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Lindsay has created one of the most engaging and original narrators of recent years. 'A virtuoso debut by a new young American author, this is a compulsive trip through territory rendered familiar by the psycho-thrillers of Thomas Harris and Michael Connelly and other masters of the dark arts of abnormal pathology' Guardian. 'One of the most likeable vigilante serial killers in recent thriller literature ... Like other charismatic killers - Hannibal Lecter, say, or Tom Ripley - Dexter has a set of motives that are tough to untangle. But his quest proves weirdly convincing' New Yorker. 'A sleek black comedy' Literary Review. 'It's been years since there's been a thriller debut as original as this one ... humorous, self-deprecating, smart and sometimes lyrical ... a gripping, deliciously offbeat novel' Publishers Weekly. 'It's a great idea. And it's easy to see why this debut novel has gone down a storm ... the whole thing is stylish, polished and very readable' Mirror. 'Long after readers finish this gripping novel, they will still be thinking (or dreaming) about Dexter' Booklist. '[A] mcabre tour-de- force' New York Times. Rights have been sold around the world.

About the Author

Jeff Lindsay is the author of the acclaimed Dexter novels, now adapted into an award-winning TV series. In addition, Jeff's plays have been performed on the stage in New York and London. Outside of his writing, Jeff is a musician and karate enthusiast. He lives in Cape Coral, Florida, with his family.

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It's been years since there's been a thriller debut as original as this one by Lindsay, who takes a tired subgenre the serial-killer novel and makes it as fresh as dawn. Lindsay's premise alone is worthy: narrator Dexter Morgan, a blood-spatter specialist for the Miami cops, is also a serial killer. But all his life, Dexter has followed the rules set down by his cop foster father (who knew of Dexter's proclivities), to indulge his passion only by slaying other serial killers. What makes this novel zing, though, is the narration humorous, self-deprecating, smart and sometimes lyrical, it's a macabre fun ride ("I thought about the nice clothes that I always wore. Well of course I did. I took pride in being the best-dressed monster in Dade County"). The story opens with Dexter at play, kidnapping and killing a priest who has murdered a number of children, then moves on to the main plot, a series of gruesome killings of prostitutes by an unknown madman. Dexter's foster sister is a Miami Vice Squad cop working on the killings, so Dexter decides to help her solve the case. This puts him in conflict with a dumb but ambitious female homicide detective as well as, soon enough, the killer himself, whose approach to serial killing mirrors Dexter's own, uncomfortably so. Might Dexter himself be the culprit? The answer feels a bit contrived, but will surprise most readers, and it's a minor flaw in a gripping, deliciously offbeat novel that announces the arrival of a notable new talent. Agent, Nicholas Ellison. (On sale July 27) Forecast: Strong reviews on this title will alert readers, as will clever jacket art, depicting a smiley face painted in blood. Expect healthy sales. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Audio mystery fans have a real treat in store in this excellent offering. The superb reading by Nick Landrum adds to some hair-raisingly horrible scenes detailing serial killer Dexter Morgan's quirky psyche as well as his careful selection and excruciatingly artful dissection of his victims. There's a lot of macabre humor throughout, from Dexter's cover as a "blood splatter" crime scene analyst for the Miami-Dade Police Department and his working relationships with fellow forensic technicians, homicide detectives, and cops, including his sister Deb, to the use of a professional hockey goalie's net as a depository for neatly wrapped, bloodless body parts. Those who listen to audiobooks while they drive can expect some "driveway moments" from this one: riveting and not for listening in traffic. Graphic violence, graphic language, and a glimpse into the psyche of a rather charming psycho-who could ask for anything more? Very highly recommended for adult collections.-Cliff Glaviano, Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

A virtuoso debut by a new young American author, this is a compulsive trip through territory rendered familiar by the psycho-thrillers of Thomas Harris and Michael Connelly and other masters of the dark arts of abnormal pathology * GUARDIAN *
One of the most likeable vigilante serial killers in recent thriller literature ... Like other charismatic killers - Hannibal Lecter, say, or Tom Ripley - Dexter has a set of motives that are tough to untangle. But his quest proves weirdly convincing * NEW YORKER *
A sleek black comedy * LITERARY REVIEW *
It's been years since there's been a thriller debut as original as this one ... humorous, self-deprecating, smart and sometimes lyrical - a gripping, deliciously offbeat novel * PUBLISHERS WEEKLY *
It's a great idea. And it's easy to see why this debut novel has gone down a storm ... the whole thing is stylish, polished and very readable * DAILY MIRROR *
Long after readers finish this gripping novel, they will still be thinking (or dreaming) about Dexter * BOOKLIST *
A macabre tour-de-force * NEW YORK TIMES *

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