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I Hunt Killers Hardcover – April 3, 2012
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* "Lyga brilliantly combines the feel of a true crime story with mystery, adventure, and psychoanalysis...This story will appeal to a wide variety of older teen readers."―VOYA (starred review)
"Lyga has fashioned the kind of gripping, gory psycho-thriller usually relegated to adult fiction...Before the teasing finale, Lyga gifts readers with a Hannibal Lecter-like prison showdown between Jazz and Billy. Safe bet that the sequel will offer more of these satisfying tete-a-tetes."―Booklist
"There is much to satisfy the blood-and-gore lust of older teen CSI and serial-killer fans."―Kirkus
"I adored this book. The mystery pulls you in from the first pages, and Jazz is a more chillingly charming protagonist than Dexter Morgan."―Cassandra Clare, author of the Mortal Instruments series
"I Hunt Killers is an out-of-control hearse with one busted headlight, blood on the grille, a madman at the wheel, and laughter pouring out of the open windows.. Climb in, buckle up, and go for a ride. It's the best thing in YA fiction sinceThe Hunger Games."―Joe Hill, author of Horns and Heart-Shaped Box
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After graduating from Yale with a degree in English, Lyga worked in the comic book industry before quitting to pursue his lifelong love of writing. In 2006, his first young adult novel, The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl, was published to rave reviews, including starred reviews from Booklist and School Library Journal. Publisher's Weekly named Lyga a "Flying Start" in December 2006 on the strength of the debut.
His second young adult novel, Boy Toy, received starred reviews in SLJ, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus. VOYA gave it its highest critical rating, and the Chicago Tribune called it "...an astounding portrayal of what it is like to be the young male victim." His third novel, Hero-Type, according to VOYA "proves that there are still fresh ideas and new, interesting story lines to be explored in young adult literature."
Since then, he has also written Goth Girl Rising (the sequel to his first novel), as well as the Archvillain series for middle-grade readers and the graphic novel Mangaman (with art by Colleen Doran).
His latest series is I Hunt Killers, called by the LA Times "one of the more daring concepts in recent years by a young-adult author" and an "extreme and utterly alluring narrative about nature versus nurture." The first book landed on both the New York Times and USAToday bestsellers lists, and the series has been optioned for television by Warner Bros./Silver Pictures.
Lyga lives and writes in New York City. His comic book collection is a lot smaller than it used to be, but is still way too big.
Top Customer Reviews
The plot was one I could never ever get enough of. It was constantly moving and I never knew what was coming next. And trust me, I was freaking out when it did. This book was like Silence of the Lambs for teens. The way things were explained and the pictures could perfectly paint in your mind was one reason this book was an intense read.
Jazz was a guy who just had the worst life, one could imagine, when growing up. Knowing what his dad did, and even going with him to help out, would scar him for life. Well now since his dad is arrested, nothing could go wrong. Right! Wrong!
I Hunt Killers was a book that created images and fearful shivers constantly till the last word. I am looking to what happens in the next book and will have my blanket ready to cover my eyes when I do. I highly recommend this book to everyone, even those who are afraid of these books.
"Something just ain't right about Barry Lyga, and that's good news for all of us. I Hunt Killers is a dark carnival ride through twisty questions of good and evil, nature and nurture, with a DELICIOUSLY DEMENTED teen as your guide. Buckle up and keep your hands inside the ride at all times." -Libba Bray, Printz Award-winning author of Going Bovine and the Gemma Doyle trilogy
"I adored this book. The mystery pulls you in from the first pages, and Jazz is a more CHILLINGLY CHARMING protagonist than Dexter Morgan." -Cassandra Clare, author of the Mortal Instruments series
"Being inside the mind of Jazz is so COMPELLING AND DISTURBING that I no longer want to be left alone with Barry Lyga- but I do want to spend lots more time with Jazz." -Holly Black, author of Tithe and the Curse Workers series
Libba freaking Bray? Cassie Clare? Holly Black? Yeah. Needless to say, I was sold! Then I opened the freaking book, and I was blown away! There is no introduction or buildup; we get our first body on page two, and they keep piling up from there.Read more ›
Jazz is the most messed up character I have ever had the pleasure to read about. His whole childhood was a lesson in how to be a good serial killer. Even though his dad is no longer in his life he can't shut off that part of his brain. However, Jazz has a few people in his life that help keep him sane. G. William, the cop who finally caught his dad, believes that Jazz is a good kid and keeps an eye on him. His best friend Howie is not at all who you would expect Jazz to be friends with but they will do anything for each other. Jazz's girlfriend Connie knows all about his dark side but she's not scared of him. She takes no shit from him. However the best character is Jazz's grandma. Holy crap that woman is hilarious! She is 100% crazy and she is 100% awesome. The scenes with Jazz's grandma really lighten the mood of the book.
The subject matter of I Hunt Killers is not for younger teens or teens that can't handle violence and brutality. Barry Lyga doesn't shy away from anything and he goes into quite a bit of detail regarding the murders (both current and previous.) There were times when I was beyond disturbed but I could not put the book down.
The mystery of who might be the new serial killer is completely impossible to solve. There were so many twists in the story that there was no way I could put together who the murderer was. Readers will be kept guessing until the very end. Best kind of book!
Overall, I Hunt Killers is a new favorite of mine. I am beyond thrilled to find out that there should be more books about Jazz in the near future!
As I began, I was torn or the style in which the story was presented. At first it seemed short and abrupt. Normally this would annoy me but after the first couple chapters I was quickly captivated by the thought process of young Jasper (more commonly known as Jazz) Dent. Once you get to understand him, the style it is written in makes so much more sense and fits to his personality and lifestyle.
This poor guy has lived a life of hell! A serial killer for a father who's victims were in the triple digits. After his father is caught is stuck with his deranged grandmother. What a crazy coot she is! He is so worried his mentality is like his fathers. He has seen WAY too much horror for his age. How can it not twist a person?
When a new serial killer makes an appearance in his town, Jazz is determined to help solve it. To absolve himself, to clear his name or prove just what kind of person he really is no one knows. Jazz is smart and methodical but no matter how much he tries, he can never escape his father's shadow. Especially when the killers methods strike too close to home for comfort!
I cannot express enough how much I enjoyed this. A great psychological thriller and mystery. The mental battles Jazz goes through are so well described. You really feel you are right there in his brain, working through everything with him. Jazz is terrified of his own capabilities to kill.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Slow to start but if you are willing to stick through the slow beginning, I promise it will be worth it! Interested to read the next book!Published 7 days ago by Jen
I'm not sure on this one. On one hand it is a truly amazing portrayal of a really difficult, messed up and sick and twisted situation. The writing is fantastic. The voice is great. Read morePublished 21 days ago by MomReaderShopperNJ
This book could have been fantastic.... But then someone added in a bunch of excessive striper banter, hard penis comments, a woman being violated "vaginally" and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ashley
This first in a trilogy introduces Jasper "Jazz" Dent, the son of the most sadistic, notorious serial killer of modern times. Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. Street
“I Hunt Killers” by Barry Lyga starts with Jasper “Jazz” Dent. What’s interesting about Jasper is that his father is a serial killer and got to see the multiple up close and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really, really enjoyed this book, practically from the first sentence.
I've been in a bit of a book funk. Read more
My star rating is not a reflection of the narration by Charlie Thurston. He was brilliant, being just about everything that was asked of him and more throughout this story about a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Wiles Parker