It Just Doesn’t Work


My daughter recommended Darkly Dreaming Dexter for me to read. She even told me a little of what it is about. It’s premise is that a sociopathic killer only preys on other sociopathic killers. But I just can’t accept Dexter as the “good guy” – the protagonist. Here’s how Amazon starts its description of the novel:

“Meet Dexter Morgan. He’s a highly respected lab technician specializing in blood spatter for the Miami Dade Police Department. He’s a handsome, though reluctant, ladies’ man. He’s polite, says all the right things, and rarely calls attention to himself. He’s also a sociopathic serial killer whose “Dark Passenger” drives him to commit the occasional dismemberment.

Mind you, Dexter’s the good guy in this story.”

No, he’s not. He’s just another bad guy who takes justice into his own hands. It’s comforting to know that sometimes the killer who escapes the system still is punished on Earth. But Dexter is no better than the people he preys upon – only he justifies better.

I’ve already skipped one killing scene, but may finish the book. Jeff Lindsay has written this easy to read novel in a sardonic, self deprecating tone that helps. Even so I can’t appreciate Dexter, and I certainly won’t read any more of them.


  1. Comment by The Author, As Always:

    I did no such thing. I reccommended “Dexter” the HBO show.

    That’s slander. Or is it libel?

  2. Comment by aboutwater:

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