MIAMI — Spoiler alert: Book Dexter does not become a lumberjack.
The eighth and final novel in the Dexter series, “Dexter Is Dead,” now in bookstores, picks up from the end of the previous book, with the title vigilante serial killer under arrest and facing a murder charge, ironically for a crime he didn’t actually commit.
“I always knew that someday the wheels would come off,” author Jeff Lindsay said.
Starting with the 2004 novel “Darkly Dreaming Dexter,” the series follows the exploits of Dexter Morgan, a blood splatter analyst with the Miami-Dade Police Department. Following a code developed by his adoptive father — a police officer — to only kill other killers, Dexter balances a public life of work, friends and family with his not-so-public, homicidal pastime. But now Dexter’s story is coming to a climactic conclusion.
“I had all these wonderful, outrageous ideas for how it would happen, and I didn’t end up using any of them, which I guess is par for the course,” Lindsay said. “Your first idea, the one that gets you going, is never the one you end up with.”
It’s safe to assume that none of those ideas involved Dexter faking his death and starting a new life in the Pacific Northwest as a lumberjack. That’s how the “Dexter” television series based on Lindsay’s characters concluded in 2013 after eight seasons.
“Boy, oh, boy, oh, boy, did I get mail about that,” he said.
While the first season of the show kept relatively close to the first novel, the plotlines of later seasons had virtually nothing to do with the books. So Lindsay could only tell irate fans, “It wasn’t me.”
Fan reaction aside, Lindsay said he doesn’t really have an opinion on the final episode because he didn’t actually see it. He had just started a 10-month book tour for his previous novel, “Dexter’s Final Cut,” and he didn’t get a chance to watch the show’s finale.
“So, I don’t have any opinion on whether it was good or bad except that TV is very, very different,” Lindsay said. “The demands of that medium are very different from what is demanded in the book, and it’s never going to be the same thing. I’m sure they (the show’s producers) did what they thought was right.”