The TV show Dexter is based off of this first novel in a series by Jeff Lindsay. I was interested in reading this book after becoming an addict of the show (The same thing happened to me with True Blood and the Sookie Stackhouse books). Needless to say, the show has come quite far from Darkly Dreaming Dexter, but after 5 seasons, that is to be expected.
As a piece of literary work, it was an easy and fun read. The story flowed well, even with the sporadic flashbacks. Lindsay had a great idea with Dexter. While as a character, he's complex and demented, writing the character must have been quite enjoyable and (dare I say it) easy. I don't want to claim that his character Dexter is one-dimensional, its only that he fits into a nice box that he doesn't stray from. We'll see what the other books do with Dexter's character.