Darkly Dreaming Dexter
By Jeff Lindsay
Doubleday, 2004. 288 pgs. Mystery
Dexter Morgan might seem like an ordinary guy, but when Dexter's not working as blood spatter analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department he's pursuing his other hobby -- killing Miami’s most dangerous criminals. Dexter’s father recognized his son’s psychopathic personality early, and he was determined to keep Dexter alive and out of prison. He developed a personal code for Dexter that would satisfy his bloodlust but also deliver some kind of twisted justice to the world. After living by his father's code for years, Dexter’s carefully crafted world is put under pressure by a new Miami serial killer who's taken a special interest in him.
This is the first book in the now complete series by Jeff Lindsay. I don't read many mysteries, but I am hooked on this series. It is as fun as it is creepy to be in the head of a psychopath like Dexter as he observes his world and the social interactions he just doesn't understand. I listened to the audiobook of Darkly Dreaming Dexter, which is narrated by the author himself, and I enjoyed the experience quite a bit. This is a great read, and it will be of particular interest to anyone who has watched the television adaptation.