Dearly Devoted Dexter

Dearly Devoted Dexter

A Novel

Book - 2006
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Life’s tough for Dexter Morgan. It’s not easy being the world’s only serial killer with a conscience, especially when you work for the Miami police. To avoid suspicion, Dexter’s had to slip deep into his disguise: spending time with his girlfriend and her kids, slowly becoming the world’s first serial killing couch potato. Then a particularly nasty psychopath starts cutting a trail through Miami — a killer whose twisted techniques leave even Dexter speechless. When his sister Deborah, a tough-as-nails cop, is drawn into the case, it becomes clear that Dexter will have to do come out of hiding and hunt the monster down. Unless, of course, the killer finds him first. . .

Baker & Taylor
A secret assassin working as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, Dexter Morgan finds his efforts to seek domestic tranquility undermined by a psychopath terrorizing the city.

& Taylor

A secret assassin working as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, Dexter Morgan finds his efforts to seek domestic tranquility with his girlfriend, Rita, and her children undermined by a nasty psychopath terrorizing the city, a case complicated by the kidnapping of Dexter's nemesis, Sergeant Doakes. By the author of Darkly Dreaming Dexter. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 2006, c2005.
ISBN: 9781400095926
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 21 cm.


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Oct 08, 2018

After seeing the TV series based on this, which I loved (well, until the final season), I was unpleasantly surprised by this book. The writing is workmanlike at best, and this is one of the very few novels that are much worse than their screen adaptations.

Jul 29, 2018

The first novel was similar to the first season. The show deviates starkly to this second novel. Too bad that it did. There is an over the top killer to pursue as well as Dexter's attempts to mimic real Humans. A fair bit of humor to offset the horrific crimes. A fairly quick read that is worth it if you are interested.

Jan 31, 2016

Better than the first

This one was better than Darkly Dreaming Dexter (the first of the series).

The introspective prose grows on you after a while, although still fairly close to purple prose territory.

Jun 16, 2015

great book lots of fun

May 21, 2015

These books just hook you right in!
Loved it!

ehbooklover Nov 03, 2013

Oh how I love the character of Dexter despite his obvious homicidal tendencies, but I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone with a weak stomach. Only the humour kept me from putting the book down as it is quite disturbing and for lack of a better word, gross.

Jun 17, 2013

Dexter is such a wickedly sick character. I find him so unique to read because no one human thinks like him. I liked this outing because the majority of the episode is his attempts to act "normal", to act "human" and it gets him into almost as much trouble as being himself does. Really graphic and disgusting case he works on in this one!

RONROSARIO Aug 24, 2012

Our intrepid hero...a couch potato? Perhaps the disguise has become too good. Or is our favorite serial killer the disguise? Dexter truly struggles with putting things right once again in his life by his ever constant managing of the ever pressing urges of The Dark Passenger.

Aug 21, 2012

This novel was fantastic and dark, yet it was also comedic in a astonishing way. I was hoping to read a dark and mysterious novel that would keep me on the edge of my seat, but instead I got something so much more :) I really enjoyed this novel, and am going to continue reading this authors novels.

Jul 11, 2012

Also good although I'm not sure how okay I am with him "mentoring" children into the "program" of killing serial killers. We will see with the next novel. VERY dark novel and not a fair ending for the detective who doesn't trust him - kinda creepy and sad.

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Jul 28, 2008

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