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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (65,311 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeff Lindsay Narrator: Jeff Lindsay Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dexter Series Release Date:
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The Basis for a New Showtime® Original Series Starring Michael C. Hall

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The plot has some nice twists, and the Miami setting contributes its own eccentric flavor. But the real appeal of this macabre tour-de-force is Dexter’s sardonic voice, so snappy and smart, and yet so full of self-loathing that we hate ourselves for laughing.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • A macabre tour-de-force. The New York Times Book Review“A dark comedy with a creative twist.
  • “A witty, grisly debut…A guilty pleasure few monster-addicts will be able to resist.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Lindsay’s tale is daring and unexpectedly comedic. The writing is lively and the plot steps away from the common ground in which many thrillers are rooted. When it comes to light, the tragic incident in Dexter’s past rolls over us like a nightmare from which we can’t wake up.”

    USA Today

  • “A dark comedy with a creative twist.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Maybe the first serial killer who unabashedly solicits our love.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “With chills like these, you can skip the air-conditioning.”


  • “One of the most likeable vigilante serial killers in recent thriller literature.”

    New Yorker

  • “Just when you think (hope?) that the tired and rarely credible device of the serial killer next door has hit a wall, along comes a writer like Jeff Lindsay to prove you wrong…So enjoyable.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A fresh, inventive slice of crime fiction that turns the axis of good and evil…upside down. A psychological thriller in the best sense of the genre.”


  • “A memorable debut with a hero who really ought to be in a mental institution, but is too much fun to lock up.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “Dexter’s captivating, first-person account is a genuinely exciting read.”

    Time Out New York

  • “This ghoulish, fascinating tale…will grip readers and make a lasting impression.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Entertaining…Dexter is a fascinating character, though he’s not the kind of guy you’d like to invite to dinner.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Totally captivating…Totally original. The characters are beautifully drawn, particularly Dexter, who is tremendously likeable, his hobby notwithstanding.”

    St. Petersburg Times

  • “Lindsay gets high marks for originality, atmosphere, vibrant action scenes, and having the brass to write this in the first place.”

    Tulsa World

  • “Jeff Lindsay sure does it right with Darkly Dreaming Dexter.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Newcomer Jeff Lindsay has created a unique hero…Intriguing.”

    Mystery Scene

  • “In creating a singularly unique killer, Lindsay also manages to create a few sleepless nights for the reader.”

    Anniston Star

  • A 2005 Macavity Award Finalist for Best Mystery Novel
  • A 2005 Barry Award Finalist for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 2005 Dilys Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2007 Abraham Lincoln Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Aileen | 2/19/2014

    " I read this book quickly because it was very interesting. Unfortunately, I had already seen season 1 of the tv series, so I was disappointed in the detail that was left out of this book. I understand the scene in the cargo box better from the book than I did from the episode of the show. I'm going to continue reading the series and I think I'll like subsequent books better because I haven't seen the other seasons of the show. The show is less consistent with the lack of emotion in Dexter and of course the show plays up the romantic interest between Dexter and Rita. This is such an interesting, good idea for a book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Brent | 2/14/2014

    " The character is good, but the plot is only so-so. One of the few instances where the TV show adaptation outstrips the source material. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Charles Wyatt | 2/4/2014

    " great, but corny edges at times. really wish I could watch the show now; well ill just read the rest of the books. one of few authors I can really appreciate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mya | 1/16/2014

    " It was interesting to read the book that inspired the series. TV show stayed fairly close to the book then took a sharp turn that changed things drastically. This was one case where I think I liked the show more than the book. I wish I could give it 2 1/2 stars since it's a little better than okay but not quite 3 star writing. "

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