This is the first book in "Dexter" series. The TV show based on the characters and plot lines of "Darkly Dreaming Dexter" was the greatest success of the Showtime network so far.
"Darkly Dreaming Dexter" is notable for providing a first-person story narrated by a serial killer. Dexter at times claims to be sub-human, but at other times claims to be slightly super-human. He claims to be emotionless due to his status as a monster, however his soft sides throw doubt on these claims. He also makes claims at being both extraordinarily intelligent and athletic, which is more believable as evidenced by his ability to both track and capture other serial killers. As a narrator, Dexter tries to maintain a humorous approach to telling the story, even when the story turns grim. He also uses numerous alliterated phrases, utilizing three words that all start with D's.
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. And despite his penchant for vivisection, it's hard not to like Dexter as his coldly logical personality struggles to emulate emotions he doesn't feel and to keep up his appearance as a caring, unremarkable human being. Breakout author Jeff Lindsay's plot is tense and absorbing, but it's the voice of Dexter and his reactions to the other characters that will keep readers glued to Darkly Dreaming Dexter, as well as making it one of the most original and highly recommended serial killer stories in a long time.