Dexter is a 2004 novel by Jeff Lindsay, the first in
his series about serial killer
Dexter Morgan. It formed the basis of
the Showtime television series
Dexter and won the 2005
Dilys Award and
1 Synopsis 2 Narrative style 3 Television series 4 Differences between the book and the television series 5 Awards and nominations 6 References 7 External links
The novel's protagonist,
Dexter Morgan, works for the Miami-Dade
Police Department as a forensic blood spatter analyst. In his spare
Dexter is a serial killer who kills murderers, rapists, and
other undesirables he believes that the legal system has failed to
stop. Dexter's murders are directed by an inner voice he refers to as
the "Dark Passenger", which keeps prodding
Dexter to satisfy his
homicidal urges on a regular basis. Once he has done so, the voice is
placated for a while, but it always eventually comes back.
Flashbacks reveal that his foster father, an esteemed police detective
named Harry Morgan, recognized early on that
Dexter was a violent
sociopath with an innate need to kill, and taught him how to kill
people who had gotten away with murder as a way to channel his
homicidal urges in a "positive" direction. Harry also taught the boy
to be a careful and meticulous killer, to leave no clues, and to be
absolutely sure his victims were guilty before killing them. Dexter
calls these rules "the Code of Harry."
Dexter succeeds in managing his double life until he investigates the
"Tamiami Slasher", who has murdered three prostitutes. Dexter's
adoptive sister, Deborah, who is also on the force and wants to be
promoted to Homicide — and knowing that her brother has eerie
"hunches" — asks him for help in solving the case.
decides to help Deborah due to his moral code, but still feels a
compelling pull to the killer due to similar desires. After a lucid
Dexter drives around
Book TV series
The plot of the novel primarily revolves around the
The character of LaGuerta is named Migdia LaGuerta and is a detective.
Dexter sexually, and makes the fact abundantly clear, and,
after he spurns her advances, she catches him looking for Deborah at
the ship yard. She is very condescending towards Deborah Morgan,
calling her "Officer Puta" and "Einstein" ("If her tits were her
brains, she'd be Einstein")
She is named
Deborah is described as voluptuous, with a centerfold's body. She seems to suspect that there is something "wrong" about Dexter and eventually discovers his secret. She hides this fact. Deborah (renamed Debra in the series) is lean and athletic—and she smokes in the first season, a habit she does not have in the novel. In the beginning, she only knows that Dexter is hiding something. She doesn't discover Dexter's secret until much later in the series, after many a close call.
Brian (no last name established in this novel) kidnaps Deborah, kills LaGuerta, and escapes. He tries to convince Dexter to kill Deborah after he is shot by LaGuerta, but Dexter refuses. He only appears at the end of the novel. Brian Moser dates Debra under the alias Rudy Cooper, proposes to her, and then kidnaps her. He tries to convince Dexter to help kill Debra with him, which Dexter refuses to do. Dexter kills Brian. Brian/Rudy's romance with Debra is a sub-plot of the show.
The string of prostitute murders are committed by the Tamiami Slasher. The killer is named the Ice Truck Killer.
Rita's kids have a dark past and are only briefly mentioned. Their father is in jail for domestic abuse. Rita's kids are normal as Rita had sheltered them from their father's abuse. Dexter frequently interacts with Astor and Cody and is shown to be a father figure to them. Paul Bennett is released from prison due to overcrowding and tries to establish himself in the kids' lives. He is antagonistic towards Dexter. Dexter eventually frames Paul (who gets imprisoned a second time and later killed in an altercation with other inmates) to protect Rita and the children.
In the book, Vince Masuoka and
^ "Booked.TV". ^ "The Dilys Award". Archived from the original on 2008-08-26. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
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Dexter Morgan Debra Morgan Rita Bennett Joey Quinn James Doakes Vince Masuka María LaGuerta Angel Batista Harry Morgan Arthur Mitchell Lumen Pierce Hannah McKay
"Dexter" "Crocodile" "Popping Cherry" "Let's Give the Boy a Hand" "Love American Style" "Return to Sender" "Circle of Friends" "Father Knows Best" "Seeing Red" "Truth Be Told" "Born Free"
"It's Alive!" "Waiting to Exhale" "An Inconvenient Lie" "See-Through" "The Dark Defender" "Dex, Lies, and Videotape" "That Night, A Forest Grew" "Morning Comes" "Resistance Is Futile" "There's Something About Harry" "Left Turn Ahead" "The British Invasion"
"Our Father" "The Damage a Man Can Do"
"Hello, Dexter Morgan" "The Getaway"
"My Bad" "The Big One"
"Those Kinds of Things" "This Is the Way the World Ends"
"What's Eating Dexter Morgan?" "Remember the Monsters?"