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Double Dexter (Dexter #6)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  8,665 ratings  ·  742 reviews
“Like a breath of fresh air blowing across all crime-novel conventions, there is Dexter.” —Time

Dexter Morgan is not your average serial killer. He enjoys his day job as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department . . . but he lives for his nighttime hobby of hunting other killers. Dexter is therefore not pleased to discover that someone is shadowing him, obser
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Kindle Edition, 354 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Edward Lorn
Mar 15, 2015 Edward Lorn rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Completionists
Alternate titles for this book:

Dexter Doesn't Do Dinner, Dexter Gets a Cold, Dexter Joins Boy Scouts, and Dexter Meets Jaws.

Let me get the really horrible shit out of the way. I get the fact that Rita has always been the house-wifey sort. I dig that she enjoys cooking and cleaning and raising her kids. I get that. My wife and I have been together for fifteen years. She hasn't applied for a job since 2005 (I would never say she hasn't had a job since 2005 because being a stay-at-home Mom is proba
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Katy
Aug 22, 2013 Katy rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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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 Dexter's Dark Passenger persona. In fact, the opening sequences are so good that I couldn’t help but draw comparisons to Cornell Woolrich (vastly different authors yet sharing the same thematic quality early in this Dexter novel). Yet, this being dutiful domestic b ...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
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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
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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
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
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Sera
In my opinion, the best book of the series thus far.

As I have stated in my prior reviews, Lindsay's Dexter books are best when it's about Dexter and his family, because the books that are heavier on police procedural aren't as interesting to me. Double Dexter is more focused on Dexter, his marriage and whether Dexter the serial killer will be discovered. I can't really say much else without spoilers, but this book was worth wading through the couple of others before it.

I also really enjoyed this
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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
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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
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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
Nora
I've been a fan of the Dexter series since the beginning, though not all of them are, in my opinion, of equal quality. The first two were brilliant, the third was a real letdown, and the two after that were better than Dexter in the Dark, but not as good as Darkly Dreaming Dexter or Dearly Devoted Dexter.

This one, in my opinion, returns to the best of Dexter's form. Putting Dexter into a position in which he has to deal with a witness to his dark deeds, someone who is probably as warped as he is
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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
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Belinda
Probably the weakest of the Dexter novels for me--I adore them, devour them like candy and I love their cleverness and wit. I have read them all and this was the only one where I knew who was who and what was what way before Dexter did. Not a skill I am known for--I love Agatha Christie and Ellery Queen and I could not tell you whodunnit in any book of that sort--I just suck at that and I am ok with it as it makes the book more fun for me. But in this case while we were clearly supposed to read ...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
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Emilyzzz
The second to last Dexter novel.
That thoughts strikes fear into my heart.
Dexter is simply such a charming, amusing and sarcastic protagonist, with a dark sense of humor that never fails to make me laugh. He is a- others may disagree, but in my opinion -relatable character, while also being adorably uninformed about human nature. It is sort of frustrating to watch him stumble through when you know exactly what is going on, but it is a realistic portrayal of how sociopaths must view some things wi
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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
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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
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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
Ali
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
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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
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Other Books in the Series

Dexter (8 books)
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter, #1)
  • Dearly Devoted Dexter (Dexter, #2)
  • Dexter in the Dark (Dexter, #3)
  • Dexter By Design (Dexter, #4)
  • Dexter Is Delicious (Dexter, #5)
  • Dexter's Final Cut (Dexter, #7)
  • Dexter Is Dead: A Novel
Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter, #1) Dearly Devoted Dexter (Dexter, #2) Dexter in the Dark (Dexter, #3) Dexter By Design (Dexter, #4) Dexter Is Delicious (Dexter, #5)

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