Although I enjoy the TV series, I've always found the Dexter novels to be somewhat less interesting, despite coming first. Although the plot ideas are fun and thought provoking (much like Jodi Picoult), I've never been able to get drawn into Lindsay's books. There's something off about his writing style that I find difficult to read. There are also frequent passages that are slow, and I find his novels have started to become rather formulaic. Dexter always manages to find the villain, and said villain meets his maker, and all is wrapped up in the last two chapters.
In saying all this, what saved the novel for me was several things. Although Debra/Deborah is one of my favourite characters in the Dexter series, I have often found that she is shoved the sidelines in favour of Dexter's constant obsession with food. However, in this chapter of Dexter's life, it was good to see her start questioning her loyalty and whether she truly enjoys being a police officer or if she's just following in the family footsteps.
The modern art flavour was also good in the book, and I enjoyed the concept of 'Jennifer's Leg'. I did find it a bit of a stretch, though, for Dexter to travel to Havana and Cancun without trouble, and then back to Miami with no question. I suppose, though, that a suspension of disbelief is needed whilst reading these novels. Furthermore, I can only wonder how many people need to start questioning Dexter before any action is taken. Is Dexter's mask as good as he truly makes it out to be? Hopefully the next follow up to the books, Dexter is Delicious, will actually see some legal action taken against him.