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Darkly dreaming Dexter : a novel
Jeff Lindsay
Adult Fiction LINDSAY

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From Publishers' Weekly:

It's been years since there's been a thriller debut as original as this one by Lindsay, who takes a tired subgenre the serial-killer novel and makes it as fresh as dawn. Lindsay's premise alone is worthy: narrator Dexter Morgan, a blood-spatter specialist for the Miami cops, is also a serial killer. But all his life, Dexter has followed the rules set down by his cop foster father (who knew of Dexter's proclivities), to indulge his passion only by slaying other serial killers. What makes this novel zing, though, is the narration humorous, self-deprecating, smart and sometimes lyrical, it's a macabre fun ride ("I thought about the nice clothes that I always wore. Well of course I did. I took pride in being the best-dressed monster in Dade County"). The story opens with Dexter at play, kidnapping and killing a priest who has murdered a number of children, then moves on to the main plot, a series of gruesome killings of prostitutes by an unknown madman. Dexter's foster sister is a Miami Vice Squad cop working on the killings, so Dexter decides to help her solve the case. This puts him in conflict with a dumb but ambitious female homicide detective as well as, soon enough, the killer himself, whose approach to serial killing mirrors Dexter's own, uncomfortably so. Might Dexter himself be the culprit? The answer feels a bit contrived, but will surprise most readers, and it's a minor flaw in a gripping, deliciously offbeat novel that announces the arrival of a notable new talent. Agent, Nicholas Ellison. (On sale July 27) Forecast: Strong reviews on this title will alert readers, as will clever jacket art, depicting a smiley face painted in blood. Expect healthy sales. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Audio mystery fans have a real treat in store in this excellent offering. The superb reading by Nick Landrum adds to some hair-raisingly horrible scenes detailing serial killer Dexter Morgan's quirky psyche as well as his careful selection and excruciatingly artful dissection of his victims. There's a lot of macabre humor throughout, from Dexter's cover as a "blood splatter" crime scene analyst for the Miami-Dade Police Department and his working relationships with fellow forensic technicians, homicide detectives, and cops, including his sister Deb, to the use of a professional hockey goalie's net as a depository for neatly wrapped, bloodless body parts. Those who listen to audiobooks while they drive can expect some "driveway moments" from this one: riveting and not for listening in traffic. Graphic violence, graphic language, and a glimpse into the psyche of a rather charming psycho-who could ask for anything more? Very highly recommended for adult collections.-Cliff Glaviano, Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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