Author: Jeff Lindsay (see cute little thing he wrote about the series popularity here, down at the bottom.
Series: Dexter #4
Genre: Thriller. Villainous protagonists. Serial killers.
Setting: Miami in the present day - only the first chapter happened in France.
Reason for Reading: I watched a few episodes of the series based on these books and it made me want to go back to the source.
Finished In: Days - two of them to be specific.
Copyright Date: 2010
Cover: A man in a Hawaiian shirt stands in front of an easel overlooking the ocean. The ocean, the moon, the canvas, and the palette are all varying shades of red, not to mention the knife he's holding behind his back.
First line: "'Pardonnez-moi, monsieur. Ou est la lune? Alors, mon ancien, la lune est icic, ouvre la Seine, enorme, rouge, et humide. Merci, mon ami, I see it now."
Best part: There were some plot twists I didn't expect and thought were neat.
Worst part: This book was billed as taking place in Paris, but actually that was only the first chapter.
Imaginary Theme Song: "The Bug" by Mary Chapin Carpenter (eg, "sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug")
Recommended for: Any fans of the series will pretty much want to keep reading it. This book could attract some new fans though there's a lot of backstory at this point - if you start here you will want to go back to the beginning afterwards.
Related Reads: Darkly Dreaming Dexter, the first book, and the Hit Man series by Lawrence Block. I feel that the Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn has some similarities, mostly around living with a predator in your inner landscape.