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After author Jeff Lindsay published a novel in 2004 called Darkly Dreaming Dexter, a TV series followed in 2006, thus popularizing the character Dexter Morgan, who became America's favorite serial killer.

The last book in the series was published in 2015, and the last TV season aired in 2013. There are major plot differences between the two, specifically the characters, roles, and story lines.

Jeff Lindsay

Novels in the Series

As of 2020, there are eight novels in the series.

(First novel) A majority of Season One was based on this book, from Dexter's encounter with Father Donovan to his ultimate confrontation with his brother Brian, although the endings differ.

(Second novel) The Showtime series no longer follows the book plots. Dexter and Sgt. Doakes reluctantly team up against a threat from Doakes's past, a killer which not only captures the attention of the Miami-Dade Police, but also from the Feds.

(Third novel) A major plot element received mixed reviews. With his wedding close, Dexter must face the fact that he has a family now. Dexter also deals with the sudden silence of his Dark Passenger after he's is in the presence of a gruesome double murder crime scene.

(Fourth novel)

(Fifth novel)

(Sixth novel)

(Seventh novel)

(Eighth and final novel).


Each Dexter novel has been released in multiple formats (including on technological devices, such as NOOK).

  • Hardcover. The cover and binding are rather strong, allowing for extended use.
  • Paperback. A medium-sized book (a bit smaller than the hardcover) with an easy to read format.
  • Mass Market Paperback. A small format compact book. It retails at a lower price than the others.
  • E-Reader style. Data that can be purchased off a website, using products such as Kindle, iPad, and Nook.

After the release of the Showtime series, a few of the novels were reprinted to feature Michael C. Hall and had "stickers" on the front with comments about the television series.

A collection of the first four novels came out known as the "Killer Collection." Wrapped in plastic, a cardboard case holds the four books (Paperback, normal size) with an opening on two sides to allow the books to be slipped out and back in.


Main article: Differences between Dexter Novels and Series


  • Each of the novels has both Dexter's name in the title and alliteration, except for the seventh novel, Dexter's Final Cut. The eighth novel resumed the trend, being titled Dexter Is Dead.

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