“Dexter Is Dead” By Jeff Lindsay 

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By: Jeff Lindsay
Narrated by: Jeff Lindsay
Series: Dexter, Book 8
Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
Release date: 07-07-15
Publisher: Random House Audio

So Jeff Lindsay brings the Dexter series to its ill-fated death in this final installment. I’m hoping that’s not his final decision, I’ve come to enjoy Dexter and his Dark Passenger in these books. The series was pretty good until that last season, at that point the stories were a bit odd for my taste, It just didn’t seem like a Dexter story, but hey, that’s my opinion.

So with the TV series ending and the book series ending, and the brief comic book series ended, what am I going to do without my Dexter? I guess I’ll move on but it’ll be tough.

This book opens with Dexter being falsely accused by the crooked Detective Anderson of Murder. Anderson gets him thrown in jail without his right to a phone call, or lawyer, or anything legal for that matter. But Dexter soon gets bailed out by his brother, Brian. Brian and Dexter share their homicidal tendencies, only that Dexter uses them for “good.” Brian also gets Dexter the best attorney money can buy. An attorney so powerful that all other legal authorities quake in their boots the the mere mention of his name.

The problems continue when Dexter’s life is threatened several times by drug cartel members. It is soon discovered that they may be after Brian not Dexter. Then when Dexter’s sister Deborah tries to take away Dexter’s children and they become pawns to bring Dexter out in the public, Dexter fights back in only the way Dexter can.

The ending of the book is perfect Dexter. Action, excitement, humor and dark passengers everywhere.

The book is narrated by the author and with that the listener gets the feel of how Jeff Lindsay intended the character to be. I’m used to the Michael C. Hall representation of Dexter and some of the choices made by Lindsay seemed to go against that version. I was uneasy about the changes in my beloved Dexter’s character, but figured it was the man who created him in the first place and well, that’s probably the way he should have been from the beginning.

Publisher’s Summary

After seven national best sellers and eight seasons as one of the most successful shows on television, New York Times best-selling author Jeff Lindsay bids a thrilling farewell to his uniquely twisted and beloved serial killer, Dexter Morgan. Dexter Is Dead is the definitive conclusion of the character who has become a global icon.

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.

©2015 Jeff Lindsay (P)2015 Random House Audio