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Double Dexter (Dexter #6)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  7,544 ratings  ·  700 reviews
The dark and witty New York Times bestselling series...

The inspiration for Showtime's critically acclaimed show...

Double Dexter is Jeff Lindsay's completely new, wickedly entertaining novel.



A witness. Such a simple concept - and yet for Dexter Morgan, the perfectly well-disguised monster, the possibility of a witness is unthinkable. But when Dexter is on a very private, ve...more
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 337 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Doubleday (first published January 1st 2011)
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Marvin
After six novels and six seasons, it might be nice to compare where Dexter is as related to its two media universes. I should say there are spoilers for those who never read or seen Dexter (but no spoilers for Double Dexter) but anyone who has not read or seen Dexter and is reading this review of the sixth novel deserves to be spoiled.

So here we are with the various characters that make up DexterLand.

Lt. Guerta: TV - alive and kicking as one of the major characters
BOOK - Murdered by Dexter's br...more
Brit Mandelo
Normally, I find these books to be fun, fast, reads - a bit goofy, but entertaining.

So, where the hell did all of this misogyny come from? Was I reading with half of my brain for the past several books? The answer must be yes. At least, before, I found Astor and Deb to both be well developed and interesting women. This book has Astor transformed into a stereotypical flighty, bitchy teenage girl (there's a memorable scene of her turning into her mother as they try to pack for a trip and throw ide...more
Rhiannon Ryder
Oh Dexter! Let me count the ways I love you. First off, you are so slick and hopeless at the same time, I adore the messes you get into. Secondly, if you have to have side kicks to your story then who better than your potty mouth sister, difficult stepchildren and flighty but lovely wife? Thirdly you are a funny, funny man, twisted, but funny. Fourthly, your stance on criminals, now who can argue with that? Fifthly you're a club scout participant, who doesn't love a serial killer cub scout? Reas...more
Lis
I'm Doubly Despondent to Discourse about this, but the beginning 3 -4 pages of this book are so Despairingly Dreadful that if this had been my first Dexter novel I would have stopped reading and never picked up another. Here's the first couple of lines:

"Of course there are clouds. They take over the sky and hide that pulsing swollen moon that is clearing its throat above them."

Clearing its throat? Seriously? And it only gets worse from there. It is the most floridly purple few pages I have eve...more
Wendy
Ok, Ok...it was better than I expected. Still, a good 50 pages can be cut out with all the inner monologue, ruminations of sweat, traffic and food. But I suppose those things make Dexter Dexter.

I still don't like the story line involving the kids. Especially Astor. It just doesn't fit.

But the Brian storyline ... He's just in her for a few suspicious glimpses.

** slight spoilers, ye be warned **



Why do I torture myself? Why am I reading another Dexter book after I swore them off more than a year...more
Gaja
To be honest, I've only read the first three books in the Dexter series prior to reading this one, which, having read those first three books, I probably never would have read if I hadn't won it in an online giveaway. I don't remember Rita being as IMMENSELY ANNOYING in the first three books as she is in this one. Maybe she lost her ability to complete a sentence/thought somewhere in the fourth and fifth books, I'm not sure. I also remember Dexter having some amount of depth and problem solving...more
James Gonzalez
I'd have to say this is one of my least favorite Dexter books. While it was nice to have a villain who knew Dexter's identity and was always one step ahead of him, that came at the expensive of dumbing down Dexter himself. There were times where I was yelling at the book about how much of an idiot he was being, that the answer was too obvious. That was very disappointing.

Also, I know that Rita often talks in half sentences, but it seems like it went overboard this time. I swear she said maybe 6...more
Katy
Aug 22, 2013 Katy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: twisted souls
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Thriller/Police Procedural
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: twisted people
Trigger Warnings: murder

My Thoughts: Okay, this is my first read of this book, so it's all fresh and new and unknown! How exciting! To make things more fun, I did a sort of informal buddy read with Chuck from Bookworm Buddies over on Goodreads.

I was immediately struck by how strangely everyone is acting in this book. Rita is behaving very oddly, and Camilla Figg—always in the background, never any deta...more
Kristin Shafel Omiccioli
My husband and I enjoy the Dexter TV series, and we had a long drive for Thanksgiving last week, so we borrowed the audiobook Double Dexter from the library thinking it would be something we'd both like. I'm glad the Dexter book world deviates from the TV show some, to spice things up from what we know in that world, but I think this probably isn't the best Dexter book to start with, if you're seriously interested in the series. I hated to give it just a 2-star rating on Goodreads, but that's wh...more
Tasha Robinson
I keep reading the Dexter books, much as I previously kept watching the Dexter TV show, because the inherent idea has so much potential, and the character is, at his best-drawn, very interesting. And unlike some of the fans, I actually enjoyed it when the book series took a weird fantasy turn and we found out that Dexter's "Dark Passenger" — the internal awareness and hunger that makes him a serial-killing predator—was a literal presence, a fragment of an ancient god. That said, the books can be...more
Josh
The opening sequence of DOUBLE DEXTER reads as good as any purist noir written. It’s moody, evocative, harrowing, and dark with a sense of foreboding and dread – a calm before the perfect storm. The opening chapter ties in nicely with the Dark Passenger and exemplas all that it embodies. In fact, so good was it, I couldn’t help but draw comparisons to Cornell Woolrich – it’s that captivating. Yet, this being dutiful Dexter, the darkly dabbling in domestic bliss Dexter of book 6 – that overtly da...more
Megan
Jeff Lindsay is getting lazy.

The story had potential, and Lindsay's witty style was spot-on, but I spent most of the book frustrated by glaring plot holes and flaws in character reasoning (a real problem when your protagonist is supposed to be exceptionally intelligent).

I've been noticing the same problems with recent Sookie Stackhouse books. Methinks both authors are suffering from "Do I really need to be doing this since the TV shows spawned from my novels are making me enough cash to never e...more
Ethan
There is really only one rule that all criminals must follow: Don't Get Caught!. In the latest Dexter novel by author Jeff Lindsay, Dexter finds himself in this exact situation.

For those who are not familiar with the novels or the hit television show based off of the characters, Dexter Morgan seems like a normal guy. He has a solid job working as a blood splatter analyst at the Miami Police Department. He has a wife, Rita, a new born baby girl, two step kids, and a sister, Deborah, who is his on...more
Travis
Definitely not my favorite book in the series. I enjoyed it and am glad I read it, but I was disappointed with the overall feel. This was the first book in the series that I was able to read without squirming and feeling disgusted or disturbed throughout. The reason I enjoy the books so much is this exact feeling of unease. I missed that with "Double Dexter". Again, I am series loyal and will continue to read all of Jeff Lindsay's "Dexter" books as they are released, plus "Double Dexter" was ent...more
Erin
Oh my god. I hate Rita with a fiery passion. I like TV Rita. I was shocked and saddened when they killed her off.

Book Rita, I want to bludgeon to death myself. She is so freaking annoying. And Jeff, REAL people do not talk like that. Even the most absent minded people can and occasionally do finish at least ONE entire sentence.

This one was narrated by Jeff Lindsay himself... and he did a HORRIBLE job at it. The worst offense was his Astor voice. Apparently he thinks that a preteen girl only spea...more
Melankalia
I've always loved the Dexter books, so I was really excited when I won this one from the giveaways section on this site. However. Having now read the book, I am a bit confused about a couple of things.

Firstly, was Rita always that annoying??? Maybe it's because she was featured more in this book, I don't know, but the way she speaks began to grate on my nerves really quickly.

Secondly, what has happened to Dexter's problem solving skills??? I mean, seriously. He (biologically) becomes a father, a...more
Donaven Mitchell
Double dexter is book 6 out of a series of 7. Dexter is a "cerial killer with a good side". DOuble dexter starts off with a scene of him in the process of killing a pedohebephile when he notices that someone is watching him. He runs after this person only to find that she is driving an old beat up honda. Over the book he persus this mystery woman and while hes doing this it requires him to be out sporadically at all hours of the night. This causes his wife Rita to question his loyalty to her and...more
Bridget
Meh. Better than the Sookie books, much worse than the Showtime series. Not a super compelling story or interesting villain. Not terrible but there are so many better books. I may stick to the tv show from now on...(who am I kidding? I will obviously continue reading the series...)
Victoria
The sixth novel in the Dexter series opens up about a year after the rather silly events of Dexter Is Delicious. And here Dexter feels more like he did in the beginning of the series. The book opens with Dexter cleaning up Miami one child-killer at a time. But this time Dexter doesn’t make a clean escape - there is a Witness to this murder. And this character sets the book into motion.

The narration feels more polished than some of the other novels in the series and continues to be laced with th...more
Gregory Baird
The unthinkable has happened. Someone saw Dexter engaging in his favorite pastime. At first Dex thinks the mystery man plans to turn him into the police, but it turns out he has more nefarious things in mind. He's been inspired by Dexter. He wants to be like Dexter, getting rid of the people he deems to be morally inferior. He's been beaten down by life lately, so this is his big shot to be somebody. Of course, there's the little problem of Dexter. The rules say that people who get away with bad...more
M.J. Heiser
Oh, dear heaven. Dexter, you really *aren't* human, are you?

Our favorite vigilante serial killer is back, and this time, he's got a shadow. I'm not talking about a Peter Pan philosophical device; I'm talking about a stalker. The book opens with Dexter at play; he abducts and lets his knives and inner darkness work over a really foul human being. As usual, Jeff Lindsay is at his lyrical-prose best in this passage. He seems so comfortable in the nocturnal menace, in the Savage Garden of Dexter's h...more
michelle
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Ray Palen
The challenge in approaching a new novel featuring the complex and playfully twisted Dexter Morgan is the inevitable comparison to the hit series, DEXTER, running on Showtime. As so often happens with the television or film adaptation of popular novels the producers attempt to ‘spice things up’ by changing plot elements and adding or dropping characters at will.

As I began Jeff Lindsay’s sixth novel in the series, entitled DOUBLE DEXTER, I was immediately faced with getting the characters straigh...more
Bianca
This book is a fall from twisted grace for this series. The standard arc is present - Miami serial killer to catch, someone finds out Dexter's killer identity, then it's a game of cat and mouse to see which killer finds the other one first.

This arc however seems lazy in comparison. Deb finds the Miami serial killer bad guy all by herself in the first 1/3 of the book - Dexter is not present for any of the police work but is instead cast in the role of baby sitter for Deb's son. The game if cat an...more
Benjamin Handelman
A fun continuation of the series. If you have read the previous books there will be little to surprise you in this one, they all hew pretty closely in style and substance to the original novel, and I find that a good thing. Sometimes you just want an enjoyable novel to read, and I can honestly say every one of the Dexter novels has remained fun. There is little I can say about the plot with providing spoilers. Honestly, it doesn't feel like the plot is different from the last few with a killer h...more
Abby
My summary of the book
***SPOILER ALERT! I SUMMARIZE THE ENTIRE BOOK***
Double Dexter is another novel in Jeff Lindsay’s series about a vigilante serial killer named Dexter Morgan. Dexter is a “good” serial killer. He only kills murders/child molesters that find a loophole in the justice system and are either never caught, or released because of mistakes made by the police (such as not having a warrant), even though guilt is obvious.
This novel is about a witness. While Dexter is offing a child mol...more
Doug Hoffman
I don't think there are any serious spoilers here, other than letting you know what a crappy Dexter novel this was, and why.

First, a primer for those of you familiar with the TV show and maybe not so familiar with the books: Rita, Dexter's older brother, and Sgt. Doakes are alive, Laguerta is dead, Rita's kids are delightfully monstrous Dexters-in-training, and Dexter is far more sociopathic than the TV show ever allowed him to be. The good news is, all of those elements are still present in Je...more
Resa
Now, I’ve been a fan of Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter series for a long time, one of the few who probably likes the books more than the t.v. show, but Double Dexter did not live up to my expectations. I’m getting a little disappointed with Lindsay. While his last book, Dexter is Delicious, was very creative Dexter in the Dark and this newest book have been far from what I’ve come to expect from Lindsay.

Dexter has been convincingly continuing his normal-life with his normal family and perfect in every wa...more
Lauren
One of my major issues with the Dexter series is I've always felt that Lindsay, while very good at crafting hilarious and whimsically dark mental dialogue for Dexter, he can't write an ending. I've always felt they were too rushed or too convenient, but I usually enjoyed the story so much I let it slide, hoping the next one would be better. And in all fairness, I believe the books get better and better, my favorite so far being the 5th book, Dexter is Delicious (but it might just be my favorite...more
Jack
This doesn't read like its predecessors, and I think that's to the good; though the lacks the novelty of the first reading experience, it might in some ways be the best of the Dexter books yet . Most of the early books' narration conversational, while this one – though still in the third person –has more of a written narrative feel to it. There are some downsides to that, but I think it's a net plus. And the book didn't seem to be trying as hard in its dispassionate descriptions of brutal murder...more
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Jeff Lindsay is the pen name of an American crime writer, Jeffry P. Freundlich, who lives in Cape Coral, Florida with his wife, author Hilary Hemingway, daughter of Leicester Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway's brother.

Lindsay is best known for writing the Dexter series of novels. Many of his earlier published works include his wife as a co-author. Time Blender was written with Michael Dorn. He graduat...more
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