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Dissecting Dexter: The Books vs. The Series

If you've read Jeff Lindsay's Dexter novels, then you're in a position to share your perspectives on how artfully and successfully the series addresses the characters and events he created in the books. Which adaptations are a service to the storyline, which discredit it?
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Dexter's relationship with blood Dexter can't stand the sight of blood. Dexter seems mesmerized, almost erotically entranced, by blood. However, in the season 1 episode "Shrink Wrap", he does tell the psychiatrist that he hates blood. The Series. Being fascinated by blood makes more sense for someone who endured the type of trauma he and his brother experienced.
Portrayal of Debra Deb is described as busty with a model's good looks.

In the novels, Deborah Morgan often snorts, and generally snarls and snaps when she speaks. She has a wicked arm-punch that Dexter describes as crippling and arm-numbing, and he often cringes, bracing himself when he suspects that Deborah may punch him. And, Dexter usually selects his words carefully hoping not to be an "arm-punch" victim again.

In the novels, Deborah Morgan is "crazy" driver, racing through Miami traffic at warp speed, most of the times, without the assistance of a siren. Dexter is not certain which is more frightening: Deborah's vicious "arm-punch" or driving.

In Dearly Devoted Dexter, Deborah Morgan wrecks her cruiser, with Dexter as a passenger, while in pursuit of a potential victim of Dr. Danco. After losing control of her cruiser, Deborah Morgan, and her brother, end up upside down in a shallow pond. Both Dexter and Deborah are hanging upside down from their respective seat belts. They are under water. Dexter is conscious, and Deborah is unconscious. Dexter escapes from the overturned cruiser and manages to wade to shores. He realizes that his sister is still inside, buckled in her seat belt, and unconscious. He wades back to the overturned cruiser, pulls his unconscious sister out, and drags her shore. Dexter saves his sisters life.

Other characteristics include: clenching her fists and jaws, and pounding or hammering the steering wheel of her cruiser either while sitting in the car or while driving.

And, of course, Deborah Morgan is very skilled in the use of the F--- word.

She is currently in a pretty serious relationship with Kyle Chutsky, a character who is not present in the show.

Deborah Morgan's relationship with Kyle Chutsky, a former "special ops" agent, begins in Dearly Devoted Dexter, the second novel, and continues through to Dexter is Delicious, the fifth novel.

In Dexter is Delicious, Deborah is jealous of both Dexter's marriage and family and the new addition to his family, Lily Anne Morgan. Deborah wants to be pregnant and have a baby. Chutsky is reluctant, saying he is too old. Plus, he had lost a foot and a hand to Dr. Danco in Dearly Devoted Dexter.

However, at the end of Dexter is Delicious, Deborah reveals that she is pregnant.

Debra as portrayed by Jennifer CarpenterJennifer Carpenter is tall and thin, with angular features, fair skin, and auburn hair.

She had relationships with Dexters Brother: Brian Moser AKA Rudy Cooper AKA the ice truck killer, Gabriel: a gym/children's book writer, Frank Lundy, Anton Briggs, and then Frank Lundy again before he was killed by trinity's estranged daughter.
Tie. Carpenter seems a believable relative of Dexter.
Her relationship to Kyle is rollercoaster in the books where her emotions are difficult to understand. In the series we see her love grow towards Lundy and the relationship has helped her get stronger.
Debra Debra is aware of Dexter struggling not to kill her, and discovers he's a serial killer. When something horrible happens to Kyle, she actively encourages Dex to use his 'powers.'

In Dearly Devoted Dexter, Deborah and Dexter and Sergeant Doakes are separately pursuing Oscar Acosta who is an intended target of Dr. Danco and who is fleeing to Opa Locka Airport after an attempt to negotiate for his life failed with Dr. Danco. During the harrowing chase to Opa Locka Airport, Dexter looks in the side mirror and sees something strange - a white van - Dr. Danco's white van with the license plate - "Choose Life." Dr. Danco had been monitoring a police scanner in his van, heard that Deborah, Dexter and Doakes were chasing Oscar Acosta, and thought it was a good opportunity to nab his next victim. Dr. Danco rams Deborah and Dexter's car several times. Deborah loses control after the last hit, and their car cashes into a shallow pond nearby. Dexter rescues Deborah, resuscitates with CPR, and discovers, after some gentle poking, that Deborah has a broken collarbone.

Sgt. Doakes arrives on the scene of the crash. Dexter informs Doakes of Deborah's condition. During the brief conversation between Dexter and Doakes, Deborah reaches up and grabs Doakes' arm and says, "Find him," referring to Kyle Chutsky and Dr. Danco [Chapter 20].

Later, at the scene of the crash, when Deborah is in the ambulance waiting to be taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, Dexter goes to see her and tells her that Dr. Danco crashed his white van after their last collision. He tells her about finding Dr. Danco's latest victim and assures her it is not Kyle Chutsky. It is another member of the El Salvadorean team - Frank Aubrey. Before collapsing back onto the ambulance gurney, Deborah asks her half-brother, "Dexter. No f**king around with Doakes. Help him find Kyle. Please." [Chapter 21]

Later in the novel, when he visits his half-sister in Jackson Memorial Hospital, Dexter will explain the plan to trap Dr. Danco using Sgt. Doakes as bait to Deborah. After hearing the plan, Deborah is dubious of Dexter's motives, especially about Sgt. Doakes, who has been doggedly tailing Dexter throughout the novel and preventing him from finishing a playdate with Steve Reiker, an accomplice of Randy MacGregor, a real estate agent, who tortured and killed at least five missing boys.

During their conversation about the plan to use Sgt. Doakes as bait to capture Dr. Danco, Deborah tells Dexter, "Yeah. And if Doakes gets Danco, we get Kyle back. If Danco gets Doakes, you're off the hook. Real slick, Dexter. You win either way." [Chapter 22]

This is the first time Deborah asks Dexter to help her.

In a subsequent novel, Dexter by Design, Deborah, who is recovering in the hospital from a near-fatal stab wound, will ask Dexter to find the man who stabbed her and use his secret talent to kill him. The man who stabbed Deborah is Brandon Weiss, a psycho-pathetic artist who will eventually pursue Dexter for killing his partner, Alex Doncevic. Dexter killed Doncevic out of revenge for stabbing his stepsister believing Doncevic was the man who stabbed his sister.

Deborah will also ask her boyfriend, Kyle Chutsky, to help Dexter Find Brandon Weiss and kill him.
Debra is unaware of Dexter's murderous psychopathy and leans on him for everything. The Series. Dexter can see how she deals with her encounter with Brian, and he can grow as a character with this insight. She is now also dating someone she can "count" on not to turn out to be a serial killer..

jaredowty: Deb not knowing that Dexter is a killer is also a great tension device within the series, which is lost after the first book.
Brian Moser AKA Rudy Escapes at the end of the first novel after being wounded in the leg by Deborah.

Returns in Dexter is Delicious, the fifth novel, and helps Dexter escape the evil Alana Acosta, Queen of the Cannibals.

Brian shows up unexpectedly and wants to be a part of Dexter's family - Rita, Cody, Astor, and the newest member of the Dexter household - Lily Anne Morgan. Dexter is beside myself wondering why Brian has shown up at all, especially since Deborah is a frequent visitor to the Dexter household and would shoot him on sight.

Brian is hanging around the Dexter household for a reason, and Dexter, who seems to be a little dense and somewhat wrapped up in himself and his new identity as the new and proud father of Lily Anne Morgan, seems to miss the clues Brian gives him about the current case he is working with Deborah.

Brian also discovers that Cody and Astor are like him and like Dexter, and he gives them the opportunity to explore their secret talents and desires. Instead of chop suey at the local Chinese restaurant, it's chopped. . . .

Dexter kills him in the season 1 finale. The Series. Because in the first book, the brother gets away, then is never heard from again (as of the 3rd book in the series).
Brian Moser AKA Rudy In the book, described as looking nearly identical to Dexter. At one point, Dexter is unsure if he himself is not the killer. Brian looks nothing like Dexter, takes an alias, and dates Debra to get to Dexter. The Book. The possibility of Dexter himself being the killer was something that was lost in the series.

DearlyDevotedToDex: Also depends on your opinion. The fact that he had thought he, himself was the killer was also something that made him seem less in control, therefore, making him seem a bit weak (at least to this Dexter fan).

In Dexter Is Delicious, Dexter brother, Brian, reappears unexpectedly. Brian wants to be a part of Dexter's family, and is welcomed by Rita, Cody and Aster, but Dexter remains suspicious. At the end of the novel, Brian saves Dexter's life, freeing him from the cannibals that intend to serve him as pulled-Dexter sandwiches.
Rita Bennett Her husband abused her, gave her diseases and beat her their children. She divorced him and he went to prison. She is also described as a fitness nut. Her husband is not seen (as of the 3rd book in the series).

Marries or is set to marry Dexter.
The divorce does not get finalized until Paul is released on parole. He causes some trouble for Rita. Dexter gets him sent back to jail. Paul gets killed in a prison fight.
Marries Dexter, gives birth to Dexter's son, Harrison,
Later, Rita is killed by the Trinity Killer in the 4th season ending.
The Series. Allows the humanization of Dexter to continue as he defends his girlfriend and does her a great service by getting rid of Paul (without directly killing him).
Lila Does not exist in the book. Has a short-term extremely sexual relationship with Dexter. In that short span Dexter is very open to her and only stops short of revealing that he is a serial killer.
In the end she discovers it by herself. She saves Dexter's freedom by killing Doakes, but as a result of that, she satisfied the code of Harry and thus becomes one of Dexter's victims.
This character is a great manifestation of the "devil" side of Dexter who goads him to just set himself "free". Although Lila eventually becomes a sort of semi-antagonist in the story.

I go with the series on this one since I think it is a good compromise instead of following the book's concept of the Dark Passenger. It avoids turning the show onto the stereotypical pop/occult storyline.
Vince Masuka In the book, he is the closest to a best friend that Dexter has. Dexter picks him to be his best man in his wedding, and is his partner in bringing in donuts in the morning. He is described as being a "phony" human, which is the quality that endears him to Dexter.
In the show, he is a good friend of Dexter but not to the extent that is shown in the book.
Also more overtly-perverted in the show.
He is a good supporting character and is similarly portrayed in the books and in the show, although the books allow him a bit more depth.
Biological Father No reference is made to him still being alive, only a retreat to his house to pack things up. Rita, Debra, and Brian end up helping Dexter pack up his belongings. Brian used this event as an excuse to get closer to Dexter. The Series. This episode allows for further development of the Rudy/Brian character, and shows the first meaningful interaction between him and Dexter.
Angel Batista Works in the Medical Examiner's Office.
In the book he is called Batista-no-relation since that is how he introduces himself. In the book he is a sort of consistent extra and is never really involved.
Works as a homicide detective. Having marital problems.

In the show he is one of Dexter's closest co workers, if not the closest.
The Series. It gives Dexter a friend on the force. Plus Batista's problems allows him to be a foil for Dexter on how "humans" deal with life.
James Jaworski One of Dexter's victims. Dexter's Dark Passenger is roused by the Tamiami Butcher and he rushes to kill James, a janitor, who kills runaway girls. Dexter is interrupted and has to flee before disposing of the body. James is a valet that shoots and distributes snuff films. He murders Jane Saunders in one of them. Dexter completes his murder without interruption. Tie. In the book Dexter tries to clear his head and has to deal with the possibility of being discovered. In the series they cleverly deal with the same issue in "Love American Style," but also tie it in with the Ice Truck Killer.
Tony Tucci Does not exist in the books. Victim of the Ice Truck Killer and is originally suspected of being the Ice Truck Killer. Brian amputates Tony's limbs and leaves him for Dexter to finish. The Series. Another way the series establishes the connection between Brian/Rudy and Dexter.
Sgt. Doakes Suspects Dexter of something but teams with him to catch Dr. Danco, a deranged killer from Doakes' military days. Doakes ends up being the Dr.'s final victim, though he does not die.

In Dearly Devoted Dexter, Dexter begins a computer search of Sergeant Doakes' background to find out two things: something that he can use against Doakes to stop his constant surveillance of him, and Doakes' connection to Kyle Chutsky, the mysterious man from Washington, and the yowling limbless man found in a house in Miami. In his search, Dexter finds that Sergeant Doakes full name is Albert Doakes and he is from Waycross, Georgia. He also discovers that Doakes is a decorated veteran who served in the Army Special Forces, but his records don't say where Doakes specifically served. After reading Doakes' records and the history of U.S. involvement in El Salvador, Dexter suspects that Doakes' eighteen months of "detached service" with Army Special Forces was as a military adviser was in El Salvador. Dexter also suspects that Kyle Chutsky was in El Salvador at the same time, and whoever created the yowling, limbless man was there as well.

In Dearly Devoted Dexter, Sergeant Doakes loses his tongue, both hands at the wrist and his left foot at the ankle to Dr. Danco. Sergeant Doakes is fifth victim of Dr. Danco. The first victim is Manuel "Manny" Borges [yowling potato], Daniel Chester Burdett, an agent sent from Washington to help find Dr. Danco and sliced up in "Ice Truck Killer" style, Frank Aubrey [yowling potato] and Kyle Chutsky, who loses his left arm at the elbow and right leg at the knee.

Sergeant Doakes is found at Wendall Ingraham's house, where Dr. Danco has him strapped to a table that is in front of a mirror so Doakes can easily watch what the good Doctor is doing. Tape to the table is a small piece of paper with the word "TREACHERY" scrawled in Danco's spidery block letters.

It's uncertain what happened to Wendall Ingraham, another target of Dr. Danco's revenge.

Dexter's curiosity and his expertise in computer search leads him to discover some startling answers.

He eventually comes back with prosthetic hands and feet and no tongue.
Suspects Dexter of something. Gets suspended from the force after Dexter goads him into assaulting him in front of the entire homicide department.

In the show his name is James Doakes.
He also finds out and actually witnesses firsthand Dexter being the Bay Harbor Butcher. He eventually gets killed in an explosion caused by Lila.
The Series. Doakes is great as an antagonist to Dexter, and also seems to have his own dark secrets to deal with.
Cody & Astor At the end of the second book Dexter has a realization of what Cody is when he remembers the time he and Cody went fishing and Cody had plunged the knife in deep and twisted, smiling. When confronted Astor explains, Cody does the killing of the neighbors dog and she helps to get rid of the body.

They are also eventually revealed to have their own Dark Passengers, especially Cody, and Dexter takes it upon himself to set them unto the Harry Code.
There seems to be no hint whatsoever that either Cody or Astor have and social issues, other then the fact that that they never smile. Rather then kill the dog off with the kids, the TV show has Rita find a home for it. The 2nd episode of season 2 at the funeral home, Cody asks Dexter if he will be his dad now. Dexter responds with a cynical smile. The Book. This is no contest, the book gives us an excellent story arc that allows us to see Dexter's transition from the disciple into the master. He has refined the code and now used it to help safe his pupils from sharing a similar fate as his brother. In the series the kids are very young, hence there isn't much of a storyline with them.

TracyD: I really enjoyed the way Cody and Astor were portrayed in the books but I think the producers chose to focus more on Dexter and the main cast, in the series. Also, I'm not sure how receptive people would be, to watching children actively committing murder, as opposed to just hinting or talking about it(like with young Dexter).
The Dark Passenger in Dexter In the book, Dexter feels the restlessness within himself when he has not satisfied his Dark Passenger's blood lust. He speaks of it often, to the reader. Dexter seems to have another personality as his dark side in books 1 and 2. The recognition of other people who have the same type of Dark Passenger seems almost psychic in the first 2 books. In book 3 the Dark Passenger was revealed to be an ancient, evil spirit. In the show Dexter's dark passenger is not mentioned until episode 10 of season 1 and is first described in episode 3 of season 2 where Dexter briefly describes how he feels, saying he feels alive when his dark passenger takes control and how the dark passenger is all he has. The Book. In the novel the Dark Passenger is a constant force in Dexter's life, something he hears and feels in the back of his mind at almost all times, rather than it being a passing annoyance that only comes out from time to time.
Although the revelation that the Passenger was an evil spirit greatly throws out a lot of realism and credibility to the Dexter persona in that he is just a plain person without the Passenger. Hopefully the show will not take this direction. The character in the show is a Dexter struggling with his own mind, and is much more interesting than a Dexter just being a vessel for a supernatural being.
sixstringseraph: i think the book is taking a turn towards a fantasy genre while the show is maintaining a more realistic/humanistic perspective, so depending on which view you prefer, the book and the series are tied in--how well they developplots based on each perspective.

DearlyDevotedToDex: This really depends on your opinion. At the end of the first book, he had to be convinced not to kill his sister. In the series, killing Deb was not even an option. The book made him look weaker in that aspect, whereas the show made him seem more in control. I prefer the Series.

DebMorgansSweet : The end of the 3rd book really ruined the Dark passenger . In some respects its good but the series makes it seem more real.

The Books vs. The Series The first Novel was terrific and the author really created some top-notch new characters. Excellent writing coupled with innovative and creative story arcs make all the books excellent reads. The series realizes it has a one-hour show to produce once a week and is also written by a team of specialized and creative people. They have a visual medium to work with you can actually feel some actors sexuality sizzle, such as the LaGuerta character. Tie. The books tell a deeper and more intricate tale where we get a much better sense of Dexter and the Dark Passenger, while the series takes us on a visual ride through the dark world of Dexter Morgan, allowing us to process and organize the language and integrate using the visuals into a cohesive portrayal.
Killing Rituals Dexter habitually wears a white silk mask, uses white trash bags, and even sometimes paints the walls white where he kills. Dexter uses a syringe (with Father Donovan -Darkly Dreaming Dexter chapter 1 -page 11) but seems quite fond of using 50 pound test fishing wire to garrotte his victims.
Dexter sometimes obscures his face though usually doesn't and he prefers black hefty bags
The virtual opposite of the book, Dexter relies primarily on the syringe to immobilize his victims.
Depends, Visually the series has a better approach, although Dexter not covering his face can lead to problems as covered in the series, it also makes sense to allow him to not obscure his "hunting" senses.
The book develops the dark side of Dexter more by showing how he loves to exercise his complete control over his victims when he is capturing them or getting them ready for the killing.
Sequence of events In the 1st book the Ice Truck Killer (Tamiami Butcher) throws the head at Dexter's Car then they find the body with a mirror from the truck at the Hockey Rink (the head in the book belongs to the body in the goalie net). Afterwards the Barbie doll appears in Dexter's Refrigerator with the mirror a link to the hockey rink body In the series the situation with the head occurs, then the Barbie doll with mirror but it neither is directly associated or part of the body in the hockey rink. In the series they use the frozen fingertips to link with the Ice Truck which does not occurs in the book. Visually the series changed some things because we have to remember these are 2 different mediums to convey the story. Some things in the book would not have translated as nicely on screen, plus the timing of the story is also slightly different leading to alterations, in all though a great job.
Disposal of Victims Dexter disposes of the bodies in different ways. He admires another killer for disposing of his victims in the Gulf Stream. Dexter disposes of his victims by using his own boat and dropping the victims in the bay. The Book. Dexter is much smarter in the book about disposing of the bodies (except for a spur-of-the-moment killing or two). The series Dexter takes a huge risk using his own boat for the victims and dropping them in the same area.
Body Count Forty-one, not including book 3.

In Dexter in the Dark, Dexter kills Alexander "Zander Macauley, who kills homeless people.

In Dexter by Design, Dexter kills Alex Doncevic in the bath tub of the home he shares with Brandon Weiss, the psycho-pathic artists. Later Brandon Weiss is killed when Dexter attempts to save Rita, who is part of artistic display.

In Dexter is Delicious, Dexter kills a member of a Cannibal Cult.

In general, Dexter kills at least one monster in each of the novels. And generally, each novel ends with Dexter being held by the main monster of the story, such as the Ice Truck Killer in Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Dr. Danco in Dearly Devoted Dexter, and Alana Acosta in Dexter is Delicious. In Dexter by Design, Rita is held at the end and Dexter rescues her.

Forty-six as of Something About Harry, not including his brother. Either: Although the series has a slightly higher body count it is not significant enough to make a real difference.
Beer Dexter didn't like beer very much and didn't really start drinking until Book 2 and it was lite beer. Dexter seemed to quite enjoy beer favoring craft beer. The book: As much as I like beer and the idea of drinking beer, I think that drinking beer and enjoying it makes him seem more human. Plus, alchohol can dull the senses and make a person careless, which any self respecting Serial Killer cannot have in his life.

DearlyDevotedToDex: Also depends on your opinion. One or two beers on a man about Dex's size shouldn't dull his senses. It also humanizes him in a way, yet makes him seem more in control. (I personally enjoy trying to figure out what beer he's drinking during certain scenes.)

Maria Laguerta The books go into her crush on Dex far more heavily. In one scene, she jumps on top of him, basically begging him to sleep with her. She dies at the end of book one, killed by Rudy/Brian/The Ice Truck Killer, while Dexter watches and does nothing. She is also the one who discovers Dexter snooping around for Deb, not Doakes. *Known as Detective LaGuerta in the book. She's much more downplayed about her crush. A wink or a nod, the occasionally hand-on-arm action. It was seemingly forgotten after the first episode. She manages to live to the second season.
*Known as Lieutenant LaGuerta.

Dexterbabe:Actually she acts sweet on him at points all through Season One. She touches or looks at him a certain way or defends him. It's just not as in your face in later seasons.
Show. The books paint a woman who has no reason to be where she is. She antagonizes a witness, jumps an employee, and is generally more inept than in the show. Her end was a joyful and happy moment for me, personally.
Alana Acosta In Dexter is Delicious, Alana Acosta is the wife of Commissioner Joe Acosta, a very wealthy and important figure in Miami, who made his fortune in construction, and stepmother to his son, Bobby Acosta, who is a member of cult of cannibals. She is a former recording artist with, as she puts it, no talent. She escaped from England one step ahead of the law, married Joe Acosta and settled comfortably into a very affluent lifestyle of the rich and famous. Not in TV series. Although she has everything anyone could possibly want with her husband's, Joe Acosta, money, including a bright orange Ferrari and a very large diamond in an ankh-like setting on a chain around her neck, Alana Acosta has a deep, dark secret, an insatiable desire that money really can't buy. She has an unquenchable desire for the other white meat - human flesh. In other words, instead of liking pulled pork sandwiches, Alana craves pulled Bob or Samantha sandwiches. Later in the novel, it is revealed that Alana is the Queen of the Cannibal Cult which her stepson is a member of. She has set a trap for Dexter and Deborah Morgan, and plans to eat not only Dexter and sister, but also her live-in boyfriend, Kyle Chutsky, the former special ops agent, who Deborah had asked to help them rescue Samantha Aldovar, a victim of the Cannibal Cult. Alana Acosta is killed before she can slice and dice Dexter for some spicy Korean Barbecue by Dexter's brother, Brian Moser, who butchered victims for the Cannibal Cult. At the end, Brian reveals that he did leave clues about the Cannibal Cult for Dexter, but Dexter did not make the connection.
Brandon Weiss Brandon Weiss is Dexter's nemesis in Dexter by Design. Weiss, a psychopathic artist, is a disgruntled former employee of the Miami Tourist Board who makes interesting displays using human bodies that comment on the Florida tourist industry. Unfortunately, for Dexter, the focus of Weiss' attention shifts dramatically when Weiss views a video of Dexter cutting up his partner, Alex Doncevic, with a saw. Not in TV series. In Dexter by Design, it is important to understand the opening portion of the novel and what "Jennifer's Leg" represents because it defines Brandon Weiss' art style - avant-garde. Once Brandon Weiss view the video of Dexter Chopping up his lover, Alex Doncevic, with a saw, Weiss is out for revenge. Weiss notifies Dexter that he has posted the killing of Doncevic on YouTube. And the chase begins. Will Weiss expose Dexter to the world as a serial killer. or will Dexter get to Weiss and kill him before he can expose him?

Although Alex Doncevic is original suspected of stabbing Deborah Morgan during a routine investigation intp potential suspects, Brandon Weiss is actually responsible for the near fatal stabbing Deborah Morgan.

Kyle Chutsky, Deborah Morgan's live-in boyfriend and former clandestine operative, is instrumental in not subduing Brandon Weiss. And, his plan to track down and kill Weiss is hilarious. It is a statement on why CIA/Military clandestine operations almost always go wrong.

It is interesting to see Dexter outwitted by Brandon Weiss at even turn, and what ultimately leads to the end of Brandon Weiss.

Brandon Weiss does not actually kill anyone until after viewing the video of Dexter killing his lover, Alex Doncevic. Then, all bets are off, but then, Weiss kills and holds Dexter responsible for he rash behavior.
Randy MacGregor In "Dearly Devoted Dexter," Randy MacGregor was a virtually invisible *********/serial killer because of his occupation, he was divorced and had no know friends, group associations or criminal background.

MacGregor was a real estate salesman, who owned a small, one-man real estate agency in Miami. He was cheerful and friendly, and enjoyed selling houses to families who had 5 to 7 year-old boys. After abducting a young boy, ages 5 to 7, MacGregor took him to his 26-foot cabin cruiser, named the Osprey, moored at the Matheson Hammock Marina where he tortured, raped, photographed himself with the young boy, wrapped in duct tape. When he was finished, MacGregor attached an anchor to the young boy and dropped him in ocean.

MacGregor had an accomplice named Steve Reiker, a photographer, who Dexter referred to as: Mr. Boots, Cowboy Bob and Red Ranger, because he wore red cowboy boots.

In an overhead shot of MacGregor and a young boy, Steve Reiker's red cowboy boots are seen in the bottom of the picture.

During a second visit to and search of MacGregor's 26-foot cabin cruiser, the Osprey, Dexter finds a small slip of paper with Reiker's name on it. Dexter is not sure, but he assumes that Reiker may be the photographer and the wearer of atrocious-looking red cowboy boots.

Dexter will pursue Reiker for a playdate, but will be delayed by Sgt. Doakes dogged and relentless surveillance and tail. Also, Dexter will be delayed in his and Deborah's hurried attempt to find Dr. Danco, who has captured Kyle Chutsky, and before Dr. Danco can remove too many body parts.

Deborah Morgan has fallen in love with Kyle Chutsky. And, to let Deborah know that he has Chutsky, Dr. Danco sends Deborah, via courier, Chutsky's little finger with the diamond-studded pinke-ring still on it. Deborah breaks down and sobs, and then, tries to impress upon Dexter the urgency in finding Chutsky before he is parted-out.

Steve Reiker is a professional photographer specializing in children's photography. Reiker's ad in the Yellow Pages reads: "REMEMBER THEM as THEY ARE NOW."

After going to Randy MacGregor's 26-foot Cabin Cruiser moored at Matheson Hammock Marina and finding irrefutable evidence - children's videos, candy, plastic action figures and photographs of the 5 abducted young boys - that MacGregor is both a ********* and a serial killer, Dexter decides to invite MacGregor for a playdate.

Dexter goes to MacGregor's house in South Miami, lures him outside with a child's plastic toy piano keyboard monotonously playing familiar children's songs, and then slips a noose of 50-pound fishing line around his neck when MacGregor comes out to what is making the noise.

Dexter takes MacGregor to an abandoned construction site on the far side of Snapper Creek for their playtime.

Before ending MacGregor's life, Dexter wants to know who the photographer who took the pictures of him with the small boys. MacGregor refuses to tell Dexter even though Dexter has cut two fingers of each hand. Finally, Dexter MacGregor one more time, what is the name of the photograph. MacGregor responds, saying, "I hope one of them was yours."

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Hey Dexter fans. For anyone who reads the novels as well as enjoys the television series, the fifth Dexter book, "Dexter is delicious" is available in Europe right now. It doesn't come out in the United States until September, but I just received my European copy in the mail today, even though I live in beautiful, sunny Southern California. Just a heads up for anyone who can't wait to find out what happens in a universe where Rita, Doakes, and Brian Moser, are all still alive, order your copy from any European seller on eBay and get it MONTHS before it hits US shelves!
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ZizzyB23 What Jeff Lindsay thinks of Season Two 8 Mar 8 2010, 9:34 AM EST by BineyMoser7447
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I've been having this thought for a while now: I wonder what Jeff Lindsay thinks of season two of Dexter?

I know he's praised season one and deeply approves, but now they've almost completely changed most of the characters from the novel (for better or for worse) and I was just curious to know if Jeff Lindsay approves. Would he even admit if he was dissatisfied? I've never met him, but I've thought of writing a fan letter and asking, but does anybody even do that anymore? Would he respond?

If I had to predict what he'd say... I think he'd be happy with where the show is going. From interviews I've read and things I've watched, he seems really nice, and I know he gave Showtime full access to do whatever they want to his characters, so I guess he couldn't get mad at them. But I just can't help but think that the books are so much darker than the series that Jeff might think the series is becoming to soap-opera-y. I mean, in the books, Dexter still feels no real emotion (and in the third book postulates that he does not even WISH to feel them), and still hasn't really stated that he even likes Rita all that much (sure he likes the kids, but she's still just sort of his disguise).

I imagine he might protest over what they did with Harry Morgan. In the books, Harry is Dexter's savior essentially and Dexter was always able to count on him for guidance, while in the series... well we all know he sort of becoming a jerk and then committed suicide like a pathetic jerk.
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SMD_Bones Beer 0 Jan 28 2010, 10:30 AM EST by SMD_Bones
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I think the beer is wrong. I think he would like to feel human, and excessive amounts can make him feel more that way. So I think it would be more real for him to like it than not. Dulling the senses is not good for a serial killer when he is out for the kill but I think, especially since he likes being alone, that beer could be good to help him find his humanity.
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