Book Review: I Hunt Killers by: Barry Lyga


Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publish Date:
April 3, 2012

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What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad?

Jasper (Jazz) Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one 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 criminal's point of view.

And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod.

In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret--could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

Review: Jasper Dent (or Jazz as he prefers) worries he's going to be just like his father. A lot of kids fear growing up to be just like their parents. However, not every kids' parent is a serial killer. Jazz's father, Billy Dent, has killed over 100 people and is serving so many life sentences he'll never get out of prison. One very interesting fact about Billy Dent - he transformed as a serial killer over the years. Changing M.O.'s and signatures, having the country think there were multiple killers out there - when it was just him. Billy's taught Jazz all about reading people, manipulation, and many other useful skills...if Jazz was going to follow in Dear Old Dad's footsteps. Jazz doesn't want to be a killer, he wants to hunt and catch them. Now a new killer has shown up in the small town of Lobo's Nod and the kills are eerily familiar. Too familiar for Jazz's taste...

I Hunt Killers is definitely a book for older teens considering the subject matter. The story is scarily compelling as Mr. Lyga's words draw you quickly into Jazz's world and his head. I'm a big fan of this kind of novel and I Hunt Killers is a winner! While it can be an uncomfortable look at the nature vs. nurture debate, especially since Jazz's dad is a serial killer and his dad taught him about the "business", it's fascinating to see if Jazz can overcome both nature and nurture. There is humor in the story, not just guts/gore, sometimes making me laugh out loud at the things Jazz's friends say and do. Combining psychological elements with humor, mystery, and relationships, I Hunt Killers is an exceptional story. I look forward to seeing what is in store for Jazz in future books.

 Jasper Dent Series: Career Day (0.5), I Hunt Killers (1)


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