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The most likeable serial killer on the block is back...Being a blood spatter analyst who hates the sight of blood has always made Dexter's work for the Miami PD tough. But it means he's very neat when it comes to his out-of-hours hobby: murder. Of course, the fact Dexter only kills bad people helps too. Now Dex is facing a disturbing situation. He's used to blood at work, and blood when he's out with the dark passenger (the voice that guides him on his deadly outings). But he's not sure what to make of the man who says blood is art. Using bodies as his canvas, someone is out there expressing themselves in the most lethal and painful of ways.If Dexter's to escape the scalpel and avoid becoming the latest exhibit, he needs somewhere to run... and he might just have found the perfect place. With his wedding looming, completing his nice-guy disguise, Dexter's honeymoon might just save his skin.From the most original voice in crime fiction, DEXTER BY DESIGN is an enthralling, macabre and gruesomely entertaining thriller.
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DEXTER has gone stratospheric. Now reaching audiences of 20 million plus on US TV, it hit terrestrial TV in the UK in Feb 08 on ITV. The acclaimed show has won an array of awards and a third series is already commissioned. The glowing reviews for the TV pick up the same qualities that make the books so compelling - macabre, gripping and with a unique voice. Dexter is one of the most fascinating and darkly funny (anti)heroes around. 'Fascinating, entertaining, and brilliant. Let Jeff Lindsay introduce you to the serial killer next door - Dexter (and his Dark Passenger) are the freshest, most terrifying creations you are ever likely to meet.' Robert Crais 'An enjoyable reunion with the only psychopath you wouldn't mind having in your corner.' DAILY POST 'Dexter in the Dark is witty and thought-provoking, full of unexpected sidelights on the nature of murder. Highly recommended.' SPECTATOR

About the Author

In addition to his DEXTER novels, Jeff's plays have been performed on the stage in New York and London. Outside of writing, Jeff is a musician and karate enthusiast. He lives in Florida with his family.

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Lindsay doesn't always maintain the balance between farce and something more serious in his fourth thriller to feature Dexter Morgan (after Dexter in the Dark). As fans of the hit Showtime TV series know, Dexter is a blood-splatter analyst for the Miami PD as well as a serial killer who targets killers who've evaded justice. When two eviscerated corpses turn up on a beach, Dexter investigates, as does his sister, Deborah, a sergeant with his department, who suffers serious injury after she's stabbed by a suspect, Alex Doncevic. Convinced Deborah's assailant is the person also responsible for the bodies on the beach, Dexter eliminates Doncevic, only to find that he's taken an innocent life. To Dexter's further dismay, someone begins posting videos of Doncevic's murder on YouTube. While the darkly witty Lindsay deserves credit for continuing to make imaginative use of his original concept, a contrived resolution disappoints. (Sept.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Dark, devious and devilishly funny * EVENING TELEGRAPH *

This fourth entry in the Dexter series (after Dexter in the Dark) provides more of what our favorite killer's fans expect-plenty of descriptive gore, a clever murderer to match wits with Dexter, and abundant doses of dark humor. When his police-officer sister is stabbed during the course of a homicide investigation into corpses being posed artistically around Miami, Dexter's desire to protect his family-surprisingly-kicks in. But while Dexter hunts for his latest nemesis, the killer also turns the tables on our hero and goes on the offensive, leading to an inevitable clash. Dexter is funnier than ever, and the interactions he has with both his sister and the suspicious Sergeant Doakes offer plenty of opportunities for the humor to shine through. Verdict The story is pretty simple, and there are no real surprises, but that doesn't make Lindsay's latest any less enjoyable. This will no doubt be another best seller, and with good reason. Fans of both the books and the Showtime TV series will eat it up.-Craig Shufelt, Fort McMurray P.L., A.B. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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