DEXTER IN THE DARK by Jeff Lindsay

DEXTER IN THE DARK

KIRKUS REVIEW

Dexter Morgan, Miami’s favorite vigilante sociopath, battles demons more powerful than even he can imagine.

Miami Homicide is baffled by the ritual killings of two coeds who’ve been decapitated, burned and neatly laid out, their heads replaced by ceramic bulls’ heads. On the strength of forensic evidence, Sgt. Deborah Morgan, Dexter’s sister, arrests professor Jerry Halpern, who watches from jail as the murders continue—including, most satisfyingly, the monstrous caterer Dexter has booked for his wedding to his girlfriend Rita. The case clearly calls for the special talents of a forensic technician who moonlights as the untroubled executioner of bad guys (Dearly Devoted Dexter, 2005, etc.). This time, though, Dexter is in the dark. The familiar spirit who normally incites him to dastardly deeds has taken fright at something in that first crime scene and abruptly decamped, leaving Dexter unpossessed and alone. It’s a spooky feeling when you’re no longer haunted by evil spirits because even more evil spirits have driven them out. And it couldn’t have happened at a worse time for Dexter, who’d just begun to bond with Rita’s children. Astor, nine, and Cody, seven, have all the makings of apprentice serial killers themselves—if only Dexter can keep them safe long enough to teach them the prudence they’ll need to survive.

Sadly, the struggle between Dexter and his new demons is more portentous than interesting. How you feel about Dexter’s third adventure will depend on how invested you are in Dexter.

Pub Date: Sept. 18th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-385-51833-8
Page count: 368pp
Publisher: Doubleday
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2007




Kirkus Interview
Jeff Lindsay
author of DEXTER IS DEAD
July 14, 2015

Dexter Morgan, of Jeff Lindsay’s bestselling series of novels (and the inspiration for one of the most successful shows on TV), has burned the candle at both ends for many years. Blood spatter analyst…husband…father…serial killer. And now, for the first time, his world has truly collapsed. Dexter is arrested on charges of murder. He has lost everything—including his wife, his kids, and the loyalty of his sister. Now completely alone, Dexter faces a murder charge (for a crime…ironically…he did not actually commit). His only chance for freedom lies with his brother, who has a dark plan to prove Dexter's innocence. But the stakes are deadly and the epic showdown that lies in Dexter's path may lead, once and for all, to his demise. “Who could possibly want to eliminate such a charmingly monstrous killer as Dexter?” our reviewer wonders. We’ll ask Lindsay that question in this week’s Kirkus TV. View video >

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