Dexter by Design (Dexter #4)
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 ha
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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 ...more
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.
The author comes up with wickedly devious murder scenes...stuff I've never even thought about before. The murders in this book turn out to not actually be murders...but 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 sist ...more
Books in this series are the basis for the Showtime/CBS TV series
1/19/11 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, ...more
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: twisted people
Trigger Warnings: murder, desecration of the dead
My 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 accompanied each. ...more
Really, when you think about it, it makes absolutely no sense that this didn't get addressed sooner. ...more
overall, I enjoy the dexter novels. this one wasn't amazing, but it wasn't terrible. prolly gonna start the 5th one soon.
still 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.
"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 ...more
Filled with the characters we have come to know and love (or possibly hate, in some cases ...more
Me gustó bastante, aunque a tiempos lo encontré algo mo ...more
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.
I had no idea there was as little Dexter as there is. I was in the bookstore a week ago and noticed a new Dexter book and was surprised that it is only the 8th Dexter book in the series. Seems like I read the first Dexter (Darkly Dreaming Dexter) years ago and there should be more. I do know that it’s been too long since I read Dexter in the Dark (#3), which was about 2 years ago. I’ve decided that the easiest thing to keep me reading is to stick to these brain candy type series. I’m ...more
* Dexter's honeymoon in Paris with Rita
* Strange video art exhibit in Paris
* Dark Passenger
* Gory body artist on the loose
Lindsay is best known for writing the Dexter series of novels. Many of his earlier published works include his wife as a co-author. Time Blender was written with Michael Dorn. He graduat ...more