Saturday, March 06, 2010

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

Welcome to mischievous macabre Miami, home to many malevolent monsters but none so charming as Darkly Dreaming Dexter and his Dreadfully Disturbing Dark Passenger.

By day Dexter is a humble blood splatter analyst for Miami Metro Police Department, where his foster sister Debra also works. He is also the lucky man dating darling Rita spending time with her and her chilling children Astor and Cody.

By night though the Dark Passenger whispers in Dexter’s ear, wanting to go out and play in the macabre moonlight. Following Harry’s Code he gives into the whispers, selecting a special friend who is every bit a monster like him. A slice, a dice, and the dark passenger is satisfied once more and all is well in the land of Dexter.

A series of bloodless crime scenes of neatly packaged body parts begin appearing around Miami, and Dexter cannot help but be intrigued, having a strong distaste for blood despite his job. As his coworkers chase after the killer, he tags along wondering who this new friend might be. When he receives a special invitation to play he is drawn further into the mystery surrounding his new friend.

What’s a monster to do?

Darkly Dreaming Dexter is the first title in the Dexter series by Jeff Lindsay and the inspiration for the hit TV show on Showtime. At first glance most people may hesitate to pick up a book about a serial killer but Dexter is anything but typical and far too charming to stay away from.

One of the elements that makes the books even better is Lindsay’s witty use of alliteration. Lindsay has woven a darkly comedic tale about a vigilante serial killer whose golden rule of only killing bad people is so delightful you can’t help but like him.

You can check out Darkly Dreaming Dexter as well as the other books in the Dexter Series from VBPL.

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