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He's a charming monster... A macabre hero... A serial killler who only kills bad people.Dexter Morgan has been under considerable pressure. It's just not easy being an ethical serial killer - especially while trying to avoid the unshakable suspicions of the dangerous Sergeant Doakes (who believes Dexter is a homicidal maniac...which, of course, he is). In an attempt to thrHe's a charming monster... A macabre hero... A serial killler who only kills bad people.Dexter Morgan has been under considerable pressure. It's just not easy being an ethical serial killer - especially while trying to avoid the unshakable suspicions of the dangerous Sergeant Doakes (who believes Dexter is a homicidal maniac...which, of course, he is). In an attempt to throw Doakes off his trail, Dexter has had to slip deep into his foolproof disguise. While not working as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, he now spends nearly all his time with his cheerful girlfriend, Rita, and her two children, sipping light beer and slowly becoming the world's first serial couch potato. But how long can Dexter play Kick the Can instead of Slice the Slasher? How long before his Dark Passenger forces him to drop the charade and let his inner monster run free?In trying times, opportunity knocks. A particularly nasty psychopath is cutting a trail through Miami - a man whose twisted technique leaves even Dexter speechless. As Dexter's dark appetite is revived, his sister, Deborah (a newly minted, tough-as-nails Miami detective), is drawn headlong into the case. It quickly becomes clear that it will take a monster to catch a monster - but it isn't until his archnemesis is abducted that Dex can finally throw himself into the search for a new plaything. Unless, of course, his plaything finds him first...With the incredible wit and freshness that drew widespread acclaim to Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Jeff Lindsay now takes Dexter Morgan to a new level of macabre appeal and gives us one of the most original, colorful narrators in years....

Title : Dearly Devoted Dexter
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Dearly Devoted Dexter Reviews

  • Michael
    2018-10-18 16:13

    Dexter is an interesting character. However, Lindsay is not a particularly strong writer. These books would probably work better as pure character studies, because the thriller elements don't work. Everything wrapped up too quickly, and there were some big jumps (Deb and Kyle? I had to go back and look to make sure I hadn't missed a few chapters where they suddenly became attached). I may read the next book this summer just to see what happens with Dexter and Cody, but I hope the story is better next time around.

  • Delee
    2018-10-21 15:21

    Can Dexter come out to play? Alas, no, dear Dark Passenger. Dexter is in time-out.[image error]In book two- Sergeant Doakes is keeping a close watch on Dexter, which makes it impossible for our anti-hero to get up to any of his usual mischief. Luckily there is a case that will keep him occupied and entertained...for the most part.When an unknown man is found brutally mutilated, the officers of Miami-Dade are told to keep quiet and stay out of it- and a man called Kyle Chutsky gets sent down from Washington to take over the case. Kyle recruits Deborah- who in turn asks Dexter, to use his special "psycho" tracking skills -to help them find the killer/serial mutilator, called "Dr. Danco".This was a tough read for me. The "murders" in DEARLY DEVOTED DEXTER are quite gruesome and disturbing, and stayed with me well after I put the book down. Not that it is fair to compare the books to the TV series, but so far I really have to say I prefer the series. I am going to keep reading though because my curiosity is peaked. I just may have to skim over some of the nasty bits or have a vomit bucket close at hand...I kid. It's not that bad...most people will love "the ick" factor. I just tend to be a little on the wimpy side.

  • Vivian
    2018-11-02 14:34

    Delicious. The first one was so good that I took a second helping. Cheers, PirateSteve!If book one, DARKLY DREAMING DEXTER, was an eight on the horrifying scale then turn the dial right up to eleven. So what if it only goes to ten, this is an eleven. Just push the envelope further. More suspense, more emotion, and definitely more investment in Dexter as a hero. A flawed, dark knight. The nemesis here is quite impressive and the events are more gruesome. I won't lie, I really liked this one. What is truly a boon to the series is Dexter's developing character and his interpersonal relationships, which for someone who is incapable of emotions is very interesting to watch how he navigates.There is something sweet about Dexter, an earnestness that shine through that makes him lovable. He may not be capable of emotional attachments, but he uses logic to validate his relationships in the finest form of rationalization I've seen in awhile. I suppose being able to understand his motivations completely makes me feel an empathy for him.

  • Edward Lorn
    2018-11-07 16:20

    Second day of my Dexter Morgan marathon and Book Two is done. Have I mentioned how much I love Audible's x3 narration speed? Well, it really isn't x3, as an eight hour book still took four hours to listen to, but it's still a quick way to barrel through a series of short books. This is the point where I started enjoying the show more than the novels. Doakes has a much better role in the Showtime series. Of course, this is solely my opinion. I do understand why the Showtime series decided to go a separate route. There's not much meat on this bone. While this book is just as long as the first, significantly less happens. The books get longer after this one, which is a very good thing in my eyes. Dearly Devoted Dexter is probably my least favorite addition to Lindsay's series. Mind you, I have not read Double Dexter or Dexter's Final Cut, therefore I have no inkling as to the quality of those two books. Sorry, but the main issue I had with this book is a spoiler. Click at your own risk:(view spoiler)[My biggest problem with this one is the utter absurdity around the 75% mark. You have a man who's recently had pieces of himself lopped off, but he puts off medical treatment in an attempt to catch a killer. I'm talking a leg. From the knee down. Cut off. Gone. We're not dealing with simply a chopped off finger (though he suffers from that, too), or a flesh wound, but the entire lower half of his leg. My suspension of disbelief was skullfucked into oblivion from that moment on. (hide spoiler)]Aside from that, Dearly Devoted Dexter is one of the funnier books in the series due to the main baddie, Danko, and Dexter's musings about the psycho's work. I could quote this book for ages, but I don't want to spoil some of the darkly humorous lines. Suffice it to say, if you have a twisted sense of humor like me, you should still enjoy this one.In summation: Ludicrous happenstance and character actions aside, this one's pitch black humor is well worth the journey. Doakes is horribly nerfed, and had a much better storyline in the show. Lindsay's narration is still fantastic. Five stars for the audio book performance, and two stars for the tale. Three stars overall. Final Judgment: Ain't no party like a yodeling potato party 'cause a yodeling potato party don't quit!

  • Trin
    2018-11-05 16:27

    Oh, why do I do these things to myself? I knew from readingDarkly Dreaming Dexter last November that I really preferred the TV show to the books, but curiosity won out and I read the second novel anyway. Big mistake. While Dearly Devoted is actually in many ways a better book than Darkly Dreaming—it’s way less rushed, for one, and funnier—it is so deeply disturbing that I’m still feeling freaked out several days after finishing it. And not in a fun way. The show, yes, is also disturbing—but it’s an interesting disturbing. What makes Dexter the way he is and the ways in which he interacts with other people are fully explored—interesting questions are raised, and there is emotional development, even if it’s in Dexter-appropriate tiny, stunted, sick amounts. The books, though…they’re disturbing to no purpose. All the characters besides Dexter are cardboard-thin, which may be in part due to the limits of the books’ first person POV, but is especially frustrating if you’ve watched the show and are used to the rounder versions. And the violence is excessive and meaningless: people are reduced to meat. Maybe that’s the point—our little peek into how people like Dexter see the world—but if so, that would be interesting once. As part of a series, where things would (I would hope) change and develop, it’s just gratuitous slaughter, and it made me feel icky. I’m still eagerly awaiting the start of the show’s 2nd series, but I don’t think I’ll be reading the third book.

  • Lou
    2018-11-13 14:42

    Dexter the man who finds it hard to feel, in this story Dexter does not get down bloody and as dark as i have seen on the tv-series or read in Darkly Dreaming Dexter. He plays the role well as a caring brother and as a family man and loves kids but as he tries to keep up with the crowd his sociopath personality is dying to kill. To kill those who hurt children and the rest of the scum that live on the grid. He is a superhero of modern times a sort of Robin Hood that robs the evil from the street. His arch enemy Doakes is a pain in Dexters side in this novel, him and Dexter find themselves in a jam. The hunt is on for a killer who dismembers bodies. This story serves up some more ramblings of Dexter's mind and dark humour, its not a tense or gripping thriller but provides a good dose of entertainment in Dexter trying to keep the Dark passenger at bay.

  • notyourmonkey
    2018-10-18 17:25

    Okay, dude, this not-killer takes the cake. I think this may be the most gruesome, horrifying torture I can think of. It's the taking of the eyelids and propping them in front of a mirror, in addition to reducing a human being to a torso, that really cranks it to eleven. There's something viscerally terrifying about not being able to close your eyes. (Explains a bit about A Clockwork Orange, too, eh?) I was somewhat more frustrated by the mystery surrounding this killer (or not) than with the one in the first book, but I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. The backstory felt, I don't know. Skimpy. Dodgy. Which it was supposed to, but it lacked a little je ne sais quoi. Maybe the first one did, too, but the personal ties and broader narrative structure tying those killings to Dexter made it much easier to overlook. The hazard, I suppose, of a second book following a similar format to the first, but you can't have every killer be related to Dexter. The author stuck the landing but maybe didn't nail all the technical elements along the way. (No sit spin?) Two things stuck out for me in this book, and my enjoyment of both probably says nothing good about my mental state. :D One, I love that the author really went through with mutilating Doakes, getting him out of Dexter's way, and having Dexter show no remorse and even glee over Doakes' rather grisly demise. It's part of the cleverness of these novels that you (me?) genuinely want Dexter to be free to go torture the child molesters. What make the whole thing marvelously distressing is that in many ways, Doakes is the flip-coin of Dexter, and in many ways, you can't help but sympathize with his impulses, just as much as you sympathize with Dexter. But Dexter does not sympathize, even as he understands, and so he is gleeful at Doakes's fate. The second is my somewhat bizarre happiness that Cody likes to kill things and Astor likes to watch, so Dexter has kids, in his own special way. I like that Dexter is going to have someone(s) who get him, in a way I don't think he's ever had. It's hard to get that upswell of not-aloneness with Brian for Dexter, because he came out of nowhere, and because in many ways he wants to take away Dexter's agency by trying to force him to kill Deborah when he doesn't really want to (which apparently I have an issue with, but not that of the ice rink murders? okay, maybe I am creepier than I thought!). Cody and Astor aren't demanding anything of Dexter, just understanding. And that makes me feel good for Dexter. In short, I guess I like how the author can provoke a genuine positive emotional reaction (yay! Dexter has small children to mentor!) even as that positivity is conflicted (he's going to mentor them in the proper way to kill people!) Oh, vigilante justice taken to its quasi-logical conclusion. I bet Batman confuses the hell out of Dexter.

  • Megan
    2018-10-31 13:24

    So it seems that Dear Dark Dexter has become poorly written, zero character development Dexter. Even worse, he is surrounded by static characters, cops who are strangely uninterested in doing police work, and people who actually form a conga line at at bachelor party. Really, who does that??? I think that in the hands of a better writer this story could be so much better. (After all, the show is filled with an amazing cast of characters.) Unfortunately, in the books author Jeff Lindsay focuses on portraying Dexter as an emotionless and cold blooded predator. As is the case with Darkly Dreaming Dexter, this is written in the first person. The reader follows Dexter's inner monologue and occasionally gets to see him acting either stoic or witty in horrific situations. This technique would work if the supporting cast was written a little better. But the rest of the characters are written to have even less personality than emotionally and psychologically fucked up Dexter. And this hurts the novel a great deal. Considering how detached Dexter is from the world around him, and how little emotion he displays towards the people in his life, this story would have worked so much better as a short, or a novella. Even though I love reading Dexter's inner-monologue, it gets to be a bit boring after awhile. This is a book I only recommend to hard core fans of the show. (And even then I recommend it cautiously.) As a lover of books, it makes me beyond sad to find myself preferring a television show to the books the show is based on. But based on the writing here, I can't help but wonder how many of these books would have been published if the show had never been made?

  • Mark
    2018-11-02 20:21

    Too be honest I did read this book due to the very good tv-show by the name of Dexter. And while reading the book that is the face I saw when it comes to Dexter, as were all the faces of the characters mentioned in the book like Deborah, sarge Doakes and the gorgeous Rita. Where the book failed for me is that somehow the tv series managed to have a better storylines and the characters are better shown. Which must be frustrating for its writer.In this 2nd story Dexter cannot go about enjoying his dark passenger as one sarge Doakes is following him all the time convinced that Dexter is a awefull man. WHich brings Dexter to Rita and the kids a lot showing his innocence and the same time giving her the idea that she is more than special.A killer enters the area and his methods alarm the higher authorities and the case gets taken away and everybody is told t forget what they have seen or heard. Deb, dexters sister, gets to be the liaison with special agent Lyle and loses her head and heat to this policeman.When while chasing this sadistic killer, somehow part of Doakes shady life before entering the policeservice, Kyle gets taken and Deb relies on her smart brother to return him to her.The book lacks the strength and charm to tv show does have and is for me a bit of a putdown. And somehow the tv writers have managed to improve on Lindseys Dexter character in way the writer seems to have not. Sadly I prefer the tv product easily over this book, and that basis I probably will not read another one as I found the experience frustrating and disappointing,

  • Amir The Fat Bookworm
    2018-10-31 14:33

    Meh. I just keep reading. But the narration gets less and less novel. And the plot is expected. Most of the story is filled with YA thrillers.

  • Nicholas Beck
    2018-11-01 13:24

    In my opinion, this book was much better than the first novel. Although a lot of my opinion is based on the fact that I knew the entire plot of the first book before I even read one page.The writing in this book is clever, intelligent, and funny. I know this doesn't seem like things which go with a book series about a serial killer. But, this novel was at times hilarious. Besides the comedic relief the author provides with this novel, there are parts in the book which are entirely bone-chilling and mentally enthralling. This was a fast-paced crime novel which didn't slow until the very last page. Jeff Lindsay is a true artist in the crime novel genre and I can't wait to read the next book in this series.

  • Oliviu Craznic
    2018-11-06 20:42

    Un psihopat ciopârțește oamenii în Miami: membrele, nasul, limba, organele genitale, pleoapele, totul este tăiat cu grijă chirurgicală, dar victimele sunt lăsate în viață (sau în iad).Între timp, după cum era de așteptat, sergentul Doakes (un polițist cu un întunecat trecut militar) începe să îl vâneze pe Dexter, convins (justificat, desigur) că acesta a fost cumva amestecat în evenimentele relatate în primul volum. Iar Dexter nu poate să îl ucidă, pentru că Doakes nu corespunde „Codului lui Harry”... Ce soluție rămâne?Poate doar o dubioasă alianță Dexter - Doakes, căci noul inamic public ajunge să aibă gânduri cu amândoi...Cartea este foarte bună, chiar dacă unele elemente ale poveștii sunt scoase din pălărie, și unele reacții/decizii ale personajelor, neverosimile (ataraxice, chiar).NB Oficial, seria a doua a serialului nu este o ecranizare a acestui al doilea volum. Neoficial, este, vizibil, o adaptare liberă. Există destule elemente comune: falsa pregătire pentru crimă ca scenă de început (în fapt, joc de bowling cu colegii, în film/joc cu copiii, în carte), planul narativ al lui Doakes, sosirea unei vedete de la Washington pentru a prelua investigațiile, vedetă care începe o relație cu sora lui Dexter (Frank Lundy, în film/Kyle Chutsky, în carte) ș.a.m.d.Cartea este mai bună decât serialul, nu doar datorită prezenței terifiantului măcelar cu care se confruntă personajele, ci și datorită faptului că rămâne intact „Codul lui Harry”, Dexter avertizându-l pe Doakes și chiar încercând să îl salveze, chiar dacă fără entuziasm (în film, spre deosebire de carte și chiar spre deosebire de prima serie, se schimbă regula nr. 1 a Codului, miraculos, din „Nu face rău inocenților!” în „Nu te lăsa prins!”, înscenarea făcută de Dexter lui Doakes fiind, pentru serial, un prim, dar decisiv pas pe Apa Sâmbetei ).

  • Kirsty
    2018-11-15 14:28

    Reread for me, several years after the initial read. I listened to the audiobook this time around, which gave the book a little extra something.I enjoyed this, but the TV show was better in my opinion. That said, I still very much enjoyed this audiobook as it was read out by the author himself.

  • Katy
    2018-11-03 12:34

    Book Info: Genre: Thriller/Police ProceduralReading Level: AdultRecommended for: twisted peopleTrigger Warnings: murder, torture, vivisectionMy Thoughts: This book opens with a scene that plays on our expectations of Dexter... and then turns them on their ear. I just love that! This book is filled with scenes like that, scenes that turn our expectations against us and make us look at things from a slightly different perspective.Watching Dexter's complete confusion over how to deal with Rita is always hilarious. However, I always wondered why no one ever mentioned that the ring was actually Kyle's and that Dexter would need to somehow retrieve it for him. That wasn't the only comment in the book that didn't really make sense. There is a scene toward the end where Dexter thinks to himself about the three remaining potential victims being unaware, and includes Acosta among them, although Acosta not only was aware but had fled. I was a bit surprised something like that would make it through the final editing process. However, these are very minor things, and with all the busyness, I'm sure a lot of people would not even noticed these minor, questionable situations.I remember back when I first read this book I was so excited to see where the series was going with the children. I still find this a really interesting idea, and was disappointed when the TV series did not include this. I suppose involving the children was just too much and not nearly “sexy” enough, but to me I much prefer the direction the story is going in the books over what I saw in the first four seasons of the TV show. If you have a really dark and twisted sense of humor, and like reading about rather dark and twisted vigilantes, then you definitely need to spend some time with Dexter Morgan.Series Information: Dexter Morgan seriesBook 1: Darkly Dreaming Dexter, review linked hereBook 2: Dearly Devoted DexterBook 3: Dexter in the DarkBook 4: Dexter by DesignBook 5: Dexter is DeliciousBook 6: Double DexterBook 7: Dexter's Final CutDisclosure: I purchased this book for myself. All opinions are my own.Synopsis: Dexter Morgan has been under considerable pressure. It's just not easy being an ethical serial killer—especially while trying to avoid the unshakable suspicions of the dangerous Sergeant Doakes (who believes Dexter is a homicidal maniac... which, of course, he is). In an attempt to throw Doakes off his trail, Dexter has had to slip deep into his foolproof disguise. While not working as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, he now spends nearly all his time with his cheerful girlfriend, Rita, and her two children, sipping light beer and slowly becoming the world's first serial couch potato. But how long can Dexter play Kick the Can instead of Slice the Slasher? How long before his Dark Passenger forces him to drop the charade and let his inner monster run free?In trying times, opportunity knocks. A particularly nasty psychopath is cutting a trail through Miami—a man whose twisted technique leaves even Dexter speechless. As Dexter's dark appetite is revived, his sister, Deborah (a newly minted, tough-as-nails Miami detective), is drawn headlong into the case. It quickly becomes clear that it will take a monster to catch a monster—but it isn't until his archnemesis is abducted that Dex can finally throw himself into the search for a new plaything. Unless, of course, his plaything finds him first...

  • Rubi
    2018-11-14 15:13

    "Freedom is such a fragile, fleeting thing, isn't it?"I think I have enjoyed more this one than the first one. Dexter is great. I love how he thinks; he is so funny! (view spoiler)[It must be difficult not to have feelings but on my opinion he is really good at faking to be a human being (hide spoiler)]With this second book of the series, we can discover a little bit more about his life. (view spoiler)[I can't believe he is getting married! Although I think he will do it to "teach" Cody... Would he really be like him? (hide spoiler)](view spoiler)[I laughed a lot with the party and the strippers, eheheheh (hide spoiler)]The plot is really hard and disgusting but really well written. (view spoiler)[When Kyle was caught I was really anxious and I was also nervous with Sergent Doakes spying on Dexter all the time... I hated Doakes, but now I am so sorry for him; I didn't expect he was going to finish like that, poor guy. (hide spoiler)]I like very much how the writer mix Dexter's life and "hobby" with homicides and investigations.But... after finishing the book a question remains in my head: (view spoiler)[Why don't we know anything about Dexter's brother? (hide spoiler)]I think I will read the third part soon! :D"You're driving me normal!""- That's bullshit-It doesn't matter what kind of shit it is". I love this answer."Homicidus interruptus""Ah, memory. Isn't it a lovely thing? Even when we are in the middle of the worst of times, we have our memories to cheer us."

  • Mike
    2018-10-31 12:43

    Dearly Devoted Dexter was a good read. I really enjoy the main character (Dexter) in the two books I have read. In each book you keep learning more and more about Dexter. You have to love a book with a strong main character and a good story line. Which keeps you interested and wanting to read the next book in the series. Unlike some books that don't give you enough about the main character in the series and kind of drag on thru the story. I did like this book but liked the first a little more. So I gave Dearly Devoted Dexter 3 1/2 stars.

  • Aaron
    2018-11-06 18:16

    The book was another amazing edition of everyone's favorite serial killer. Full of twists, humor and a broad underlying storyline with so many possibilities.Normally, I love hearing the author read their own work as they simply have the attachment to the characters and story like no one else. However, Jeff Lindsay did not do justice to the dialogue of the varied characters. I guess I can't expect to be wowed by every author's speaking voice, but having had such great experiences with several others, I was a bit let down in this instance.

  • Arminzerella
    2018-11-07 17:31

    Dexter and his dark passenger are back in this sequel to Darkly Dreaming Dexter. This time he’s on the trail of a terrible sociopath who takes the body parts of his victims without taking their lives – leaving mewling, horrible, barely-human torsos behind. Dexter and his sister Deborah are drawn into the case even deeper when Deborah’s love interest is also taken by the sociopath. In order to find the missing man, Dexter convinces Sergeant Doakes (his arch nemesis) to act as bait. Doakes is taken, and Dexter rescues Deborah’s love interest. The others convince him to find Doakes as well – Dexter is reluctant, as Doakes’ disappearance leaves him free to indulge the passions of his dark passenger – and Dexter is then captured. Deborah saves the day and everyone, save the sociopath and his victims, lives happily ever after (or until the next book). There are more than a few disturbing things going on in this novel – so, don’t tackle it over a meal. The sociopath’s method of destroying his victims is graphic and effective. He removes their appendages slowly while the victims are heavily drugged, gives them time to heal and makes sure they don’t die from shock. He also makes them watch. Final steps include removing their tongues, eyelids, teeth. They are nothing recognizably human when he’s finished. The descriptions of the *surgeries* he performs are enough to turn your stomach and wonder why we are so hooked on this kind of horrifying violence. Also, after Dexter accidentally gets engaged to his girlfriend, Rita, he learns that Rita’s son seems to have a fledgling dark passenger of his own. And Dexter’s looking forward to furthering his education. Now, this kid is only, what, six? Obviously Dexter isn’t in his right mind, but you wonder if maybe someone will take some notice and get the kid some help. Is it too late to reach out to him or are these dark passions something that take root early and can’t be overcome? Dexter’s own lack of affect – particularly where Sgt. Doakes is concerned – is also disturbing. He fakes being human so well sometimes that you forget he’s dangerous and dangerously unfeeling. I think it would be difficult for *most* people to be in the same room as someone having their limbs tortured off of them. I mentioned, after reading the first book, that I was surprised that this sort of thing could be my cup of tea. I’m definitely moving outside of my comfort zone with this one – it made me queasy. But, I was also unsatisfied because it didn’t really explore new territory. The phrase “dark passenger” was deliciously evocative in the first book, but it’s rather overused by the time we get to this second book. Also, it takes awhile to get going. I was hoping that there would be more details about Dexter’s line of work – and not just the sideline cases he gets involved in at the behest of his bossy sister (and Deborah’s just an obnoxious nag). I think I’ll try one more just to see if I’ve had enough of Dexter. I’m notorious about falling out with series fiction, because I get sick of hearing/seeing the same thing over and over again.

  • Majo's Library.
    2018-10-26 20:42

    Con "Querido Dexter" (nombre de la versión en español de "Dearly Devoted Dexter"), la segunda entrega de la saga "Dexter" de Jeff Lindsay la historia de nuestro personaje favorito parece desenvolverse con su cotidiana encantadora soltura. ¡Y vaya que me di unas cuantas buenas carcajadas leyéndolo!Por lo que pude notar en este segundo libro (y espero no estar equivocada, porque estando así lo encuentro bastante entretenido), cada uno de los libros representa una historia independiente, obviamente con los mismos personajes, pero en diferentes situaciones (es decir, no representan la continuación de una extensa historia, pero esto aún no lo confirmé, voy por el 2/7)Bien, esta vez Dexter encuentra otro caso que despierta su enorme fascinación; y es que la particularidad de este nuevo asesino en cuestión es, a más de la mano experta a la hora de realizar cortes (Ja!), la capacidad que tiene el atacante a la hora de dejar "viva" a la víctima.Es una obra cruda, fuerte y sin vergüenzas a la hora de decir aquello que quiere, sin dar rodeos al lector. Pasó esto, esto y punto. Siguiente página.Admiro profundamente al autor de esta saga que, aun habiendo yo leído solo dos de sus obras por el momento, consiguió llamar 100% mi atención gracias a la creación de Dexter, un personaje psicológicamente complejísimo, componiendo un perfil casi hipnótico que atrapa a lectores ávidos del género.

  • Kate
    2018-11-15 17:43

    Dexter, America's favorite serial killer, is on the trail of another serial killer when one of his coworkers, Sargeant Doakes, decides to follow Dexter around, waiting for him to screw up. While Dexter pretends to be the perfect boyfriend, hanging out at Rita's and drinking beer and putting on a show for Doakes, he really wants to be hunting down the other half of a pedophile duo. Then a bizarre murder rocks the Miami homocide department, and Doakes especially. Doakes has some connections to the twisted killer from back in his military days. Dexter now has to attempt to save his sister Deborah's new boyfriend from the killer, but maybe he can use Doakes as bait and solve that problem too...Dexter's psychology was on display here more than in the first book, as he can't do much about his "Dark Passenger" with Doakes watching him. His interactions with Rita and the children seem so fake, compared to the television show where you see his happy face but don't hear his dark thoughts. Cody's behavior was quite interesting too... This case was not covered by the television series, and because of Dexter's lack of emotions we don't get to see any of the after effects of what Doakes endures. Will he continue to be a character in the series? I also really liked the hangman imagery and theme throughout.

  • ☮Karen
    2018-10-22 19:16

    I was a dearly devoted fan of the Showtime series from day one. This is the first (and the last) of the Dexter books I will be reading.Oh my dear Dexter, I like you way better on my TV screen than in this novel. Deviant as you are, Dexter, nothing ever happened in the delicious series that repulsed and disgusted me like this book did. And poor Deborah, how can you stand being called “Debs” by your brother, not to mention putting up with his constant, peculiar sense of humor, which really strained my patience and was not that funny?Besides being repugnant, the plot was just silly. Many times along the way, I was saying What? (spoilers follow) Rita is wearing a man’s ring for her engagement ring, and it actually fits her? Not to mention she actually likes it? And what will happen when certain other people see it and recognize where it came from, which is sure to happen some day? Chutsky is severely “injured” by the psychopath, yet Dexter never thinks of calling for medical aid or for that matter for back up, and simply drops him off at the curb of his hotel before going home to his own bed as if it’s just another night. What? What? The Dexter I know just wouldn’t be so illogical and irrational.

  • Сибин Майналовски
    2018-11-04 18:35

    Чиста, рафинирана, кристална красота!!! Без сантиментализми, без излишни упражнения по словесен дрисък, без условности. Само ДЕКСТЪР. Най-добрият. Точка.

  • Jane Stewart
    2018-10-29 15:27

    Good because it’s wacko different. But this one suffers from lack of logic.BACKGROUND:Dexter is a psycopath. He likes to kill people and feels no guilt. His sister is a cop. Dexter is a great help to his sister investigating killers, because Dexter thinks like them. Dexter’s foster father imprinted upon him a golden rule - never kill the good guys, only bad guys. In that way Dexter is a good guy. (But he does kill and mutilate people in these stories.) There is a TV series which I have not seen.OPINION:This is book #2. There is a happy ending for the good guys.I like the weirdness of Dexter - what goes through his mind. He admires the methods and styles of other killers. But this book was not as good as book #1 because of plot logic. The cops know the name of the killer but can’t find him. The problem is: when there is a lead, and one cop goes to where the killer is, no other cops are helping as back up. So bad things happen. In one case, a cop sets himself up as bait, but then he goes outside alone without backup and of course he gets taken. It was stupid.Kyle has a list of names the bad guy is after, but he doesn’t give the names to any other cop. When something bad happens to Kyle, the others have nowhere to look. And no one notifies the guys on the list that they are in danger. This lack of logic bothered me.Dexter was hunting his own private victim, Ryker, a pedophile. When Dexter finally gets him, we don’t see it. I wanted to see the conversation of Dexter catching him, talking to him about his sick deeds hurting children, and then paying for it by suffering and screaming as Dexter sliced him. But no, it was an afterthought in the Epilogue saying Dexter took care of it.I do have to say the author was good with details about how the killer caught his victims and some of his conversation as he sliced. Actually that was too gory for me. I’ve still got some “ick” feelings about that.NARRATOR:Sadly I did not like the author narrating this. He was ok as Dexter, but he’s not good with female voices. It wasn’t as bad as book #1, but only because there was less female dialogue in book #2.DATA:Narrative mode: 1st person Dexter. Unabridged audiobook length: 8 hrs and 29 mins. Swearing language: strong including religious swear words. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: one hinted at (I think), no details. Setting: Miami, Florida. Book copyright: 2005. Genre: crime mystery suspense.

  • Sandy
    2018-10-20 15:34

    I liked it well enough, but was expecting more from this sequel. Namely, how Dex's relationship with Debra has changed now that she knows the truth about him. Aside from a few jabs about who he really is there was nothing. C'mon! First, what I did enjoy: 1) I liked how Dex just stumbles into becoming engaged to Rita. 2) I loved the idea of Cody being like Dexter and how excited he was at the idea of getting to mentor him. 3) I liked that Dex, of course, could appreciate Dr. Danco's work. 4) Frequent reminders of just how Dexter really is a monster like not immediately thinking of Deb went he got out of the sinking car, not particularly caring about helping resolve the Danco issue once Chutsky was saved, etc. What I didn't care for: 1) Dexter, or the writer rather, was a little too charmed by his own thoughts. 2) Not enough killing! Dexter gets a kill near the beginning and then we have to wait until the very end for him to finish what he started. I was just as frustrated as he was! 3) The Miami Police and the guys in Washington really just stand by and do nothing while their guys disappear and get cut apart by a maniac? REALLY? 'La la la la. Let's just continue on with our days as if nothing is going on.' What??? 4) Related to that: so much of this book was just waiting while some mad man was out there. Hmmm, Dexter can't do anything at the moment. Beer. TV. Occasional internet search. Beer. TV. More waiting. Yes, it's scintillating! 5) The bachelor party. Yes, people are *quite* stupid, but the goings on of that party were a bit much for me. Overall, kind of disappointing follow-up, but I did enjoy it well enough.

  • Tracie
    2018-11-08 19:36

    I'm fascinated how Lindsay can make Dexter both smug and whiny simultaneously, though I’m not quite sure if I find him compelling or annoying. This second novel in the Dexter series had a much more compelling plotline than the first; but, one again, the ending was tied up just a little too neatly and quickly. I do wish that Lindsay would stop telling the readers what they already know. Yes, we know Dexter hates blood. Yes, we know he thinks everyone else is a stupid waste of space, but I wonder how much of Dexter’s misanthropy is a mirror of the author’s own. We also know he thinks he doesn’t have any emotions, which Lindsay insists on telling us every time Dexter’s actions could be mistaken for empathy. Which tells me he is trying to compensate for many of Dexter’s actions being out of character. Of course, if you can explain it away with a flippant “Not that I have any feelings” there is no hole in the character development, right? Then again, how else can you make a serial killer heroic?

  • Mark Hodder
    2018-10-20 15:22

    Few authors can write a story that's both harrowing and humorous. Lindsay pulls it off without a stumble. What Dexter's foe does to his victims in this novel is truly ghastly--enough to give you nightmares--yet at the same time, Dexter cruises through the tale with his dark humour intact and his repartee often eliciting laugh-out-loud moments. If I have any issue with this, the second in the series, it's that the two kills that Dexter performs are done "offscreen" and that the villain of the piece gets the better of him ... Dexter has to be rescued! In many novels, this would be a much more serious problem but DEARLY DEVOTED DEXTER is less about the hunt and more about the emotional entanglements our non-emotional hero gets caught up in. As such, it offers a very satisfying and fun journey from first page to last. I'm definitely sticking with this series.

  • R Moriarty
    2018-11-05 20:15

    I liked the narrator and plot a little better this time. It's so strange revisiting this series of my childhood, different yet the same. Deborah is still my favorite character.

  • Bark
    2018-11-08 17:31

    Dexter, quite possibly one of fictions most charming serial killers, is back in book 2 dodging punches from Deb, spouting off quips and doing a little righteous slaying. This time he’s hunting down a pedophile to calm his “dark passenger” but he‘s having a hard time finding some “me” time because of the unavoidable humans in his life. Dexter is being shadowed by Sergeant Doakes who suspects he is up to no good in his free time (and he is or would be if people would leave him alone). This forces Dexter to pretend to be a boring human and spend most nights with his faux girlfriend Rita and her two kids watching tv. As if all that weren’t bad enough, his sister Detective Deb insists she needs his assistance on a case and drags him along with her to do some sleuthing. When he sees the first limbless, lipless, tongue-less (well, you get the picture) but still breathing victim he is intrigued by the man’s work and cheers up a bit, hoping to find the man and learn his secrets. Mayhem, murder and an unexpected change in his “romance” with Rita follow. I found it all quite entertaining in a darkly sarcastic and humorous way but I’m not a hardcore murder mystery/police procedural fan and this is more of a quirky character study. If it’s hardboiled crime and air-tight plots you’re looking for you will probably find a lot of holes in this story because it relies on a lot of improbable situations, most of it slightly humorous. There is also no overly described violence or gore here and the situations Dexter finds himself in can border on the ridiculous but it always amused me. The author has a knack for funny descriptions, like this one, that just work for me.“He stood there for a moment, gaping around, his receding reddish hair looking like it had gone through a storm and his pale belly hanging slightly over the waist of his dingy pajama bottoms. He did not look terribly dangerous to me, but of course I was not a five-year-old boy. After a moment, in which he stood with his mouth open, and scratched himself, and looked like he was a modeling for a statue of the greek God of Stupidity. . .”But the writing is not without its annoying quirks. Listening to Dexter refer to himself as “Dear Departed Dexter”, “Dour Dutiful Dexter, “Dutifully Dashing Dexter”. “Dimpled Dexter” and “Dexter the Sofa Spud” gets old quickly on audio. Dexter in the third person was often too cutesy for his own good and started to sound really corny as the book went along.As with Darkly Dreaming Dexter, I again listened to the audio version read by author Jeff Lindsay. If you’ve read my review for that audiobook all of the same narration complaints hold true here. Once again, Deb is portrayed as a woman who never simply speaks but barks out every word with impatience and unpleasantness. She alternates between being a grouchy, demanding bitch and a hysterical mess. Jeff Lindsay does a very good job voicing Dexter though. His voice is calm, funny and a little geeky so I guess I can deal with the obnoxious Deb even if the performance makes me cringe!

  • Brooke
    2018-10-31 20:34

    As I'd expected to, I quickly devoured the second Dexter novel today while enjoying the long-missed sunshine on my back porch. I'm not quite as delighted with it as I was with book #1. I still laughed a lot, but the narration wasn't quite as whimsical and delightful as before. However, I'm feeling something I didn't before - interest in where the plot's going. I really liked the surprise surrounding Cody, which is definitely a different angle than the show took. I'm eagerly looking forward to seeing how Dexter handles this. I'm disappointed that there wasn't much said by Deborah regarding her revelation about her brother from book #1, and I'm really hoping that it gets more attention in book #3. This is ripe for exploring, and I'm finding myself hoping the show goes this way, as well.

  • Carolyn
    2018-11-07 12:26

    In this second book of the Dexter series, Dexter is being closely watched by Sergeant Doakes who has his suspicions about Dexter's nocturnal activities. Instead of hunting down and killing serial killers in his spare time, he must instead pretend to be a normal member of society, spending time visiting his girlfriend Rita and playing with her kids. However, Dexter's sister Debbie, a Sergeant in Homicide takes him along to a horrendous crime scene where a man has been horribly mutilated but left alive and Dexter becomes involved in helping Doakes and Debbie hunt down the perpetrator. As usual, there is much sardonic, black humour, particularly as Dexter tries to rein in his dark side and play at being a family man.