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Dexter Is Dead

(Dexter #8)

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3.54  ·  Rating details ·  5,240 ratings  ·  690 reviews
Dexter Morganblood-spatter analyst...husband...father...serial killerknew that he couldnt burn the candle at both ends forever, and now his dark deeds have finally ensnared him. He is in prison on multiple homicide chargesalthough, ironically, he did not commit any of the murders of which he is accused. Hes lost everything: his wife, kids, career, and the loyalty of his ...more
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Published June 14th 2016 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (first published April 9th 2015)
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Julie Hayes
Jul 15, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dexter finds himself incarcerated in a correctional facility, ironically, for murders he did not commit. His wife, his girlfriend and future meal ticket, as well the pedophilic actor who was putting the moves on Astor, Dexters stepdaughter. It seems as though everyone is against Dexter, and wishes to do him harm. Especially Detective Anderson, whose sloppy attempts at manipulating evidence are responsible for Dexters current predicament. Even his sister has turned her back on him. Where is the ...more
Ria
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5stars
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DEXTER IS DEAD

''It wasnt supposed to end this way.''
me @ the series finally. Yes Im STILL mad.

FINALLY FINISHED IT!!! Took me like 50years. I just had to someday finish the series because FUUUCK the series finale sucked. Fucking abomination. I just needed an ok ending. At this point the bar is almost nonexistent. IIIIIII loved this ending. May be because of the shows being garbage...gif

''-But I didnt kill anybody.
-This time!''

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Debs love ya and I see your point but free my
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Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
Oh this was such a good ending!! I am a fan of the TV show and didnt know if I would be able to jump into this last book in the series by Jeff Lindsay. I was so disappointed in the TV series ending that I wanted to read how the author really wanted Dexters story to end.

I was not disappointed. This was the same Dexter that I had grown to love (well loosely speaking when youre talking about a murdering sociopath). However the more I read the more I enjoyed the book. Dexter is portrayed in the book
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Asghar Abbas

Before we delve into this, I just want to say I almost didn't review this book. Because I am used to being disappointed with Mr. Lindsay by now. That disappointment has been one constant of our reader/writer relationship, abusive one at that. Mostly due to the fact, he was never as good as the very thing he inspired. The show's Dexter far surpassed the author's originally fresh idea. Not really Lindsay's fault, but you know. Not really blaming but really blaming him; in fact, shoot the
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Heather Leigh
I really wanted to like this book. I mean, I have been waiting for it for a year. Once a year, I get my Dexter fix and knowing this was the last chapter of his story, I was all but staring at my Kindle waiting for it to appear.

Then I began reading.

The beginning was so slow, if it had been any other book by any other author, I would have put it down. If half of the story is Dexter thinking to himself in a jail cell, then clearly you were simply trying to fill space.

Once Dexter was released into
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Marianne
3.5★s
Dexter is Dead is the eighth and final book in the popular Dexter series by American author, Jeff Lindsay. Dexter Morgan, blood spatter expert with the Miami Dade Police Force (and everyones favourite serial killer), is being held in Turner Guildford Knight Correctional Centre. He knows hes innocent (this time) of the murders (see Dexters Final Cut), but how to convince anyone when he has been held for two weeks with no sign of a lawyer, an arraignment or even his sister, the ever-scowling
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Gregory Baird
Out With a Whimper

Disappointment, thy name is Jeff Lindsay. It was abundantly clear long ago that Lindsay had fallen into a rut with his Dexter series, that the magic had gone away and he was just going through the motions. I mean honestly, it reached the point where virtually every book had the same ludicrous ending: Dexter's stepkids are kidnapped by the bad guy. To call it stultifying would be a colossal understatement.

Then along came Dexter's Final Cut, and it appeared Lindsay may have been
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Bradley
May 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, psychology
Dexter is cursed. There just doesn't seem to be a way to close out his stories in a way that truly satisfies. First it was the tv series, and now it's the books.

Now, of course, if i were just going to be comparing apples to apples, by comparing the end of the tv series to the end of the books, I can unequivocally recommend the book without qualm.

We still have the dolorous dementia of a drowning Dexter, all friendless, family-less, and fraught with firearmed foes and one steadfast psychopath of
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Paul Grimard
This really seamed like a case of... "I have to tie up the loose ends of the previous book but I do not feel like putting a lot into it"

The plot was simple and predictable. No real in depth stories or characters. Just felt smashed together and rushed.

As a huge Dexter fan I like how it ended but the book its self was not worth the read.

I expected so much more from Jeff Lindsay. This was amateurish at best and at worst it was a poor way to cap of a series.

I will miss Dexter but I will not miss
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Jaksen
Jul 31, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I won this book (audio book) through a Goodreads giveaway.

This is the first audio book I won and it took me a while to get through. (I read faster than a CD plays, but anyhow...)

Jeff Lindsay, the author, narrated the book and he did an excellent job with different voices for the characters. Dexter comes across as the character he is, a bit egotistic, arrogant at times, but always self-effacing. It's all an act of course because the real Dexter is a sociopath, incapable of normal human emotions.
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Devann
I think this is probably one of those books where you either love it or you hate it. I had been pretty disappointed with the three of the last four books in this series so I did not go into this with high hopes, but I ended up absolutely loving it.

I think that in order to really like this book you have to like Brian, or at least find him interesting as a character. I had always really liked him on the TV show and was disappointed that 1. he died in season one and 2. although he didn't die in the
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Brittany
I can definitely say I prefer this ending to the tv show, but the story overall was better in the books even though I loved Season 1-5 of the show before it got "weird". However, it was hard to love this book as much because Dexter wasn't as witty and didn't make me laugh as much and there was so much slow movement to this book. I do feel that it was intentional given the content and what he was going through, but it wasn't grabbing me the way previous book shave done, and I wanted Dexter to ...more
Chuck
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4-stars

Having just finished minutes ago, I'm not sure what I think about this. But I'm pretty certain I'm not happy with the ending. In fairness, I'm not sure I'd be happy with any ending, though. Lindsay created a perfect vehicle for his wit and humor, and I'm sad to see it go. The series overall has been great and has provided much enjoyment for me and many others, and for that I truly thank him.
Ethan
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeff Lindsay's novels featuring serial killer Dexter Morgan have not only become a bestselling book series, but they have also spawned a critically and commercially successful television series. Despite this success, the novels have continually decreased in quality, culminating in a disappointing cliffhanger in the previous novel Dexter's Final Cut. I was ready to give up on this series, but was too intrigued by the title of this novel to not give it a read. After a two year hiatus, Lindsay ...more
Eric
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
A once promising series slithers off into the sibilant sunset.
Abby
Well this is it. The long-awaited finale. But much like the TV show based off the series, the ending was a bit unsatisfactory. Not as awful as the TV series, mind you, but still not too great. I wasn't expecting much though, as these books got progressively worse with each installment. But I made it and it feels good to complete a series, particularly one this long.
Robert Gelms
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dexter Morgan, R.I.P.
By Bob Gelms

Recently I got to happily spend a few days with one of my favorite fictional characters, Dexter Morgan. He is sometimes thought of as Americas favorite serial killer. He only kills people who deserve it, people who have fallen through the criminal justice cracks. In a bizarre, twisted turn of conventional literary practice, Dexter is a hero.

Dexter has spent eight years on television and this latest book by Jeff Lindsey represents the eighth outing in book form.
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Aaron
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say the TV series is more delightful in dealing with Dexter's death. Despite the differences between the show and the book series, this one still gets only 3 stars.
The author's reading is OK for this book as the core characters of Dexter, Deb and Brian are the main voices we hear. I still would recommend reading the book rather than listening to the audiobook.
The continual use of D-words to describe Dexter has been a constant throughout the series just bordering on inane. The lapse,
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Tammie McElligott
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is this really the end? Many of the other reviews say it is, I'm not so certain, it does leave me wondering if Dexter will bubble his way up to the surface and if Deborah his sister, will throw him a life ring.

Dexter is Dead picks up with Dex in jail and being railroaded (okay so he's not innocent per say but innocent of said current crime) by a cop who wants to put him away for good no matter what it costs. He has been charged for the grizzly crime that ended the last book, Dexter's Final Cut,
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Alisha-Dear Constant Reader
I am such an absolute fan of the Dexter novels so it was with great delight that I was given the newest edition last month from the publishers. Thank you.

This final installment ends in a way that's fitting for the best serial killer ever; Dark Dexter, our dashing, devious hero. As a fan of the books and a viewer of The Showtime series, my heart lies with the novels. Showtime rarely got right, and in the end gave us one of the most disappointing final seasons in recent television history.
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BWT (Belen)
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2015
This epitomizes exactly why I love Jeff Lindsay's writing. His original, sarcastic, witty, darkly funny repartee is, at times, brilliant and on full display. This final installment concludes the story for our own deliciously dark Dexter; the serial killer with a (kind of) conscience.

For those who watched the Showtime series and were disappointed at the ending Dexter got - THIS IS LIKE A LOVE LETTER LINDSAY WROTE FOR YOU.

Though this is being promoted as the "final" book in the series, I
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Ubiquitousbastard
No one likes this, so naturally, I take the opposing position and actively liked this book. There was sarcasm, intelligent references that made me feel dumb at moments (something not easily achieved in most literature), a strong critique of the legal system, and food porn. If I were a more sophisticated writer, I would hope to write like this. I was not overly keen on the plot to the previous book, but this one did what it could with that premise. As much as I dislike the show, I adore this book ...more
Ricky
Forget Season 8, which deserves a lot of the negativity it gets. This here, this way-too-short final novel in Mr. Lindsay's series, is the true swan song of Dexter Morgan. It's short, and yet it really has no idea how to stop the action from keeping on coming. From the beginning, picking up from the cliffhanger Book 7 left us with three years ago (has it really been that long? The show was still running at that time!), all the way to the Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot ending, Dexter's last ride never ...more
Melliott
Jan 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Well, the title says it all. Didn't really need to read it.
Nancy The book junkie
Rating: 3.5/5

Review coming soon!
Rebecca Hauger
I suppose it was a good end to the series, but I didn't really enjoy it as much as the others. Several reasons, but they don't matter, because it's all over :( I'm sad
Missy
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sophie
I think the storyline of this last chapter of Dexter's adventure was good, but the writing just put me off big time! I always liked reading Dexter's musing as they usually were pretty entertaining, but in the last 3 books, they became more and more tedious. It reached its paroxysm in this book, in which 80% of the words are just Dexter being dumb and not serving the story at all. It is a shame as I don't think the author offered a good homage to his character.
Karen Kay
Great series!
Kandice
I pre-ordered this book so had it on my Nook the first day it was available. Ive put off reading it because I just didnt want to face that this was the last Dexter story I was going to get. I have loved this series since the very first book and loved the Showtime Series equally. Well, until the last episode that is. The last episode of the series was just awful. I didnt feel satisfied on any front, but I knew, just knew, that Lindsey wouldnt disappoint. I was wrong. So very wrong.

I want to begin
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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
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