Author: Jeff Lindsay
Genre: Thriller, Crime
Read In: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Once again, I waited far too long to read this series. Darkly Dreaming Dexter is the first book of the Dexter series by Lindsay. If you are unaware, the TV Series on Showtime is based off of these books. If you like the tv show... read the books. They're far better (as usual). I loved reading this book. It is dark and twisted, but in a very humorous way. Dexter is an anti-hero, basically a bad guy as protagonist, and a very good one. He may be a serial killer, but he is a serial killer that hunts down guilty people. The people that deserve it. The book is dripping with sarcasm and alliteration. Amazing. It's an easy, entertaining read for anyone that loves that dark humor on a grim topic. This book contains perhaps my new sentance ever, "Deadly Dexter dating debutante doxies?" Fantastic. I can't get it out of my head and am eager to see what the next books bring.
A word of caution, if you have seen the show, don't go in expecting all the other drama and outright humor. This book is dark humor. Dexter is not "angsty" about what he is, he's perfectly comfortable with it. Although I think season 1 of the series did a good job capturing this first book, the rest of the seasons have long left this Dexter behind. The two are now (unsurprisingly) very, very different.