Review: Dexter's Final Cut (Dexter #7) by Jeff Lindsay

Print Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (September 17, 2013)

From  Hollywood gets more than it bargained for when television's hottest star arrives at the Miami Police Department and develops an intense, professional interest in a camera-shy blood spatter analyst named Dexter Morgan.

Mega-star Robert Chase is famous for losing himself in his characters. When he and a group of actors descend on the Miami Police Department for "research," Chase becomes fixated on Dexter Morgan, the blood spatter analyst with a sweet tooth for doughnuts and a seemingly average life. To perfect his role, Chase is obsessed with shadowing Dexter's every move and learning what really makes him tick. There is just one tiny problem . . . Dexter's favorite hobby involves hunting down the worst killers to escape legal justice, and introducing them to his special brand of playtime. It's a secret best kept out of the spotlight and away from the prying eyes of bloated Hollywood egos if Dexter wants to stay out of the electric chair. The last thing he needs is bright lights and the paparazzi. . . but even Dexter isn't immune to the call of fame.

My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

On the whole, this story was better than some of the other ones. This one kept me engaged until the end, and I enjoyed the fact that Dexter at first seemed to be more the socially acceptable serial killer than he was supposed to be. 

Until he went stupid. Again. 

How does one predator NOT recognize another one? How, when the details were spelled out so clearly they might as well have been a flashing neon sign, did he miss what was going on? For that matter how to Deborah, a trained professional, miss them? 

And then Rita. Poor, dumber than a box of rocks Rita. I never liked her book persona. I couldn't understand her half the time, and I wished that the author had at least let that poor woman finish a sentence, but even she didn't deserve what she got. A cheating husband. And just when she proved that she could be smarter than he was? 

It just doesn't make sense. It's like at some point along the way, the author just gave up. And yet, I still have one book left until I'm done with this series. And if I've suffered along this far, I may as well finish.


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