I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1)
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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...more
Hardcover, 359 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2012)
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Wendy Darling
4.5 stars Do you believe violent offenders are the product of nature or nurture?

In the case of 17-year-old Jasper “Jazz” Dent, he’s got both factors working against him. Not only is he the son of the country’s most notorious serial killer, but dear old daddy even forced him to watch those grisly crimes and sometimes…more.

I’ve always been interested in how human beings cope with extreme circumstances, and the way children in particular can demonstrate remarkable resilience. I Hunt Killers sets u...more
Flannery
Apr 04, 2012 Flannery rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YA readers who like adult crime thrillers, Dexter fans

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I love reading about and researching serial killers. There, I said it. I am perpetually fascinated by the stories that seem too far-fetched to be true. Elizabeth Báthory allegedly bathed in the blood of virgins to retain her youth. Ted Bundy kept the decapitated heads of his victims in his house as mementos. Ed Gein dug up dead bodies and made a belt out of nipples. This is the stuff nightmares are made of. So it was with a certain excitement that I started reading I Hunt Kill...more
Giselle
"A serial killer's greatest ability is the ability to blend in"

I love being in the mind of a serial killer. Is this bizarre? Maybe a little. But with an older sister at home, I skipped the fairy tales, instead I grew up watching Freddy Krueger and reading murder mysteries. Naturally, I Hunt Killers immediately attracted my interest with its serial killer's son synopsis. Then when I removed the dust jacket and saw this:

We're here for a good time!


You have to admit, there is something fascinating...more
Emily May
Apr 25, 2012 Emily May rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Emily May by: Wendy Darling


Sequel, please? Now? I thought this book was really really good. I would have happily handed out five stars, except for the fact that I had the killer's identity figured out less than halfway through the book. I feel very sad that Ms Dense seems to have been randomly replaced with Marple, but thankfully this novel is about a lot more than just solving the main mystery.

I actually took longer to read this book than I tend to do, and most of that time was spent on the first few chapters. So I shal...more
Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)
Actual rating: 4.5

A dark psychological thriller. I have to admit, this wasn't what I expected. Given the premise, I anticipated something more flimsy, something along the lines of Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective. I got a young Dexter/John Cleaver, with considerably more emotional baggage. This book works for me more as a psychological analysis than anything. Yeah, the plot is there, and it is good. The mystery kept me guessing and I loved seeing things through the eyes of the killer, but the p...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Jasper “Jazz” Dent was raised by his father Billy, one of the world’s most violent serial killers. While other kids were riding bikes and playing, Jazz was taking care of his father’s murder trophies and learning how to become an invisible, invincible predator. When Jasper was twelve, Billy finally escalated and got caught by the local sheriff, G. William. Four years later, Jazz is still tormented by his father’s teachings, and his only goal is to escape Billy Dent’s legacy. He needs to remind h...more
Stacia (out of inspiration)


HEY. YOU WEREN'T SUPPOSED TO CROSS THE TAPE. THIS IS A CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION.

Oh who are we kidding...no one ever pays attention to warnings, especially book characters.

Our lead character Jasper (Jazz) is no exception. Except in his case, he is smarter than the average bear cop. After all, you might know a thing or two when your dad is one of the most famous serial killers of all time. His skills are bound to come in handy when hunting down a serial killer who is copying his dad's moves.

Welco...more
Laura
Confession time. I may have a thing for blood, gore, and chills galore. Ha! Who am I kidding? Bloodlust would be a better description! I grew up on horror films and Stephen King bed time stories. Soooo…When I saw I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga on the shelf, I lunged for it! A serial killer book for young adults with huge doses of humor and chills? Yes, please!

I’m going to sidetrack gush right out of the gate here on this book’s gorgeous, gorgeous, gory dressing. It made me so giddy I may have jum...more
♥Rachel♥
I grew up in the hunting grounds of the Richard Ramirez, aka The Nightstalker, an infamous serial killer from the 1980’s. Our home was even painted in the colors that he preferred, so my sister and I would stay up late and scare ourselves silly with the possibilities. But even before all of this, I’ve always been fascinated with murder mysteries, so when I Hunt Killers came out my interest was immediately piqued. A story centered on the son of one of the most horrific serial killers in history?...more
Mimi Valentine
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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 cas...more
Crowinator
Apr 24, 2012 Crowinator rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of teen sleuths, psychological horror, and Criminal Minds
First Line: “By the time Jazz got to the field outside town, yellow police tape was everywhere, strung from stake to stake in a sort of drunken, off-kilter hexagon.”

Cover Story: Night Prowler
“I'm your Night Prowler, break down your door
I'm your Night Prowler, crawling 'cross your floor
I'm your Night Prowler, make a mess of you, yes I will
Night Prowler, and I am telling this to you
There ain't nothing you can do” – AC/DC

Five-Sentence Summary:
Jasper “Jazz” Dent wants nothing more than to be left a...more
Oceana Fern
Jan 01, 2013 Oceana Fern rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: horror-thriller lovers
Recommended to Oceana Fern by: myself. I am awesome.
4.5

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William R. Somerset should have been partnered with Jasper Francis Dent in Se7en.

By the way. Sorry, Jazz, but that is totally a serial killer name.

I HUNT KILLERS is the story of seventeen year-old Jazz, the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, Billy Jazz, and his efforts to hunt down a new serial killer. As the bodies pile up, Jazz and his friends must work faster than ever.

I HUNT KILLERS is disturbing. It's gory. It's sinister. And it is freaking awesome. This is...more
Penny
I loved this! The only reason I'm giving it four stars rather than five is because it's not a life changing have to read it kind of book, but it was very enjoyable and actually touched on some very interesting ideas.

The concept of nurture vs nature was the most interesting part of this book for me. Can you raise a child to be a sociopath? Can you raise a child to be a serial killer? Is causing another person pain something you can learn to love, or something that you're born with? Is there a gen...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker
If I do not get an early ARC copy of book 2, I may have to use some of the lessons I learned in book 1!!!!

Amazing. A definite favorite of mine. Definitely don't recommend it to everyone but I loved it.

Review coming eventually.
Keertana
For some reason, I ended up being completely surprised by this book. I knew it was going to be a good book even before I started it – the raving reviews had promised that much – but I guess I simply didn’t expect it to be the psychological thriller it ended up being. I Hunt Killers is a story that sucks you in, keeps you captivated, and makes you empathize with its tortured protagonist before you even realize you’ve given your heart away to him.

I think everyone is familiar with the plot of th...more
Bonnie
4.5 stars

'Jazz was afraid of two things in the world, and two things only.
One of them was that people thought that his upbringing meant that he was cursed by nature, nurture, and predestination to be a serial killer like his father.
The second thing…was that they were right. '


When a woman is found murdered in Lobo's Nod, the last thing on anyone's mind is that it could potentially be another serial killer because they've already dealt with one in their lifetime. Billy Dent was a local of Lobo's...more
Alyssa
Hoo boy. This book was not good for my proneness to nausea and queasiness.

It only took two books for Lyga to soar on to my chart of authors to watch out for. I mean, damn! His talent! The two books of his that I've read (the other is The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl) have blown my mind with their abilities to make me both equally uncomfortable and enthralled, and I honestly cannot express how fascinated I am with his writing craft and the careful way he’s slid all sorts of sen...more
Jon
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I Hunt Killers is one of my favorite books I read this year. I honest never thought reading about serial killers could be so entertaining.From the first sentence I knew I Hunt Killers was the book for me. I Hunt Killers tells the story of Jasper "Jazz" Dent who is the son of a famous serial killer. Basically Jazz is trying to prove to himself and the world that he will not turn out like his serial killer father. Jazz decides to investigate a series of murders in his town...more
TheFountainPenDiva
I Hunt Killers is dark, disturbing, claustrophobic and risky. It's also a reminder of what GOOD YA fiction used to be like (with some notable exceptions) until it got dumbed-down by authors and/or publishers who seem to operate under the (mistaken) assumption that teens need to be talked down to and the stories need to be more simplistic. This is a YA novel with teeth, in turns psychologically creepy with well-placed moments of humor and humanity. Barry Lyga crafted the ultimate outsider, the so...more
Michelle
I was completely blindsided by how much I love Barry Lyga's I Hunt Killers. I had an inkling that it would be good after reading positive reviews on The Midnight Garden and The Readventurer, but there was no way for me to know just how good. I Hunt Killers is the type of book that makes me wish I were more articulate, that I could communicate with the written word more effectively than I can.

I Hunt Killers captures the reader quickly; less than five pages in and I was hooked. It is a fast paced...more
Misty
There are always times when you think the concept of a book is so interesting and potentially awesome that you're sure you're going to be let down when you read it. It's some little failsafe in our brains, preparing us for disappointment because we're pretty sure we're going to be let down. And then, when that doesn't happen, and we actually get what we are hoping for - there's this moment of shock. It's a little thrilling, actually. And it's all the more special for being rare.
Thankfully - for...more
Beth
I almost shelved this under "disappointment." Almost. Also, I almost (almost) rated this 3.5 stars, but if I were being pernickety, I'd rate it 3.75 stars, but there really is a limit on how many pieces you can cut the Goodreads star system into before it just becomes ridiculous.

Upfront: I had ridiculously high expectations for I Hunt Killers. I've been stalking it since I added it on Goodreads (which, according to my feed, was an ancient 30th April 2011). So I couldn't shelve it under "disappoi...more
Monica!
This was the kind of book that I don’t think I should actually enjoyed, because I kept noticing things. I would notice things that I didn’t like. Normally this would set me off on a rage-filled rant about the book, because there are few things in life I enjoy more, but for some reason I kept making excuses for I Hunt Killers.

Like, okay, Jazz is definitely a whiner sometimes, but luckily his girlfriend is there to smack him when the readers can’t!

And, all right, I guessed who the killer was throu...more
Sasha
If you asked me to describe this book in one word, I would say it was CREEPALICIOUS.

Jazz is 17 years old and is kind of an outcast in his hometown. But not because he’s weird (he’s super charming) or because he’s ugly (he’s quite attractive) but because his dad is serving 25 Life Sentences for murder. Jazz is the world’s most notorious serial killer’s son. And when girls start showing up dead, Jazz is determined to prove to the town that he is not the killer. But in this nature vs nurture battle...more
Lexie
There are a lot of reasons to love this book.

You can love it because it's unabashedly gory, but not in a senseless manner. It's not gore simply for the sake of gore. It's just honest detail, a refusal to censor the horror of a serial killer's deeds.

You can love it because it presents a compelling mystery, one that was terrifying, unpredictable, and completely satisfying.

You can love it because it's a brilliant mixture of dark and witty. The morbid humor is a fascinating counterbalance to the br...more
Trisha
this was EVERYTHING I had hoped it would be. Great main character, Jazz. he's torn between who he is and who he might be. He's been raised and trained by a serial killer - the best of the best. And he's afraid - terrified - that he is exactly like him. Even if he missed the "nature" part and just being his father's son doesn't make him a killer - then his father telling him bedtime stories of his murders and teaching him to all he knows just might be what kicks him over.

But Jazz wants desperatel...more
Jen
In anticipation for Halloween, I decided to pick up I Hunt Killers. I've had my eye on it for awhile now, but I've always been hesitant to pick it up, because it's WAY out of my comfort zone! I'm a weenie and I can never handle anything too scary. Luckily, it had JUST enough creep factor to keep me excited and reading, instead of pushing me away from it. I Hunt Killers was a fantastic, bone-chilling murder mystery that I thoroughly enjoyed!

One of the many things I loved in I Hunt Killers were th...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
That was a lot of fun. That was creepy. That was deftly plotted. A page turner. A novel that had echoes of I Am Not a Serial Killer but managed to avoid a massive, awful plot twist like that one sadly had. This reminded me of Dexter from back when that show managed to shock and impress me (The Trinity Killer will never be topped as a bigbad).

I need book two, like, yesterday. GIMME.

Also: Howie is the best sidekick ever. And I love sassy Connie. Woo! Well done, Mr. Lyga!
Lisa
Read an early copy of this. I won't give anything away...just that it's insanely awesome and I couldn't put it down.
Henrietta
Can any good come out of something awful?

Jazz is the son of a serial killer. Being brought up among dad’s tools and trophies, Jazz knows a lot about crime. He doesn’t know if he’s up to any good but one thing is certain – he is not going to leave grandma now that Dear Old Dad is being locked up and put behind bars. When a body is discovered in the small town that he resides, he starts wondering if more people will suffer and die. Is he prophetic or is there a serial killer lurking?

It has been a...more
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Barry Lyga is a recovering comic book geek. According to Kirkus, he's also a "YA rebel-author." Somehow, the two just don't seem to go together to him.

When he was a kid, everyone told him that comic books were garbage and would rot his brain, but he had the last laugh. Raised on a steady diet of comics, he worked in the comic book industry for ten years, but now writes full-time because, well, wou...more
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