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Dearly Devoted Dexter


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Furiously fast, funny and thrilling, DEARLY DEVOTED DEXTER proves what the critics said for his first Dexter novel: 'A virtuoso debut...a compulsive trip through territory rendered familiar by the psycho-thrillers of Thomas Harris and Michael Connelly' Guardian. Jeff Lindsay's debut, DARKLY DREAMING DEXTER, was one of the most original and exciting novels in the serial killer genre for years. It received excellent reviews: 'A sleek black comedy' Literary Review. 'It's easy to see why this debut novel has gone down a storm ... the whole thing is stylish, polished and very readable. Lindsay rattles off his story and does the job just as professionally as Dexter does his' Mirror. '[A] macabre tour-de-force' New York Times. 'Lindsay applies the thumbscrew with witty relish and draws the reader in from the outset ... Dexter is one of a kind and his adventures never fail to entertain' Guardian. The makers of Sex in the City, The Sopranos and Six Feet Under, have bought TV rights and will make a 26-part series featuring Dexter.

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Jeff Lindsay lives in Florida with his wife and three daughters.


Dexter the Demon, Dexter the Avenger-whatever he chooses to call himself, the hero of this intelligent, darkly humorous series knows he's a monster who loves slicing people into little pieces. That Dexter limits his killing to "acceptable" victims-usually other serial killers-is designed to keep the reader from having to worry too much about the morality of his avocation. Dexter's just added his 40th victim, a homicidal pedophile, and is eagerly looking ahead to number 41 when he becomes involved in a case through his job as a blood spatter analyst at the Miami-Dade police forensics lab. A man is found with "everything on [his] body cut off, absolutely everything"-a piece of work that makes Dexter's own tidy killings look like child's play. This madman, nicknamed Danco, spends weeks surgically removing his victims' ears, lips, nose, arms, legs, etc., while keeping them alive to watch their own mutilation. Despite a certain professional admiration for Danco's dexterity, Dexter decides to take on the case. It's the contradictions in Dexter's character that make it all work-he's smart, he's funny, he cares for children, and yet he has no normal human responses or emotions. The first book in the series, Darkly Dreaming Dexter, was very well received; this one should be as well, and deservedly so. (July 19) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Remember Darkly Dreaming Dexter Morgan, blood-spatter expert by day and serial vigilante by night? After his first romp, a Book Sense pick and an LJ highlight ("a macabre gem"), he's out chasing another baddie while trying to keep Sergeant Doakes's suspicions at bay. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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