Debra, Dexter’s step sister is a tough, ambitious cop who is desperate to become a homicide detective in spite of constant antagonism from her boss, the head of the division.
Rita is Dexter’s sweet, naïve and emotionally downtrodden girlfriend, a struggling single mom with two kids. To Dexter, Julie is a kindred, damaged spirit and the two form a sweet courtship that provides a strange sense of normalcy in his upside-down world.
Dexter is an extremely likeable, charming blood splatter expert for the Miami Police Department. But hiding beneath the mundane exterior hides a different Dexter, one obsessed with meting his own twisted brand of justice by stalking and murdering the guilty. He’s the perfect psychopath for the job because, in his own words, he cares “.about people as much as he cares about lawn furniture.”
Dexter Morgan has always lived a happy homicidal life. He keeps his dark urges in check by adhering to one stead fast rule…he only kills very bad people. But now Dexter is experiencing some major life changes—don’t we all?—and they’re mostly wrapped up in the eight-pound curiosity that is his newborn daughter. Family bliss is cut short, however, when Dexter is summoned to investigate the disappearance of a seventeen-year-old girl who has been running with a bizarre group of goths who fancy themselves to be vampires. As Dexter gets closer to the truth of what happened to the missing girl, he realizes they are not really vampires so much as cannibals. And, most disturbing…these people have decided they would really like to eat Dexter. The book begins nine months after the end of Dexter by Design with the birth of Lily Anne Morgan, the daughter of Dexter and Rita Morgan. His daughter’s birth has brought remarkable changes in Dexter; apart from feeling genuine love and emotions for the first time he also does not feel his Dark Passenger’s compulsion to kill and vows to swear off his dark hobby in order to be a better father for his daughter. Soon after Dexter is called to a crime scene by his sister Deb, who is in the middle of a jurisdictional fight with the FBI who claim that a kidnapping has taken place. Dexter believes that the large quantity of blood found there was planted, and that the missing girl in question is faking her disappearance in order to get money from her parents. Dexter runs tests and discovers that the blood type does not match the missing girl, Samantha Aldovar. Deb and Dex go to the private school Samantha attends and talk to her principal, who at first is reluctant to divulge any information. This changes when the principal discovers that Tyler Spanos, a wild child and Samantha’s friend, is also missing. Dexter’s brother Brian shows up — Dexter has neglected to inform Rita that he even has a brother. And it looks like he wants to become part of Dexter’s happy family. Dexter’s stepkids Cody and Astor adore Brian and he shares Dexter’s compulsion to kill.
Lindsay never fails to come up with uniquely weird mysteries for Dexter to solve and serves them up with a huge and satisfying dose of Dexter’s inner turmoil.