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Dexter Is Delicious    by Jeff Lindsay order for
Dexter Is Delicious
by Jeff Lindsay
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Doubleday, 2010 (2010)
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* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Dexter's brother Brian is back in Miami. Last time he was there he tried to murder Dexter's foster sister, Deborah. Brian's murderous tendencies haven't been channeled by Harry as Dexter's have. Dexter is disturbed that Brian seems to be settling into his family as a favorite uncle.

Deborah recently learned about Dexter's hobby of killing only people who deserve it. She hasn't quite come to terms with this side of his personality, but she's not above using it. She expects Dexter to be able to psychically connect with the criminal in her latest case concerning a missing student. They soon realize they are dealing with ghoulish tendencies beyond any they've seen before. Cannibalism is unheard of, even in Miami.

Although I'm a fan of the television series, it doesn't match the humor that Jeff Lindsay gives Dexter in the book series. Dexter is a put-upon killer/blood spatter expert who only wants to stay home with his new baby daughter. As a new dad, he feels his life with the Dark Passenger should come to an end. The Dark Passenger thinks otherwise.

This is the fifth book in the Dexter series. It has an especially gory premise, but Dexter's good humor keeps readers from feeling that all is lost, even when it almost is.

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