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Dexter is alone for the first time in his life, and he realizes he's being hunted by an adversary more sinister than anything he's ever faced. Dexter must summon his sharpest investigative powers not only to pursue his enemy, but to locate--and truly understand--his Dark Passenger. It is nothing less than a search for his own dark soul...fueled by a steady supply of cream-filled donuts.
Macabre, ironic, and wonderfully entertaining, DEXTER IN THE DARK goes deeper into the dark psyche of one of the freshest protagonists in recent fiction.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 40.
- Review Date: 0000-00-00
- Reviewer: Staff
In Lindsay’s third novel to feature endearing Miami cop and serial killer Dexter Morgan (after 2005’s Darkly Devoted Dexter), the Dark Passenger, the voice inside Dexter’s head that from time to time drives him to the “Theme Park of the Unthinkable,” inexplicably disappears while Morgan is investigating a gruesome double murder on the University of Miami campus. The crime scene, at which two co-eds were ritualistically burned and beheaded, gives even the human vivisection–loving vigilante the creeps. As the burned and beheaded body count continues to mount, Morgan realizes that the force behind the killings is something even more evil than his Dark Passenger. Though the macabre wit that powered the first two installments of this delightfully dark series (also a hit on TV’s Showtime) is still evident, this third entry takes a decidedly deep introspective turn as Dexter is forced to contemplate not only life without his enigmatic companion but also who—or what—he truly is. (Sept.)
The killer inside
Jeff Lindsay's Dexter in the Dark is certainly one of the most original novels in recent memory. This is the third of the Dexter books, which are so popular they have been adapted into a TV series for Showtime. Think "CSI" meets An American Werewolf in London, and you won't be far off. Dexter Morgan represents the "CSI" part of the equation. He is a South Florida forensic pathologist with a big secret. The big secret is the Dark Passenger, a vengeful being who inhabits Dexter's psyche, directing him in all sorts of merry mayhem in the name of the greater good. Or so Dexter thinks. This is, of course, a hobby best pursued solo, but Dexter has a couple of soon-to-be stepchildren who are hip to his secret, so he reluctantly agrees to train them in the dark arts that will come to shape their young lives. It must be said that Dexter only wreaks havoc on folks who richly deserve it, and given his line of work, he is exceptionally careful not to leave any incriminating evidence. Lately, though, his Dark Passenger seems to have deserted him; Dexter senses that something has frightened his alter ego badly, perhaps another Dark Passenger. Not a happy thought, especially as this new being seems to have none of Dexter's scruples with regard to choice of victims. Lindsay has a tongue-in-cheek writing style reminiscent of Lawrence Block's in his Burglar (Bernie Rhodenbarr) seriesever so slightly highbrow, but at the same time displaying an endearing self-effacing quality in the protagonist.