Dexter by Design by Jeff Lindsay
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The “Dexter” series—bestselling books, acclaimed TV show, worldwide phenomenon—continues with Dexter’s deadliest case yet.
 
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.  Not to mention that 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.

This edition includes an excerpt from Jeff Lindsay's Dexter's Final Cut.  

 

About Jeff Lindsay

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JEFF LINDSAY is the New York Times bestselling author of Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Dearly Devoted Dexter, and Dexter in the Dark. His novels are the basis of the hit Showtime and CBS series, Dexter. He lives in South Florida with his family.
 
Published August 30, 2009 by Vintage. 306 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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The Miami PD forensic tech who analyzes blood-spatter patterns of murder victims when he's not dispatching them himself (Dexter in the Dark, 2007, etc.) comes up against an equally formidable foe.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Dexter by Design: A Novel

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Two sociopaths are a crowd, as Miami-Dade forensic tech Dexter Morgan (Dexter is Delicious, 2010, etc.) realizes when he’s crowded by a wannabe who seems bent on taking over his gig as the bloody scourge of Miami’s worst citizens.

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After a honeymoon that includes a trip to Paris to see an exhibit of self-mutilating art, Dexter—a blood-spatter expert for the Miami PD and a serial killer who hunts killers who have evaded

Oct 26 2009 | Read Full Review of Dexter by Design: A Novel

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The rest of the book is the highly entertaining account of how Dexter juggles all the opposing forces in his life, from the attentions of the killer and suspicions of police detectives to the safety of his new wife and stepchildren (also traumatised as toddlers and well on their way, under Dexter...

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Perhaps Landrum's finest feat, however, is the chill-inducing voice he adopts for Dexter's Dark Passenger, which underscores Dexter's transformations from charming neighborhood killer into inhuman predator.

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After a honeymoon that includes a trip to Paris to see an exhibit of self-mutilating art, Dexter—a blood-spatter expert for the Miami PD and a serial killer who hunts killers who have evaded justice—teams up with his sister, a Miami PD sergeant, to search for a killer with a taste for gruesome po...

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But all his life, Dexter has followed the rules set down by his cop foster father (who knew of Dexter's proclivities), to indulge his passion only by slaying other serial killers.

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Authors are often poor narrators of their work—happily this is not the case with Jeff Lindsay, who brings a perfect performance to the narration of his latest novel starring Dexter, the charismatic, sociopathic serial killer.

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Book Reporter

Motivated by revenge, Dexter and a somewhat unlikely ally find themselves in the unfortunate position of being pursued by a madman who will not be content until he has murdered Dexter and everyone around him.

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AV Club

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To use the author's own idiom, Dashing Dexter is a Decided Disappointment as he carooms further away from his TV counterpart.

Oct 22 2009 | Read Full Review of Dexter by Design: A Novel

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(The fact that this only causes him a brief twinge of regret is just one more sign of how far apart TV Dexter and book Dexter have drifted.) Unfortunately, this puts the real killer on his tracks, and soon, to his immense discomfort, he’s being stalked instead of doing the stalking.

Oct 22 2009 | Read Full Review of Dexter by Design: A Novel

Los Angeles Times

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The murderous hero of Showtime's hit series is back -- married with family, hunting a new menacing foe -- in a new novel, our reviewer finds, that caters to the worst in readers.

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USA Today

We first met Dexter in Lindsay's Darkly Dreaming Dexter, followed by Dearly Devoted Dexter and Dexter in the Dark.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

“But this was silly, weak, and wrong—and very much Not Dexter.

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Reviews St. Louis

The investigation leads the Morgans to a group of people who believe they are vampires (some even have the sharp fangs to prove it.) Dexter finds himself repeatedly thrown into dangerous situations, which are outside of the duties of a blood pattern analyst.

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