I Hunt Killers
by Lyga, Barry

Jazz learned all about being a serial killer from his father, but believes he has a conscience that will help fight his own urges and right some of his father's wrongs, so he helps the police apprehend the town's newest murderer.

Barry Lyga is the author of several acclaimed young adult novels, including I Hunt Killers, its sequel Game, 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.

The Artist, Green Jack, Gentle Killer, Hand-in-Glove, Satan's Eye-all nicknames for Billy Dent, the killer who murdered 123 people before being incarcerated. For 17-year-old Jazz, the memories of his father's butcherous routine may be four years old, but they're all too fresh: his small-town community continues to treat him with suspicion at every turn. Then the murders begin again in the same order and fashion as Billy Dent's, and the town sheriff has no choice but to bring in Jazz to help find the new killer. Lyga has fashioned the kind of gripping, gory psycho-thriller usually relegated to adult fiction, one that fears neither viscera nor deviant sexual behavior nor the darkest of human impulses. It is rare when a YA novel dares to dwell upon the moral ambivalence of its protagonist, but Jazz is just that-a hero who constantly yearns to succumb to his killer instincts. 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 tête-à-têtes. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Warner Brothers has already snapped up TV rights to this big new series, which should compel the publisher to further crank up its already significant promotional plans and author tours. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

When your father is the most notorious serial killer of the 21st century, having a normal life is a struggle. So is not following in his footsteps. After witnessing many of the crime scenes of his father's 123 official kills in ways the police wish they could, 17-year-old Jasper "Jazz" Dent is glad his father's in prison. Life with crazy Gramma, who raised "Dear Old Dad," is hard enough, and now it's in jeopardy thanks to Jazz's social worker. When police discover a body in a field near town, Jazz becomes certain it's a new serial killer. In spite of the objections of Lobo's Nod Sheriff G. William Tanner, Jazz and his best friend, hemophiliac Howie, run their own investigation and uncover a pattern as bodies quickly pile up. Can Jazz help the cops find this new monster without becoming a suspect himself? YA rebel-author Lyga switches from goths and superheroes to serial killers and sociopaths with this grisly teen thriller. Jazz's heightened self-consciousness is both believable and entirely in tune with regular teens. Readers of Dan Wells' John Wayne Cleaver novels (I Am Not a Serial Killer, 2010, etc.) will find echoes of them here, though the writing is not as tight and the creep factor is lower. Also, the certain-sequel open ending is a bit of a letdown. Still there is much to satisfy the blood-and-gore lust of older teen CSI and serial-killer fans. (Thriller. 15 & up) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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