Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

Dexter Morgan is not your average serial killer. His victims are not chosen at random. He kills the bad guys, the ones that deserved to be killed, like the priest that was raping and murdering orphan children.

Dexter can't seem to help what he is, and at least he is channeling his ways into something positive, right? In fact, his foster father has given him the Code of Harry of which to live by: if you feel the need to kill, there are many who deserve to be killed. But those duties are just his MO. His day job is working for the Miami Police Department as a blood splatter analyst.

Most recently he has been helping his sister, Deborah, a Miami cop trying to move up to homicide, with a string of killings involving prostitutes who have been dismembered with no traces of blood left at the scene. In charge of the case is Detective LaGuerta, a woman with a specific fondness for Dexter who refuses to let his sister stake any claim on her turf.

As more and more victims turn up dead, Dexter can't help but consider the irony that these exact killings have appeared in his dreams. While it certainly gives Dexter the premonition needed to aid his sister in solving the crimes, it causes him to question if he could be the killer. After all, how many people have the ability to think and kill like Dexter other than Dexter himself?

With a dark sense of humor, Lindsay has created a serial killer that readers are sure to like. Also, I would love to see the Showtime adapation of Dexter starring Michael C. Hall who played David Fisher in the HBO series Six Feet Under. If anyone has seen the show, please post a comment, as I would love to hear your thoughts.

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