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I Hunt Killers
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I Hunt Killers
I Hunt Killers Series, Book 1

The first book in this thrilling, terrifying series by New York Times bestselling author Barry Lyga is perfect for fans of Dexter.


It was a beautiful day. It was a beautiful field.

Except for the body.


Jazz is a likable teenager. A charmer, some might say.


But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, "Take Your Son to Work Day" was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminals' point of view.


And now, even though Dad has been in jail for years, bodies are piling up in the sleepy town of Lobo's Nod. Again.


In an effort to prove murder doesn't run in the family, Jazz joins the police in the hunt for this new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?


From acclaimed author Barry Lyga comes a riveting thriller about a teenager trying to control his own destiny in the face of overwhelming odds.

The first book in this thrilling, terrifying series by New York Times bestselling author Barry Lyga is perfect for fans of Dexter.


It was a beautiful day. It was a beautiful field.

Except for the body.


Jazz is a likable teenager. A charmer, some might say.


But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, "Take Your Son to Work Day" was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminals' point of view.


And now, even though Dad has been in jail for years, bodies are piling up in the sleepy town of Lobo's Nod. Again.


In an effort to prove murder doesn't run in the family, Jazz joins the police in the hunt for this new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?


From acclaimed author Barry Lyga comes a riveting thriller about a teenager trying to control his own destiny in the face of overwhelming odds.

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About the Author-
  • Barry Lyga is the author of several acclaimed young adult novels, including Bang, After the Red Rain, the I Hunt Killers trilogy, and his debut, The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl. Barry lives and writes in New Jersey, and invites you to visit his website at barrylyga.com.
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  • DOGO Books kittycat87 - What if the world's greatest serial killer was your dad? I Hunt Killers By Barry Lyga. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I liked the book because it was very detailed, and it had a lot of suspense, action and mystery. Jasper’s (Jazz) dad was the world's best serial killer. He had killed over 300 people before getting caught. Jazz’s mom disappeared many years ago, and Jazz barely remembers her. Before Jazz was old enough to know any better, Billy Dent (Jazz’s father who he calls Dear Old Dad) attempted to teach Jazz the all the tricks to killing and how not to get caught and how not to feel bad about it. Now that Billy is in prison, Jazz is trying to have a normal highschool life. He lives with his grandmother, who's rapidly becoming crazy. He also has a best friend he would do anything for, and a girlfriend. Then when dead bodies start piling up in Lobo's Nod. Jazz starts experiencing those same feelings he had when he was with his dad. His dad is still locked up, but Jazz believes it's another serial killer. In an effort to prove murder doesn't run in the family he joins the police in a hunt to find the killer. Will things he had learned from his Dad help him hunt down the killer, Or could Jazz be more like his father than anyone would have thought? I Hunt Killers is the first book in a series. The next book in the series is Game. A Similar book to I Hunt Killers is called I Am Not A Serial Killer. I think that boys or girls would like this book. Especially people who like reading about investigators, police, killers, mysteries, suspense, and action.
  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from February 20, 2012
    Lyga continues to shift genres, delivering a superb mystery/thriller that explores what it’s like to have a monster for a father. Seventeen-year-old Jazz’s father, Billy Dent, was a prolific and brilliant serial killer who did his best to educate his son in the ways of murder. With Billy in prison for life, Jazz longs to overcome the stigma of his family history, but when a new serial killer strikes his small town, he is drawn into the investigation. Along with his hemophiliac best friend, Howie, and his girlfriend, Connie, Jazz applies the gruesome knowledge his father passed along in an attempt to discover the killer and overcome his fear that he might become a murderer himself. Lyga (Boy Toy) delivers a taut, gory tale that can easily stand on its own as an adult thriller, with a large group of suspects and plenty of red herrings. But it’s Jazz’s internal conflict about his exposure to his father’s evil that adds extra dimension and makes the book shine. Additional books are planned, and TV rights have sold to Warner Bros. Ages 15–up. Agent: Kathleen Anderson, Anderson Literary Management.

  • Kirkus

    February 15, 2012
    When your father is the most notorious serial killer of the 21st century, having a normal life is a struggle. So is not following in his footsteps. After witnessing many of the crime scenes of his father's 123 official kills in ways the police wish they could, 17-year-old Jasper "Jazz" Dent is glad his father's in prison. Life with crazy Gramma, who raised "Dear Old Dad," is hard enough, and now it's in jeopardy thanks to Jazz's social worker. When police discover a body in a field near town, Jazz becomes certain it's a new serial killer. In spite of the objections of Lobo's Nod Sheriff G. William Tanner, Jazz and his best friend, hemophiliac Howie, run their own investigation and uncover a pattern as bodies quickly pile up. Can Jazz help the cops find this new monster without becoming a suspect himself? YA rebel-author Lyga switches from goths and superheroes to serial killers and sociopaths with this grisly teen thriller. Jazz's heightened self-consciousness is both believable and entirely in tune with regular teens. Readers of Dan Wells' John Wayne Cleaver novels (I Am Not a Serial Killer, 2010, etc.) will find echoes of them here, though the writing is not as tight and the creep factor is lower. Also, the certain-sequel open ending is a bit of a letdown. Still there is much to satisfy the blood-and-gore lust of older teen CSI and serial-killer fans. (Thriller. 15 & up)

    COPYRIGHT(2012) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • School Library Journal

    April 1, 2012

    Gr 9 Up-Jasper's father, now in prison, is the world's most notorious serial killer, and he raised his son to follow in his footsteps. Now Jazz (who never turned his father in) can't be sure that he isn't a sociopath, too. He tries to find redemption by convincing the local sheriff that a recent murder is the work of a new serial killer-one who seems to be an admirer of his father and patterns his methods after him. Jazz proves himself right and is able to use his knowledge of his father's way of thinking to track down the murderer. The teen has disturbing thoughts about women, thinking that they are "simultaneously special and useless" and has to consistently remind himself that "People matter. People are real." He can be a difficult protagonist to relate to, but many teens, particularly boys, will be drawn to this title for the suspense, the violence, the brutality, and the gore. Fans of Dexter or Dan Wells's I Am Not a Serial Killer (Tor, 2010) will likely find themselves hooked on this new series.-Hayden Bass, Seattle Public Library, WA

    Copyright 2012 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    February 1, 2012
    Grades 9-12 The Artist, Green Jack, Gentle Killer, Hand-in-Glove, Satan's Eyeall nicknames for Billy Dent, the killer who murdered 123 people before being incarcerated. For 17-year-old Jazz, the memories of his father's butcherous routine may be four years old, but they're all too fresh: his small-town community continues to treat him with suspicion at every turn. Then the murders begin again in the same order and fashion as Billy Dent's, and the town sheriff has no choice but to bring in Jazz to help find the new killer. Lyga has fashioned the kind of gripping, gory psycho-thriller usually relegated to adult fiction, one that fears neither viscera nor deviant sexual behavior nor the darkest of human impulses. It is rare when a YA novel dares to dwell upon the moral ambivalence of its protagonist, but Jazz is just thata hero who constantly yearns to succumb to his killer instincts. Before the teasing finale, Lyga gifts readers with a Hannibal Lecterlike prison showdown between Jazz and Billy. Safe bet that the sequel will offer more of these satisfying tte--ttes. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Warner Brothers has already snapped up TV rights to this big new series, which should compel the publisher to further crank up its already significant promotional plans and author tours.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2012, American Library Association.)

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