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Dexter in the Dark (Dexter #3)

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  21,539 ratings  ·  1,451 reviews
In his work as a Miami crime scene investigator, Dexter Morgan is accustomed to seeing evil deeds...particulary because, on occasion, he rather enjoys committing them himself. Guided by his dark Passenger - the voice inside him that helps stalk his prey - he lives his outwardly normal life adhering to one simple rule: he only kills very bad people.

Dexter slides through lif
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 307 pages
Published September 18th 2007 by Doubleday Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Far above the aimless scurrying of the city IT watched, and IT waited. There was plenty to see, as always, and IT was in no hurry. IT had done this many time before, and would do so again, endlessly and forever. That was what IT was for. Right now there were so many different choices to consider, and no reason to do anything but consider them until the right one was clear. And then IT would start again, gather the faithful, give them their bright miracle, and IT would feel once more the wonder a ...more
Disappointingly mystical. In attempting to "explain" Dexter, Lindsay has robbed him of much of his appeal. Anne Rice tried this in Queen of the Damned, to much the same effect: Dexter's unique talents, like Lestat's, were better left a mystery.
Edward Lorn
Apr 08, 2015 Edward Lorn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller and serial killer fans
Recommended to Edward by: John
Day three of my Dexter Morgan marathon, and Book Three is done. I might actually do this Seven Books in Seven Days Challenge. Yay me. *cue crickets and awkward glances*

I think I'm in the minority when I say that I liked this one very much, but I know why most readers (or, if you prefer, fans of this series) did not like it. People enjoy their comfort zones. Dexter in the Dark takes fans of the series out an established realistic environ by alluding to a possible supernatural origin to the Dark P
If book-Dexter was running along a slightly different track than TV-Dexter before this, Dexter in the Dark takes as far away as it can possibly get.

TV-Dexter is grounded squarely in reality. A very bloody reality, but reality nonetheless. The first two books in the series hinted a bit at a supernatural element; the first book's dreams, for example, and they way our beloved serial killer referred to his dark side as a separate persona who resided in him. I always figured this was metaphorical, b
Adventures of a sociopathic serial killer who generally only cuts up people who hurt children.

Okay, awesome. Lindsay has clearly done his research – the way Dexter completely fails to get sex, his inflated perceptions of his own intelligence, his completely oblivious sexism, his utter lack of the empathic reflex, it's all perfect. People who know me were shocked I hadn't read these books before. Mostly it was that I knew what they were about, and I thought it would be stupid because I didn't bel
Aaron Geno
Jan 19, 2011 Aaron Geno rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fair-minded fans of the first two books.
There's a lot of dislike for this book going on in these reviews. It's totally unjustified.
First, this may come as news to some people, but Dexter the show is not Dexter the [Author: Jeff Lindsay] series. The books are darker (if you're a fan of the show, 1. Yes, it's possible, and 2. Don't pick up the series here; start with Darkly Dreaming Dexter). And yes, there's a supernatural element to this book. The thing is, it's not new. I would argue that the supernatural element is present even in th
Thomas Paul
It's sad to see such a good series descend to this level. This book was a real disappointment. It's hard to know where to start but the overall premise of the book, that Dexter's "Dark Passenger" is actually a supernatural possession by some kind of child of Moloch an eternal something-or-other, lacks so much believability that it ruins the entire series. What made the first two books so good was that Dexter was the sociopath trying to live in the real world. His "Dark Passenger" was simply a di ...more

Dear Dexter
I am writing to you to say really you brighten my day, you and me are the same we both are in tune with our dark passenger, well you used to be!
What happened its seams in this chapter of you're life aptly named 'Dexter in the dark' you're dark passenger is in the dark for a while. Not for me around the same period of year you had written this I was actively in tune with my dark passenger in let's say the most macabre of methods of execution.
I unlike you do not prey on the hunters I
Richard Lu
Dexter in the Dark review
By: Richard Lu

If you’ve ever seen Dexter on T.V then you’ll probably know that the plot of the show is about a man with dark desires who wishes to kill people. Instead of using these desires to kill innocent people, Dexter only bears his fangs on other predators that have escaped the judgement of the courts. The plot is absolutely gorgeous and it keeps viewers coming back week after week. Thankfully the book version of Dexter has follows the same format, Dexter express
Aug 18, 2013 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: twisted souls
Book Info: Genre: Supernatural Thriller/Police Procedural
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: twisted people
Trigger Warnings: murder, human sacrifice

My Thoughts: So, again, this is my second time through this book. I originally picked it up in 2010 and read it shortly thereafter, so it's been around three years since I first read these books.

This book has a lot more of the dark humor that we so love with Dexter, superimposing the comedic wedding plans and Dexter's attempts to work with Astor and
after reading a few of the other reviews, I think some people may have missed the very subtle point.
In this book Dexter, who is usually so sure of himself, suddenly loses something very close to him. It throws him off. He has no fallback.
People who complained that Dexter wasn't up to his usual witty banter, might do well to think - Who the hell can come up with classic one-liners when you've been off your game for weeks?
This is the whole point, finally seeing Dexter in a vulnerable position.

I fo
Catherine Lovelace
Rather I think 'Lindsay in the Dark'

I must admit that I one of those fans that first experienced Dexter in all its televised glory. And I usually am the one that makes the point of reading the subject to death before watching the movie. And I almost always think that the novel is far superior. My experience with the Dexter novels has been quite the opposite...

After falling in love with our beloved killer on my tv sceen I ran to the library to find the books that inspired such an entrancing tv se
I guess I enjoyed the book. There was a lot missing from it that I thought could have made it more interesting, and while I'm not a big fan of starting an ongoing series in the third book, I made an exception for this since a) the book was free and b) I'd watched the first season of the show. The show itself is really good, and the book is well eh. While I was reading it I didn't dislike it, but now I'm thinking, well there was no police procedural stuff, there was nothing to show that Dexter wa ...more
I also read some of the reviews of Dexter in the Dark before reading and I saw a common theme with most of the reviews; people hated the supernatural aspects. I on the other hand enjoyed the length that the author Jeff Lindsay went through to explain the origins in a very creative and supernatural way that roots human's dark motivations, rituals and religion in this concept of IT or in Dexter's case his Dark Passenger. If there was any gripes about this book was that I was intrigued all the way ...more
Well, it started out nice and sick, as any Dexter book should. There's also a very funny exchange that involves the victim of a tongue extraction, the sound "Goy," and the response "Yes. Methodist, actually." Oh, I laughed so hard I was crying.

But then there's a lot of silliness. And, yes, that is the best word for it -- though dumb is challenging it.


First of all, Aramaic is written right to left and does not look like the Latin alphbet enough for plebs to decipher it. Second, I do
This series rocks. Most know Dexter from the TV series on HBO, which is also excellent. But he was first introduced on paper.
Dexter truly is “One of the most likable vigilante serial killers”. I love being inside Dexter's head, which you get in the show, but not as much as the book. (which usually happens when books become shows). The dialogue is awesome the plots are filled with suspense, horror and the occasional humor. Whats not the like? DEXTER IN THE DARK is the third installment in the se
Y así pasó la tercera entrega de Jeff Lindsay: "Dexter en la oscuridad".
Lindsay nos hace conocer una faceta hasta este momento desconocida por todos nosotros, lectores ávidos y amantes del género, y es que en esta tercera entrega, nuestro protagonista libra una verdadera lucha "humana".
Lo que más me llamó la atención de esta obra, y que por sobre todo logro resaltar y diferenciar de las dos anteriores es que Dexter no sólo es un complejísimo personaje, sino que también el autor (Lindsay) no esca
Before starting this book I hadn't really heard anything good about it so I was well-prepared for a subpar reading experience. Overall, it wasn't THAT bad. Yes, it's mystical / mythical / supernatural but I see that Lindsay was just trying to give us a rational explanation for why Dexter is the way he is. In my opinion, it seemed a rather creative and well-researched explanation. It wasn't poorly executed.

My issues with the book didn't lie in the mystical but in the lack of suspense. Yes, it was
This third book in the Dexter series continues down a route which the television series did not walk upon. As with the second book you will see odds and ends – such as characters and specific acts – which are the same, but as with the second book it is massively different.

This third book allows us to find out a lot more about Dexter’s Dark Passenger. I know that quite a few people disliked the book as it seemed to put an almost supernatural element into the series, yet for me it was my favourite
I'm not sure if it's because the final season of Dexter (the TV series) was such a disappointing shitshow or just that author Jeff Lindsay finally hit his stride with the third book in his series, but Dexter in the Dark was an immensely satisfying read. This time around, Dexter is fighting a battle on two fronts: tracking down a murderer who takes a page from ancient Biblical texts, and, closer to home, figuring out how to handle the growing propensity for violence in his two soon-to-be stepchil ...more
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Aug 25, 2009 mossum rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: unsophisticated readers
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Tim Allcock
The first 2 Dexter books were great. Then the Dexter saga comes to a screeching halt with this book. This one was awful!

Dear Disappointing Dexter, I'm sorry that Lindsay shat this one out. Perhaps he was sleep writing this one while listening to the Ghost Busters theme song. I honestly don't know what "possessed" Lindsay to think that the Dexter story needed ghosts.

To Lindsay's credit, there were a few places in the book that I cracked a smile or two. Even a spot where I was slightly excited to
The third installment in the Dexter series offers diminishing returns. It relies heavily on the charity of the reader/viewer of the previous books and TV show to maintain interest. The story is a little follows what happens when Dexter loses his 'Dark Passenger', the inner voice that directs his murderous ways. As usual he has a mysterious human nemesis who has singled him out for unclear reasons, but why he is singled out is never clear or particularly interesting. There's lots of st ...more

I love the Dexter series but I didn't like this one as much as the others. Perhaps it is something to do with the supernatural element in this one. Somehow this just doesn't fit in with the modern Miami murder mystery setting. Dexter's new role as a 'father' figure or to be more precise, Dr Frankenstein and his two potential monsters, is intriguing and a little disturbing to say the least. Still I hope the next book is a lot more exciting than this one and that Dexter is back to his usual sel
For a Dexter fan, this book was an interesting departure from the usual slice and dice which I've come to enjoy so thoroughly...and by interesting I mean, nicely, that it was not as good as the previous books. Hopefully, Showtime will continue their departure from the book storyline as they did in season 2; delving into the mystics of the Dark Passenger (as in this book) would be a mistake.

Lindsay finds his groove with this third book in the Dexter series. Dexter's getting married, there's something off with his soon to be step-children, and we learn more about the Passenger. Oh, and of course, there's murder and mayhem.

I really enjoyed this book, and I look forward to continuing my read of the series.
Zapravo blijeda kopija Dextera iz televizijske serije... Moram priznati da sam malo razočaran. Znate kako uvijek bivaju puno bolji knjiški predlošci za TV serije od same serije, no ovdje to nije slučaj, nego čak obrnuto. Za razliku od serije gdje Dexter ima svog fiktivnog prijatelja oca Harrya koji je očit nusprodukt njegova psihičkog stanja, u knjiškom slučaju Mračni Suputnik je drevni zli entitet koji tisuljećima opsjeda prijemčive... I kako se Dexter s njime koristi u potpunosti sve ove godin ...more
Great installment. A lot more supernatural aspects than any of the others, with many surprising twists and turns. This one really helps the reader to understand the "why" behind Dexter's murderous proclivities. My only complaint was that Jeff Lindsay narrated the audiobook. I had Dexter's voice in my head as the original narrator read the story, so it was difficult to adjust. In addition, Jeff did not modulate his voice very well at all. Deb's voice was always too loud and read as yelling (leadi ...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
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