Game (I Hunt Killers Series #2)

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Billy grinned. "Oh, New York," he whispered. "We're gonna have so much fun."


I Hunt Killers introduced the world to Jazz, the son of history's most infamous serial killer, Billy Dent.

In an effort to prove murder didn't run in the family, Jazz teamed with the police in the small town of Lobo's Nod to solve a deadly case. And now, when a determined New York City detective ...

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Overview

Billy grinned. "Oh, New York," he whispered. "We're gonna have so much fun."


I Hunt Killers introduced the world to Jazz, the son of history's most infamous serial killer, Billy Dent.

In an effort to prove murder didn't run in the family, Jazz teamed with the police in the small town of Lobo's Nod to solve a deadly case. And now, when a determined New York City detective comes knocking on Jazz's door asking for help, he can't say no. The Hat-Dog Killer has the Big Apple—and its police force—running scared. So Jazz and his girlfriend, Connie, hop on a plane to the big city and get swept up in a killer's murderous game.

Both the stakes and the body count are higher in this suspenseful and unstoppable sequel from acclaimed author Barry Lyga.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Lyga’s engrossing follow-up to I Hunt Killers (2012) again focuses on 17-year-old Jazz, the son of the world’s most prolific serial killer, but expands his world by fleshing out previously minor characters. Jazz is called upon to help the NYPD hunt Hat-Dog, a brutal killer who might be connected to Jazz’s now-escaped father, Billy Dent. Meanwhile, Jazz’s girlfriend, Connie, starts receiving mysterious information about Jazz’s past. Her quest drags in Jazz’s hemophiliac best friend Howie, whose horndog behavior belies his deep understanding of his friend, as well as his talent for sneakiness. The gore and violence flow freely (references to disemboweling and enucleating abound); the main differentiator between this and adult thrillers is the age of the protagonists. As such, it’s a riveting story for any reader capable of handling the violence, as Lyga juggles multiple points of view and elegant shocks and twists. Readers might be frustrated by the multicliffhanger finale, but the main mystery wraps up smartly, and the character arcs are as fascinating as the gruesome murders. Ages 15–up. Agent: Kathleen Anderson, Anderson Literary Management. (Apr.)
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* "[The game is] orchestrated so cunningly that rare indeed will be the reader who figures it out early...You can't deny Lyga's ambition to craft the most serious (and bloodiest) crime series yet for teen readers."—Booklist, starred review

"The main differentiator between this and adult thrillers is the age of the protagonists. As such, it's a riveting story for any reader capable of handling the violence, as Lyga juggles multiple points of view and elegant shocks and twists...The character arcs are as fascinating as the gruesome murders."—Publishers Weekly

Booklist
* "[The game is] orchestrated so cunningly that rare indeed will be the reader who figures it out early...You can't deny Lyga's ambition to craft the most serious (and bloodiest) crime series yet for teen readers."
starred review Booklist
* "[The game is] orchestrated so cunningly that rare indeed will be the reader who figures it out early...You can't deny Lyga's ambition to craft the most serious (and bloodiest) crime series yet for teen readers."
VOYA - Blake Norby
Jazz Dent, son of the most famous serial killer alive, is back in the business of hunting down killers. This time he travels to New York City with a detective to help catch the Hat-Dog Killer. This killer is more gruesome and violent than the Impressionist, who Jazz helped catch earlier in the year. Each murder is a piece of the puzzle in the pursuit of the Hat-Dog Killer, and Jazz once again uses the thinking passed down from his dear old dad, who has escaped from prison and is closer than Jazz knows. Fans of I Hunt Killers (Little, Brown, 2012/Voya April 2012) will not be disappointed in this sequel. Lyga has brilliantly combined the elements of a true crime story with adventure and mystery to create a truly suspenseful novel. There are a few areas in which readers must suspend belief, but the story is so fast paced, it is easy to do. Readers find themselves inside Jazz's head and understand his character even more clearly than in the first novel, and with the added points of view from other characters, Jazz's inner struggle about being like his dad is a fascinating addition to the story line. This title is highly recommended for libraries serving mature teens, and with all the twists and turns the story takes, readers will be in for a thrilling ride. Reviewer: Blake Norby
Kirkus Reviews
Son of a notorious serial killer, Jazz Dent goes to New York City to continue his hunt for killers like his father--and maybe the old man himself. Seventeen-year-old Jasper "Jazz" Dent and his hometown of Lobo's Nod have mostly recovered from the predations of the Impressionist, a serial killer who impersonated Jazz's father, Billy, but Billy's out there somewhere, killing again. When NYPD Detective Louis Hughes comes to Jazz's door asking for help in catching the Hat-Dog Killer, Jazz says no--but he can't deny that he's an expert on serial-killer behavior, since his notorious father raised him to be one. Jazz and his girlfriend, Connie, head to NYC to help, but they find themselves caught up in a grisly game with no idea of who the players are or whom they can trust. Jazz isn't even sure he can trust himself. Lyga's second serial-killer–hunting title is even more open-ended (and overstuffed) than the first (I Hunt Killers, 2012). Chapters from the perspectives of the various killers undercut the mystery aspects of the tale, and extraneous subplots distract from what could have been a complex thriller. Jazz is believable, but the other characters are mostly flat; Billy himself often comes off as more Bozo than Bundy. Even fans may balk at the closureless close, but there is obviously more to come. (Thriller. 15 & up)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—The Hat-Dog killer is on the loose in New York City, and Detective Hughes convinces 17-year-old Jazz Dent to fly in from Lobo's Nod and help solve the case. In I Hunt Killers (Little, Brown, 2012), Jazz helped police capture the Impressionist, a copy-cat killer mimicking the infamous sociopath, Billy Dent-Jazz's own father. In this episode, a series of murders in peaceful Brooklyn neighborhoods is occurring with gruesome similarities, including disemboweled victims who are also cut with images of either a dog or a hat. To compound the suspense, Billy has broken out of prison and may or may not be at the heart of this new reign of terror, testing his son's ability to piece together a new "game." Chilling random chapters from the killer's point of view allow readers to know things that Jazz has yet to figure out. The teen's internal dialogue often questions whether he really has "good guy" genes or has inherited his father's dark side, just waiting to present itself. His nerdy best friend, Howie, and girlfriend, Connie, keep him grounded in the real world that includes caring for an unpredictable grandmother with Alzheimer's disease. While Jazz is a well-developed, endearing character with a conscience, this dark psychological thriller will appeal to fans of television's Dexter Morgan, but with its focus on killing, sociopathic behavior, and sexual violence, it's best for mature high school readers.—Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316125871
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/16/2013
  • Series: I Hunt Killers Series , #2
  • Pages: 520
  • Sales rank: 83,575
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Lyga

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    When i got this book the day it came out, i could not put it dow

    When i got this book the day it came out, i could not put it down. Billy and Jazz are back in a heart-pounding exhilarating novel that will keep you reading from page 1.
    The countless twists and turns keep this book interesting and you thinking. This novel is perfectly written and i would reccomend this to those action murder mystery novels. You wont regret it. 

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    Anonymous

    This book was amazing. Being an already fan of I Hunt Killers, when i found Game, I immediately purchased it. From the beginning, it already had a mysterious feel to it and throughout the book kept growing. If you are a fan of crime and creative writing, Game is perfect for you. This book is a 5 star for me. Just, brilliant storyline.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    Where the hell is the rest of the book?

    I purchased this on my Nook and all i got was fking 46 pg sample!!!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    Amazing!

    This book is amazing. Every page kept me going. There is so many twists. After some cgapter, you litterally have to stop and take in what you read.

    Read this book! (After reading i hunt killers)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    FRICKIN AMAZING

    Such a great book! Lots of twists and surprises throughout the story. I really hope that there's another squeal! Did i spell that right? Anyways, don't sitnaround reading customer reviews when you could be reading the book!! Buy it now!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    It was pretty good

    I think the book would have been much better had he kept his political comments out.
    Like his grandmother saying the Democrats are plotting with the communist to take their guns away.
    Blantantly saying that Republicans are as crazy as dementia ridden old racist ladies.
    Had he left out that I would have rated five stars.
    Still a good book. I recomend it highly since you just fall in love with all the characters...Even Billy Dent.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2014

    Just have to say it again..

    You would be afool to not buy and read both books. It mkes you look forward to the next master piece Mr. Lyga writes. Modern day Stephen King, James Pattetson an John Grisham wrapped up into one. GREAT AUTHOR. Gives Dan Brown and the rest a run for thei money. You arecrazy for not jumping on the bandwagon. Lyga is a literary genius!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    Best book ever!!

    I was not disappointed by this sequel to the book "I Hunt Killers." It had me on the edge of my seat at every page turn! I didnt know what to expect. I was happy to see that Barry Lyga had given the perspective of all the other characters and i was highly interested when the mind of a serial killer was introduced again so thoroughly. This book does not disappoint! I hope that book three is released soon! The cliff hanger leaves me waiting with anticipation to find out what happens next!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    OMG! What a cliff hanger!

    I am loving this series, but I think I might go crazy waiting for the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    "What"

    I stumbled along this series and its extremly addictive. This was a page turner and just when I thought we were getting close it took another turn....can not wait for the next book and what happens next

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Major Cliffhanger

    really good but now I'm bummed I have to wait for the next book in the series!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Great book

    This is the sequel to "I Hunt Killers" I can't wait for the next book to come out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    OMG!!!

    Brutal Cliffhanger!!!!! Good grief Mr. Lyga, how can you sleep at night leaving us hanging like that? Just kidding (a little) of course.

    This is an incredible series. It is gritty, harsh, intense, and extremely well-written. It has a great plot line that moves quickly and really keeps you at the edge of your seat. Mr. Lyga can get a little graphic, so if you are a parent, or that stuff bothers you, keep that in mind.

    This book has a little different feel than the first, with about three plot lines occurring at once. It starts off not long after the first left off, so while I suppose you could read this one without reading the first, I wouldn't recommend it. There is too much that would be left out of character development. This is just too good a series to miss one (especially the first).

    This is a fabulous look at nature vesus nuture versus free will. I love the look into what it would have been like to grow up the child of a famous serial killer, being raised and groomed to be the best of the best, and of not wanting to become that.

    My only complaint is having to waiting for the next book. That is the downside of starting a series not finished yet. AAHHHHH!!!!!!!!! Come on Mr. Lyga, you don't really need to sleep do you????

    Patiently waiting!

    --SPeeD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Love

    Love

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    Wow

    Wow! OMG! You are killing me with that ending! When does the next book come out? I need to know what happens ahhh! The wait is gonna kill me! This was an excellent book! It had me from start to finish with the intensity and intrigue of everything going on! Can't wait for the next book! This was a really great suspense novel! Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    This book was amazing. The amount of twists and surprises the au

    This book was amazing. The amount of twists and surprises the author left in the book is unfathomable. An amazing sequel to I Hunt Killers, Barry Lyga does not disappoint! I can't wait for the 3rd book to come out in 2014! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    Game

    Game The Sequel to “I Hunt Killers”
    After reading the first book I knew that it was very vital that I move on to the next. So, having stated that.....
    This author continues the story in such a way that each character grows, changes and moves forward to their ultimate place in the world of Billy Dent. As ultimately he is in charge and he is controlling the “Game”.
    Within the story are the individual tales of Jazz, Connie and Howie. I will not go into detail, I do not want to ruin the ending.
    I will say this, if you enjoy a tale that leaves you waiting impatiently for the next chapter you will like this book.
    Cannot help but ponder just what Billy is up to and how it will ultimately affect the relationship of these very close friends, whom I have grown fond of. I must admit that Billy Dent has captured my imagination as well he is an enigma and I so like enigmas.
    So go out and find the books, read them both so that I will have company waiting for the next one.
    Once more a large Thank You! to Barry Lyga for deciding to share his talent with those of us who are not cruising in the Young Adult section of a library looking for a good read.

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  • Posted July 27, 2013

    I absolutely LOVED I Hunt Killers¿, written by Barry Lyga, so i


    I absolutely LOVED I Hunt Killers¿, written by Barry Lyga, so it  should be no surprise that I picked up Game, sequel to I Hunt Killers ¿in
    a heartbeat. While I am glad I read Game, I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as I enjoyed  I Hunt Killers. Before I completely dive into my
     review of this book, perhaps it is a good idea  to give some background info about book one in this series? trilogy?  (I have no idea...)

    Jasper, also known as Jazz, has a somewhat screwed up family. Well, very screwed up might be more accurate. His mother died (and
    he doesn't know if he or his father killed her), his father in in prison since he's a serial killer. He has never met his aunt, his grandpa is
     dead so he's living with his crazy, racist, paranoid grandma who likes to threaten people with  a gun (she doesn't know Jazz has
     plugged it though so it is actually useless). To top things off, the parents of his girlfriend, Connie, hates him. But most troubling is the
    fact that Jazz is battling his own inner demons; he doesn't want to end up like his father.

    In I Hunt Killer, there's a serial killer terrorizing the town of Lobo Nob, where Jazz lives. It's not his dad, since he's locked up in prison
    , but the kills are mimicking the kills of his dad. Determined to prove himself, Jazz helps the police (though the police were somewhat
    unwilling to let him poke his nose in their business) solve the crime. Book one ends with Jazz's dad escaping from prison and is now
    back on the lose, presumably in New York City.

    In book two, there's a string of murders cropping up in NYC. What's puzzling is that there seems to be no pattern to these murders
    except for the fact that either a picture of a dog or a hat is carved into the victim's body. As a result, the killer is nicknamed the Hat-Dog
     killer. Jazz travels to NYC to help solve this mystery--the only thing he is pretty positive about is that the killer is not his father, but, his
    father is still somehow involved in this. So how does everything work out? I know I didn't see the ending coming.

    For all you mystery lovers, you'll love I Hunt Killers and Game since both are well planned mystery novels. I know I, myself, enjoy trying
    to solve the mystery as the story progresses. I liked how the author lays out the clues in front of you so that the readers have a shot at
     solving the mystery instead of just watching the characters unravel the mystery.

    I think the main reason why I liked I Hunt Killers more than Game is that Game is more graphic than I would've liked and that the ending
     is such a cruel cliffhanger!! I hope this author writes fast .


    Likes:
         *allows readers to participate in solving the mystery
         *fast paced
         *some dry humor


    Dislikes:
          *a tad graphic
    ¿     *there's a lot of unanswered questions at the end

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Loved it!

    Fantastic ending. Cannot wait for his next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    ?

    I cant even put this books awesomeness to wirds

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