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Dearly Devoted Dexter (Dexter #2)

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He's a charming monster... A macabre hero... A serial killler who only kills bad people.

Dexter Morgan has been under considerable pressure. It's just not easy being an ethical serial killer - especially while trying to avoid the unshakable suspicions of the dangerous Sergeant Doakes (who believes Dexter is a homicidal maniac...which, of cou
Paperback, 292 pages
Published September 19th 2006 by Vintage Books (first published March 15th 2005)
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May 08, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
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
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Delicious. The first one was so good that I took a second helping. Cheers, PirateSteve!

If book one, DARKLY DREAMING DEXTER, was an eight on the horrifying scale then turn the dial right up to eleven. So what if it only goes to ten, this is an eleven. Just push the envelope further. More suspense, more emotion, and definitely more investment in Dexter as a hero. A flawed, dark knight.

The nemesis here is quite impressive and the events are more gruesome. I won't lie, I really liked this one. What
Edward Lorn
Mar 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller and serial killer fans
Recommended to Edward by: John
Second day of my Dexter Morgan marathon and Book Two is done. Have I mentioned how much I love Audible's x3 narration speed? Well, it really isn't x3, as an eight hour book still took four hours to listen to, but it's still a quick way to barrel through a series of short books.

This is the point where I started enjoying the show more than the novels. Doakes has a much better role in the Showtime series. Of course, this is solely my opinion. I do understand why the Showtime series decided to go a
Jun 04, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror, american-lit
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
Jan 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  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
Amir The Fat Bookworm
Meh. I just keep reading. But the narration gets less and less novel. And the plot is expected. Most of the story is filled with YA thrillers.
Nicholas Beck
Jun 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oliviu Craznic
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Un psihopat ciopârțește oamenii în Miami: membrele, nasul, limba, organele genitale, pleoapele, totul este tăiat cu grijă chirurgicală, dar victimele sunt lăsate în viață (sau în iad).
Între timp, după cum era de așteptat, sergentul Doakes (un polițist cu un întunecat trecut militar) începe să îl vâneze pe Dexter, convins (justificat, desigur) că acesta a fost cumva amestecat în evenimentele relatate în primul volum. Iar Dexter nu poate să îl ucidă, pentru că Doakes nu corespunde „Codului lui Har
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, audible
Reread for me, several years after the initial read. I listened to the audiobook this time around, which gave the book a little extra something.
I enjoyed this, but the TV show was better in my opinion. That said, I still very much enjoyed this audiobook as it was read out by the author himself.
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
"Freedom is such a fragile, fleeting thing, isn't it?"

I think I have enjoyed more this one than the first one.
Dexter is great. I love how he thinks; he is so funny! (view spoiler)
With this second book of the series, we can discover a little bit more about his life. (view spoiler)
Jan 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Dearly Devoted Dexter was a good read. I really enjoy the main character (Dexter) in the two books I have read. In each book you keep learning more and more about Dexter. You have to love a book with a strong main character and a good story line. Which keeps you interested and wanting to read the next book in the series. Unlike some books that don't give you enough about the main character in the series and kind of drag on thru the story. I did like this book but liked the first a little more. S ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was another amazing edition of everyone's favorite serial killer. Full of twists, humor and a broad underlying storyline with so many possibilities.
Normally, I love hearing the author read their own work as they simply have the attachment to the characters and story like no one else. However, Jeff Lindsay did not do justice to the dialogue of the varied characters. I guess I can't expect to be wowed by every author's speaking voice, but having had such great experiences with several oth
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
Majo's Library.
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-on-kindle
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
Aug 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Сибин Майналовски
Чиста, рафинирана, кристална красота!!! Без сантиментализми, без излишни упражнения по словесен дрисък, без условности. Само ДЕКСТЪР. Най-добрият. Точка.
Jane Stewart
Good because it’s wacko different. But this one suffers from lack of logic.

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.
Jun 25, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, fiction
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Jul 20, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Mark Hodder
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
Few authors can write a story that's both harrowing and humorous. Lindsay pulls it off without a stumble. What Dexter's foe does to his victims in this novel is truly ghastly--enough to give you nightmares--yet at the same time, Dexter cruises through the tale with his dark humour intact and his repartee often eliciting laugh-out-loud moments. If I have any issue with this, the second in the series, it's that the two kills that Dexter performs are done "offscreen" and that the villain of the pie ...more
R Moriarty
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood
I liked the narrator and plot a little better this time. It's so strange revisiting this series of my childhood, different yet the same. Deborah is still my favorite character.
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, thriller
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
Jul 12, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2009
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
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thriller
In this second book of the Dexter series, Dexter is being closely watched by Sergeant Doakes who has his suspicions about Dexter's nocturnal activities. Instead of hunting down and killing serial killers in his spare time, he must instead pretend to be a normal member of society, spending time visiting his girlfriend Rita and playing with her kids. However, Dexter's sister Debbie, a Sergeant in Homicide takes him along to a horrendous crime scene where a man has been horribly mutilated but left ...more
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