I am one of the few people among my circle of friends and acquaintances who does not watch the “Dexter” television series. I have been told that it follows a somewhat different time and storyline than the books do, so I avoid any confusion. However, they do intersect, at least somewhat, in DEXTER’S FINAL CUT, a dark tongue-in-cheek nod to the series that preserves the continuity of both.
The book’s initial premise finds Dexter Morgan, a forensic blood-spatter expert for the Miami-Dade police and serial killer’s serial killer, and his sister, Deborah, who is a homicide detective for the same agency, in very unaccustomed roles. Dexter and Deborah are assigned to be technical advisers for the pilot of a proposed police procedural television series that is being filmed in Miami. “Technical adviser” in this case involves part teaching and part babysitting, tasks that do not sit well with either. Dexter’s charge is an actor named Robert (“not ‘Bob’”) Chase, who is a bit full of himself, with enough left over for three people. Ironically enough, Robert confesses to Dexter early on that he cannot stand the sight of blood.
"Lindsay’s interesting and unique style is in full play and serves him well yet again. He is no particular hurry to unroll the story, preferring to make revelations at his own pace in Dexter’s dark and, yes, weird voice."
Meanwhile, Deborah is being shadowed by Jackie Forrest, a delightful bit of eye candy who at first blush is the polar opposite of Deborah. Both pairings appear to be mismatches made in heaven. Jackie, however, quickly demonstrates that she is very much the professional, up for the part and willing to do and witness whatever she must in order to get her role down properly. Interestingly enough, Dexter feels some stirrings for Jackie, and not dark ones either, though they are certainly inappropriate, given that he is married to Rita and is in the tedious process of moving into a new home, an event that would keep