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I Hunt Killers Hardcover – 12 Apr 2012


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593070402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593070406
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.3 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 989,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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An utterly compelling first thriller told through the eyes of the 17-year-old son of a serial killer

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 9 Jun. 2012
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This is a very readable and exciting book, and it is also surprisingly insightful. I think it is rather ill-served by its title and cover which give the impression that it is just another gory, formulaic serial-killer novel. It isn't - it is quite original in its approach, has some thoughtful things to say and offers some real depth of characterisation.

A plot synopsis sounds very conventional - it is told from the point of view of Jazz, the son of a vicious sociopathic serial killer and schooled by his father from an early age to follow in the footsteps of Dear Old Dad who is now in jail. He has resisted this, and when a killer begins to mimic Dear Old Dad's murders, Jazz becomes determined to catch him. So far so predictable, but what makes this far, far better than it sounds is the character of Jazz, his relationships with his contemporaries and the interesting psychological insights the author produces from his set-up. In particular, Jazz's turmoil over who he really is and how other people see him, and his worries about whether his relationships are genuine or just the manipulative pretence in which his father tried to school him seem to me to give a very insightful portrait of teenage angst in general. Barry Lyga also catches the relationship between Jazz and his friend brilliantly and the relationship with his girlfriend is also very well done. These aspects surprised me with how good they were and really made the book stand out for me.

The plot is very well paced and moves along nicely while allowing time for the characters to breathe. Lyga generates a good sense of place, avoids stereotyped characters pretty well and there are moments of real humour, too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Su TOP 100 REVIEWER on 4 May 2012
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If a serial killer has a child will that child be doomed by his DNA to become a killer just like his parent?

The question of nature and/or nurture has long been of interest to psychologists for decades. Many will argue one or the other, but most of us now agree that both play a part in the answer to the question, as does the child's own free will and the predictable attitudes of those who surround the child. This, however, is a novel and not real life.

What we have here is a young man, Jasper Francis Dent known as "Jazz", who is the son of a notorious serial killer (Billy Dent) who managed to evade capture for decades. Billy had hoped that Jazz would follow in the family business so trained him in the methods of his kills.

Daddy Dent is now in prison having pushed his luck one to many times and Jazz is all alone with his senile grandmother, in a town that knows who his father was and expects nothing good to come from Jazz - like father, like son.

Worse is to come when people are found murdered using the same techniques that his father used. All eyes fall on Jazz, but he knows he didn't do it, and it couldn't be his imprisoned father, so who would know enough about Billy Dents methodology to pull this off. The only way to clear his name is to find the copycat.

It is an off-spring of the success of Dexter, with a twist. Here Jazz has the option to become a killer or not. It raises the question: in the same situation, what would you do?

A superb book that captured me straight away and I read through to the end in a single day. Wonderful. I hope there is going to be a sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 May 2012
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Our main character, in the novel, Jazz is a likable teenager. He is charmer. Like most teenagers he has issues, although his are different. He is the son of a (now incarcerated) infamous serial killer, and "Dear Old Dad" (as Jazz calls him) has taught Jazz everything he knows, all the wrong things. Jazz is in conflict doesn't know is whether or not he is destined to follow in his father's footsteps. He knows he has urges, but he also knows (hopes) that he has a conscience. Jazz isn't like his father, and determined to follow his own path. In an effort to right his father's wrongs, Jazz decides to help the police (although they don't know it yet) hunt down "The Impressionist" - a new serial killer in town that employs the same methods as his father did. The concept to "Take Your Child to Work Day" was year-round event for Jazz in the most warped way. He has witnessed crime scenes the way police wish they could--from the criminal's point of view.'
I Hunt Killers was both well written and extremely disturbing. The mystery was compelling, as was the psychology. The narrative is powerfully detailed scenes of death-by-serial-killer. It is one of the, if not the most violent book I've read. Some of that is coming second hand (seeing the bodies after the killings), and some of it is first hand, from the mind of the killer. If you are queasy, this will definitely bother you. If heavy crime-violence bothers you, don't read it. If you like crime-solving stories like this, you will not be disappointed.
As for Jasper in I Hunt Killers, It was hard to read him at times, in the book. He has a lot of disturbing thoughts, but overall, I found myself really liking him.
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