Title: Dearly Devoted Dexter
Author: Jeff Lindsay
Narrator: Nick Landrum
Publication Year: 2005
Pages: 400 (audio length: 9 hours 24 minutes)
Source: Audiobook version purchased from Audible.com
From the cover:
Dexter Morgan has been under considerable pressure. In trying to avoid the deep suspicions of the dangerous Sergeant Doakes – who believes Dexter is a homicidal maniac (which, of course, he is) – Dexter has had to slip further into his foolproof domestic disguise. While not working as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, he now spends nearly all his time with his girlfriend, Rita, and her two children. But how long can Dexter play Kick the Can instead of Slice the Slasher? How long before his Dark Passenger forces him to drop the charade of family life and let his inner monster run free?
In trying times, opportunity knocks. A particularly nasty psychopath is cutting a trail through Miami – a man who “slices and dices and leaves vegetables behind”. Dexter’s dark appetite is revived, but it’s not until his nemesis, Sergeant Doakes, is abducted that Dex can finally throw himself headlong into the search for a new plaything.
Unless, of course, his plaything finds him first.
I hadn’t thought that it could get better, but it could. And it did.
It’s hard for me to write about this book without giving too much of the plot away, so I’ll try to stick to the basics. Just like in Darkly Dreaming Dexter, the title character is witty and charming, even though there’s far less actual serial killing in this one … at least on his part. And personally, I found the “bad guy” in this installment to be much more interesting than the one in the first. It’s really weird for me to say, but I love the way that Lindsay seems to be able to write about such horrifying serial killers and the things that they do, while still making me laugh and wanting Dexter to go off on more of his little dates in the dark.
Also, I love that Lindsay doesn’t shy away from introducing new characters that will be sticking with us, and fleshing out more than just Dexter. It just makes the story so much richer and more interesting, at least for me.
Dearly Devoted Dexter is a great second installment in the series, and one that definitely improves upon the first and keeps the reader engaged. If you’re thinking about giving this one a try, I say … go for it!