Dexter to where he needs to go, things happen in a hurry, book ends with an epilogue half of which is written to be super vague so as to build suspense about which characters lived or died.For a moment, having finished, I was curious enough about the development of the only potentially interesting plot thread at the end of the book to consider reading the second I think I ll just find a synopsis on the web to see if it s developed at all in future books.On reflection, I am very impressed with the television show s producers ability to pick out the nuggets of greatness buried in the book and make something so wonderful out of them. I m a very neat monster.I m really ashamed to say that it took me two weeks to read this book Two weeks for a 280 pages book I mean, yeah, the university has been kicking my ass, but still, that is no excuse.This book is about Dexter, our friendly neighbourhood serial killer Since I ve seen the TV series, I knew even before I started this book that I was going to like it And I did It didn t blow my mind or anything, but it was still a pretty great book It started off great, middle did drag a bit, and then the ending was amazing And it really made me want to re watch Dexter the series, and I hope I ll have enough time to do that If you watched TV series but haven t yet picked up this book, give it a shoot If you liked the show, you ll like this book too.