Thursday, August 9, 2007

Darkly Dreaming Dexter

Three years ago I read Darkly Dreaming Dexter, a book by Jeff Lindsay, with the tag line, "A serial killer to fall in love with". Dexter Morgan appears to be the perfect gentleman, working as a forensic officer for the Miami Police. Everyone likes Dexter, but Dexter has a secret hobby. Turns out he’s an accomplished serial killer. But this is a serial killer with a difference. He only kills the bad guys. Jeff Lindsay has since written more Dexter books, all of which are gripping and creating what should be an impossible result - empathy for a serial killer. It’s the same play on emotions that made us love the charming thug, Tony Soprano. Now Dexter has just made his debut on the U.S. television network, Showtime (the new HBO). They have fantastic shows like Sleep Cell and The Tudors. And that’s not to mention Brotherhood, which was probably the best drama of 2006. Dexter Morgan might the first cold-blooded serial killer you’ve ever cared for. A killer with principles. Weird and mysterious.

4 comments:

Susan956 said...

I was briefly reminded of Raffles..the gentleman thief.

These reviews are always interesting in terms of what they reveal about you Kevin..or at least hint at :) and of course about the themes raised by the books vis the right of a person to justifiably take a life and so on.

Leave me to my Ellis Peters et al. Nice soft, informative, murder mystery fiction. :)

Then again, I had to admit the provocative power of Val McDermid's book e.g. Wire In the Blood. I've read most of hers and as psychological works they..*shiver*

Susan956 said...

What do people see in the blood pattern - in the sense of it being a rorschach test? I see a funky double bass..or a renaissance pear..and now a dancing woman with voluminous skirt. Could this be a clue to the next victim and why they are about to be wasted..??

Piotr Jakubowski said...

You could almost say that Dexter is a more extreme version of Robin Hood. Doing good by breaking the law. Definitely filled with intrigue and mystery.

Susan - i see a large bass as well. I also see a smiley face inside the big circle.

Susan956 said...

Oh yes.. a smiley face with a kebab thrust through it's head with a largish tomato on the end. Now THAT would be a crime.

:)