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"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 Heart Shaped Box --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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Product Details

  • Series: Jasper Dent (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316125830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316125833
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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19 of 19 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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23 of 24 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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14 of 14 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jamie E. on July 30, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Guilty confession: When I first started this, I was not expecting much. The summary left me skeptical to a good plot but I was determined to try because I had already heard lots of great things about the sequel to this one. What I can say now is that I am so glad I did. This book is so much more than what it seems on the surface!

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.
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