Friday, February 3, 2006

Read: "Darkly Dreaming Dexter" by Jeffry Lindsay

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeffry Lindsay

Very good book. I would say excellent except for the goofy plot twist toward the end. The plot twist is foreshadowed a bit but is still too convenient. A lot of dark humour and real good insight into a stable but sociopathic dude.

Dexter is the main character and narrator. Dexter is a blood spatter expert for the Miami-Dade police department. Orphaned at age three, Dexter was taken in by Harry, a Miami detective. Dexter dresses well, is always pleasant and friendly, and a complete sociopath. Dexter's interests are stalking, capturing and killing other serial killers. His job as a crime scene analyst lets him easily identify and "play" with other killers in Miami.

This was a real interesting character. I read reviews for this book when it came out in 2004 but never got around to reading it until now. Dexter is a real pleasant fella, not the standard thriller novel bad guy. Dexter is well settled in his job, has a sister (Harry's daughter) who cares about him, has an attractive girlfriend, and is always quick with his wit and charm. But, as Dexter says throughout the book, he has no human emotions or feelings. He cares for no one and this causes him worry when he starts to feel what might be emotions.

The author's descriptions of life in Miami are humorous. Judging from all the Miami authors who write about the town I have to say that Miami must be a crazy place.

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