- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard; Reprint edition (Sept. 2 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307276732
- ISBN-13: 978-0307276735
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 249 g
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #281,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dexter in the Dark Paperback – Sep 2 2008
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“Lindsay's bad boy is back.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review“Wonderful. . . . Darkly amusing. . . . Our handsome murderer may consider himself emotionless, but his sheer joie de vivre – or joie de mourir – is both obvious and contagious.” —The Boston Globe“[Dexter's] adrenaline-pumping gore factor is balanced with large doses of hilarious black humor. Any writer who can make his readers love a serial kill must be doing something right.” —USA Today“An entertaining, funny series that draws us in and makes us root, almost against our will, for a ruthless, yet appealing killer. In his own way, Dexter is trying to make the world a better place.” —The South Florida Sun-Sentinel
About the Author
JEFF LINDSAY is the author of Darkly Dreaming Dexter and Dearly Devoted Dexter. He lives in Florida with his wife and children.See all Product description
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Book #3 is, in many ways, the same as the first two books. And that's one of the problems - it's getting old now and flat. The problem with a character who doesn't feel emotions or care about other people is they eventually start to get dull, and, unlike the TV series which makes up for this failing in the lead character by expanding the supporting roles, the supporting characters in the novel never get to reach another level. Debs is just standard - sure, the humour is there, but I want more from the one character who knows what Dexter is (and isn't like him).
And while the neat twist with Rita's kids in the second book was quite a shocker and ROCKED, when drawn out and played with in the third book, it's just lame and flat.
Worst of all, what the hell was the writer thinking when he added the COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS sci-fi/paranormal crap? Dexter's Dark Passenger was changed from a brilliant dramatic edge to one of the most unique characters created to a pathedic 'creature' with its own life and backstory. Anytime the book moved into these paranormal elements, my eyes rolled and I would put the book down to finish later. Way to completely ruin your own original vision.
Granted, dispite all that, the book is still enjoyable for the cop sense of humour which always kept me laughing. But humour isn't enough to entertain me, and I was left wanting on the drama.
All that makes Dexter who he is is missing in Dexter in the Dark as his Dark Passenger goes silent in the face of a truly terrifying foe. Dexter isn't top dog in this book. He isn't showing a mutual appreciation for another killers skill or work. This time, he is being well and truly hunted.
While there is plenty of action that happens in this book, there is more delving into Dexter's psyche. Dexter tries to keep one step ahead of his foe, but how can he do that when his sharpest instinct is no longer available to him. Of course we also watch Dexter juggle his ungrateful sister Deborah, his annoying fiancée Rita, and his two protegees in training Cody and Astor all while trying to save his own life.
Those portions of the book that focus on Dexter remain of interest, as the writing is crisp and Dexter, after all, is still Dexter, despite the supernatural explanation. The portions of the book that focus on the supernatural explanation for Dexter's urge to kill and the supernatural entity that is at the heart of the new wave of killings are a drag. It is almost as if they were written by someone else, as I found these sections to be poorly written and devoid of interest. Moreover, the focus on Dexter's girlfriend's children as potential future serial killers is disturbing. Although alluded to in the previous novel, this idea has now taken a life of its own, and it is a direction that is not necessarily for the better.
As a huge fan of Dexter, both the books and the television series, I was disappointed with this book. Although parts of it were still enjoyable, of the three books so far published only this one left a lot to be desired. Diehard Dexter fans may get a modicum of enjoyment from this book but will probably be both angry with and disappointed in the author for the direction in which he has taken this popular, well-liked character. I do not blame them. It is as if the author has lost his mind, and his editor was asleep at the wheel.
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