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Dearly Devoted Dexter (2005) is
a crime/horror novel by Jeff
Lindsay, the second in his series about sociopathic vigilante
which has been adapted into the eponymous television series.
A shadowy, sadistic figure from Sgt. Doakes' past arrives in Miami, and begins preying on his
treacherous old U.S. Army colleagues from the Salvadoran Civil War. He possesses
a unique method of torture
that has earned him the nickname "Dr. Danco": He kidnaps each
victim, pumps them full of sedatives, and, over a period of several days,
steadily removes their limbs, genitalia and facial features, before
leaving them to contemplate their hideous mutilation in front of a
carefully placed mirror.
Meanwhile, Dexter, having been forced to suppress his own
psychotic urges by the machinations of an increasingly suspicious
Doakes, welcomes the distraction and begins to focus on hunting
down a possible child killer. However, he finds himself drawn into
the case of the mysterious Dr. Danco when his sister Deborah's new boyfriend, detective Kyle
Chutsky of Washington, D.C., turns out to be on
the torturer's hit list.
Amidst all the chaos, Dexter finds himself accidentally engaged
to his girlfriend Rita and begins to have suspicions of Cody
(Rita's youngest child) of sociopathic tendencies that Dexter himself
had as a child.