Dexter is Dead, by Jeff Lindsay


Dexter Morgan has burned the candle at both ends for many years. Blood spatter analyst … husband … father … serial killer. And now, for the first time, his world has truly collapsed. Dexter is arrested on charges of murder. He has lost everything—including his wife, his kids, and the loyalty of his sister. Now completely alone, Dexter faces a murder charge (for a crime … ironically … he did not actually commit). His only chance for freedom lies with his brother, Brian, who has a dark plan to prove Dexter’s innocence. But the stakes are deadly, and the epic showdown that lies in Dexter’s path may lead, once and for all, to his demise. Jeff Lindsay’s trademark devilish wit and cutting satire have never been sharper. Dexter Is Dead marks the end of a beloved series, but is also Dexter’s most satisfying and suspenseful outing yet.

I’d never read any of the Jeff Lindsay Dexter books. I enjoyed the television series, but never ventured into the books the series was based on. I was hesitant to read the last book in the series without reading any of the previous, especially knowing that television series and the books they’re based on are often divergent.

My biggest issue with the book was not that I was a little lost due to the diverging stories from the show and the books, or that some of the plot seemed far fetched, but the author’s constant use of description and repetition. The prose didn’t quite veer into the purple zone, but it got mighty close.

I found Dexter’s dialog to be stilted, but I presume that was intentional. It was fun to see characters from the show in this book, and this is a far better fitting ending for Dexter than the hideous television series finale.

Jeff Lindsay fans will obviously enjoy this ending to the series, and fans of the show will appreciate this way better ending. The casual reader who hasn’t read the series or watched the show might find this read a little stilted and heavy. Over all I did enjoy the read, and I’m glad I requested this title through NetGalley.


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 graduated from Middlebury College, Vermont, in 1975.


About Mark Gardner

Mark Gardner lives in northern Arizona with his wife, three children and a pair of spoiled dogs. Mark holds a degrees in Computer Systems and Applications and Applied Human Behavior. View all posts by Mark Gardner

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