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I Don't Want to Kill You (John Cleaver Series #3)
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I Don't Want to Kill You (John Cleaver Series #3)

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by Dan Wells
 

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Dan Wells introduced us to John Wayne Cleaver in the chilling novels I Am Not a Serial Killer and Mr. Monster. In I Don't Want to Kill You, Cleaver faces his toughest challenge yet.

John Wayne Cleaver has called a demon---literally called it on the phone---and challenged it to a fight. He's faced two monsters already, barely escaping with his

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Dan Wells introduced us to John Wayne Cleaver in the chilling novels I Am Not a Serial Killer and Mr. Monster. In I Don't Want to Kill You, Cleaver faces his toughest challenge yet.

John Wayne Cleaver has called a demon---literally called it on the phone---and challenged it to a fight. He's faced two monsters already, barely escaping with his life, and now he's done running; he's taking the fight to them. As he wades through the town's darkest secrets, searching for any sign of who the demon might be, one thing becomes all too clear: in a game of cat and mouse with a supernatural killer, you are always the mouse.

In I Am Not a Serial Killer we watched a budding sociopath break every rule he had to save his town from evil. In Mr. Monster we held our breath as he fought madly with himself, struggling to stay in control. Now John Wayne Cleaver has mastered his twisted talents and embraced his role as a killer of killers. I Don't Want to Kill You brings his story to a thundering climax of suspicion, mayhem, and death.

It's time to punish the guilty.

And in a town full of secrets, everyone is guilty of something.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Fans of Jeff Lindsay's Dexter series will welcome Wells's gripping debut.” —Publishers Weekly on I Am Not a Serial Killer

“Wells's debut is an unabashedly gory gem. This deft mix of several genres features a completely believable teenage sociopath (with a heart of gold), dark humor, a riveting mystery, and enough description of embalming to make any teen squeamish, even if they won't admit it. Buy multiples where it won't be banned.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on I Am Not a Serial Killer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765328441
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
03/29/2011
Series:
John Cleaver Series , #3
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
74,284
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.86(d)

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"Everything about this book is clever and exciting.... Horror and fantasy fans of all ages, especially those who get a kick out of Jeff Lindsay's Dexter novels, should embrace this third and perhaps final novel about John Wayne Cleaver." —-Booklist Starred Review

Meet the Author

Dan Wells is the author of I Am Not a Serial Killer and Mr. Monster. He lives in Orem, Utah, with his wife, Dawn, and four young children.

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I Don't Want to Kill You 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Dysphoric_Angel More than 1 year ago
John Cleaver faces off against one last demon in this explosive end to the trilogy that won't soon be forgotten. It all starts off with the suicide of a student at his school named Jenny. She wasn't too popular, and it didn't really show up on John's radar. What did show up on his radar? A series of teenage girls killing themselves in the same fashion as Jenny. What else? A raving religious zealot serial killer meticulously murdering his victims, cleanly removing their hands and tongue, then unleashing a tightly-wound band of fury on their backs with lacerations galore. John notices all the insanity going on around him and takes initiative to hunt for the Handyman, the infamous killer that once plagued Georgia, but made his way to Clayton County to continue his spree, and Nobody, a much more elusive killer; the actual demon in the story. Nobody has to be the most intriguing demon in the series. It (because Nobody really has no gender, it's really just...nobody) was able to elude the ever so clever John Cleaver for most of the story, even leading John to believe that there was only one terror plaguing Clayton County. Writing-wise, this novel keeps up the same whiplash pace as the other two, which always makes for a fun, wild ride through the frantic world of this little sociopath. The story is a tightly-wound ball of intensity that is ready to snap at any moment. The one slight drawback to the story is the numerous amount of typographical errors. There are quite a few throughout that at times can detract from the story, but fortunately, the story is so engaging that a few minutes later, the errors are soon forgotten. The editor should have kept a closer eye out for that I guess. The ending of the novel is sweet, touching and incredibly sentimental, even for our little protagonist, but it fits and feels natural. There could have been no better ending for the series.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Clayton, sixteen-year-old social outcast John Wayne Cleaver works at his mother's mortuary, but knows that is not what makes him different from his peers. John understands he has the classic profile of a serial killer. To keep his Mr. Monster side under control, John developed a rigid set of rules that he strictly adheres to. Ironically it is Mr. Monster that enables John to protect the townsfolk who stay away from him as if he has the plague. He killed two ancient monsters (see Mr. Monster) and knows at least one more evil predator exists from the phone he took from one of the dead malevolence. Now he is trying to trick the third monster a Demon coming in sixty three days and counting to kill it; the first death being a priest the demon beheaded. However, his biggest problem is adapting to his feelings for his only friend Brooke beyond her lying still on his mom's work table. Talk about coming a long way from the doubting teen psychopath of I Am Not A Serial Killer, John has become a full fledged monster hunter albeit still somewhat a psychopath but Brooke has him reconsidering his assessment of himself. The story line is fast-paced and loaded with non stop action, but contains plenty of angst as the hero discovers he has a heart; he knows he has guts. This is a super demonic serial killer thriller. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the third and last book in the series. In my opinion, we need more John Cleaver books. At first, I was reminded of the Dexter series of books in a tangential way. Later, I realized that John is like no one else. He can hold his own with this adult reader. Nobody was the most difficult demon John has faced. I thought she was the most frightening of them all. She was well written. I liked that this book spent a lot of time perfectly divided between girlfriends, family, and demons. Very well put together. The ending was schocking and truly horrifying. I admit that I cried for him in those last 50 or so pages. Now that it is over. I ask Mr. Wells to consider continuing with the John Cleaver series. I cannot wait to see what happens next! Please write more for us to enjoy. Highly recommended. This was a memorable book in many good ways. Give the series a try. But, do start from the beginning. This book's conclusion would not be as intense and heart rending, if you had not read the other two books first. -AvidReader
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this Dan Wells serial killer series. However, the 'demon' killers referred to in his books make a good crime fiction series almost a ridiculous and unbelievable fantasy story. I keep waiting for a twist on the narrators psychology that the 'demons' he kills are, in fact, actual people and he really *has* become the serial killer he swear he isn't. But the twist never comes and they keep going with this 'serial killer killing serial killing demons' thing. I'm not sure if there will be a fourth book in the series, but if there is I would appreciate some wrap up for this 'demon' plotline Wells has gone through with.
pen21 More than 1 year ago
John Wayne Cleaver is not normal. John tries hard to be normal but working in a mortuary with his Mom and aunt doesn't help. In this third book we see a different side to the demons. John is dating and hunting demons while going to school. Very exciting third book.
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This book had to be the saddest, craziest, and most exciting book in the series. Hopefully it doesnt end here.
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not_a_shady_drug_dealer More than 1 year ago
absolutely amazing, i almost called in sick for work to finish reading it.
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TMBreck More than 1 year ago
While, in my opinion, not as strong as the second book, I still loved this story. I enjoyed that John had someone he could talk to, though I felt his frustration that he couldn't talk about everything to any one person. His relationship with his mother, while strained and so far from perfect, was really well done and made part of the ending so hard to take for me. I'm not sure what it is, exactly, but something in the way John's emotions are presented at the end doesn't ring true to me, but I'll either come to terms with it or figure it out in future reads. Definitely a book (and series) I would read again and recommend as well.
unvbill More than 1 year ago
In general I am a military sci-fi buff, so I did not know what to expect when I looked up Dan Wells. From the first book all the way to the end of the last , this was my most favorite series ever. I really enjoyed ALL the characters along with all the "who done it". The story flowed like a swift stream but and not overwhelming descriptions like some do. Any more like this and he may be moved up to my favored authors to watch. John Wayne Cleavers shoes will be hard to fill and I hope Mr. Wells can do it.
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