Dexter in the Dark

Dexter in the Dark

A Novel

Book - 2007
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"One of the most likable vigilante serial killers" ( The New Yorker ) faces his ultimate evil so terrifying it scares away Dexter's inner monster--and nearly dries up his sense of humor--in this wickedly witty, darkly suspenseful novel.

In his work as a Miami crime scene investigator, Dexter Morgan is accustomed to seeing evil deeds...particularly because, on occasion, he rather enjoys committing them himself. Guided by his Dark Passenger (the reptilian voice inside him), he lives his outwardly normal life adhering to one simple rule: he kills only very bad people. Dexter slides through life undetected, working as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, helping his fianc#65533; raise her two adorable (if somewhat...unique) children, and always planning his next jaunt as Dexter the Dark Avenger under the light of the full moon.

But then everything changes. Dexter is called to a crime scene that seems routine: a gruesome double homicide at the university campus, which Dexter would normally investigate with gusto, before enjoying a savory lunch. And yet this scene feels terribly wrong. Dexter's Dark Passenger senses something it recognizes, something utterly chilling, and the Passenger--mastermind of Dexter's homicidal prowess--promptly goes into hiding.

With his Passenger on the run, Dexter is left to face this case all alone--not to mention his demanding sister (Sergeant Deborah), his frantic fianc#65533;e (Rita), and the most frightening wedding caterer ever to plan a menu. Equally unsettling, Dexter begins to realize that something very dark and very powerful has its sights set on him. Dexter is left in the dark, but he must summon his sharpest investigative instincts not only to pursue his enemy, but to locate and truly understand his Dark Passenger. To find him, Dexter has to research the questions he's never dared ask: Who is the Dark Passenger, and where does he come from? It is nothing less than a search for Dexter's own dark soul...fueled by a steady supply of fresh doughnuts.

Macabre, ironic, and wonderfully entertaining, Dexter in the Dark goes deeper into the psyche of one of the freshest protagonists in recent fiction. Jeff Lindsay's glorious creativity is on full display in his most accomplished novel yet.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2007]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780385518338
Branch Call Number: Lindsay, J
Characteristics: 302 pages ; 25 cm


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Jan 06, 2019

This third in the series veers into a supernatural vein and is not as interesting as the first two books in the series. The plot becomes quite silly but the dark humor is still there. Readable but not nearly as dark and fun as the others.

Jan 31, 2016

So-so with religion thrown in

Dexter suffers an identity crisis: his dark passenger has left him. So, a lot of the book is him trying to cope with its absence.

I was on the fence with the religion/supernatural aspects thrown in. On one hand, interesting in terms of a backstory for the dark passenger. On the other hand, it came off at points as “devil made me do it” and confirming the typical bias of the general public as to pagan reconstruction being devil worshipping child sacrificing monsters (hint: we’re not…)

On the whole: better than the first.

Jul 06, 2015

Excellent book lots of great twists and what an ending

Jun 24, 2013

I am so drawn to the character of Harry Morgan, he is a dad that really makes every effort to give his child everything he can.

This outing is even more "out there" than the others, but worth the read. I didn't like the supernatural bend to it, but I did like the stripping bare of Dexter's psyche, it was a very interesting read!

jdaigle3 Nov 15, 2012

Dexter is a surprisingly likeable character for a serial killer. If you don't like that idea, don't read this series. If you do and don't mind a bit of gore this is a fantastic series!

RONROSARIO Aug 13, 2012

Who and what is The Dark Passenger? This time around we finally get to learn (somewhat) of the origin of his shadowy alter ego.

Jul 16, 2012

Another dark one. Goes into where the Dark Passenger came from.

May 19, 2012

Surely the worst of the first three. I begins well enough, but as time goes by, the whole connection to ancient god's and demons makes the series far less interesting and way less believable, where I found it's believability to be one of its strong points in the past.

May 17, 2011

I absolutely loved the HBO series, which I why I started reading the book. I think the TV series actually turned out better than the book, just because you can do so much more visually and you can tone down the inner monologue a bit. But because the series deviated away from Lindsay's continuing plot, the books are an enjoyable read in and of themselves. The written character isn't as lovable as Michael Hall's portrayal, but I still find myself rooting for Dexter in the end.

But I'm not here to quibble over differences.

Dexter in the Dark is my favorite so far (but I still got two more to go). I liked it for its unique angle, not only as it concerns Dexter, but what it has to say for psychopaths everywhere. With every book I find myself more intrigued and biting my fingernails wondering how Dexter will ever get the best of his new subject.

Sam_tt Jul 12, 2010

What can be so scary as to scare away the dark passenger? You'll have to read it to dind out!

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RONROSARIO Aug 10, 2012

A loveable serial killer. No, seriously. Truly enter the mind of a monster not unlike the average person...except that he's a serial killer, of course.


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RONROSARIO Aug 29, 2012

"She burned herself," Deborah said, very deliberately, like she was talking to a three-year-old. "And then she cut off her own head. So you would give her a good grade." "I hope you gave her at least a B for all that work," I said.


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