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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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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.
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!
"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 ›
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
There are few YA books not only told in the point of view of a boy, but a boy like Jasper Dent, who's father was a notorious serial killer and since birth, was raised to be one as... Read morePublished 7 days ago by kindlemom1 (My Guilty Obsession)
I loved this book! Jasper was such a perfect tortured, manipulative character. Howie was the perfect best friend and Connie was sweet. This is going into my favorite books!Published 22 days ago by Kate Fursova
A serial killer's son... Now that's a cool idea for a story. He experienced hell as a child, and now has his own demons to battle. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Jazz has been groomed to be a serial killer all of his life. His father is the infamous Billy Dent, who killed 124 people before he was caught. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Julia Monson
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga is a riveting suspense-filled book. I purchased & read it overnight, then had a book hangover. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Carolyn Hertz
Interesting story line. Well developed. I'm dying to find out who the impressionist is. Hope to read more from this author.Published 1 month ago by Dorilyn Harrison
This series is too good to be so underrated. I first saw the first book, I Hunt Killers, at a used bookstore and made the decision to buy it based on the stellar hardcover design... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dakota @ Magic in Every Books