- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Orion (18 Aug. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1409117863
- ISBN-13: 978-1409117865
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.9 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dexter is Delicious (Dexter series) Paperback – 18 Aug 2011
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Lindsay writes like a dream... **** (DAILY MIRROR)
Dexter has been making quite a name for himself over the last few years. Every new release hits the bestseller lists and the TV adaptation was simply stellar - not bad for a serial killer with dismemberment at the top of his skill-set. (DAILY RECORD)
With Lindsay anything is possible. He really does give you plenty to get your teeth into.**** (YORKSHIRE EVENING POST) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Due to severely pared down gore, this book reads more like a detective novel than a traditional Dexter novel, but is very enjoyable none the less. Jeff Lindsay writes better and better every book, with dialogue and pacing better that before. The plot in this one is a little weak however, with a couple of very obvious plot twists (probably best to call them plot kinks really), and some rather obvious sign posting.
Another disappointing evolution is Dexter's new found humanity. This essentially manifests as him being bossed around and manipulated, as well as being less focussed. This is a strange book in the series in some ways, being quite good, but in completely different ways than the previous Dexter novels. Recommended as a book in the series, especially with the intriguing reintroduction of an old character, but not a classic.
When Dexter, a blood splatter expert, becomes involved at the behest of his detective sister with the disappearance of two teenage girls, all hell breaks loose. What Dexter discovers is not just an ordinary group of Goths with a vampire fetish, drinking blood, but a secret cabal of cannibals, ready and eager to devour human flesh.
Once again, Dexter is captivating. With sardonic humor and self-deprecating wit, he is quite amusing, even when faced with life and death decisions. Alas, his detective sister has become less so. In fact, as a character, I now find her one dimensional and downright tiresome. She is a one note joke, adding a discordant note to the book, as she has become unlikable. This is a shame, as she is a tie to Dexter's mentor, Harry, who enshrined the code by which Dexter and his Dark Passenger live.
Still, the book is enjoyable, overall, and fans of Dexter will not be disappointed. Readers will turn the last page of this book and find themselves eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.
I would however like to echo what some other reviewers have mentioned regarding the "dumbing down" of the gore levels compared to other books in the series. Dexter's description of his killings isn't nearly as visceral or hard-edged as they have been (particularly in the first book), and for me this is partly due to what seems like a slight lack of anger and motive on the part of Dexter. His motive has changed from rage at the thought of (for example) children suffering at the hands of a deranged priest, to just wanting to make sure there are less bad people in Miami to hurt his new-born baby. I would plead with writer Jeff Lindsay to create some more evil characters for Dexter to really get annoyed about, even if it's just for his "minor killings" which are aside from the main plot.
Despite this, the book is still a very enjoyable read. As with most of the other books there are a couple of plot holes which aren't fully explained, but these really don't distract the reader too much. Certain aspects, including part of the ending can be a little bit predictable also, but the climax still manages to thrill in the classic Dexter way.
This probably isn't the right book to get started with if you are new to the Dexter series, but if you enjoyed the first two and were disappointed with books three and four, I would encourage you to give this a go. I certainly wasn't disappointed.
Lindsay's "Dexter" series, which launched thrillingly under a curdled yellow moon five instalments ago, waxed quickly, reaching a crescendo with its Showtime TV serialisation which itself flourished madly and is now in its fourth or fifth series. Dexter's literary progress has been somewhat more stately, and for good reason: it's tough to know where to go with a set-up as singular as Dexter's. By instalment 3 Dexter was already presenting Lindsay with scenario dilemmas: an avenging vigilante psychopath operating under cover as a mild-mannered forensic scientist in bloodthirsty Miami (so much so Hong-Kong Phooey) - is such an improbable set up even for a one-off, let alone a series - that plot developments are inevitably constrained. After all, there are only so many times a supremely gifted and unscrupulous evil-doer can figure out Dexter's saucy secret before it becomes implausible that no-one else does.
And while, on one hand, there's not really anywhere a character like Dexter can go: he can't settle down and get married and have kids; he can't share his secret; he can't give up his nocturnal urges *and* stay interesting - on the other hand what gives these novels their dramatic impetus is precisely that Dexter sails so close to the wind that, to remain plausible as an ongoing proposition he has to do these things.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the surprise development of dear deadly Dexter's life, and loved the narration by Jeff LindsayPublished 2 months ago by A J Edwards
Very much enjoyed this, though it's not, to my mind, quite as brilliant as the last Dexter I read. I felt that the antagonists' characters were not as fully developed as they... Read morePublished 9 months ago by whicham
I loved all of the Dexter novels. I have re-read all of the 1st 6 & have ordered Final cut. I just don't want it to end. 10.Published 11 months ago by josh garrett
Dexter is Delicious is probably the most disturbing book so far of the Dexter series. It's kind of sick, and even the title makes me remember and shudder a bit. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lucybird
As always I found the writing style beautiful, the only fault I would pick with this would be the ridiculous English used by Alana, otherwise it was excellent.Published 12 months ago by Karen Corner