Dexter

8 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200 ratings

Darkly Dreaming Dexter Summary

Dexter Morgan isn't exactly the kind of man you'd bring home to your mum. At heart he's the perfect gentleman: He has a shy girlfriend and seems to lead a quiet, normal life bordering on the mundane. Despite the fact that he can't stand the sight of blood, he works as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police.

But Dexter also has a secret hobby: He is an accomplished serial killer. So far he's killed 36 people and has never been caught because he knows exactly how to hide the evidence. And while that may lead some people to assume he's not such a nice guy, he tempers his insatiable hunger for brutality by killing only the bad guys.

However, Dexter's well-organised life is suddenly disrupted when a second, much more visible serial killer appears in Miami. Intrigued that the other killer favours a style similar to his own, Dexter soon realises that the mysterious new arrival is not simply invading his turf but offering him a direct invitation to come out and play....

Narrated by the author.

©2005 Jeff Lindsay (P)2012 Random House
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  • Book 1

    • Darkly Dreaming Dexter

    • Dexter Book 1
    • By: Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated by: Jeff Lindsay
    • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 472
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 451
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 448

    Dexter Morgan isn't exactly the kind of man you'd bring home to your mum. At heart he's the perfect gentleman: He has a shy girlfriend and seems to lead a quiet, normal life bordering on the mundane. Despite the fact that he can't stand the sight of blood, he works as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police. But Dexter also has a secret hobby: He is an accomplished serial killer. So far he's killed 36 people and has never been caught because he knows exactly how to hide the evidence.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Delicious Downloaded Dexter

    • By Norma Miles on 22-07-15

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 2

    • Dearly Devoted Dexter

    • Dexter Book 2
    • By: Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated by: Jeff Lindsay
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 194
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170

    Miami's best-dressed serial killer is back and on the prowl - at least he would be if he could shake off his permanent shadow. Ever since their paths first crossed, Sergeant Doakes hasn't let Dexter Morgan out of his sight. Dexter may well be the Miami PD's blood-spatter analyst, but Sgt. Doakes has a pretty good idea of how Dex likes to spend his free time, and he's determined to catch him in the act. Dex hasn't killed in months and is getting twitchy.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Meh

    • By himynameisneil on 12-03-18

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 3

    • Dexter in the Dark

    • Dexter Book 3
    • By: Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated by: Jeff Lindsay
    • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129

    Dexter Morgan is busy planning his wedding to Rita to complete his nice-guy disguise. But when a student is found burnt, molested and headless - seemingly sacrificed to an ancient god - and Dex is brought in as forensic analyst to help investigate, he realises he could be dealing with someone a whole lot more sinister than he is. Soon it seems the dark passenger in Dexter's head has gone into hiding. And when something creeps out your friendly neighbourhood serial killer, you know it's serious.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A robust and rousing riot of resilience!

    • By Emma on 07-09-17

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 4

    • Dexter by Design

    • Dexter Book 4
    • By: Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated by: Jeff Lindsay
    • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85

    Being a blood-spatter analyst who hates the sight of blood has always made Dexter's work for the Miami PD tough. But it means he's very neat when it comes to his out-of-hours hobby: murder. Of course the fact Dexter kills only bad people helps, too. Now Dex is facing a disturbing situation. He's used to blood at work and blood when he's out with the dark passenger (the voice that guides him on his deadly outings). But he's not sure what to make of the man who says blood is art.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Honeymoon Homecoming Horror

    • By Norma Miles on 05-08-15

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 5

    • Dexter Is Delicious

    • Dexter Book 5
    • By: Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated by: Jeff Lindsay
    • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79

    Everything's changing for our friendly neighbourhood serial killer. As if getting married wasn't enough to complete his nice-guy persona, Dexter is now the proud father of a baby girl. And, disconcertingly, he actually seems to care. But even if fatherhood is distracting Dexter from his midnight excursions to rid Miami of a few more lowlifes, there's no let-up at work. Two young girls are missing - and it's not long before one of the bodies turns up partially eaten.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • brilliantly written, brilliantly read

    • By Andrea Clarke on 07-09-16

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 6

    • Double Dexter

    • Dexter Book 6
    • By: Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated by: Jeff Lindsay
    • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    A witness. Such a simple concept - and yet for Dexter Morgan, a perfectly well-disguised serial killer, the possibility of a witness is terrifying. As an upstanding blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police, Dexter has always managed to keep the darker side of his life out of the spotlight. An expert at finding truly bad people - murderers who've long escaped justice - Dexter has long been giving them his own special brand of attention.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Horribly Hunted Hero

    • By Norma Miles on 14-08-15

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 7

    • Dexter's Final Cut

    • Dexter Book 7
    • By: Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated by: Jeff Lindsay
    • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 63

    Hollywood gets more than it bargained for when television's hottest stars descend on the Miami Police Department for 'research'. Megastar Robert Chase is famous for losing himself in his characters, and he becomes fixated on Dexter Morgan, the blood-spatter analyst with a sweet tooth for doughnuts and a seemingly average life. To perfect his role as a forensics guy, Chase is obsessed with shadowing Dexter's every move. There is just one tiny problem...

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Don't get the book if you actually like Dexter

    • By T. Merritt on 09-07-16

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 8

    • Dexter Is Dead

    • Dexter Book 8
    • By: Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated by: Jeff Lindsay
    • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 66

    It wasn't supposed to end this way. In a flash of steel, a flurry of gunshots, a chorus of strangled moans, blending with the wails of sirens, certainly. A properly dramatic ending, with a good body count, a dash of treachery, absolutely. But not with Dexter, serial killer and forensic blood spatter analyst, horribly wronged and unjustly accused of the wrong murder, languishing inside the Guilford Knight Correctional Centre, bound and restrained, getting one hour's exercise a day.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Horrible book, don't bother, ruins the series

    • By T. Merritt on 09-07-16

    Regular price: £18.99