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Product Details

  • Series: I Hunt Killers
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316125849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316125840
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"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."—Joe Hill, author of Horns and Heart-Shaped Box

* "A superb mystery/thriller that explores what it's like to have a monster for a father...but it's Jazz's internal conflict about his exposure to his father's evil that adds extra dimension and makes the book shine."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"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

* "Lyga brilliantly combines the feel of a true crime story with mystery, adventure, and psychoanalysis."—VOYA, starred review --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Barry Lyga is the author of several acclaimed young adult novels, including I Hunt Killers, its sequel Game, and his debut, The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl. He now knows way too much about how to dispose of a human body. Barry lives and writes in New York City. His website is barrylyga.com.

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Called a "YA rebel-author" by Kirkus Reviews, Barry Lyga has published twelve novels in various genres in his seven-year career, including the New York Times bestselling I Hunt Killers and his newest, Unsoul'd (for adults). His books have been or are slated to be published in nine different languages in North America, Australia, Europe, and Asia.

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.

Customer Reviews

The characters are amazing in this story.
Book #74 Read in 2012 I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga Jasper (Jazz) Dent is the son of Billy Dent, one of the most evil serial killers ever.
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It turned out to be quite a good story with lots of little twists.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By YA Litwit on August 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book has been on my radar for awhile. I remember seeing it in the Hachette catalog last year and thinking, "That looks intense! I need to read that!", and then kind of forgetting about it. When my *fabulous* book club decided to read it, I was excited because I now had no excuse not to. Ya'll? Can someone please explain to me why I waited? This book is made of morbid awesomeness! This is something I knew before I even cracked the spine... How did I know this? It was blurbed on the back jacket by not one of my favorite authors, but THREE! Here...

"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.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By ChayseBWB on July 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
WOW! This is what I can say about the book, while I feel the shivers constantly go up and down my arm. After reading this book, I felt someone was always creeping up onto me and I swear there were people in my room everytime I went to bed.

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.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I Hunt Killers is one of the best books I have read so far in 2012. Barry Lyga has created an amazingly likable character with a story that readers won't be able to stop reading.

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!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Supernatural Rocks on June 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Okay, I really, really like the concept for this book - boy's father is a famous serial killer and therefore, the son (Jazz) knows the working mind of a serial killer. And to top that off, Jazz is constantly trying to convince himself that he is nothing like his father. Great idea for a story, however, I just could not get into this book. The intense scenes or graphic imagery of the kills didn't bother me at all (except for the Rusty portion). Hey, I watch the Investigation ID channel all the time! I just found the story fell short. At first I was excited to read it, but once I had started it took me a long time to finish it just because I was bored most of the time. Soon I even found myself skimming through just so I could be done with it. Do I see a lot of potential here? Yes and hopefully, the next book will prevail.
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