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Darkly Dreaming Dexter

(2004)
(The first book in the Dexter series)
A novel by

 
Awards
Dilys Awards Best Book
Macavity Awards Best Novel (nominee)
Meet Dexter Morgan. He's a highly respected lab technician specializing in blood spatter for the Miami Dade Police Department. He's a handsome, though reluctant, ladies' man. He's polite, says all the right things, and rarely calls attention to himself. He's also a sociopathic serial killer whose "Dark Passenger" drives him to commit the occasional dismemberment.



Mind you, Dexter's the good guy in this story.



Adopted at the age of four after an unnamed tragedy left him orphaned, Dexter's learned, with help from his pragmatic policeman father, to channel his "gift," killing only those who deal in death themselves. But when a new serial killer starts working in Miami, staging elaborately grisly scenes that are, to Dexter, an obvious attempt at communication from one monster to another, the eponymous protagonist finds himself at a loss. Should he help his policewoman sister Deborah earn a promotion to the Homicide desk by finding the fiend? Or should he locate this new killer himself, so he can express his admiration for the other's "art?" Or is it possible that psycho Dexter himself, admittedly not the most balanced of fellows, is finally going completely insane and committing these messy crimes himself?



Despite his penchant for vivisection, it's hard not to like Dexter as his coldly logical personality struggles to emulate emotions he doesn't feel and to keep up his appearance as a caring, unremarkable human being. Breakout author Jeff Lindsay's plot is tense and absorbing, but it's the voice of Dexter and his reactions to the other characters that will keep readers glued to Darkly Dreaming Dexter, as well as making it one of the most original and highly recommended serial killer stories in a long time. --Benjamin Reese

Genre: Mystery    Get it on Google Play
 
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Used availability for Jeff Lindsay's Darkly Dreaming Dexter


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Hardback Editions

May 2004 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Author(s): Jeff Lindsay
ISBN: 0-8488-3303-1 / 978-0-8488-3303-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Amereon Ltd
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July 2005 : USA Library Binding
Title: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Author(s): J Lindsay
ISBN: 1-4177-3223-7 / 978-1-4177-3223-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tandem Library
Availability: Amazon UK   

November 2004 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Author(s): Jeff Lindsay
ISBN: 0-7528-6675-3 / 978-0-7528-6675-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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October 2004 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Author(s): Jeff Lindsay
ISBN: 0-7862-6753-4 / 978-0-7862-6753-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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July 2004 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Darkly Dreaming Dexter: A Novel
Author(s): Jeff Lindsay
ISBN: 0-385-51123-X / 978-0-385-51123-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

August 2009 : USA Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Author(s): Jeff Lindsay
ISBN: 0-307-47370-8 / 978-0-307-47370-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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September 2007 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Author(s): Jeff Lindsay
ISBN: 0-7528-8318-6 / 978-0-7528-8318-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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September 2006 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Author(s): Jeff Lindsay
ISBN: 0-307-27788-7 / 978-0-307-27788-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
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November 2005 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Author(s): Jeff Lindsay
ISBN: 0-7528-7967-7 / 978-0-7528-7967-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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July 2005 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Author(s): Jeff Lindsay
ISBN: 0-7528-6574-9 / 978-0-7528-6574-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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June 2005 : USA Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Author(s): Jeff Lindsay
ISBN: 1-4000-9591-3 / 978-1-4000-9591-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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May 2005 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Author(s): Jeff Lindsay
ISBN: 0-7528-6472-6 / 978-0-7528-6472-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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2005 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Author(s): Jeffry P Lindsay
ISBN: 1-4056-2037-4 / 978-1-4056-2037-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Paragon
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November 2004 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Author(s): Jeff Lindsay
ISBN: 0-7528-6676-1 / 978-0-7528-6676-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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2004 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Author(s): Jeff Lindsay
ISBN: 0-9656868-6-8 / 978-0-9656868-6-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Audio Editions

June 2015 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Darkly Dreaming Dexter: Dexter Book 1
Author(s): Jeff Lindsay
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Availability: Amazon   

June 2015 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Darkly Dreaming Dexter: Dexter Book 1
Author(s): Jeff Lindsay
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Availability: Amazon UK   

September 2012 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Darkly Dreaming Dexter: A Novel
Author(s): Jeff Lindsay
ISBN: 0-449-01233-6 / 978-0-449-01233-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books On Tape
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March 2012 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Darkly Dreaming Dexter: Dexter, Book 1
Author(s): Jeff Lindsay
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon   

July 2004 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Author(s): Jeffry P Lindsay
ISBN: 1-4025-8138-6 / 978-1-4025-8138-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2004 : USA Audio CD
Title: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Author(s): Jeff Lindsay
ISBN: 1-4025-9632-4 / 978-1-84505-389-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books Productions, LLC, New York
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Kindle Editions

March 2009 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Author(s): Jeff Lindsay
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon UK   

June 2005 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Author(s): Jeff Lindsay
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
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