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Dexter's Final Cut

(Dexter #7)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  7,556 ratings  ·  882 reviews
With 1.7 million copies of the Dexter novels sold, and ever-increasing critical acclaim, Jeff Lindsay returns to his groundbreaking and beloved character with his most entertaining book yet. Get ready for a grisly send-up of Hollywood, and a full dose of dark Dexter wit.

Lights. Camera. Mayhem. You won't find this story on television.

Hollywood gets more than it bargained f
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Doubleday (first published 2012)
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Alan Myers
Sep 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
This was in my opinion the WORST Dexter book to date for 2 reasons.
I'm gonna warn you right now that I'm about to hit some spoilers small but spoilers just the same.


Ok this book started out fine just like the other Dexter novels. They aren't great books but they are far from bad.
I like the characters, I usually like the storylines. Lindsay seems to take his time with the beginning of the book and then the last third is a fevered rush to end the book as quickly as he can. This is a
Pre-Read Thoughts: New Dexter makes me all warm and fuzzy. Can't wait.

Post-Read Thoughts: ... ugh.
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
OK....What happened??!?!?

This book....*sigh*....Where to start? This will have slight spoilers, nothing definitive given away BUT....well.

First off I have loved this series until this book! Where did it go wrong? I mean come on!

Here are the problems I had with this book....

(1) You CANNOT change a character like that...I mean you take a serial killer and all of a sudden his brain transforms? I mean he never had sympathy/empathy. Now all of a sudden he has feelings????? He lusts, he gets jeal
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Is this the last Dexter? Well, it is for me. I've read all of the series from the beginning and enjoyed it. I live in south Florida, so Lindsay's trenchant observations on our politics, drivers, and cultural idiosyncrasies are very entertaining. That is why I'm unable to grasp what the author intended with this book. If, indeed, this is the end for Dexter, then it seems to me that Jeff Lindsay extended a middle finger to his readers. It's as if he tired of the series and wrote a sloppy ending as ...more
Luka Novak
Sep 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
This is second worst book in the series "Dexter in the Dark" (#3) being worst. Main characters change for no reason whatsoever.

Dexter and Debra are tasked with showing two actors (actress in Debra's case) what police work is in preparing them for role in TV series. As mutilated bodies of women start appearing in Miami things take a nasty turn and Dexter ends up being a bodyguard to said actress.

And here is where main flaw of the book starts. Dexter just doesn't act like his usual self. Rather th
Aug 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3stars
‘’Death is the mother of beauty.’’

I know what you are all thinking ‘’Whaaat 3 Dexter books in less than a year and she will also buy book 6 before the end of the year? Is she insane?’’…. 2 more books. Yeet yeet bitch.
I always thought that this was the last book because it was called Final Cut but then Dexter Is Dead came out and I was confused. Yes I finally read the summary and now I get it. I have like 1 braincell okay.

‘’He liked me. He really liked me.’’
“Liked you, liked you?” Magnus burie
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Mild spoilers concerning Dexter and one character. I didn't finish so I can't spoil that much.

Oh how far our unlikely hero has fallen. Is Dexter dense? The thought crossed my mind as he has been caught in the act in the last book and caught on camera in a different book.

Dexter and Deb are forced by Capt Matthews to babysit these 2 actors who will playing a cop and forensic guy in a tv show being filmed in Miami. That's a bit ridiculous, but I swallowed it. I even dealt with Dexter going dopy ove
Apr 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: thriller
Time of DNF: 57%

My conscience was clean--most mythical objects are--but I felt a small twinge of unease anyway.

Don't think it doesn't disappoint me greatly, but it is what it is. I don't know if this was written after the television series started or what, and I don't care enough to investigate it--this was reading for pleasure--but Dexter's Final Cut spends less time on Dexter and more about the cult of celebrity. There is more time devoted to driving in Miami traffic than on Dark Passenger,
Edward Lorn
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller and serial killer fans
I did not hate this one. In fact, I enjoyed it quite a bit. This one went to some dark places, and there was only one insane coincidence. I prefer hating Dexter over liking him, much in the way that I enjoyed coming to dislike Walter White before the end of Breaking Bad. Some characters are simply better when they cross the line.

Now that I am at the end of my Seven Books in Seven Day Dexter Morgan Marathon, I must say that I do not regret the journey. Yes, it was a mostly Joe-Average fiction wi
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
i am so looking forward to reading this-read all 6 so far and watched all 6 series-big fan.

Well finished book ,cliffhanger,there better be another mr lindsay as that was an ending and a half.Very good as always.
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: twisted souls, fans of the series
Recommended to Katy by: Amazon Vine
Book Info: Genre: Thriller/Police Procedural
Reading Level: Adult
Book Available: September 17, 2013 in hardcover, Kindle, Audible and Audio CD editions
Recommended for: twisted people
Trigger Warnings: murder

My Thoughts: Ah, welcome back Dexter's brain. I figured out why Double Dexter bothered me so much. A clever villain is all well and good and helps keep the tension up, but a stupid Dexter is annoying. And Double Dexter featured a Dexter that was not bringing his A game. Fortunately he was back
Asghar Abbas
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was ok

Um, I don't know how I feel about this series at this point, if I ever did. I don't know why I keep getting the new ones when they do come out. Is it a misshapen loyalty to the TV show that I adore. Or the beautiful covers; it is certainly not the content. There are few worthy moments but they are just that, moments. Maybe it's my understanding of a character, an elusive figure that I love and look for albeit in all the wrong places, like its own source material. Despite its many flaws and in sp
Well, it was very funny. And the bad guy(s) aren't that easy to spot straight away.

But Dexter got quite wrapped up in himself and stardom for most of the book... I rather say he deserved the ending he got, which I did not like.

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J Edward Tremlett
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hold on to your blood spatters, folks! Dexter Morgan — forensic specialist by day, serial killer by night — is about to become a TV star!

Well, sort of. It goes without saying that Dexter already is an actor; indeed, our favorite serial killer has been successfully masquerading as a human for his entire adult life. He learned very early on that no one could know that his body was home to a Dark Passenger, and so he has been guarded and careful about what he says and does, and living for those bri
Stuart Nager
Jan 01, 2014 rated it liked it
This Dexter read like a version of the Showtime series: not the Dexter that Mr. Lindsay created, but the Dexter on TV, the one "based on the books by...", or, as the cover states, that "...inspired the SHOWTIME hit."

Very out-of-character moments (I'm being nice here)that led to a very unsatisfying end. Like some others, making the ending a cliff hanger is not the way to go so late in a series. It feels desperate.

It felt like a lot of padding in places, which I've never really felt in the previo
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adv-readers-copy
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Sarah Hayes
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Don't get me wrong. Jeff Lindsay is a solid, imaginative writer who can keep me glued to the page like few others. But I am getting real tired of Darling Dear Dexter and his increasingly polarizing, patronizing personality that turns him from interesting sociopath to infuriating douchebag who happens to occasionally kill folks. Also, it seemed like Dexter was holding the idiot ball a lot of the time; I was spotting plot twists so many chapters before our Daring Dexter even got a clue something w ...more
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I've been keeping up with Dexter ever since the tv show began, but since I've always been a book nut, I always need to pull up the authors who started it. It's never a chicken or the egg question, but in this instance, I did start with the tv show first, and after a few seasons, needed my fix and so started the books.

I personally love how I can get a completely different story out of Dexter in an alternate universe kind of way between the two. If I didn't like how things happened in one, then I
Liz Cee
Oct 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars. I would have given this book four and a half stars if the identity of the killer hadn't been obvious from the beginning.

Things I enjoy about this and the whole Dexter series:
* I really like Jeff Lindsay's writing style; his descriptions are vivid without being tediously over-descriptive.
* I love Dexter's personality; he is such a charming psychopath. Lindsay does not diminish this character he has built by suddenly giving him 'feelings'. Even his attractions to some oth
Justin Luther
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
So the reason I gave it 2 stars is because I really enjoy his prose and crisp writing. If it weren't for that this book would get 1 star or lower if possible. First of all: almost everything that happens could have just as easily happened to a regular person (in other words, not a serial killer) and most of the events would have transpired the same. What does he do with his serial killing mojo? Kills Patrick, which seemed a moot point when all was said and done, and he "suspect
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
In the interest of full disclosure, I have to tell you I signed up for a giveaway and somehow won this book! It was extremely satisfying to open my front door and find it on my porch, direct from the marketing department of Doubleday. The only catch is that I have to review it "wherever [I] do my social networking." So here goes. I have to tell you I was born to have free books sent to me for nothing on the condition that I read them and tell people what I think.

I adore Dexter. I love TV Dexter,
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been listening to the audio books for this whole series. The author, Jeff Lindsay, has been the narrator for all but one of them. I felt he had come around on the last book, Double Dexter, giving the right voice to characters and bringing out the subtleties of Dexter. On the whole, I'd prefer to hear the author read their own works. But this book was a disaster.
Giving voice to female characters is not something Mr. Lindsay should ever put on his resume. I can forgive the harsh tones Debra
Alisa Kester
Sep 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: thrillers, mysteries
Oh dear, Dexter. Is this really The End? Can you really end your saga in such a...dare I declaim it...daft discharge? Can your devious destruction really end in (view spoiler)

While I still enjoyed this book, it was not one of Lindsay's best. In the battle between the best Dexter (book or tv), I have to say t
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
I've loved these novels from the beginning and would have continued to do so where it not for the lackluster effort this time out. Mr. Lindsey seems so disenchanted (or just tired) with the whole thing it makes me wonder…. Was he contractually obligated to get his manuscript done before he was ready? I could live with that. But if not, then I find it odd that without reason this particular installment of these otherwise exuberant novels is flatter than day old beer. Dexter is unlike any characte ...more
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Dexter books are really hit or miss. This one was definitely a miss. Dexter was being a major jerk most of the book and the killer was completely obvious to the reader yet went completely over his head. The one redeeming quality was an ending reminiscent of Season 4 of the TV series. Just one more book to go! Don't let me down, Jeff Lindsay...
Aaron Davies
Really really can't wait for this latest instalment
Rebecca Hauger
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love this so much!!!! I'd been missing Dexter, and this was a wonderful change of pace for his character. Can't wait to read the next!
Kristi Betts
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed reading suspense novels ever since I read my first mystery. I'm not sure if it is thrill of anticipation, or the suspenseful conclusion that makes my heart race. I also love when the bad guy "gets it in the end". Well, with Dexter Morgan, I had it all rolled into one. Now, I am not saying Dexter is my Knight in Shining Armor, he is more like the Dark Knight watching from around the corner. I found the character of Dexter immediatlely intriguing when I discovered Jeff Lindsay's fir ...more
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it was weird how dexter wanted to give up everything for actress he just met. i really didnt like that about him
Lori Schafer
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very different from the other books in the series, but maybe not as good as the previous ones. It has its unique charms and is cleverly written in Lindsay's signature style, which, in my opinion, is sadly lacking from the final book in the series. One gets the impression that Lindsay is perhaps beginning to grow bored with the repeated manifestations of Dexter.
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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

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Dexter (8 books)
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter, #1)
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