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"What was Dexter without darkness?"

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On the cusp of marriage and the appearance of normalcy Dexter so desperately needs to maintain his privacy, the killer-with-a-conscience is entering a new phase of his life. A Miami crime scene investigator, this charismatic serial killer targets only on those who prey on innocents, monsters the world will not miss. Marriage to Rita, with her two children, seven-year-old Cody and ten-year-old Astor, will offer Dexter yet another curtain of invisibility. Leaving the scene of his latest dark pursuit, Dexter senses that he is being followed, but is unable to discover the source of his unease. The feeling continues on a crime scene the next day, his Dark Passenger strangely silent; in fact, his alter ego all but disappears. Thanks to diligence of the Watcher, Dexter is soon to be introduced to an all too real emotion- fear.

Submerging himself in the guise of family man, Dexter has more to lose, his new family nestled close to a cold, cold heart that had no intention of ever becoming attached to humans. Children who have survived their own horrors, Cody and Astor look up to their father-to-be, their surprisingly effective mentor having overcome an equally challenging childhood to become the sophisticated and likeable monster he is today. Certainly Dexter is an anomaly, his murderous ecstasy only unleashed on the most deserving, our proxy vigilante in a world overrun by random mayhem.

Once he has made a troubling connection to a horrific murder scene with two burnt, headless corpses, Dexter worries that other forces are at work and that he is being stalked, but by whom and why? What at first appears a double ritual murder akin to Santeria is connected to a far more ancient practice, so obscure and shrouded in mystery that only a diligent Dexter can unravel the frightening implications. Faced with the spiraling costs of the wedding thanks to an egomaniacal caterer, burned corpses piling up at crime scenes and the desertion of the Dark Passenger, Dexter is plunged into bitter reality, the Watcher always one step ahead, preparing his trap. The absence of the Passenger offers its own challenges, the suave grace of a natural predator replaced by a far less confident investigator assaulted by unfamiliar emotions: "I was no longer me and I had no idea who or what I was."

Brilliantly sardonic even in the throes of his darkest despair, Lindsay delivers a nicely evolved serial killer, ever adapting to the more sophisticated needs of a shadow world, adding new layers of identity to cope with his most serious threat to date. Delving into his subconscious to examine a sudden vulnerability and the mysterious disappearance of the Dark Passenger, Dexter reveals the innate complications of straddling human existence and the blood-saturated excesses of the monster community that dwells in the deepest recesses of the soul. Avoiding predictability, Lindsay continues to surprise and entertain with an unlikely protagonist who smooth talks his way through obstacles... and has a way with a sharp blade. Luan Gaines.
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An artist/writer, I have traveled the world, walked on the moon and learned the complicated language of humanity, the enormity of the universe... all through the written word. My first passport was a … more
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Miami cop Dexter Morgan and serial killer (the Dark Passenger), one-in-the-same, investigate a double murder on the University of Miami campus while the burned and beheaded body count continues to mount.

"The killer character that inspired the hit Showtime original series Dexter"--Jacket.
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ISBN-10: 0385518331 (hbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780385518338 (hbk.)
Author: Jeff Lindsay
Genre: Suspense, Psychological Fiction
Publisher: Doubleday
Date Published: 2007
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