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Monday 8 December 2014

‘Dexter’s Final Cut’ by Jeff Lindsay

Published by Orion Fiction,
19 September 2013.
ISBN: 978-1-4091-4490-8

Dexter is a serial killer, but it is ok, he only kills bad guys!  As part of the Miami police department he masks his activities helping catch the more mundane criminals, saving only the best (the baddest and nastiest) for his night time activities, where he gives them their just deserts.

This latest escapade is probably Dexter’s worst nightmare.  A TV crew descends on his department and wants to follow his every move.  This is not only bad for the department, as it generally gets in the way of solving crime, but particularly bad for Dexter as it curtains his ability to follow his own, very dark, hobby and the bad guys are getting away with it.

Written in the inimitable style which only Jeff Lindsay can get away with, this is one of those times where you do find yourself siding with a murderer.  Whilst Dexter is a serial killer, and really there is no excuse for it, the reader is drawn into his world of justice and after a few chapters you can only feel that he does a useful service for Miami and you can’t help liking him, just a bit.  The characters are nicely rounded out – the clichéd one’s are deliberately and wonderfully clichéd – and the whole book drags you along to a shocking finale.

Funny, with sharp observations of human nature and inhuman nature, this book is a strong addition to the Dexter series.  Let’s hope that it is not the Final Cut and we will see another slice of justice being meted out by Dexter in the near future.
Reviewer: Amanda Brown

Jeff Lindsay is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dexter novels, which debuted in 2004 with Darkly Dreaming Dexter. They are the basis of the hit Showtime and CBS series, Dexter. He lives in South Florida with his family.

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