|Publisher||Orion Books Limited|
|Media type||Print (hardback)|
|Preceded by||Dexter Is Delicious|
|Followed by||Dexter’s Final Cut|
Double Dexter is the sixth novel written by Jeff Lindsay, and the sixth book in the ‘Dexter Morgan‘ book series about a serial killer who targets serial killers. The book was released on October 18, 2011. The Telegraph said of the book, “Hilariously gruesome finale….All this ought to be gross nonsense but Jeff Lindsay’s cynical wit makes it fly”. The Orlando Sentinel called it the best book of the series yet, saying the book “takes a tremendous leap forward as the author utilizes believable storytelling and large doses of dark humor” and “strongest outing as he richly delves into Dexter’s very scarred psyche”
As he is dismembering a pedophile, Dexter Morgan spots a witness who flees in a battered Honda. He begins to spend his evenings hunting for such the car. His wife Rita, suspecting an affair, starts drinking wine. Meanwhile, Deborah manages to solve a series of ritualistic murders targeting Miami cops. The resulting media attention spills over onto Dexter, whose name and picture are publicized for the first time. After recognizing Dexter, the witness e-mails and attempts to blackmail him. Dexter studies the witness’ blog, finding no clues other than his ex-wife’s first initial. Dexter begins to think of his antagonist as the Shadow, after his online moniker.
Dexter eventually finds the Honda belonging to Alissa Elan, the Shadow’s ex-wife. He returns at night but finds that the Shadow – Bernard Elan – has anticipated his visit, mutilated Alissa in imitation of Dexter’s style, and called the police when he arrived. Dexter narrowly escapes. Bernard, a skilled computer hacker, alters relevant databases to indicate that he died two years ago. Later, Dexter’s coworker Camilla Figg is found beaten to death, casting doubt on Deborah’s arrest. Dexter notices differences from the cop-killings, but Hood, the detective in charge, ignores him. It emerges that Camilla had hundreds of photographs of Dexter, having had an obsessive crush on him. Hood makes Dexter the prime suspect.
Another message from Bernard confirms that he killed Camilla. Dexter eventually learns that he is now using the alias Doug Crowley, but cannot kill him because of Hood’s surveillance. He asks his brother Brian to do so, only for Brian to mistakenly kill the real Doug Crowley. Dexter takes his family take a trip to Key West, where Rita attends an auction of foreclosed houses; Hood and Bernard both follow. Bernard kills Hood and leaves him in Dexter’s hotel suite, then takes Astor and Cody to Garden Key. However, Dexter reaches the island first and manages to subdue Bernard with Astor’s help. Bernard is tossed overboard is killed by a shark.
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.