Book Quote:

“I thought again of the promise I had made in the hospital: I would be a better man. No more Demon Dexter—I was Dex-Daddy now, dedicated to the welfare of Lily Anne and my fledgling family. For the first time human life seemed rare and valuable, in spite of the fact that there was so much of it, and for the most part it consistently failed to prove its worth. But I owed it to Lily Anne to change my ways, and I would do it.”

Book Review:

Review by Eleanor Bukowsky (SEP 19, 2010)

In Dexter Morgan’s fifth outing, Dexter is Delicious, our devilish and alliterative slasher and narrator is in danger of becoming a mushy and sentimental softie. His wife, Rita, has given birth to an adorable baby girl named Lily Anne, and Dexter is head over heels in love with his brand new bundle of joy. As he stands in the nursery gazing at the baby, he suddenly wants to embrace life, not death. “I want to hold her. I want to sit her on my lap and read her Christopher Robin and Dr. Seuss.” In short, he decides, “I don’t want to be Dark Dexter anymore.” If he were to kill again, it would be to protect his beautiful child from any predator who would dare to touch a hair on her lovely head.

Paternity leave is short-lived, however, since Dexter’s bossy and demanding sister, Sergeant Deborah, summons him to an address in Old Coconut Grove. She drags Dex into a room “so spattered with blood that it looked like a large animal had exploded.” An eighteen-year-old girl has disappeared and Deborah wants her brother to help analyze the blood splatter to determine what might have happened. At first, he is bewildered, but further inquiries reveal that there are some serious weirdoes loose in Miami who are engaged in nefarious activities, including cannibalism.

Parts of this novel rank up there with the best of Lindsay. These include the sections that deal with Dexter’s newfound feelings of humanity and his repressed, but still active, impulse to slice and dice; and Dexter’s love/hate relationship with Deborah whom he would do anything to protect but who drives him up the wall. A few new characters spice up the story, including Deb’s partner, Deke Slater, a slow-witted but sinfully good-looking cop. To add to the excitement, one of Dexter’s long-lost relatives arrives unexpectedly and shows no signs of leaving any time soon. In addition, Deb’s boyfriend, Kyle Chutsky, and Dex’s nemesis, Sergeant Doakes, make brief but lively appearances.

On the other hand, the villainy in the book is disappointingly predictable. The bad guys have no depth and the “surprises” that the author springs on us are telegraphed well in advance. The territorial infighting between Deb and federal agents trying to wrest jurisdiction from her is a tiresome cliché that has been done to death, and Deb’s constant use of profanity is irritating. Nor are we terribly shocked when Dexter and Deb get themselves into hot water by rushing into dangerous situations without sufficient backup. Still, we keep reading, since we want to know if Dexter will revert to his bad old ways. Read Dexter is Delicious to enjoy the delightfully satirical humor, observe the evolution of Dexter’s personality, and empathize with Dexter’s struggle to resist the increasingly urgent whisperings of the Dark Passenger. No matter how much Dexter would like to believe that the sun will come out tomorrow, it is all too apparent “that the sun is nearly always hidden by clouds, flowers have thorns, and rainbows are always out of reach.”

AMAZON READER RATING: from 67 readers
PUBLISHER: Doubleday; First Edition edition (September 7, 2010)
REVIEWER: Eleanor Bukowsky
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Wikipedia page on Jeff Lindsay
EXTRAS: Excerpt
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September 19, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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