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So I rarely read books and when I do, it's in a universe that I'm already invested in, whether it's Halo, postage stamps, or what I'm here to talk about which would be
Dexter By Design is the fourth book in the incredible series written by Jeff Lindsay that has an equally great TV series on Showtime. It's pretty hard to categorize Dexter books by one genre, so let's go with several. This book is a Millmerdy, mystery/thriller/comedy, and a damn good one at that. The story revolves around blood-splatter analyst Dexter Morgan who's very charismatic, yet he kills people. Yes that's a big yet, but he only kills other killers so it kind of balances out I guess? The morality of liking a serial killer is a problem for some people, but viewing it as a fictional character in my own state of Florida, I don't really see that as a hindrance. Do you need to read the first books to enjoy this? No not really, but I would definitely read the first two before this one for two reasons: They're better reads, and they add more back-story, and the added bonus of actually getting the jokes about early characters is something I really loved. The third book is alright, but the introduction of the super-natural is something that seems out of place in this almost believable world.
So yes, the book itself is pretty great. It starts off with Dexter and Rita honey-mooning in Paris, viewing some rather um, unique art, coming home and what do you know!? Some crazy murders have taken place and boy do crazy murders ever feed Dexter's curiosity. People get stabbed, punched, kicked and probably not to who you're thinking of. What happens in the 285-page novel certainly throws you into that "Alright, just one more chapter" mentality especially whenever Sergeant Doakes is involved, who despite being of the the few people who know what Dexter actually does in his spare time with his Dark Passenger, poses almost no threat due to missing a good amount of appendages .
Whenever the front of a book has the name Dexter and Jeff Lindsay involved, you should take notice and Dexter By Design doesn't disappoint. Sure the ending turns a two-hundred plus chase into a three page anti-climactic jumble of a scene and the idea of rooting for a serial killer to get away with it is rather bizarre, but if you know about this universe, and you really should, then you really wouldn't be questioning me, so stop it. So in review, read the first book, second, fourth (This one), and the third if you want to read best to worst, which is ironic because that's the exact order I would say the TV series' quality goes.