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“Book on CD narrated by Nick Landrum
“AUTHOR: Lindsay, Jeff
TITLE: Dexter by Design
Date Read: 11/19/13
GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS: Crime Fiction/2009/Doubleday/285 pgs
SERIES/STAND ALONE: #4 in Dexter series
CHARACTERS: Dexter/Blood Spatter Analyst working for Miami PD
FIRST LINES: Pardonnez-moi, Monsieur.
COMMENTS: 4th entry in the Dexter series & still going strong for me. We start out in Paris @ the end of Dexter & Rita's honeymoon. Rita is determined to absorb everything French she possibly can, including some performance art which is the 1st thing that sparks Dexter's interest due to the gruesome nature -- giving the storyline it's segue back in Miami. The 1st crime scene Dexter goes on is not about the murder itself but the presentation of the bodies. W/ this in mind he finds that the nature of the crimes is not about the killing but the becoming involved w/ this art on a different level from standing in front of a painting in a museum. A bit wild …but unique. At the same time Kody & Astor are very anxious to learn the ways of their dark passengers and how to use them -- Dexter is trying to guide them as his adopted father did for him.
“Book Info: Genre: Supernatural Thriller/Police Procedural
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. Deb I wanted to smack several times with her doubting Dexter and threatening to turn him in all the time, plus the way she continues to take his assistance for granted and treat him so badly all the time, always acting like everything is his fault if he doesn't immediately know the answers she's looking for. His patience with her astounds me. Then again, I never had a sister, so...
A cool note about my edition: I picked it up used somewhere, and it's the UK edition. While it is not completely Britishized, the formatting is done in the British style, and some of the spellings have been altered accordingly.
I was a bit puzzled about the fact that Chutsky was allowed to stay with Deborah in ICU. Maybe things are different in Florida, but it's my understanding that typically ICU only allows family members to visit, and them only one at a time. There's also a point where Dexter thinks to himself that Deb's crying was out of character and he hadn't seen it since she was 12, but strangely enough, he thought almost exactly the same thing in the previous book when Chutsky was kidnapped and Deb became upset about it and cried...
Of course, Dexter has typical male reactions to crying.
“There are few things in the world that make me feel more clueless than a woman's tears. I know that I am supposed to do something comforting and then go slay whatever dragon caused the crying fit, but it has been my experience, in my limited dealings with women, that the tears never come when they should, and they are never about what you might think, and consequently you are reduced to truly stupid options like patting her head and saying, 'There there,' in the hopes that at some point she will let you in on what the display is actually about.”
Watching Dexter trying to deal with having a wife and children is quite hilarious most of the time, and Cody and Astor's preternaturally adult mannerisms just add to the humor level.
This book has also reaffirmed what I've felt for a long time, and that is I'd really like to visit Cuba. I know this attitude is dangerously unAmerican, but it sounds like a neat place and I'd like to go there sometime.
Most fans of the series were happy that this book retreated from the supernatural elements found in the third book. I would have liked to have seen Dexter more on his toes—he really isn't at his best in this book—but overall, yes, this is an excellent addition to the series. Definitely not to be missed!
Series Information: Dexter Morgan series
Book 1: Darkly Dreaming Dexter, review linked here
Book 2: Dearly Devoted Dexter, review linked here
Book 3: Dexter in the Dark, review linked here
Book 4: Dexter by Design
Book 5: Dexter is Delicious
Book 6: Double Dexter
Book 7: Dexter's Final Cut
Disclosure: I purchased this book for myself. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis: 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... and 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.”
“Book on CD narrated by Nick Landrum
Dexter Morgan returns in thriller number 4 in this series featuring a psychopathic serial killer who ONLY goes after the “bad guys.”
I’m tired of the whole “dark passenger” thing flapping his bat wings and silently chucking or salivating with excitement in the background of Dexter’s brain. I really dislike the whole third person reference to himself as “Dexter.” I’m unable to suspend disbelief re his protégés – Amber and Cody, or his wife, Rita. It’s inconsistent that he would have “feelings” for the children. Rita is way too ditzy to be attractive to a man as supposedly intelligent as Dexter. The bad guy is way too efficient and successful, and yet Dexter easily finds him. I also really dislike the unnecessary use of vulgar language. I was a drill sergeant in the Army. I know how to swear and don’t have “delicate ears,” but Lindsay uses the F-bomb so frequently as to make it sound tedious and as if his characters haven’t any other vocabulary. Just irritating.
On the other hand, Lindsay does keep the action moving forward and the reader turning pages. It’s fast-paced and interesting (in a macabre sort of way). Nick Landrum does a good job of the narration on the audio book. He has enough voice over experience to clearly differentiate the various characters, and I like his pace and inflections. That earns the book 2 stars. But I’m done with this series.
“Dean Koontz in his Odd Thomas books and Jeff Lindsay in his Dexter books both have this way of keeping things light that I really enjoy. ”John A wrote this review Thursday, May 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“If you're familiar with the series, please understand that the books are very different. Don't expect the same Dexter, or Debora, Cody, Astor, or Rita, for that matter. I'm not going to put any spoilers in here, but I find it irritating that Dexter, who's supposed to be smart, really seems to be pretty stupid throughout the first four books. Further, he's pretty ineffective in addition to being inept. He hasn't taken out even one of the antagonists in the first four novels. Someone else saves his butt over and over again. I'm afraid that I prefer the film adaptation over the original books.”Craig Crowder wrote this review Friday, January 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another good entry in this series. How does Dexter act when he's not in control any longer? This is the book that answers that question. Very different from the television show allowing more insight into the mind of Dexter.”Joe B wrote this review Friday, January 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ok...love the series”Shari wrote this review Monday, December 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Once again, Dexter doesn't disapoint!”Steve wrote this review Wednesday, October 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Again...fun reads”Swanem wrote this review Wednesday, August 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No