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Dearly Devoted Dexter (Dexter #2)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  28,089 ratings  ·  1,610 reviews
Miami's best-dressed serial killer is back and on the prowl, at least he would be if he could shake off his permanent shadow. Ever since their paths first crossed, Sergeant Doakes hasn't let Dexter Morgan out of his sight. Dexter may well be the Miami PD's blood-spatter analyst, but Sgt. Doakes has a pretty good idea of how Dex likes to spend his free time and he's determi ...more
Paperback, Media-Tie, 296 pages
Published July 26th 2006 by Orion Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Michael
Dexter is an interesting character. However, Lindsay is not a particularly strong writer. These books would probably work better as pure character studies, because the thriller elements don't work. Everything wrapped up too quickly, and there were some big jumps (Deb and Kyle? I had to go back and look to make sure I hadn't missed a few chapters where they suddenly became attached). I may read the next book this summer just to see what happens with Dexter and Cody, but I hope the story is better ...more
Delee
Can Dexter come out to play?

Alas, no, dear Dark Passenger. Dexter is in time-out.

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In book two- Sergeant Doakes is keeping a close watch on Dexter, which makes it impossible for our anti-hero to get up to any of his usual mischief. Luckily there is a case that will keep him occupied and entertained...for the most part.

When an unknown man is found brutally mutilated, the officers of Miami-Dade are told to keep quiet and stay out of it- and a man called Kyle Chutsky gets sent down from Washington t
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Lou
Dexter the man who finds it hard to feel, in this story Dexter does not get down bloody and as dark as i have seen on the tv-series or read in Darkly Dreaming Dexter. He plays the role well as a caring brother and as a family man and loves kids but as he tries to keep up with the crowd his sociopath personality is dying to kill. To kill those who hurt children and the rest of the scum that live on the grid. He is a superhero of modern times a sort of Robin Hood that robs the evil from the street ...more
Trin
Oh, why do I do these things to myself? I knew from reading Darkly Dreaming Dexter last November that I really preferred the TV show to the books, but curiosity won out and I read the second novel anyway. Big mistake. While Dearly Devoted is actually in many ways a better book than Darkly Dreaming—it’s way less rushed, for one, and funnier—it is so deeply disturbing that I’m still feeling freaked out several days after finishing it. And not in a fun way. The show, yes, is also disturbing—but it ...more
notyourmonkey
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Nicholas Beck
In my opinion, this book was much better than the first novel. Although a lot of my opinion is based on the fact that I knew the entire plot of the first book before I even read one page.
The writing in this book is clever, intelligent, and funny. I know this doesn't seem like things which go with a book series about a serial killer. But, this novel was at times hilarious. Besides the comedic relief the author provides with this novel, there are parts in the book which are entirely bone-chilling
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Megan
So it seems that Dear Dark Dexter has become poorly written, zero character development Dexter. Even worse, he is surrounded by static characters, cops who are strangely uninterested in doing police work, and people who actually form a conga line at at bachelor party. Really, who does that???


I think that in the hands of a better writer this story could be so much better. (After all, the show is filled with an amazing cast of characters.) Unfortunately, in the books author Jeff Lindsay focuses o
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Katy
Aug 18, 2013 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people with dark, twisted sense of humor, interested in vigilantes
Book Info: Genre: Thriller/Police Procedural
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: twisted people
Trigger Warnings: murder, torture, vivisection

My Thoughts: This book opens with a scene that plays on our expectations of Dexter... and then turns them on their ear. I just love that! This book is filled with scenes like that, scenes that turn our expectations against us and make us look at things from a slightly different perspective.

Watching Dexter's complete confusion over how to deal with Rita is a
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María
Con "Querido Dexter" (nombre de la versión en español de "Dearly Devoted Dexter"), la segunda entrega de la saga "Dexter" de Jeff Lindsay la historia de nuestro personaje favorito parece desenvolverse con su cotidiana encantadora soltura.
¡Y vaya que me di unas cuantas buenas carcajadas leyéndolo!
Por lo que pude notar en este segundo libro (y espero no estar equivocada, porque estando así lo encuentro bastante entretenido), cada uno de los libros representa una historia independiente, obviamente
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Kate
Dexter, America's favorite serial killer, is on the trail of another serial killer when one of his coworkers, Sargeant Doakes, decides to follow Dexter around, waiting for him to screw up. While Dexter pretends to be the perfect boyfriend, hanging out at Rita's and drinking beer and putting on a show for Doakes, he really wants to be hunting down the other half of a pedophile duo. Then a bizarre murder rocks the Miami homocide department, and Doakes especially. Doakes has some connections to the ...more
Jane Stewart
Good because it’s wacko different. But this one suffers from lack of logic.

BACKGROUND:
Dexter is a psycopath. He likes to kill people and feels no guilt. His sister is a cop. Dexter is a great help to his sister investigating killers, because Dexter thinks like them. Dexter’s foster father imprinted upon him a golden rule - never kill the good guys, only bad guys. In that way Dexter is a good guy. (But he does kill and mutilate people in these stories.) There is a TV series which I have not seen.
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Mark
Jul 12, 2014 Mark rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of serial killers
Recommended to Mark by: the tv show
Too be honest I did read this book due to the very good tv-show by the name of Dexter. And while reading the book that is the face I saw when it comes to Dexter, as were all the faces of the characters mentioned in the book like Deborah, sarge Doakes and the gorgeous Rita. Where the book failed for me is that somehow the tv series managed to have a better storylines and the characters are better shown. Which must be frustrating for its writer.

In this 2nd story Dexter cannot go about enjoying his
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☮Karen
I was a dearly devoted fan of the Showtime series from day one. This is the first (and the last) of the Dexter books I will be reading.

Oh my dear Dexter, I like you way better on my TV screen than in this novel. Deviant as you are, Dexter, nothing ever happened in the delicious series that repulsed and disgusted me like this book did. And poor Deborah, how can you stand being called “Debs” by your brother, not to mention putting up with his constant, peculiar sense of humor, which really straine
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Arminzerella
Dexter and his dark passenger are back in this sequel to Darkly Dreaming Dexter. This time he’s on the trail of a terrible sociopath who takes the body parts of his victims without taking their lives – leaving mewling, horrible, barely-human torsos behind. Dexter and his sister Deborah are drawn into the case even deeper when Deborah’s love interest is also taken by the sociopath. In order to find the missing man, Dexter convinces Sergeant Doakes (his arch nemesis) to act as bait. Doakes is take ...more
Tracie
I'm fascinated how Lindsay can make Dexter both smug and whiny simultaneously, though I’m not quite sure if I find him compelling or annoying. This second novel in the Dexter series had a much more compelling plotline than the first; but, one again, the ending was tied up just a little too neatly and quickly. I do wish that Lindsay would stop telling the readers what they already know. Yes, we know Dexter hates blood. Yes, we know he thinks everyone else is a stupid waste of space, but I wonder ...more
Sandy
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Brooke
As I'd expected to, I quickly devoured the second Dexter novel today while enjoying the long-missed sunshine on my back porch. I'm not quite as delighted with it as I was with book #1. I still laughed a lot, but the narration wasn't quite as whimsical and delightful as before.

However, I'm feeling something I didn't before - interest in where the plot's going. I really liked the surprise surrounding Cody, which is definitely a different angle than the show took. I'm eagerly looking forward to se
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Jaemi
I find Dexter to be a really likable guy, despite his serial killer nature. I'm interested to see where the TV show has gone in its second chapter, as it didn't stick with the books. After reading the story, I can see how it might be extremely traumatic if translated to television, though with the amount of violence people watch today, I'm not sure it really would have mattered.

This installment centers around relationships, and a mystery killer who enjoys mutilating and dicing his victims, leavi
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Bark's Book Nonsense
Dexter, quite possibly one of fictions most charming serial killers, is back in book 2 dodging punches from Deb, spouting off quips and doing a little righteous slaying. This time he’s hunting down a pedophile to calm his “dark passenger” but he‘s having a hard time finding some “me” time because of the unavoidable humans in his life.

Dexter is being shadowed by Sergeant Doakes who suspects he is up to no good in his free time (and he is or would be if people would leave him alone). This forces
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Stephen
After straying from the chronology of the first book in the first season, any subsequent Dexter books must be taken as an alternate reality timeline.

The printed Dexter is more mystical, darker and and more insane than the video Dexter and more addicted to alliteration and bad jokes. However, if the reader can get past that, these books do have a certain appeal. It's a look inside an irregular mind, and sometimes one can gain a fresh perception of things only by stepping outside the normal persp
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Lisa Ard
Can I really describe a book about a murderous sociopath as fun? Yes!

In book 2, Dexter returns. He's a 30-ish forensics specialist with the Miami police department, who happens to have a Dark Passenger. Some disturbing incident in his early childhood left him different. Only his adopted father Harry can take credit for his seemingly normal appearance. Harry taught him to blend in and use his dark side for the good - to take out those that escape the law.

In this book, Dexter teams up again with
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Ashley
Whether he is darkly dreaming or dearly devoted most readers will find that they develop a special affinity toward this sociopathic serial killer. Perhaps it is due to his bond with his sister or his awkward relationship with his girlfriend Rita or the fact that even cold detached Dexter can’t be cruel to an adorable child. In fact, it is Dexter’s fondness for the innocence of children that drives his desire to kill in Dearly Devoted Dexter as the novel opens with Dexter on the hunt for a pair o ...more
Criss
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Reg Franklin
Dearly Devoted Dexter opens similarly to the second season of the TV series, with Dexter's interior monologue talking about the thrill of the chase...and it turning out he's talking about playing Kick the Can because Sgt Doakes has been trailing him.

After that, the book takes a definite departure from the series as it focuses on the police pursuit of a former military torturer from El Salvador they refer to as Doctor Danco (he slices, he dices, he turns out chopped vegetables). To be honest, thi
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Courtney
I don't love the writing but I do love the idea and that's what makes this a page turner.

I haven't yet watched the TV series but it's on my list. This book and the first attracted me as a lover of crime, true crime and procedural thrillers. Having already learnt a lot about psychopaths and the nature of serial killers some of this book was a bit 'basic' and I found Jeff Lindsay would dwell on some of the more obvious traits of a serial killer such as their lack of empathy and inability to alway
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Hayat
I think I just found a new level of appreciation for Anti heroes. For a man who doesn't understand or feel human emotions, Dexter is sure bombarded by a barrel of mixed emotions from all sides and its leaving him a little bewildered. Still, he has his day time and night time jobs to keep him centred. This story is full of action, gore and madness. I found myself immersed in the mystery, grinning at Dexter's hilarious predicaments and laughing out loud at moments full of irony, corny puns and mor ...more
Lauren Gommert
Are you kidding me? Sure, I'm one of those schmucks that started to read the books because I was so in love with the television series. I was hoping to find added depth to the television character. Instead I was disappointing with a mess of a book that contained contradicting statements, a un-explained, ridiculous plot, and a complete hit and miss on satirical comedy. In short, it SUCKED! I have never, in my life said what I'm about to say...as much as I wish it wasn't true, this is one situatio ...more
Amy
This book proved it was possible to be creeped out and laugh at the same time. It grossed me out--but at the same time I found myself laughing and smiling. I started to worry that maybe there was something wrong with me. Looking forward to moving on to the third one!
Laura
As in the first book, Darkly Dreaming Dexter, the main character's inner monologue is the main attraction. Dexter Morgan is a "monster", a serial killer of "deserving" criminals, particularly pedophiles and others who prey on children. As in the previous book, he keeps up a running dialogue with himself that succeeds in highlighting all the ways he is different from the "human beings" he is surrounded with on a daily basis. Via this inner monologue, Jeff Lindsay succeeds in making clever, self-i ...more
Brandon Collinsworth
The first book followed the show up to a point, there were some changes but a person reading the first book and watching the first season would still be ok with it.

No more, now by the second book we are parting deeply from the show. No problem with that in and of itself, but the problem here is the second season of the show is better than the first, and the second book in the series isn't even really as good as the first book. The second season of the show was great tv, this is mediocre book.

I
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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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