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Dexter by Design: A Novel (edition 2009)

by Jeff Lindsay

Series: Dexter (4)

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This particular Dexter book paralleled the third season of Dexter and involved Dexter "making a mistake" in his murders, along with the children being threatened, and the surprise at the end. I have to wonder whether the writer was brought in as a consultant or the book just happened to match the show...or what was going on.
Also, the book reminded me a lot of Alex Cross, which wasn't exactly a good thing. It had the same weird pacing problem, where things happened too quickly or too slowly, and I was sitting there waiting for something to happen and it didn't.
I rather like Astor and Cody following in Dear Daddy Dexter's footsteps, and walking on the Harry Path, though I think there might have been more done to help them than actually happened.
With a long wait from now until the next Dexter book, perhaps the books will improve in the meanwhile. The show certainly illuminates the books, in that it's possible to hear the characters from the show clearly in my head speaking/performing various functions.
  liveshipvivacia | Apr 26, 2014 |
I think I might be starting to enjoy the television series more than the books. I'm not sure why that is, maybe I'm just not a fan of Lindsay's style. I'm sure it must be frustrating for an author to sell his character/work and have that adaptation exceed his original vision in every way. I found myself bored by this book and lacking ambition to finish it as I felt it was really was not going anywhere.

It seems like it takes forever for anything to come to a conclusion and the novel actually does not reach it's apex until the last 10 pages. Lindsay takes too long setting things up for a pay off that really never feels worthy of his build up. ( )
  branimal | Apr 1, 2014 |
AUTHOR: Lindsay, Jeff
TITLE: Dexter by Design
Date Read: 11/19/13
RATING: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS: Crime Fiction/2009/Doubleday/285 pgs
SERIES/STAND ALONE: #4 in Dexter series

TIME/PLACE: Miami/present
CHARACTERS: Dexter/Blood Spatter Analyst working for Miami PD

FIRST LINES: Pardonnez-moi, Monsieur.

COMMENTS: 4th entry in the Dexter series & still going strong for me. We start out in Paris @ the end of Dexter & Rita's honeymoon. Rita is determined to absorb everything French she possibly can, including some performance art which is the 1st thing that sparks Dexter's interest due to the gruesome nature -- giving the storyline it's segue back in Miami. The 1st crime scene Dexter goes on is not about the murder itself but the presentation of the bodies. W/ this in mind he finds that the nature of the crimes is not about the killing but the becoming involved w/ this art on a different level from standing in front of a painting in a museum. A bit wild …but unique. At the same time Kody & Astor are very anxious to learn the ways of their dark passengers and how to use them -- Dexter is trying to guide them as his adopted father did for him. ( )
  pammykn | Dec 4, 2013 |
I found this Dexter story, the first of the series that I have read, moderately entertaining.

However, it seems to me to be excessively wordy and I find that the author's constant reference while speaking the first person to Dexter in the third person gets old really fast.

The plot itself was fairly clever, moderately gory as these things go and a little sick. But I found the end to be rushed.

In short, I'd say this book would be a good beach read, but not something I intend to read again.
  MissJessie | Oct 16, 2013 |
Not as good as the others in the series. I'm hoping the next one is less filler and more serial killer :-) ( )
  MerryMeerkat | Sep 26, 2013 |
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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

(Photo © Hilary Hemingway)

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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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