|Media type||Print (hardback)|
|Preceded by||Dexter’s Final Cut|
Dexter Is Dead is the eighth novel written by Jeff Lindsay, and the final book in the ‘Dexter Morgan‘ book series about a serial killer who targets serial killers. The book was released on July 7, 2015
After the events of the previous book, Dexter is accused of murdering Rita and molesting Astor. The Miami-Dade Police Department does all they can to pin the crimes on Dexter, even resorting to falsifying evidence. Deborah decides to cut ties with Dexter and takes custody of his children. Only Masuoka is working to clear Dexter’s name, with no success. Brian bails Dexter out of jail and gets him a lawyer, but is being targeted by a Mexican drug cartel he had previously stolen money from. The cartel tries to kill Dexter multiple times to get to Brian.
Deborah reluctantly contacts Dexter to inform him his kids have been kidnapped, which leads to a fragile reconciliation. Dexter manages to set up a meeting with Detective Anderson and some of Raul’s thugs to get him killed, which happens, though not before he manages to kill his attackers, leaving Dexter with no one to interrogate. Eventually they find out that their lawyer was supplying Raul with Dexter’s intel, which makes them ambush him, kill him and all the cartel’s members who followed Frank, save for one, who is taken by the brothers to a secluded warehouse, where he is severely interrogated and mutilated to get the kids’ location and to satisfy their urges.
Once Dexter’s children are located, Brian, Deborah, and Dexter team up, break onto Raul’s yacht, and take the kids back. Deborah takes the kids away, but Brian is killed by a bomb he himself planted and Dexter is severely wounded by it and a gunshot from Raul, followed by a stomp on his wound. After Deborah kills Raul, Dexter stays on the yacht to set another bomb so there’s no evidence left, then jumps off the yacht into the water. As he sinks into the ocean and loses consciousness, the book leaves it open as to whether Dexter dies or not.
Jeff Lindsay is the pen name of American playwright and crime novelist Jeffry P. Freundlich (born July 14, 1952), best known for his novels about sociopathic vigilante Dexter Morgan. Many of his earlier published works include his wife Hilary Hemingway as a co-author. His wife is the niece of Ernest Hemingway and an author in her own right. Lindsay was born in Miami and graduated from Ransom Everglades School in 1970, and from Middlebury College, Vermont, in 1975.
The first book in the Dexter series, Darkly Dreaming Dexter (which Lindsay wanted to name “Pinocchio Bleeds” after his middle daughter suggested it but his publisher disagreed) was included on the original nomination list for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Awards in the Best First Novel category. However, it was dropped from the list after the group learned that Lindsay had put out several books in the 1990s under another pen name, Jeffrey P. Lindsay.