I Hunt Killers

Lyga, Barry

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
I Hunt Killers
Seventeen-year-old Jazz learned all about being a serial killer from his notorious "Dear Old Dad, " but believes he has a conscience that will help fight his own urges and right some of his father's wrongs, so he secretly helps the police apprehend the town's newest murderer, "The Impressionist."

Published: New York : Little, Brown, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0316125849
Branch Call Number: YA LYG
Characteristics: 359 p. ;,22 cm.


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Nov 01, 2014

Incredible book, such an interesting read that captures your attention within the first five paragraphs. I Hunt Killers lets you explore the idea of knowing a serial killer—one that’s your father. This emotional roller coaster also has just the right amount of dark comedy in it, along with other relatable aspects in Jazz’s not-so-normal life as a teen. Barry Lyga takes the predictable idea of a serial killer then twists and turns it to relive every horror/mystery/action/romance/thriller you’ve read into something new and exciting and, well, not predictable. Each chapter leaves you at a new cliff hanger, leaving you unable to put it down as the chillingly charming Jazz shovels his way through school, his father, his best friend, his girlfriend, and the menacing threat inside his head. The misplaced clues and seemingly invisible new serial killer in Lobo’s Nod keeps you guessing until he nearly reveals himself.
If anything was wrong with this book, it was the clarification. Some sentences and paragraphs I found I had to reread a few times to completely understand it, but Lyga gets you so interested you’re willing to know what’s going on inside Jazz’s mind.
All in all, this book is definitely worth your time. Lyga’s talent for writing creative gore yet managing (very well, I might add) normal teen relationships and odd father-son connections tie this lovely murder mystery together. The characters are lovable and relatable despite the messes they get themselves into as Jazz sorts out his feelings for the town sheriff, G. William, strives to protect his girlfriend Connie, plays detective with his best friend Howie, and trades daggers with his father as he struggles to find out what happened to his mother so many years ago.

Oct 25, 2014
  • helenswims rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the most interesting books I've ever read. The ending is really cool and I loved how the author portrayed Jazz's relationship with his father

Sep 02, 2014
  • gingko13 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

You wouldn't think a book about the son of a serial killer would be so funny, but then you read "I Hunt Killers" by Barry Lyga and you have to change your mind!

Jul 01, 2014
  • green_panda_493 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Overall, this book was really cool and interesting to read. However, I felt like in the end things got a little confusing so that's the only flaw in the book.

Mar 06, 2014
  • Green_Jaguar_44 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing. Enough said.

Nov 05, 2013
  • NJMassey86 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I couldn't put it down! I highly recommend this book.

Jun 19, 2013
  • JCLBethanyT rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fast-paced, creepy, smart. A YA counterpart to Dexter, Psych or the Mentalist, with plenty of splatter to spare!

Jun 05, 2013
  • tuesdayswithlori rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow. I really liked the premise...the whole "sins of the father" motif and the fact that the reader really gets into the head of Jazz. It is amazing how honest the writing is when it comes to his thoughts and his actions. It is easy for the reader to read to much into his "manipulations"....like we have never done the same....like we have never said or thought or done things that made us feel "other". Creepy cool. The questions Dear Old Dad asks him in prison were pretty believable, too. I am really looking forward to reading the next book, Game. If you like this and want to read about a teenage serial killer read Cormier's Tenderness. I remember thinking it was disturbingly conflicted.

May 07, 2013

"Jasper "Jazz" Dent is the son of Billy Dent, the country's most notorious serial killer, and "Dear Old Dad" taught him everything he knew. But Billy's in prison now and Jazz wants to convince the world - and himself - that he's not like his father. When several murders occur in his town, Jazz and his friend Howie try to track down the killer before he strikes again. Fans of this creepy, grisly story will want to find out what happens next to Jazz in Game, the sequel to I Hunt Killers." May 2013 Teen Scene newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=629709

Apr 30, 2013
  • LibraryK8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What an amazing read! Just wow! Suspenseful! Edge of your seat read! Only sad thing is that this is the first in a series...and I was kinda hoping it would be wrapped up. But I can tell you that I will be anxiously awaiting the next book. So good!

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May 30, 2012

Other: There are mature themes throughout the book some discussed in ore detail than others. Be prepared, this book is dark.

May 30, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Both and they become even more intense and dark the deeper you get into the book.

May 30, 2012

Sexual Content: No actual sexual scenes though there are sexual refrences.

May 30, 2012

Violence: There is a lot of violence in the book but it isn't depicted in a gory, or guts splayed everywhere way. It can become very dark though and the violence and its consequences are dwelt upon in detail.

May 30, 2012

Coarse Language: It isn't over used but it's there, andthe language becomes mmore offensive in scenes with Jazz's dad. Just watch for that.


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Apr 30, 2013
  • LibraryK8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Some kids are identified by their parent's profession: the preacher's kid, the doctor's kid, the principal's kid, the mayor's kid. Jazz is defined by his father's profession: serial killer. Billy Dent is the most notorious super-serial, claiming 123 victims in his decades long spree. Worse than being the serial killer's kid was that every day was take-your-kid-to-work day for Billy. Jazz learned how to separate a hand from it's fingers, how to stalk a victim, and how to commit the perfect crime without getting caught. Billy was convinced that Jazz would be the first of a new breed of serial killer, more infamous than his father. But like (hopefully) all serial killers, Billy was caught. Not by the FBI, not by the state patrol, but by G. William, the sheriff of sleepy Lobo's Nod. Now Billy is serving a life sentence, and Jazz is living with his crazy grandma and trying to survive until he can get out of town and start his own life away from his father's reputation. Until a dead body is dumped in a field outside of town. Jazz is curious about the murder and after a second victim is found, Jazz realizes it is someone copycatting his father's work. Jazz is convinced that he is the only person who can help the police catch "the Impressionist" as he calls himself. But at what cost? As Jazz and his friends delve deeper into the mind of a serial killer, Jazz fights the hunting instincts his father imbued him with as a child.

Oct 17, 2012

I'm not even going to create a summary of what happened in this book. All im going to ask is one question: What would you do if you were the son of the most PROLIFIC serial killer on earth and you were trying to help the police find a person who is a complete copycat of your father?


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