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Double Dexter

(Dexter #6)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  13,636 ratings  ·  986 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
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 337 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Doubleday
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Vikas Hannah is not a character from the books. In fact after the first book none of the storylines from the series match the books.
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Cassie Beebe Several of the books involve that theme. But if I remember correctly, I believe Dexter in the Dark is the first one that deals with that directly. Dea…moreSeveral of the books involve that theme. But if I remember correctly, I believe Dexter in the Dark is the first one that deals with that directly. Dearly Devoted Dexter discusses it as well, but I'm pretty sure Dexter in the Dark talked about that a lot, so that's probably the one you're thinking of. (less)

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(B+) 78% | Good
Notes: Not entirely original, but gives storylines and elements from previous books a more polished and satisfying do-over.
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5stars
‘’I didn’t have to do anything but follow the pattern.’’
I can't believe that I finally finished the series. It only took me fifty years to do so. Read them so out of order but oh well. Also YES I KNOW THAT IS THIS BOOK 6 LEAVE ME ALONE.
Oh look at her once again giving Dexter 5 stars. Life advice just skip book 3 Dexter In The Dark.
Reading this made me think of the TV show which made me think of Michael C. Hall which made me think of Six Feet Under... now I wanna watch Six Feet Under. Such a
Edward Lorn
Mar 10, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  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
Rhiannon Ryder
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, library
Dexter is a mess.

Most people get better at their craft, this was flailing and improv at best and not what I expect from Dexter. To say I'm disappointed in his digression is putting it mildly. Cody and Astor are nice side characters, Doakes is clumping along menacingly, and good ole sis, Deborah is toned-down.

This feels wrong-footed, which suits the plotline, but it wasn't to my taste. I prefer precision and pride in craftsmanship.
Alisa Kester
Oct 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Ok, 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
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Dec 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, read_2012, own
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
Kristin Shafel
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
Feb 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, thriller
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
Tasha Robinson
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
James Gonzalez
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
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
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Having a child is really messing with Dexter. Astor is annoying and Cody is scary. Rita is all over the place. Much different than previous books, and I didn't enjoy it as much.
Eli Hornyak
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really thought I was going to like this book a lot after the first few chapters, but it just seemed lazy. Every time Dexter was having an issue I thought, he is so much smarter than that, it shouldn’t have taken five chapters for him to figure it out. Just a disappointment.
Brittney Gibbon
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If there is one thing I am beyond sure of now, it is how truly oblivious Dexter is to the thought processes of a non-dark-passenger-possessing-human. He is completely obtuse and I love it 😂

Dex’s domestic bliss is no more – Astor is going through some serious pre-teen angsty bullshit, and Rita is drinking all of the time and her moods are all over the place and poor, oblivious Dex has no idea why. Things that are so obvious (like the conclusions his wife has jumped to about his own changes in beh
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-series
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
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Throughout his career as the friendly neighbourhood serial killer, Dexter has avoided being noticed. However, all good things must come to an end and upon being seen Dexter is pulled into a dark and deadly game with an individual who is now out to get him.

Another book filled with Dexter’s wit and our favourite characters, this one follows Dexter as his seemingly perfect life becomes more dangerous for him and those closest to him. With all eyes focused upon him, Dexter soon finds himself in a pr
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Jammin Jenny
I love Dexter! He is my favorite bad guy who does good things in a bad way. I love his struggles to fit in with society and to try and read human emotions (since he freely admits to not having any). I love his fatherly ways with Rita's kids (who are also sociopaths) and Rita with her free-flowing half-sentences. Great book! ...more
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As I've said before, I do love Dexter. I really enjoyed this book, it's just typical Dexter...... funny and exciting. As much as I like the books, seeing the tv series has changed it for me...... I actually prefer watching it on tv. ...more
Asghar Abbas
Nov 29, 2014 rated it liked it

Meh. Obviously Meh. If you have read this series after the show, it is pretty much ruined. Goes without saying.
I am going to finish these books because of the alteration. This book got better than the last one and the last was better than the one before. I still say the series fell apart when we learned the dark passenger was a demon. At this point if you’ve been reading you know that. If not sorry. I hate that revaluation but I like the writing. And with two more books I’ll read them just to finish. I stay say watch the first five seasons because that is the best incarnation of Dexter.
Eule Luftschloss
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One day the thing which should never have happened occured: Dexter was witnessed at play.
He doesn't know by whom, and how much the person saw, and knows he has to find them.

A thing that bothers me more and more from installment to installment is the depiction of Rita who is an awesome cook, not only producing delicious meals but also enjoying doing so. Who seems to be the only person to do household chores.
I understa
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Midnight Muldoon
Aug 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book made me mad. Not angry, MAD. Foaming at the mouth, red faced, growling, grinding my teeth MAD. I listened to this while I work (in an office doing data entry) and I went on a rage fueled 10 minute monologue about this book during lunch.

What the hell is wrong with Dexter? Some dude who just learned he likes to kill because he spotted Dexter is now suddenly outwitting someone who has successfully killed over 40 people without getting caught? Some amateur newbie can get the drop on him j
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Jeff Lindsay lives in 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. Several of his earlier published works include his wife as a co-author.

Jeff graduated from Middlebury College, Vermont, in 1975, and Celebration Mime Theatre's Clown School the same year. He received a doub

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)
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  • Dexter's Final Cut (Dexter, #7)
  • Dexter Is Dead (Dexter, #8)

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