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A Double Dose of Dexter

What is a serial killer’s worst nightmare? Being caught? How about being stalked by your clone? That is the premise of Double Dexter, the newest instalment in the Jeff Lindsay series of novels, which inspired the television series of the same name.

 

In this latest Dexter adventure, the title character finds himself the stalking victim of a Wannabe Dexter. While the plot labours in parts, the subtle humour of Dexter’s inner monologue adds a certain eerie depth to the story. Lindsay does a good job of tying in the plot line of the Miami Metro Police Department, where Dexter works, to the Dexter being stalked by his “shadow”.

 

One issue that could have been improved was more input from some of the supporting characters, especially those at the police department. Debra is absent for a good chunk of the story and Sergeant Batista only appears briefly once or twice throughout and does not have any lines. Even Rita is absent for the last third.

Ultimately however, Lindsay knows how to keep the story moving with a nice, stopping in the appropriate places for details and character developments.

3/5

Jeff Lindsay

Jeff Lindsay is an author and playwright. Double Dexter is the sixth book in the Dexter series of novels

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Published by Orion Books Limited October 2011