Dexter by Design

Dexter by Design The macabre witty New York Times bestselling series and inspiration for the Showtime series Dexter continues as our darkly lovable killer matches wits with a sadistic artiste who is creating bizar

  • Title: Dexter by Design
  • Author: Jeff Lindsay
  • ISBN: 9780385518369
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 withThe 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 justiced 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.

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    About "Jeff Lindsay"

    1. Jeff Lindsay

      Jeff Lindsay lives in Florida with his wife, author Hilary Hemingway, daughter of Leicester Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway s brother Lindsay is best known for writing the Dexter series of novels Several of his earlier published works include his wife as a co author.Jeff graduated from Middlebury College, Vermont, in 1975, and Celebration Mime Theatre s Clown School the same year He received a double MFA, in Directing and Playwriting, from Carnegie Mellon University, and has written 25 produced plays He has also worked as a musician, singer, comedian, actor, TV host, improv actor, and dishwasher.


    1. Day Four, fourth book done. I will admit that this one was much harder to get through than the previous three books. Alas, I finished it, so I'm still on track with my Seven Days/Seven Books challenge. There's not much good to say about this one. The story line is preposterous. Dexter just happens upon a crazy artist in Paris only to come home to find not one but two crazy artists running around Miami. Add to that the forced storytelling devices used to add the kids to the fun again and I think [...]

    2. Doakes is back! And Chutsky! Even a couple new speed bumps in Dexter's road. Still liking the series and Dexter's increasingly complicated quandary of human performance, but this one had a lot more rabbit runs, going up, down, all around, but without Dark Passenger for company. I miss that interplay. So, this seemed slower even though Dex was all over the map, literally. On the other hand, I love the aesthetics of this one. The spectacle shows dedication to detail, which I appreciate. The commen [...]

    3. Hmm I am not quite sure what to make of this. I felt like I was waiting to get into the thick of it but before I knew it, I finished the book - and I don't mean that in a good way. I think it's an improvement over Dexter in the Dark but I still don't think it's as good as the first two books in the series. It lacks that dark, twisted humour that makes the Dexter books such fun, despite the fairly grim subject matter. I know a character needs to evolve and change, but I'm not liking much the new- [...]

    4. Jeff Lindsay seems to be running out of steam. The first two books of this series were amazing. The third was awful. This installment, the fourth, is slightly better than the last.I love Dexter but a lot of the quick wit and snark that was so prevalent in the first two books seems to be seriously lacking in Dexter By Design. At least the Dark Passenger is back, though. Hoping for a grand finish in the next book.

    5. De data aceasta, Dexter se confruntă cu un pasionat al artei transgresive, care „creează” folosind cadavre; iar Doakes, în ciuda stării sale deplorabile, este în continuare pe urmele (anti)eroului nostru.Volumul este mai slab decât cele anterioare, având destul de multe pagini plictisitoare; în plus, avem parte, din nou, de reacții neverosimile sau ataraxice din partea personajelor (abia acum sora lui Dexter își pune unele întrebări cu privire la moralitatea activităților aces [...]

    6. Book 4 in the Dexter series is a return to familiar territory. The 180 that was the revelation of ‘The Dark Passenger’ as a very real, albeit supernatural, being is largely ignored in this book. I had less trouble with that storyline than I would have thought, but I was not sad to see it dropped. Unfortunately, the renewal has not been replaced with anything, but instead we are treated to a Dexter story that is mostly going through the motions. At about half the book, I thought it would be q [...]

    7. It has to be bittersweet to be Jeff Lindsay. On the one hand, he's got it made. He made the big time- a creation of his has flourished and attracted international attention and acclaim through that perennial taste-maker, television. On the other, it really has to suck. His lovable psychopath with a pseudo-conscious, Dexter, has taken on a life of his own removed from the constraints of the page and the control of his creator. Dexter's fate is now written by a team of scribes penning furiously fo [...]

    8. I've begun to ask myself why I keep reading these. The first novel was really good. The second was entertaining. Then came the third novel we'll just forget about that one it was so odd. No I mean it was ODD. Obviously this is the fourth novel and as the description mentions Dexter is now married and has two lovely step-children. (I'll let you find out why he adores them so on your own) He returns from his honeymoon - complete with observations about Paris done in Dark Deadly Dexter style. We re [...]

    9. Dull, disappointing Dexter but at least it was better than the last one. After a very promising start, Lindsay has apparently ran out of steam with his brilliantly conceived title character, Dexter. "Dexter by Design" features a hackneyed plot, full of predictable perils and plenty of deus-ex-machina moments. I know, it seems silly to use this word when describing a story about a psychopathic serial killer who hunts down and kills criminals while maintaining his alter ego as a blood spatter anal [...]

    10. After the only partially entertaining misstep of Dexter in The Dark I was hoping for a return to the killer charm of the first two books in this series. The first two chapters in this fourth installment titled Dexter By Design began to fulfill that exception. The devilish wit was back along with a smart introduction to the theme of "murder as art". Yet soon the novel descended into being the most disappointing of the series. Like the third book, it isn't that it is not entertaining. But the auth [...]

    11. Dexter books are enjoyable, although the characters are pretty one-dimensional, especially compared to the TV show. Debra has one mode in this book- grumpy and swearing. Rita is a vapid waste. Dexter is pretty slow, as the author tries to build up to something, the reader can see it coming and just wishes he'd get on with it. Pacing is slower than I remember in the other books; I really don't need to know about Dexter choosing what parking space to take, or the details about his drinks and the f [...]

    12. Jeff Lindsay must have been sweating sticky burrs waiting to see how this book would be received. Of course, the three previous Dexter books had done very well, so well that somebody went and gone and made it into a TV series, a CABLE TV series, complete with butts and the eff-word and everything. But now will even Jeff Lindsay's dearly devoted fans prefer the original article - Book Dexter - or will they be so used to C. Thomas Hall's Dexter (or Anthony Michael Howell or is it Philip Michelle T [...]

    13. Love these books! As I've said in other Dexter reviews, I do love the show more, but it's really unfair to compare the two.The author comes up with wickedly devious murder scenesuff I've never even thought about before. The murders in this book turn out to not actually be murdersbut things rapidly progress in that direction. The mystery seemed to be about one thing and then it switched and became another, throwing the reader off guard. There's some trouble with Dexter's foul-mouthed sister, Debo [...]

    14. This has enough of the entertainment value of a Dexter book to be worthwhile, but a lot of the dark fun of a first person sociopath's narration was missing, in part because Dexter doesn't really get to ply his trade in this book. Lindsay is leaning more towards the cat and mouse/nemesis plotlines that also permeate earlier books, but part of the fun was how quotidian murder used to be for dexter, as much a part of his routine as going to the gym, and accompanied by wonderfully detached observati [...]

    15. #4 Dexter Morgan (Mild mannered Miami P.D. blood spatter expert by day, serial killer of bad guys by night)Books in this series are the basis for the Showtime/CBS TV series1/19/11 Re-read :-)Original 2008 Review:BRILLIANT! ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!! Or, since it's Dexter, perhaps I should say Bloody Brilliant. Or Bizarrely Bloody Brilliant ;-)Dexter and his new wife Rita return from a honeymoon in Paris where they've visited several art venues, from the classic to the truly bizarre. Coincidentally, [...]

    16. I enjoyed Dexter by Design, but not as much as the previous books in this series. The killer wasn't as dynamic, and the staged deaths were a little bit too much. That said, my favourite part was the overly-done art exhibit that Dexter went to in France, which was in just the first chapter. That was deliciously dark and disturbing (to take a page out of Dexter's alliteration book!). One thing that really irritated me, and made me bump the rating down one whole star, was Dexter's incessant need to [...]

    17. Младежът задобрява :) Имам предвид писателя, не Декс - той няма накъде да задобрява, той вече е най-великият!!! :)

    18. Book Info: Genre: Supernatural Thriller/Police ProceduralReading Level: AdultRecommended for: twisted peopleTrigger Warnings: murder, desecration of the deadMy Thoughts: This is a crazy book. I found myself extremely amused by Astor's declaration that “nobody speaks French” and Dexter's response that “several people in France do.” I also found Dexter's assessment of the bodies they found to be humorous, not to mention his thoughts on the clothing and various accoutrements that accompanie [...]

    19. It took three books for it to finally happen, but at long last Dexter and Deborah are going to have to address the elephant in the room: how does a devoted law-abiding policewoman get by knowing that her adopted brother kills people for fun? Can she get by? Dexter is the only family Deb has left--is that familial connection worth sacrificing everything she stands for? Will she have to turn him in?Really, when you think about it, it makes absolutely no sense that this didn't get addressed sooner. [...]

    20. finally finished another book! only took me forever. trying to kill this slump.overall, I enjoy the dexter novels. this one wasn't amazing, but it wasn't terrible. prolly gonna start the 5th one soonill a little turned off by this weird supernatural thing that may or may not actually exist, but it's a lot less prevalent in this one than the last. so at least there's that.

    21. 4.5 stars "There was no sign of life, and no large heap of body parts dragged to the curb waiting for pickup."[Being an avid fan of the TV series and now going back to the original material, I can see where purists may be put off by the difference between the two mediums, ( which happens when books are adapted to screen) however I am able to totally appreciate the book arc completely. It would have been very difficult to transfer 2 keys characters to TV without red flagging social services, and [...]

    22. As much as I love Dexter and Jeff Lindsay's work, I have to say that I'm starting to love the shows more. Book 3 (Dexter in the Dark) really took a downward turn for the series in my mind, and Dexter By Design seems to try and remedy that. Dexter is more or less back to being darkly disturbing and macabre Dexter, but Lindsay is trying to develop him in ways that show him maturing as a parent (and person!) and more or less reversing roles by sitting on the sideline. He's no longer the nonchalant [...]

    23. Yay! i think im the first person that found the plot after about an hour of searching!!!!! Being a blood spatter analyst who hates the sight of blood has always made Dexter's work for the Miami PD tough. But it means he's very neat when it comes to his out-of-hours hobby: murder. Of course, the fact Dexter only kills bad people helps too.Now Dex is facing a disturbing situation. He's used to blood at work and blood when he's out with the dark passenger (the voice that guides him on his deadly ou [...]

    24. Book four of the Dexter series does not follow the path of book three, in which there is an almost supernatural element involved with the Dark Passenger backstory. With book four we’re back to basics, with Dexter doing what he does best. Whilst it isn’t the best of the Dexter books it is another gripping read filled with the usual lovable Dexter moments (his wit in particular keeping you smiling throughout).Filled with the characters we have come to know and love (or possibly hate, in some c [...]

    25. En "Dexter por Decisión propia" Jeff Lindsay nos entrega una obra donde nuestro protagonista, Dexter Morgan, pasa su encantadora luna de miel parisina balanceándose en los delicados hilos de la cordura y en la incesante búsqueda del Pasajero Oscuro, que cada vez parece alejarse aun más de él. Los mayores temores de Dexter de caer en la monotonía de una vida “normal” lo aterran, y busca por todos los medios reencontrarse con su verdadero Yo. Me gustó bastante, aunque a tiempos lo encon [...]

    26. Dexter isn't quite himself in this book. I wonder if it's because he recently got married? Anyhow, he stumbles and bumbles his way through while a killer goes after his family. And he has another person clued into the fact he isn't normal like he tries to portray. And Sergeant Debs is in the hospital. This maybe another reason he's not his put together self. But he barely gets himself together and solves the problem. Plus it seems Dex is growing feelings. Hmmm

    27. For a serial killer, Dexter can be a funny guy. Overall, this book presents a nice next step in the series. However, I really didn't care for the underlying case that the police were trying to solve in this one. What saved this book is the deeper insight and context that it provides to Dexter's immediate family, which is starting to play a larger role in the overall story.I intend to keep reading this series as it is unique for the genre.

    28. I honestly can't remember anything about it. Did it involve Paris, Louvre, and a baby? Maybe. I think this marked the decline in the writing quality and utter loss of interest on Lindsay's part.Shame.Shame.

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