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Dexter in the Dark | Hardback

Released on 03 October 2007

Author: Jeff Lindsay | Format: Hardback

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Is evil alive...? Dr Jerry Halpern is trying to find out, studying for his PhD on the subject. Dexter Morgan, meanwhile, has a few wicked things of his own to contend with - not least, planning his wedding to Rita to complete his nice-guy disguise. But when a student of Halpern's is found burnt, molested and headless - seemingly sacrificed to an ancient god - and Dex is brought in as forensic analyst to help investigate, he realises he could be dealing with someone a whole lot more sinister than he is. Soon it seems the dark passenger in Dexter's head has gone into hiding. And when something creeps out your friendly neighbourhood serial killer, you know it's serious...As Halpern and Dexter are stalked by death, it looks like it's getting personal - especially as Dex now has a family to protect. Gradually, Dexter realises his stepchildren might share his extra-curricular interest in death. Could he help them target their bloodlust, just as he steers his own? But to do that, Dex must cope with a certain mutilated sergeant from his past, and more importantly...stay alive...

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 Head case

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A divergence from the previous two novels with supernatural elements that I am not sure work that well. Certainly the humour is still there so still worth a read but not a satisfying as before.

 disappointing

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I was extremely disappointed by this book. The introduction of the supernatural elements destroyed my suspension of disbelief and therefore my enjoyment of the book, as I spent most of the book torn between thinking "this is stupid" and "maybe it's a trick and it'll turn out to be psychological in the end". Nope - Dexter is bad because he is possessed by a demon. Take the demon away, and Dexter turns nice.

Some of the writing still retains the charm of the previous two books, but the central premise is frankly idiotic.

If you were a fan of the first two books like I was, you might well be better off preserving your fond memories of the first two books by re-reading them instead of buying this one.

 Dexters dark times

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More developments for Dexter, his ego takes the most severe battering as something truly even worse than him faces him, and even more disconcerting for him there are people he cares about to factor in. I love the effect of the twist of what his Dark passenger is, and its leaving just as he needs it most. It is a remarkable feat of the writing, that we are so pulling for Dexter's dark passenger not to truly abandon him and him settle into a real human life. So compelling I read it in one day to find out Dexters fate.

 Despairing Desolate Dexter

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The writing's up to the established standard and so is the humour, with Dexter's impending wedding and the caterer who strikes fear into the hearts of lesser men. Not too sure about the introduction of the supernatural elements but it is an interesting idea to leave Dexter alone and starting to experience emotions.

 Jude Law 'v' Tom Hanks

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Having read the previous books I was looking for to finishing the Dexter series. The story takes a more of a De Vinci code style than the dark humour for Dexter the serial killer we have a soft spot for. The books ends suddenly as if the author was under deadline and simply gave up. Worth a read but don't get too excited!

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AuthorJeff Lindsay
PublisherOrion Publishing Co (United Kingdom)
Year2007
ISBN9780752885094
FormatHardback - 320 Pages