Jeff Lindsay (writer)

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Jeff Lindsay
Jeff Lindsay at the 2013 Texas Book Festival.
Jeff Lindsay at the 2013 Texas Book Festival.
BornJeffry P. Freundlich
(1952-07-14) July 14, 1952 (age 67)
Miami, Florida, United States
Pen nameJeffry P. Lindsay, Jeff Lindsay
Alma materMiddlebury College
Notable worksDexter series
SpouseHilary Hemingway

Jeff Lindsay is the pen name of American playwright and crime novelist Jeffry P. Freundlich (born July 14, 1952), best known for his novels about sociopathic vigilante Dexter Morgan. Many of his earlier published works include his wife Hilary Hemingway as a co-author. His wife is the niece of Ernest Hemingway and an author in her own right. Lindsay was born in Miami[1] and graduated from Ransom Everglades School in 1970, and from Middlebury College, Vermont, in 1975.[2]

The first book in the Dexter series, Darkly Dreaming Dexter (which Lindsay wanted to name "Pinocchio Bleeds" after his middle daughter suggested it but his publisher disagreed)[3] was included on the original nomination list for the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Awards in the Best First Novel category. However, it was dropped from the list after the group learned that Lindsay had put out several books in the 1990s under another pen name, Jeffry P. Lindsay.

Dexter aired as a series on Showtime with the first season based on Darkly Dreaming Dexter and actor Michael C. Hall playing the character. The show eventually ran for eight seasons, though subsequent seasons had original storylines that departed from the plots of Lindsay's books. Lindsay had a cameo role in the tenth episode of the third season of Dexter.[4]

Lindsay has also written a comic book version of Dexter, distributed by Marvel comics, and which consists of two mini-series: Dexter and Dexter: Down Under.

Lindsay and Hemingway live in Cape Coral, Florida.[5][6] They have three children. [7]


  • Hunting with Hemingway: Based on the Stories of Leicester Hemingway (2000)


  • Tropical Depression: A Novel of Suspense (1994)
  • Dream Land: A Novel of the UFO Coverup (1995)
  • Time Blender (1997)
  • Dreamchild (1998)

Dexter Series

  1. Darkly Dreaming Dexter (2004)
  2. Dearly Devoted Dexter (2005)
  3. Dexter in the Dark (2007)
  4. Dexter by Design (2009)
  5. Dexter Is Delicious (2010)
  6. Double Dexter (2011)
  7. Dexter's Final Cut (2013)
  8. Dexter is Dead (2015)

Billy Knight Series

  1. Red Tide (2015)
  2. Tropical Depression (2016)

Riley Wolfe Series

  1. Just Watch Me (2019)



  1. ^ "Dexter Crew". Showtime's Official Dexter Site. August 21, 2009. Archived from the original on May 28, 2009. Retrieved August 22, 2009.
  2. ^ "Author's Collection Donated to College". September 29, 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-30.
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  4. ^ "'Dexter's Final Cut' by Jeff Lindsay Coming In September". Dexter Daily. March 14, 2013. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
  5. ^ Runnells, Charles (October 26, 2015). "'Dexter' author returns with new character, book series". News-Press. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  6. ^ Garrett, Craig (March 27, 2014). "Writing duo share thoughts on careers, life in the spotlight". Cape Coral Daily Breeze. Archived from the original on 21 August 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  7. ^ Marla E. Schwartz (October 8, 2010). "An Interview with Author Jeff Lindsay, The Man Behind Showtime's #1 Series, Dexter". Retrieved December 8, 2018.
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