Dexter Morgan – friend to all, donut supplier to colleagues, keen sailor, devoted boyfriend to Rita and proud guardian of her children, big brother to Debra, keen sailor, dedicated law enforcement employee…and secret serial killer.
Anyone who tunes in to the US series ‘Dexter’ will know the deliciously dark comedy is one of the most clever, chilling shows on TV (move over CSI!). The lead character (played fantastically by Michael C Hall) is a seemingly normal Miami resident, working as a blood spatter expert alongside his cop sister, but hiding a deep dark secret – witnessing the brutal murder of his mother when he was just a child has shaped him into a devious serial killer, and through the coaching of his police officer father Harry, he makes a pact to kill only those that truly deserve it.
What kind of warped person would dream up such a character? I found out last Thursday when Jeff Lindsay, author of the ‘Dexter’ novels, staged a Q&A at Leichhardt bookshop Shearers. Citing a lifetime growing up in crime-ridden America, an extremely overactive imagination, and a murderously boring lunch with a group of lawyers as his inspiration for the Dexter story, Lindsay gave us an insight into his life as a writer, his involvement with the hit TV series, and his proof-reading and critiquing process (namely, his wife!)
A previous stand-up comic, Lindsay had us all in fits of laughter with his deadpan answers and hilarious anecdotes – including the time he received fan mail from the real Sergeant Dexter Morgan in the mid-west, his only cameo on the show (when he was a bystander in the police corridor) and his plans to bring ‘Dexter Down Under’!
Jeff Lindsay was promoting his latest instalment, ‘Dexter by Design’, and even managed to stay behind and sign copies for his adoring fans.