DEXTER IS DEAD by Jeff Lindsay


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Dexter’s last hurrah.

Think your family is dysfunctional? Bet you’ve never been jailed for murdering your wife, your mistress, and a famous actor. Dexter Morgan has, and it’s no consolation at all to know that his paramour, famous actress Jackie Forrest, and his wife, Rita, were both slain by equally famous actor Robert Chase, whose fans didn’t know about his pedophilia, and who was killed in turn by Dexter’s adopted daughter, 12-year-old Astor, on whom he’d set his sights. Dexter’s nemesis, Detective Anderson of the Miami-Dade Police, is either too dumb to see that he’s got the wrong man locked up or too small-minded to care, and Dexter’s long-suffering adoptive sister, Miami-Dade Sgt. Deborah Morgan, is convinced that coming to his aid this time would be tantamount to licensing more killing, even if he doesn’t happen to be guilty of the particular crimes he’s been jailed for. Fortunately, help arrives in the person of white-shoe attorney Frank Kraunauer, who gets his client sprung at the behest of Brian Morgan, Dexter’s equally sociopathic brother. While he waits for Anderson to gather enough evidence to justify several charges of homicide, Dexter decides to disobey his high-priced mouthpiece and gather some evidence of his own. He’s barely begun when he finds two dead Latinos in his hotel room. Even apart from the threat the discovery will pose to his freedom if Anderson gets wind of it, this can’t count as good news, especially since there’s every sign the two dead guys came prepared to kill. Who could possibly want to eliminate such a charmingly monstrous killer as Dexter (Dexter’s Final Cut, 2013, etc.)?

The mystery, as it is so often in this high-flying series, is a throwaway. But fans will rush through the forgettable plot double-quick in order to savor every moment of Dexter’s final hour.

Pub Date: July 7th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-385-53653-0
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Doubleday
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2015

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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