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Dexter by Design: A Novel by Jeff Lindsay

Dexter by Design: A Novel (edition 2009)

by Jeff Lindsay

Series: Dexter (4)

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Title:Dexter by Design: A Novel
Authors:Jeff Lindsay
Info:Doubleday (2009), Hardcover, 368 pages
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Nick Landrum
  jmail | Mar 21, 2016 |
not the best of the series but still in keeping with the theme; looking forward to the next in the series ( )
  Claudia.Anderson | Feb 7, 2016 |
Another good entry in this series. How does Dexter act when he's not in control any longer? This is the book that answers that question. Very different from the television show allowing more insight into the mind of Dexter. ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
Even before I finished this book, I was wishing that I have book 3 to move straight on too. ( )
  DaffiMere | Jan 14, 2016 |
Book on CD narrated by Nick Landrum

Dexter Morgan returns in thriller number 4 in this series featuring a psychopathic serial killer who ONLY goes after the “bad guys.”

I’m tired of the whole “dark passenger” thing flapping his bat wings and silently chucking or salivating with excitement in the background of Dexter’s brain. I really dislike the whole third person reference to himself as “Dexter.” I’m unable to suspend disbelief re his protégés – Amber and Cody, or his wife, Rita. It’s inconsistent that he would have “feelings” for the children. Rita is way too ditzy to be attractive to a man so supposedly intelligent as Dexter. The bad guy is way too efficient and successful, and yet Dexter easily finds him. I also really dislike the unnecessary use of vulgar language. I was a drill sergeant in the Army. I know how to swear and don’t have “delicate ears,” but Lindsay uses the F-bomb so frequently as to make it sound tedious and as if his characters haven’t any other vocabulary. Just irritating.

On the other hand, Lindsay does keep the action moving forward and the reader turning pages. It’s fast-paced and interesting (in a macabre sort of way). Nick Landrum does a good job of the narration on the audio book. He has enough voice over experience to clearly differentiate the various characters, and I like his pace and inflections. That earns the book 2 stars. But I’m done with this series.
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  BookConcierge | Jan 13, 2016 |
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Lindsay is a fairly indifferent writer, prone to clumsy bare-bones action intermittently padded out with equally clumsy swaths of ultra-specific, banal detail, usually about Miami’s lousy traffic, or exactly what Dexter’s eating. His strength has always been in his fascinating characters, his wryly funny tone, and his grotesque imagery. The last element remains in full force here, but in the face of Dexter's fumblings, the jaunty tone is off, and the book often becomes repetitive.
For fans of such "humor," Jeff Lindsay's new novel, "Dexter by Design," will surely be an enjoyable cup of congealed and gory tea. For others, this book is about as pleasant as a sewer swim, and just about as socially rewarding.
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Dexter Morgan returns from his honeymoon in Paris and gets to work perfecting his disguise as the perfect husband, father, and investigator, and wondering if he will be able to put his homicidal tendencies to rest, but when a new serial killer is identified, Dexter is once again drawn into the battle for fitting justice.
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The macabre, witty New York Times bestselling series (and inspiration for the #1 Showtime series, Dexter) continues as our darkly lovable killer matches wits with a sadistic artiste--who is creating bizarre murder tableaux of his own all over Miami.

After his surprisingly glorious honeymoon in Paris, life is almost normal for Dexter Morgan. Married life seems to agree with him: he’s devoted to his bride, his stomach is full, and his homicidal hobbies are nicely under control. But old habits die hard--and Dexter’s work as a blood spatter analyst never fails to offer new temptations that appeal to his offbeat sense of justice...and his Dark Passenger still waits to hunt with him in the moonlight.

The discovery of a corpse (artfully displayed as a sunbather relaxing on a Miami beach chair) naturally piques Dexter’s curiosity and Miami’s finest realize they’ve got a terrifying new serial killer on the loose. And Dexter, of course, is back in business.

An Essay by Jeff Lindsay: "Dexter and Me"

My mother called me one night two years ago. "Well," she said. "Now I know you’ve really made it."

"Oh, really?" I said. "What do you mean?"

"I’m watching Jeopardy," she said. "The answer to the last question was, ‘Who is Dexter?’"

A few nights later, my sister called. "You were just on Nancy Grace," she said.

"I was?" I said, very surprised. It didn’t seem like the kind of thing I would forget. "You mean me?"

"No, not you," she snorted, as if I should have known better that someone like me would never be on Nancy Grace. "Dexter. Somebody’s foot washed up on a beach, and she called it a real-life Dexter moment."

And then a few weeks later my agent called. "Did you hear what they named the new robot arm for the space shuttle?" he said.

"Let me guess," I said.

"It’s iconic," my agent said. "That’s a good thing."

And it is. Dexter is iconic. But as my sister was smart enough to pick up on, I am not. I think this is a good thing. I worked in Hollywood for a dozen years, and all I can say about it is that the primitive tribes who think the camera steals your soul were really on to something. So I don’t want to be instantly recognizable--not Tom Cruise famous, not even Stephen King famous.

On the other hand, if Dexter wants fame, that’s fine with me. He deserves it: he’s a fine, upstanding, hardworking guy who is good with kids, thoughtful to co-workers, and helpful around the house. And if he slips away now and then for a little bit of human vivisection--well, nobody’s perfect.

I will admit, though, that lately I’ve begun to suffer what may be the world’s first Edgar Rice Burroughs Complex. Like Burroughs’s Tarzan, my character is known all over the world, and I am still anonymous. That takes some getting used to, even though there are perks. It has given me some wonderful moments--like riding into Times Square in a taxi and seeing Dexter 60 feet tall on the side of the building. "Have you seen that program?" the driver asked me.

"I don’t watch much TV," I said, even though I was staring like a school boy at a peep show.

"There are books, too," he said.

And there are. I hope you will like them. They make wonderful gifts, too. Even better, Nancy Grace and Alex Trebek will never have to see me sweat.--Jeff Lindsay

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"Back from his surprisingly glorious honeymoon in Paris, Miami blood spatter analyst Dexter Morgan is one step closer to perfecting his human disguise...But old habits die hard...and Dexter's work for the Miami Police Department never fails to offer up new playmates--bad men who appeal to his offbeat and unshakable sense of justice."--dust jacket.… (more)

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