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Dearly Devoted Dexter | by Jeff Lindsay

Dearly Devoted Dexter (#2 in the Dexter series) by Jeff Lindsay
(Vintage, 2010, 400 pages)

Alright, so I’m officially into this series now.  Dearly Devoted Dexter is the second book in Lindsay’s Dexter series.  The Miami police department has recently discovered a new killer in the area.  This one has some serious issues.  In fact, his first victim isn’t even dead.  He has just slowly and meticulously been amputated (by someone who is very familiar with the medical field) so that all that is left is a torso with a head (which now lacks eyelids, lips, teeth, and a tongue).  This behavior leads to the police department calling in the big guns – they have to reach out to DC and bring in an “authorized” individual who has internal knowledge about the disturbing butcher.

The “specialist” from DC quickly strikes up a relationship with Dexter’s sister, Deborah.  In the meantime, Sergeant Doakes has taken to tailing Dexter wherever he goes.  He’s convinced that he will catch Dexter up to no good and he makes sure Dexter knows he’s watching.  Dexter does the only thing he can think of.  He acts as normal as possible, spending more time with his girlfriend and her kids while forcing himself to resist the urge to “take care” of the pedophiles he had previously been scoping out.

Eventually the identity of the butcher becomes known, but even with this information, the amputations and murders continue – it’s up to Dexter to figure out how to stop this man.  The question is can he do it before it’s too late for Deborah’s lover?  Or for Doakes?  Or before he becomes a victim himself?

This book was a little more gruesome than the first but I still enjoyed reading it.  Perfect vacation read, travel book, or something when you just want an easy escape.

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