Dexter By Design

Dexter By Design

Book - 2008
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Dexter Morgan is back.

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 seem 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.

Luckily for Dex, there's someone out there with particularly twisted tastes. Dexter may have never been a big fan of art - but the discovery of a corpse (artfully displayed as a sunbather relaxing on a beach chair) naturally piques his curiosity. Miami's finest soon realize they've got a terrifying new serial killer on the loose. And Dexter, of course, is back in business.

From the most original voice in crime fiction, DEXTER BY DESIGN is an enthralling, macabre and gruesomely entertaining thriller.

Publisher: London : Orion, 2008.
ISBN: 9780752885179
0752885170
Characteristics: p. cm.

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amalyndb
Jan 31, 2016

Art can be… murder?

Opens with Dexter and Rita’s honeymoon, in, of course, Rita’s demanded Paris. They go to see a performance piece with a twist, which leaves her fainting and Dexter enthralled.

Back home, bodies are found around Miami, arrayed as if for a travel brochure. Surely some new sick fiend is up to no good in the city?

This was a quirky one, particularly of interest to me from my background in the arts, and from having dealt with (in essay format) some of the now classical performance pieces that have been put on in the name of art where bodies were modified.

The end, the piece de resistance – it is lovely, in the creepiest of ways, of course. From a visual arts perspective, (as I am not, nor do I wish to be a serial killer), I could visualize it clearly as if it were on a gallery wall.

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ben_norman
Aug 19, 2015

Somewhat slow and hard to get into. I found it to be disappointing compared to the last books. although Dexter still continues to be witty and charmingly dark.

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newfieshawn
Jul 08, 2015

half way though book and loving it has to be the best one so far

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tbebb
Jun 26, 2013

Wasn't sure how Lindsay would steer away from the supernatural bent the last outing went on, but he recovered nicely. It was about time for two things... for all Dexter "loves" to be jeopardized by his Dark Passenger habits and for him to have gained a wannabe... and this book had both! Good stuff!

jdaigle3 Nov 15, 2012

Dexter is a surprisingly likeable character for a serial killer. If you don't like that idea, don't read this series. If you do and don't mind a bit of gore this is a fantastic series!

RONROSARIO Aug 14, 2012

Dexter...married? Not even his honeymoon in Paris with Rita can keep Dexter from being ever pulled into the dark.

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aplumpe
Aug 04, 2012

Very weird story about Paris "Art." After having just been to Paris I would say that I didn't see anything like it---thankfully :)

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StevePushak
May 09, 2011

overly gruesome description; interior dialogue of Dexter first person and third person is initially confusing; Dexter's evil dark passenger alter-ego should be less evident at first. Is this aspect of Dexter not evident in the TV series? Deliciously evil but a bit much to adjust too at first. Failed to capture my interest immediately due to confusing beginning. Otherwise fine. I haven't finished reading yet since I got turned off.

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Jul 12, 2013

"You're WHAT???"

RONROSARIO Aug 29, 2012

"It's imaginary," she says. "Edgar Allan Poe made it up. There is no real Rue Morgue." "I feel like she has just said there is no Santa Claus."

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