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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,645 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeff Lindsay Narrator: Jeff Lindsay Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dexter Series Release Date: November 2014 ISBN: 9780553398656
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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 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.

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  • Raves for Jeff Lindsay's Dexter by Design
  • The best of Dexter’s four adventures to date, the trademark mixture of amusement and horror complemented by a genuinely suspenseful plot. Kirkus (starred review)
  • Hilarious black humor. USA TODAY
  • Maybe the first serial killer who unabashedly solicits our love. Entertainment Weekly
  • Dexter is a brilliant creation, a monster who walks like a man, a homicidal maniac who only kills people who deserve it, a simulacrum of a human being who has had to learn how to fake his way through the intricacies of human interaction. There is a popular television series about the character, but a TV show can’t capture the nuances of Lindsay’s writing, the subtleties of Dexter’s delightfully deranged mind…Like a lightly comic version of Hannibal Lecter, Dexter is a genuinely memorable, disturbingly compelling antihero. Booklist

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 2/18/2014

    " Can hardly wait for the next book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jayne | 2/1/2014

    " My understanding is that Dexter is meant to be quite clever but he is painfully bumbling in this story. Although the author goes to pains to remind us again and again and again the reasons for this, it just wasn't doing it for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 1/29/2014

    " perfect vacation read "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tom Immins | 1/12/2014

    " Watched a couple of the series on television. So decided to read one of Jeff Lindsay's books, to be honest I hated it, didn't like the authors writing style, stopped reading after 4 chapters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 11/13/2013

    " I love the Dexter series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 10/26/2013

    " I have never read or watched any of the Dexter series before but I really liked this book. It was very graphic but a black comedy that kept me laughing throughout. I will def try another book in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dylan Edwards | 10/22/2013

    " Back on track after a very mediocre book 3 .....My 82 'nd book of the year ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Heimbuch | 10/19/2013

    " Definitely a step above the last entry! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex Stork | 10/11/2013

    " Much better improvement than the last book - I really liked how it all turned out...and I'm pretty excited to see how it ends up developing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aspasia | 9/14/2013

    " With an unusual beginning even for a Dexter book readers are thrown into the midst of a series of grisly murders that are targeted against Florida's tourism industry, but soon become Dexter's domain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamera | 7/29/2013

    " starting to think the dexter books aren't as good as the tv series. . .the whole thing about the kids being serial killers in training is beyond believability in a book already pushing the limit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tara | 7/17/2013

    " This book tends to be very weird. I did not enjoy it as much as the previous two which is probably why it is the last one in the series that i have read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita | 10/29/2012

    " Ah yes this book brings back what I love about Dexter, his wit and his need to kill. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christie Jamieson | 9/15/2012

    " I am trying to fill the void left when this season ended, and sorry Jeff Lindsay but these books just arnt doing it. I am grateful that you came up with Dexter but these books are no match for the series. I can not wait until September for more Dexter :( "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 T | 8/30/2012

    " Not a fan didn't finish the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Visser | 7/23/2012

    " I listened to the book in the car and found myself taking the long way home so I could listen to more. The kids really made me laugh. I'm looking forward to watching the TV series. I hope it's half as good as the books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Hoad | 6/8/2012

    " This Dexter book was a whole lot of fun. It really takes the notion of performance art to a whole other level. The climax of the story was something I could see like it was on a screen in front of me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Buddy | 2/5/2012

    " Not my favorite of the Dexter series. Still enjoyable, but like Bones, the tv series is better than the books on which it is based. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamar | 1/13/2012

    " WHAT IS THIS....DARK GLEAMING MOON OF SLASHING HAPPINESS!!! <3 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meave | 12/5/2011

    " Oh honestly, Angela. What kind of denouement was THAT? Although a good bit of it did give me the giggles. Just, such a terrible ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lin | 5/16/2011

    " A little predictable and I didn't really love the whole "art" theme. Maybe my familiarity with these Dexter books is changing my expectations (and thus disappointing me). Totally possible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lloyd | 5/12/2011

    " Pleasantly surprised by the direction of this volume. Only a couple of very short references to the ill-advised supernatural direction of the last book, so I'm looking forward to future volumes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 5/3/2011

    " I liked the first 2 books in this series better. It was okay, but I thought the ending need a little more " gotcha". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 4/24/2011

    " Will write a review later but right now all I can say is that art sure has many definitions! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meave | 4/24/2011

    " Oh honestly, Angela. What kind of denouement was THAT? Although a good bit of it did give me the giggles. Just, such a terrible ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alison | 4/12/2011

    " A cut above most murder stories but too gruesome for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie | 4/12/2011

    " Usual Dexter. Meh, just giving it a try. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 4/11/2011

    " This book made me crave Cuban food so badly. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Debbie | 3/29/2011

    " Did not finish. This idea that the Dark Passenger is something external is in direct opposition to my own view of human nature. Oh, yeah, people can be evil without some alien consciousness guiding the way. "

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About the Author
Author Jeff LindsayJEFF LINDSAY is the author of Darkly Dreaming Dexter and Dearly Devoted Dexter. He lives in Florida with his wife and children.