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Dexter in the Dark

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Jeff Lindsay
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 Could it be?  Could the lovable, laughable, Darkly Dreaming and Dearly Devoted Dexter be having…feelings?
As the inevitable wedding day looms on the calendar, we find our sort-of-hero Dexter Morgan moving through his career and his dark hobby with a new twist.  This time, he’s alone.  Not just out of the eye of the witnesses or the suspicious members of the Miami Police force…he is without his eternal companion, the Dark Passenger.
Without the voice to guide him, Dexter is forced to track down a(nother) serial killer, establish some normalcy with his fiancée’, and mentor the two children who dote on his every diabolical deed…alone.
Dexter fans already know that the titular character is a serial killer, but no ordinary serial killer.  This is a man who has trained in the ways of justice, learned to hide amongst the normal human race, and weed out only the lowest of low lives to satisfy the need to kill.  By day, he maintains his camouflage as a Blood Spatter Analyst for Miami’s Forensic Unit.
“Dexter in the Dark” offers a great deal of enlightenment into what Dexter’s Dark Passenger is, and how it has come to be.  Fans of the series know that this is the third installment in the Dexter novels, penned with horrific humor and devastating detail by author Jeff Lindsay.  The novels have also been adapted into a series, simply titled “Dexter” on Showtime.
To claim that Lindsay is firmly on a roll with his character is an understatement.  This time around, he demonstrates the same detail for police procedure, psychology, religion and history of Miami.  It’s the fact that he can actively dive into one small aspect of Dexter’s character arc that really shows his control.  Lindsay’s humor misses on only one or two occasions, meaning that it hits on the other Four Hundred Plus in the novel.
Regulars of the series make their appearances, including Dexter’s foster sister, Sergeant Deborah Morgan, his fiancée’ Rita, and her two children; ten-year old Astor and seven-year old Cody.  There’s another familiar face that should adequately surprise the hell out of most readers.
The hardcover release by Doubleday features a change to the cover art schema, depicting dear Dexter in a loud Hawaiian shirt of blood stained knives.  There is also a discount for subscribing to Showtime included in the back pages; a clear cross-promotion, but one worth the effort.  Due to certain events, the series cannot follow the books exactly.  If the Showtime series continues its brilliant writing and flawless acting from Season One to the following years, Dexter fans will get a delicious double dip of delight.

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