Author: Jeff Lindsay
Publication Date: 2009 (2008)
Genre: Crime Thriller
Source: Borrowed Copy
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.
Dexter by Design was another enjoyable work in this series. I found the plot of this one interesting and it was good to see Dexter slowly coming back to himself after the events of book three. The story moved along at a good pace that kept me turning the pages, and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series soon. I won't comment on the plot itself to avoid spoilers, but if you enjoyed the previous Dexter books, you will doubtless like this one too. If you are new to the series, I recommend commencing with book one, though, as there are often references back to past characters and events as the series progresses. It gets 4 stars from me.