Dexter’s Final Cut (Review)

Book cover for "Dexter's Final Cut" by Jeff Lindsay.Title: Dexter’s Final Cut

Author/Narrator: Jeff Lindsay

Publication Year: 2013

Pages: 368 (audio length: 14 hours 23 minutes)

Genre: Fiction

Source: Audiobook version purchased from

From the cover:

Hollywood gets more than it bargained for when television’s hottest star arrives at the Miami Police Department and develops an intense, professional interest in a camera-shy blood spatter analyst named Dexter Morgan.

Mega-star Robert Chase is famous for losing himself in his characters. When he and a group of actors descend on the Miami Police Department for “research”, Chase becomes fixated on Dexter Morgan, the blood spatter analyst with a sweet tooth for doughnuts and a seemingly average life. To perfect his role, Chase is obsessed with shadowing Dexter’s every move and learning what really makes him tick. There is just one tiny problem…Dexter’s favorite hobby involves hunting down the worst killers to escape legal justice, and introducing them to his special brand of playtime. It’s a secret best kept out of the spotlight and away from the prying eyes of bloated Hollywood egos if Dexter wants to stay out of the electric chair. The last thing he needs is bright lights and the paparazzi…but even Dexter isn’t immune to the call of fame.

(This is the seventh book in the Dexter series, after Darkly Dreaming DexterDearly Devoted DexterDexter in the DarkDexter by DesignDexter is Delicious, and Double Dexter.)

I’ve been waiting for this book to come out for ages. Months. Years, even. The release date kept moving, and I (and I’m sure many other readers) kept waiting … and then, finally, it appeared.

Dexter’s Final Cut is the last second last book in the series, and it came out around the same time that the end of the Showtime series Dexter was broadcasting. There’ve been so many differences between the two, particularly in the last few books/seasons, so I wasn’t expecting them to be the same by any means, but I was definitely curious as to how they’d both choose to “end” the story of Dexter Morgan.

That being said, I feel like this book wasn’t really an ending. It did veer away from the rest of the books in the way Dexter conducted himself near the end, but it didn’t really seem like it was in-character, a natural shift. It didn’t feel like an “and this is how it will be from now on, going forward”, with all the loose ends tied up, kind of book, like I would expect of the end of a series. No, rather … this book opened up a few entirely new plot directions that I’m kind of disappointed weren’t dealt with in the end.

The murder and mayhem, and the internal monologue that Dexter has going, however, remained essentially unchanged. That was really the only thing that held me through until the end of the book. I actually preferred the series finale of Dexter to Dexter’s Final Cut, and to any fans of the series, that says all that needs to be said.


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