As I wrote about a couple of months ago, Jeff Lindsay was working on the sixth book in the Dexter series, which follows our beloved serial killer as he continues to get himself in sticky situations…and then back out again. Well, I finally bought Double Dexter last week and just finished reading it and, I have to say, it exceeded even my high expectations.
For those who haven’t read the book please be warned that the content below does contain some SPOILERS
While the Dexter series on television is based on the series created by Jeff Lindsay, many will know that after the first season the plot lines vary greatly; Rita is still alive, so is Doakes (but he’s missing a few key appendages) and Deborah has a child. And, unlike the television series, which while played so well by Michael C. Hall, Dexter doesn’t have any conscience, or morals, or even love…which means that the storylines get better and better.
In Double Dexter, Dexter finds himself in an awkward predicament when he is witnessed by someone as he is cleaning up after a night of fun. However, instead of calling the cops, the witness decides to keep the information to himself…and torture Dexter with it.
Early on, we learn that the witness has a weblog, which is how he communicates with Dexter (without revealing his identity, of course), and on it contains both taunts to infuriate and frustrate Dexter, as well as countless drivel about how much he hates the world and its evil ways, and in particular, his ex-wife whom he refers to as A.
Over time, Dexter tracks down where the witness lives, and he plans to return there later in the night to track down and kill him. Unfortunately, when he gets there, he finds A chopped up into little pieces…in the same way that Dexter would have done himself…
While this is going on, someone around town has decided to take a hammer to Miami Dade’s finest; quite literally. Two cops, over a period of a couple of weeks, are found in public places, horribly disfigured and, well, dead. It appears that the killer has taken a hammer to his victims and broken every bone in their body, while keeping them alive as long as possible and without causing any blood to spill. Ouch.
However, over what seems like a very short period of time (and effort) Deb tracks down and finds the killer, while having to dodge the hammer herself and almost getting bludgeoned. And while, as readers, we assume that this is the end of the hammer-killer, things turn out worse than expected when Camilla Figg is killed in what appears to be the same way.
Of course, this isn’t the hammer-killer at work, but rather Dexter’s Double, but unfortunately for Dexter no-one seems to think that way. In fact, since its revealed that Camilla had a huge crush on Dexter and kept hundreds of photos of him, most people seem to think that Dexter was, in fact, the killer.
Ironic, considering for once Dexter hadn’t broken the law.
Personally, what I like about the book series as opposed to the television show is the lack of morals that Dexter has. He understands that he is a serial killer, and that overall he isn’t a very nice fellow, but Jeff Lindsay, with his writing qualities, makes us want to side with him anyway. On top of that, I find that Dexter’s character actually is quite likeable. Sure, he kills people which isn’t great, but he also has the same problems and emotions that everyone else does. He thinks the same irritated thoughts that we think, but don’t say, but on top of that, he does so in a very, very humorous way.
Jeff Lindsay’s writing seems to get better and better, and while there were occasional bits in the book which I found somewhat unnecessary, overall he has once again written a story revolving around a character that we should find repulsive and horrific, but instead we walk away laughing and shaking our heads.
Well, that’s what I did anyway.
Overall, I give this book 4.5/5
What did you think? Have you read any of Jeff Lindsay’s books? Do you like the books, or the television show, better? Let me know!