I Hunt Killers by Barry LygaI Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

I Hunt Killers

byBarry Lyga

Hardcover | April 3, 2012

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The first book in this thrilling, terrifying series byNew York Timesbestselling author Barry Lyga is perfect for fans ofDexter.
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.
Barry Lyga is the author of several acclaimed young adult novels, includingI Hunt Killers, its sequelGame, 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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Title:I Hunt KillersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:April 3, 2012Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316125849

ISBN - 13:9780316125840

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Loved It A unique idea coupled with interesting characters and a captivating storyline.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I loved this book but I have a feeling not everyone could get addicted to this series
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Twisted Read Before reading I Hunt Killers I had only ever read one other Barry Lyga book and that was, Boy Toy. Barry Lyga is really great at writing dark twisted young adult fiction. This novel is a far cry from what you read in a lot of popular YA fiction and the novel accomplishes being sinister and mysterious in a way that does not undermine the intelligence of readers within the target age range.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Far from your average teen read At seventeen, Jasper Dent had experience more than most people would ever want to in an entire lifetime. He is a good kid trying hard to live down his father's dubious honor of being the most prolific serial killer in the United States. Jasper, or Jazz as he's know to his few friends, wants, make that needs, to prove to himself and the the public, including the Chief of police G. William Tanner, that he is not like his dad in any way. When a woman's body is found outside town, appearing to be a copy cat killing using his father's MO, Jasper is desperate to help the police solve the murder. Even with the help of his best friend and his girl friend, he struggles to maintain his perspective and possibly his sanity. Author Barry Lyga one of the most unusual teen novels I've read. Jazz is a good kid who had a bad parent. He has been trained from the earliest years by his father to become the best serial killer there has ever been. It was interesting to listen in on his internal self talk, would he be good or bad. Nature vs nurture in an intense battle. At times I found this audio book difficult to listen to, not due to the deaths, but due to the bad parenting. As a parent myself, I can't imagine how Billy Dent could expose his young child to such activities. While most teens will never have to face these particular decisions, they do have to make choices and will rely on their family, friends and other significant adults to help them along the way. I found myself cheering for Jazz and hoping that he would continue to make good decisions. I hunt Killers is part of trilogy plus prequel.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Recommended The writing is basic, the story is practicable, but the plot and characters are fantastic. It moves at a great pace. I found it easy to read 'just one more chapter'. So easy, I stayed up far too late more than one evening. While the ending was easy to see coming (and I believe I've already guessed at a future 'reveal') it was no less satisfying. There are a few gross moments, but nothing really alarming, so I don't feel I have to put any warnings on this one. Its a dark story, but not particularly disturbing.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites! I have 3 favourite book series and this is one of them!
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my Favorites This is one of my favorite books, has a captivating mystery that will make you never want to put it down until you finished it.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read and not predictable I had read another series by Barry Lyga (The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl) which I thought was a fun cute little read that appealed to my geek side, so I thought I'd try out another one of his books - and maybe series if I end up liking the first one. I admit I use to be an avid mystery reader - in that it was literally all I read! I have gotten away from it, besides a couple here and there, and this one held its own. I enjoyed it. There was nothing outstanding about it and it wasn't too complicated - although I was wrong about who the killer was. Jazz was well written and this is the first time I have read a story with a character like him - very creative! You could tell his was honestly conflicted about who he was and what he could become (nature or otherwise). The side characters were average. Nothing stood out about them and no one broke the mould (not anywhere near the extent of Jazz). There was a supportive girlfriend who didn't care who or what was in his past, the geeky side-kick/best friend, the old fashion cop, and the typical mysterious suspects. The grandmother was pretty interesting with her random delirious outburst, but that was the extent of her entertainment. The storyline was good and held a decent pace. I wasn't ever truly bored, but it didn't drag me back in like some other mystery novels have. Lyga has a nice flow to his writing and his style doesn't seem rudimentary. I enjoyed his writing style in his previous series and this one follows a similar design from what I remember - although in a different genre. Overall, I liked the story and it was worth reading. I plan on finishing off the series when I get a chance, but I wont go breaking down any doors to get my hands on it right away. I would recommend this book to anyone who has read Lyga's previous work, if you enjoy mysteries/serial killer stories, or if you're looking for a change of pace from the softer reads in your library.
Date published: 2014-07-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a mixture of dull and suspense???? was really excited about this book, bc of all the reviews and the title. come on that's pretty sweet. i like the characters and protagnoist- Jazz. but honestly the story moved slow there were killings, but it seemed like it was taking forever to go anywhere. the book is 1/2 murder mystery and 1/2 the son of an infamous serial killer trying to grow up and cope with being a monster's son. this book also let's us look into what is it like to think outside the box and what does it feel like to think like a mass murderer? i didn't really feel a connection to Jazz or the other characters. I didn't really care about them. that's probably why i did breeze through the book. in fact i was struggling to want to finish it with brief moments of throwing the towel in and starting a new book i really wanted the book to be fast paced, but i thought the emotions of jazzslowed it down. the last 15 pages were the most intense. really?? that's the killer (i was a bit disappointing with identity of the impressionist). BUT the last few pages of what is truly happening tied everything nicely together. the ending made up for the slow moving parts of the book. i had decided earlier i would not be reading the 2nd, but now i am definitely curious on what is going to happen after book 1. the chase is on.....
Date published: 2013-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nightmares Galore (Originally posted at http://lostatmidnightreviews.blogspot.ca/) You know what the sign of a scary book is? When you read twenty-five pages - count em' twenty-five - and you have frightening serial killer nightmares. Barry Lyga, you won. Your book terrified me. And I loved every petrifying bit of it. I'm a scared-y cat, a sleep-with-a-night-light, jump-at-every-sound, honest to goodness scared-y cat. But something really drew me to I Hunt Killers. As soon as I heard about it, I knew I needed to read it. When I finally got up the courage to start it, I was hooked. The mystery behind the killings and the need to know just exactly what was happening kept me flipping the pages, while cringing at every disturbing detail. This book has no shortage of horror. I know I may be easily scared, but I can guarantee even fear-mongers will be looking over their shoulders after this one. Barry Lyga obviously did his research because he created one heck of a serial killer in Billy Dent. He also created one amazing character in his son and narrator, Jazz Dent. Although Jazz is, no doubt, a scary teenager, he's also got a lovable side to him. I couldn't help but adore his charm, strength, and ferocity to make more of himself than what he was raised to be. I love a hero with a dark side. It always makes me cheer for them that much more. I also loved the side characters in I Hunt Killers. They brought a light side to this shadowed tale, but were also willing to walk in the dark to help out a friend. One of the things that was so impressive about this book was the intricacy of the mystery. There were so many different aspects to it, but Lyga managed to piece it all together with clarity, all the while keeping the reader guessing about who the killer was. Every gruesome detail, while disturbing, had meaning and purpose all leading up to the unveiling of the killer. I will admit, I didn't guess the ending. I had no idea who the killer was, which made the reveal all the better. I Hunt Killers left off with so much potential for the sequel, and I cannot wait to find out where it goes. This isn't a series for the faint-of-heart (which makes it odd that I love it) but if you can get passed (or enjoy) the blood and gore you're going to find a story with passion, great characters, and enough fright to keep you up well passed midnight. Update: after finishing this review last night, I proceeded to have nightmares about being attacked. I blame this book...and Barry Lyga. - Ciara who is lost at midnight
Date published: 2012-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creep-tastic fun! Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 It's hard to imagine how a serial killer's mind works. But Barry Lyga must have some sort of shady part time job or at least serial killer mind-reading powers, because this book is BRILLIANT. Jazz — son of the most notorious serial killer, snarky teenager, and overall charmer — takes the phrase dark hero to extremes! Being brought up by his psychotic father, he has How To Be A Good Serial Killer lessons ingrained on his brain. Sometimes they help him figure out other cases, and sometimes they make him seem more twisted than he is. But his dark assessments are what make him so uniquely awesome, and loving Jazz is guaranteed! ♥ The rest of the cast is a riot too! Jazz's best friend Howie is a type-A hemophiliac and a quirky chatterbomb, which makes him the perfect sidekick to Jazz's dark-minded hero. His girlfriend Connie is a complete badass. And we can't forget Gramma Dent, whose hilarious incoherent ramblings prove that maybe being out-of-whack runs in the family. I Hunt Killers is dark. There are mentions of bodies being nailed to ceilings and eyeballs being fed to cats. But it's also surprisingly funny, with witty lines that catch you off guard. I didn't expect to be that enamoured by this book, but the serial killer logistics and chilling details had me reading into the early hours of the morning! Part compelling murder mystery, part intense psychological thriller, and 100 % brilliantly original story, I Hunt Killers is a deliciously dark novel that I would recommend to people of all sanity levels! Jasper Dent, I can't wait to learn more about you in book two! ;) BUY or BORROW?: Not only is the cover under the dust jacket bloodily gorgeous, but the story is SO wow-worthy! If you've ever been interested in how the son of a serial killer thinks, then you need to buy this book ASAP!
Date published: 2012-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind Blowing! Barry Lyga has created a dark story with interesting twists. In the past 5 years I have read over 800 books and this is one of the best. I could not put it down, literally. I stayed up so late one night I only got 3 hours sleep before needing to get up for work, and I read the book in 2 sittings. The characters are incredible. The pace of the plot breathtaking; from the beginning it races to the climax. It will stir something primal in you as you read. Jasper 'Jazz' Francis Dent is the son of serial killer Billy Dent. He is almost 18 and a likeable teen. But after a suspicious killing in Lobo's Nod, Jazz is convinced a serial killer is afoot, and is doing what he can to help, whether the sheriff wants the help or not. For Jazz has a deep seated fear - he fears he is just like his father. After all, his father has raised him his whole life to be the perfect killer. His father was known by many names, as he changed his methods often and worked hard to not get caught. His father was known as The Artist, Green Jack, Gentle Killer, Hand-in-Glove and more. Wherever Billy hunted he became known by a different name. But Jazz has started using that knowledge and training, and is working on catching a killer. The story was amazing - an incredible story by a gifted story teller. It was like watching a whole season of Dexter in a single episode, or like Dexter and The Mentalist blended together and on steroids. The story is dark, and Jazz has a lot of personal demons to deal with, from his father's legacy, to a senile grandmother he is trying to look after and protect, all the while trying to stay sane, calm and be an asset to the investigation. And in hunting down this copy-cat killer, maybe Jazz is finding his vocation, his calling in life. But can he keep it together long enough to put the clues together, can he protect the people he cares about, and can he avoid the sins of the father? This gripping novel will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first paragraph until the final word! Barry Lyga is like a cross between Irvine Walsh, Chuck Palaniuk, and Douglas Coupland, looking at the things most people look away from. But Lyga has a way of humanizing them, shedding light in the dark places and helping to expose us to the reality of the world around us without being over the top. And though his books are mainly aimed at teens, I have introduced them to numerous adult readers, all who become addicted to Lyga's gifted writing and this is one of the best!
Date published: 2012-04-11

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. It's the best thing in YA fiction sinceThe Hunger Games."-Joe Hill, author of Horns and Heart-Shaped Box