Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter Series

Jeff_LindsayAbout the author:

Jeffry Freundlich aka Jeff Lindsay

Born: July 14, 1952, Miami, FL

Education: B.A. – Middlebury College, VT

Website: http://www.dexter-books.com/

Thriller Sub-genre: Forensic Thriller

Publisher: Vintage Books

Future of the series: Lindsay has officially ended the series with Dexter is Dead.

A Review of the Last Novel in the Series- Dexter is Dead

The Simon Review

How I would love to sit in a on a roundtable of clinical psychologist discussing the psychological profile of the fan that likes the character Dexter Morgan.  The serial killer is one of the most loathsome and hated creature on the face of the planet, yet Dexter, a self proclaimed serial killer, is a very likable character.  Do we love him because he has a macabre but great sense of humor?  Maybe, but would you like Jeffery Dahmer if he had been spouting out witty one-liners?  Perhaps we like him because he is a great family man and good with the children?  Maybe, but then again Dennis Radar, aka BTK killer, had a wife and two kids.  Or could it be the fact that he only kills “bad” people?  Ah, there’s the ticket.  How many times have we seen an OJ Simpson or a George Zimmerman get off scot-free when we know they are guilty?  It’s times like this when we secretly wish that there is a Dexter Morgan hiding in the wings.  I have to give credit to Jeff Lindsay in creating a character that would be normally considered a monster and turning him into a hero.

After reading the first novel of the series, I had mixed feelings about the character Dexter, perhaps it was the fact that he cuts up his victims and wraps up their body parts in plastic garbage bags to dispose of them, and that the vigilante part of me was still quite dormant.  However, as the series progresses, Dexter begins to develop a soul.  He cared and respected his deceased foster father and is protective and caring towards his foster sister.  However, his most redeeming quality, which won me over, was the birth of his own daughter, Lily Anne, which turned him into a doting and protective father.  Seeing these qualities develop in the most vile of creatures makes one believe that maybe there is some hope for humanity after all.

But Dexter Morgan does not stand alone; Lindsay entertains us with a whole host of wonderful characters.  There is Dexter’s cop foster sister, Debra Morgan, whose foul mouth bravado keeps Dexter on his toes.  Then there is Dexter’s girlfriend/wife Rita and her two children both of them are Dexter wannabes, Cody and Astor.  Of course we can’t forget about Dexter’s pals in the office, the donut eating Vince Masuoka and Angel Batista-no-relation.  My favorite character is Dexter’s arch nemesis, Sgt. James Doakes, whose profane insults at Dexter through his PDA leaves me with a smile.

If you are a forensic junkie, there is not much substance in this series for you.  Even though Dexter is a blood splatter technologist, there is not much in the way of tech lingo.  However, if you like macabre humor, this series is just the ticket.  For the most part, the series should be read in order, mainly to follow the developments in Dexter’s family.

Simon’s pick:

Most Favorite Novel in the Series- Dexter is Delicious, because the birth of Dexter’s daughter, Lily Anne, and the reappearance of his serial killer brother gives a new twist on the dysfunctional family.

Least Favorite Novel in the Series-Dexter’s Final Cut, because I did not like the Dexter that was in this novel.  However, the ending was compelling and there will be major changes for Dexter in future novels.

What about the science?

Even though Dexter is a blood splatter analyst, there really isn’t much of a teaching lesson in forensic science.

The Dexter Morgan Technical Word in Review: Old Sparky, Dexter’s term for the electric chair.  Ironically, the first electric chair was designed as a result of the “current wars” between Thomas Edison and Westinghouse.  It was Edison’s push to prove that AC was considerably more lethal than DC and the end result was the development of the electric chair.  The first prisoner to be executed using the electric chair was William Kemmler at New York State’s Auburn Prison on August 6, 1880.


But like everything else in the world that sounds good, freedom is an illusion.  And in this case, I had no more choice than a man strapped into Old Sparky who is told that he’s free to stay alive as long as he can when they throw the switch. –Dexter is Delicious


Books in the Series by Order:

Vote for your favorite Forensic Thriller on the Forensic Fiction List on Goodreads Listopia.

Goodreads Forensic Fiction Best List

Most Favorite in the series: Darkly Dreaming Dexter with a score of 3.89

Least Favorite in the series: Dexter is Dead with a score of 3.47

Based on overall ratings from Goodreads, Barnes and Nobles, Library Thing and Amazon (US & UK)

Darkly_Dreaming_Dexter#1-Darkly Dreaming Dexter- 2004  

Winner of the 2005 Dilys Award

Listed #16 out of 120 on Goodreads Forensic Fiction Book List

Sample clip from the audio book

First Line:

Moon.


Characters

Dexter Morgan: Blood spot analyst during the day, serial killer at night.  Dexter is a serial killer that kills only “bad” people.

Debra Morgan: Dexter’s foster sister and a police detective.

Harry Morgan: Dexter’s deceased foster father and police detective.  He is Dexter’s conscience throughout the series.

Vince Masuoka: Dexter’s forensic coworker

Angel Batista-no-relation: Dexter’s colleague that works in the medical examiner’s office.

Sgt. James Doakes: A police officer that suspects that Dexter is not the kind human being that everyone is made to believe and sets his goals in ‘taking down’ Dexter.


The Setting

Miami, Florida


Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He’s a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened — of himself or some other fiend.


From The Best Bad Reviews:

Mike Klemundt from Goodreads gave Jeff Lindsay’s Darkly Dreaming Dexter a one star rating.  If one is going to criticize college graduates for poor writing skills, then it is best to use ‘absolutely’ good spelling and not ‘stray’ on your grammar.

Jeff Lindsay has absolulety no writing talent, whatsoever. In fact, stay stray from any of his novel, he is another snub college graduate with little to no experience in his field.


Looking for a review of Darkly Dreaming Dexter?  Check out:

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Amazon Rating-US: 4.08 out of 5 stars based on 960 ratings

Amazon Rating-UK: 4.30 out of 5 stars based on 242 ratings

GoodReads Rating: 3.89 out of 5 stars based on 154,851 ratings

Barnes & Nobel Rating: 4.30 out of 5 stars based on 952 ratings

Library Thing Rating: 3.68 out of 5 stars based on 1,838 ratings

Total Score 3.89   (updated 4/18/17)

 

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Dearly_Devoted_Dexter#2-Dearly Devoted Dexter- 2005

Listed #45 out of 120 on Goodreads Forensic Fiction Book List

Sample clip from the audio book

First Line:

It’s that moon again, slung so fat and low in the tropical night, calling out across a curdled sky and into the quivering ears of the dear old voice in the shadows, The Dark Passenger, nestled snug in the backseat of the Dodge K-car of Dexter’s hypothetical soul.


Characters

Dexter Morgan, Debra Morgan, Harry Morgan, Vince Masuoka, Sgt. James Doakes, and Angel Batista-no-relation

Kyle Chutsky is part of un-named branch of the government involved in covert operations, eventually becomes Debra Morgan’s boyfriend.


The Setting

Miami, Florida


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 arch-nemesis is abducted that Dex can finally throw himself into the search for a new plaything. Unless, of course, his plaything finds him first…


Looking for a review of Dearly Devoted Dexter?  Check out:

J.N. Cahill

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Lucybird’s Book Blog

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Des’ Random Thoughts


Amazon Rating-US: 4.27 out of 5 stars based on 340 ratings

Amazon Rating-UK: 4.36 out of 5 stars based on 91 ratings

GoodReads Rating: 3.84 out of 5 stars based on 33,754 ratings

Barnes & Nobel Rating: 4.40 out of 5 stars based on 404 ratings

Library Thing Rating: 3.82 out of 5 stars based on 913 ratings

Total Score 3.85   (updated 7/10/16)

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Dexter_in_the_Dark#3-Dexter in the Dark- 2007                          

Listed #53 out of 120 on Goodreads Forensic Fiction Book List

Sample clip from the audio book

First Line:

It remembered a sense of surprise, and then falling, but that was all.


Characters

Dexter Morgan, Debra Morgan, Harry Morgan, Vince Masuoka, Sgt. James Doakes, and Angel Batista-no-relation

Cody and Astor Morgan Dexter’s adopted children


The Setting

Miami, Florida


In his work as a Miami crime scene investigator, Dexter Morgan is accustomed to seeing evil deeds. . . particularly because, on occasion, he commits them himself. But Dexter’s happy existence is turned upside down when he is called to an unusually disturbing crime scene at the university campus. Dexter’s Dark Passenger – mastermind of his homicidal prowess – immediately senses something chillingly recognizable and goes into hiding. Dexter is alone for the first time in his life, and he realizes he’s being hunted by a truly sinister adversary. Meanwhile he’s planning a wedding and trying to learn how to be a stepfather to his fiancé’s two kids – who might just have dark tendencies themselves.


Looking for a review of Dexter in the Dark?  Check out:

J.N. Cahill

Lucybird’s Book Blog

Skulls in the Stars

Des’ Random Thoughts


Amazon Rating-US: 3.14 out of 5 stars based on 394 ratings

Amazon Rating-UK: 3.77 out of 5 stars based on 90 ratings

GoodReads Rating: 3.48 out of 5 stars based on 33,754 ratings

Barnes & Nobel Rating: 4.06 out of 5 stars based on 307 ratings

Library Thing Rating: 3.40 out of 5 stars based on 621 ratings

Total Score 3.48  (updated 7/10/16)

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Dexter_by_Design#4-Dexter by Design- 2009 

Sample clip from the audio book

          

First Line:

Pardonnez-moi, monsieur. 


Characters

Dexter Morgan, Debra Morgan, Harry Morgan, Vince Masuoka, Angel Batista-no-relation, Kyle Chutsky, Cody and Astor Morgan and Sgt. James Doakes


The Setting

Miami, Florida Paris, France and Havana, Cuba


After his surprisingly glorious honeymoon in Paris, life is almost normal for Dexter Morgan. Married life seems to agree with him: he’s devoted to his bride, his stomach is full, and his homicidal hobbies are nicely under control. But old habits die hard–and Dexter’s work as a blood spatter analyst never fails to offer new temptations that appeal to his offbeat sense of justice…and his Dark Passenger still waits to hunt with him in the moonlight.

The discovery of a corpse (artfully displayed as a sunbather relaxing on a Miami beach chair) naturally piques Dexter’s curiosity and Miami’s finest realize they’ve got a terrifying new serial killer on the loose. And Dexter, of course, is back in business.


Looking for a review of Dexter by Design?  Check out:

Lucybird’s Book Blog

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Des’ Random Thoughts


Amazon Rating-US: 3.94 out of 5 stars based on 213 ratings

Amazon Rating-UK: 4.34 out of 5 stars based on 80 ratings

GoodReads Rating: 3.72 out of 5 stars based on 17,528 ratings

Barnes & Nobel Rating: 4.10 out of 5 stars based on 268 ratings

Library Thing Rating: 3.56 out of 5 stars based on 382 ratings

Total Score 3.73  (updated 7/10/16)

 

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Dexter_is_Delicious#5-Dexter is Delicious- 2010

Sample clip from the audio book

First Line:

This part of the hospital seems like foreign country to me.


Characters

Dexter Morgan, Debra Morgan, Harry Morgan, Vince Masuoka, Sgt. James Doakes, Angel Batista-no-relation, Kyle Chutsky and Cody and Astor Morgan

Lily Anne Morgan: Dexter’s new infant daughter


The Setting

Miami, Florida


Dexter Morgan’s happy homicidal life is undergoing some major changes. He’s always live by a single golden rule – he kills only people who deserve it. But the Miami blood-spatter analyst has recently become a daddy – to an eight-pound curiosity named Lily Anne – and strangely, Dex’s dark urges seem to have left him. Is he ready to become an overprotective father? To pick up soft teddy bears instead of his trusty knife, duct tape, and fishing wire? What’s a serial killer to do?

Then Dexter is summoned to investigate the disappearance of an eighteen-year-old girl who seems to have been abducted by a bizarre group…who just may be vampires…and – possibly – cannibals. Nothing like the familiar hum of his day job to get Dexter’s creative dark juices flowing again. Assisting his bull-in-a-china-shop detective sister, Deborah, Dex wades into an investigation that gets more disturbing by the moment. And to compound the complication of Dexter’s ever-more-complicated life, a person from his past suddenly reappears…moving dangerously close to his home turf and threatening to destroy the one thing that has maintained Dexter’s pretend human cover and kept him out of the electric chair: his new family.


Looking for a review of Dexter is Delicious?  Check out:

Lucybird’s Book Blog

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Des’ Random Thoughts


Amazon Rating-US: 4.11 out of 5 stars based on 210 ratings

Amazon Rating-UK: 4.14 out of 5 stars based on 65 ratings

GoodReads Rating: 3.78 out of 5 stars based on 14,048 ratings

Barnes & Nobel Rating: 4.10 out of 5 stars based on 284 ratings

Library Thing Rating: 3.59 out of 5 stars based on 250 ratings

Total Score 3.79   (updated 7/10/16)

 

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Double_Dexter#6-Double Dexter- 2011

Sample clip from the audio book

First Line:

Of course there are clouds.


Characters

Dexter Morgan, Debra Morgan, Harry Morgan, Vince Masuoka, Angel Batista-no-relation, Lily Anne Morgan, Cody and Astor Morgan and Sgt. James Doakes


The Setting

Miami, Florida


A witness. Such a simple concept – and yet for Dexter Morgan, the perfectly well-disguised monster, the possibility of a witness is unthinkable. But when Dexter is on a very private, very satisfying excursion one evening with a wretchedly deserving playmate, the unthinkable happens: someone sees him.

Dexter is not at all pleased. As an upstanding blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, he has always managed to keep the darker side of his life out of the spotlight…the fun part, where he finds truly bad people – murderers who have escaped the reach of the justice system – and quietly gives them his very special attentions. But now that he’s been seen and identified by his witness, Dexter must launch himself into a different kind of hunt.

Making matters worse, a brutal cop killer is targeting Miami’s police detectives, leaving behind bodies that are battered beyond recognition…and completely bloodless. As the department grows more fearful of the psychotic killer in their midst, Dexter must handle his own crisis and come to terms with the fact that his witness is not only circling him but determined to expose him. Dexter is being followed, manipulated, and mimicked…leading him to realize that no one likes to have a double, especially when his double’s goal is to kill him.


Looking for a review of Double Dexter?  Check out:

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Amazon Rating-US: 3.98 out of 5 stars based on 217 ratings

Amazon Rating-UK: 4.59 out of 5 stars based on 69 ratings

GoodReads Rating: 3.82 out of 5 stars based on 10,090 ratings

Barnes & Nobel Rating: 4.20 out of 5 stars based on 93 ratings

Library Thing Rating: 3.59 out of 5 stars based on 129 ratings

Total Score 3.83   (updated 7/10/16)

 

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Dexter's_Final_Cut#7-Dexter’s Final Cut- 2013

Sample clip from the audio book

First Line:

It’s not that bad being dead.


Characters

Dexter Morgan, Debra Morgan, Harry Morgan, Vince Masuoka, Angel Batista-no-relation, Lily Anne Morgan,  Cody and Astor Morgan, Rita Bennet-Morgan


The Setting

Miami, Florida


Hollywood gets more than it bargained for when television’s hottest star arrives at the Miami Police Department and develops an intense, professional interest in a camera-shy blood spatter analyst named Dexter Morgan.

Mega-star Robert Chase is famous for losing himself in his characters. When he and a group of actors descend on the Miami Police Department for “research,” Chase becomes fixated on Dexter Morgan, the blood spatter analyst with a sweet tooth for doughnuts and a seemingly average life. To perfect his role, Chase is obsessed with shadowing Dexter’s every move and learning what really makes him tick. There is just one tiny problem . . . Dexter’s favorite hobby involves hunting down the worst killers to escape legal justice, and introducing them to his special brand of playtime. It’s a secret best kept out of the spotlight and away from the prying eyes of bloated Hollywood egos if Dexter wants to stay out of the electric chair. The last thing he needs is bright lights and the paparazzi. . . but even Dexter isn’t immune to the call of fame.


From The Best Bad Reviews:

Here is Nancy’s opinion from Goodreads on Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter’s Final Cut:

If, indeed, this is the end for Dexter, then it seems to me that Jeff Lindsay extended a middle finger to his readers.


Looking for a review of Dexter’s Final Cut?  Check out:

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Amazon Rating-US: 3.52 out of 5 stars based on 312 ratings

Amazon Rating-UK: 4.11 out of 5 stars based on 62 ratings

GoodReads Rating: 3.52 out of 5 stars based on 5,445 ratings

Barnes & Nobel Rating: 4.00 out of 5 stars based on 22 ratings

Library Thing Rating: 3.59 out of 5 stars based on 55 ratings

Total Score 3.53  (updated 7/10/16)

 

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Dexter_is_Dead#8-Dexter Is Dead- 2015

Sample clip from the audio book

My Review of Dexter is Dead

First Line:

It wasn’t supposed to end this way.


Characters

Dexter Morgan, Debra Morgan, Harry Morgan, Vince Masuoka,  Lily Anne Morgan,  Cody and Astor Morgan


The Setting

Miami, Florida


Dexter Morgan has burned the candle at both ends for many years. Blood spatter analyst . . . husband . . . father . . . serial killer. And now, for the first time, his world has truly collapsed. Dexter is arrested on charges of murder. He has lost everything—including his wife, his kids, and the loyalty of his sister. Now completely alone, Dexter faces a murder charge (for a crime . . . ironically . . . he did not actually commit). His only chance for freedom lies with his brother, Brian, who has a dark plan to prove Dexter’s innocence. But the stakes are deadly, and the epic showdown that lies in Dexter’s path may lead, once and for all, to his demise.


From The Best Bad Reviews:

Anthony Ho review on Amazon of Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter is Dead

This is Dull Disappointing Dexter that Doesn’t Deliver Delight.


Looking for a review of Dexter’s is Dead?  Check out:

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Amazon Rating-US: 3.79 out of 5 stars based on 218 ratings

Amazon Rating-UK: 3.69 out of 5 stars based on 26 ratings

GoodReads Rating: 3.47 out of 5 stars based on 2,598 ratings

Barnes & Nobel Rating: 3.57 out of 5 stars based on 7 ratings

Library Thing Rating: 3.13 out of 5 stars based on 24 rating

Total Score 3.47 (updated 7/10/16)

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