In his spare time, Dexter is a serial killer who kills murderers, rapists, and other undesirables he believes that the legal system has failed to stop. Once he has done so, the voice is placated for a while, but it always eventually comes back. Flashbacks reveal that his foster father, an esteemed police detective named Harry Morgan , recognized early on that Dexter was a violent sociopath with an innate need to kill, and taught him how to kill people who had gotten away with murder as a way to channel his homicidal urges in a "positive" direction. Harry also taught the boy to be a careful and meticulous killer, to leave no clues, and to be absolutely sure his victims were guilty before killing them.
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Hellishly Haunted Harry knew early on that his young son had a personality disorder. With that in mind, Hollow Headed Harry figures if child rearing has given him a lemon So Highly Helpful Harry steers his son on a course that he hopes will keep him from a lifetime of incarceration.
Fast forward to present day and Disturbingly Damaged Dexter has learned well. The legend is born. I always did, after. Killing makes me feel good. I enjoy my work; sorry if that bothers you. Oh, very sorry, really. But there it is. It has to be done the right way, at the right time, with the right partner - very complicated, but very necessary.
I had developed hunches before. I had a small reputation for it. My hunches were often quite good. I often know how the killers are thinking. I think the same way. Then what would I do for a hobby? Control it. Choose-" his words come so carefully now, "-choose what Somewhere not so far away he was searching for his next victim, sliding through the city like a shark around the reef.
I could almost hear the duct tape. He was out there, feeding his Dark Passenger, and it was talking to mine. And in my sleep I had been riding with him, a phantom remora. It was rare for the paper to arrive before six-thirty, and on Sundays it often came after eight. It was another clear example of the disintegration of society that had so worried Harry.
Mutilated corpses with a chance of afternoon showers. I got dressed and went to work.
Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter Series #1)