I Hunt Killers (I Hunt Killers Series #1)

I Hunt Killers (I Hunt Killers Series #1)

by Barry Lyga
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I Hunt Killers (I Hunt Killers Series #1) by Barry Lyga

The first book in this thrilling, terrifying series by New York Times bestselling author Barry Lyga is perfect for fans of Dexter.

It was a beautiful day. It was a beautiful field.

Except for the body.

Jazz is a likable teenager. A charmer, some 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 criminals' point of view.

And now, even though Dad has been in jail for years, bodies are piling up in the sleepy town of Lobo's Nod. Again.

In an effort to prove murder doesn't run in the family, Jazz joins the police in the hunt for this new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret--could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

From acclaimed author Barry Lyga comes a riveting thriller about a teenager trying to control his own destiny in the face of overwhelming odds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316125833
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 04/02/2013
Series: I Hunt Killers Series , #1
Pages: 359
Sales rank: 116,602
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

About the Author

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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I Hunt Killers 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 188 reviews.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
I wanted to check out I Hunt Killers since the moment I saw the cover. With (what I am assuming is) blood splatter all over the cover, I was already in love. What girl doesn’t have a thing for scary looking covers? That is a rhetorical question. Anyhow, even though I didn’t know much about the book just from cover glances, the title was a dead giveaway: I Hunt Killers. Obviously after reading the synopsis, I was already in love and oh so very eager to begin reading. I will admit and tell you that from the first sentence to the final sentence, the novel was perfect and unforgettable. Everything about I Hunt Killers invited me in; the cover. The chapters. Even the plot. (I’m pretty sure Edward Cullen said something similar to that before…). Anyways, the point is that I Hunt Killers was amazing. It was like reading a CSI novel for teens. And I absolutely loved getting to live inside of Jazz’s head with him and see the horrible life he has to live. To me, Jazz was a character who seemed both real and sad beyond all belief. Not only were we able to experience all of his memories of living with his Dad the serial killer—Billy, but we also got to see all of the things he learned about the art of murder. But what really had me going was the mystery of the new serial killer around town who is raising the body count—and in a fashion that imitates Billy Dent. Whoa! Unexpected! Did I forget to mention the part where, just for kicks, the serial killer cuts off a certain amount of victim fingers, but leaves behind the middle finger (I’m sure you all know what that means). Did I also forget to mention how there are a few chapters that felt like real treats because we got to see through this unknown killer’s eyes? You read heard me correctly. We got to read a few chapters that came from the point of view from the new serial killer, who gave himself the name The Impressionist. From what I could gather, every single Impressionist chapter had me finding connections to two certain villains from pop culture. Those two villains being the Riddler and the Joker (hardy ha-ha, this reviewer is a comic nerd). But honestly! The Impressionist had a level of intellect and insanity that made him the perfect antagonist for me! In fact, after Lord Voldemort and a couple other YA baddies, the Impressionist makes my top ten! The mystery of the novel and the slight insanity managed to form an equilibrium that managed to make me smile. Not only will you be kept guessing who the killer is until the end, but you’ll also be wondering if maybe just maybe Jazz might not be all that sane. Maybe he is a killer like his father. Maybe he is the serial killer. And of course, there’s always the question of what do Jazz’s dreams mean? I personally thought that, upon the realization of who the Impressionist really is, I wanted that final frontier to be more…climatic. Don’t get me wrong, it already was climatic; I just wanted it to be a longer ending with a few more twists. However, I do love the fact that I Hunt Killers ends on a high note and left set up for a sequel. I know that if author Barry Lyga does give I Hunt Killers another novel that I’ll be first in line to eat it right up! I would recommend this to fans of the thriller and mystery genre, as well as those of you who just want to read a novel that is unforgettable, well written and an epic tragedy.
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xxxRunawayEmoxxx More than 1 year ago
Amazing!! One of the best books I've ever read!!! It will keep you turning pages until the end!!!
Nikkayme More than 1 year ago
Omgomgomg…that is how felt right after finishing I Hunt Killers. That’s because Barry Lyga’s psychological serial killer slasher is incredible! Jasper “Jazz” Dent is screwed up and maybe a killer to be and maybe a killer already, but he’s a teenager that is so amazingly likable. He knows how to play people, thanks to Dear Old Dad – a notorious serial a killer – and he knows that he’s manipulative. Jazz sees his own faults and they scare even him. But Jazz is grounded by his fragile, but awesome, best friend Howie, and his more than understanding girlfriend Connie. Both of these secondary characters are fleshed out and have some very pivotal scenes. They, along with the local sheriff G. William round out the cast of characters well. Lyga employs Jazz’s narrative and intersperses the killer’s as well, making for a messed up, but thrilling reading experience. Every chapter, every page offers something new and opens up the story just a little bit more. I had no clue who the killer was the entire time. I had ideas, I had suspicions, but I was so off on all of them. That’s the beauty of Lyga’s story: he writes this compelling, no holds barred story, but he writes it in a smart way. The killer isn’t plain as day and the characters aren’t without fault. Poor Jazz is far more damaged than anyone could imagine. He did grow up with a serial killer for a father though. And that serial killer taught him everything he knew… I Hunt Killers is a surprisingly gripping and taut thriller, with characters to love and story that refuses to let up. It’s being touted as a Dexter-like read for a younger audience, but having never seen Dexter, I just like to think of I Hunt Killers as a phenomenally engaging and intense read. And the ending is the most screwed up, thrilling, I-want-to-scream-expletives-at-its-perfectness, and an insanely good way to wrap up the book that I’m sitting astonished at Barry Lyga’s genius. MUST. READ. BOOK. 2. NOW.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Realy good read
ChelseaW More than 1 year ago
I felt really troubled the whole time I was reading this book, because it really is a scary topic. Kids growing up to be killers. A voice eerily reminiscent of Dexter. Really quite terrifying. And also very good. Jasper "Jazz" Dent is a complex character. His upbringing with his serial killer Dad has created a dual identity within himself, and it makes for some pretty powerful reading. Jazz suffers from hearing the voice of his demented father in his head and it is creepy, but what I imagine to be realistic. I liked how Jazz worked so closely with the police chief in his town, to help himself cope with the conflicts running through his mind. Just brilliant. And I loved both supporting characters of Connie and Howie. Those two were so perfect in their love for Jazz and their dialog! And the ending - WOW. Just after the halfway point, the story begins to fly towards it's climax. And I totally did not see it coming. I definitely appreciate a book that gives me a genuine surprise. I'm a big fan of Barry Lyga, stemming back to his totally awesome debut The Adventures of Fan boy and Goth-Girl. His stories always manage to pull me in right away and demand my complete attention and brain power until finished. I Hunt Killers was no exception. If you haven't read Lyga before, I promise you will want to explore his back catalog after this one!
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga is interesting from the very beginning. The author alludes to stress factors on the main character, Jazz, and this kept me curious and wanting to learn all about him. I can see this book improving readers' vocabulary and increasing interest in and gaining knowledge of science because of the way the author writes, making it extremely real, but not too gory. Jazz tries to deal with the fact that his father is a serial killer who raised Jazz to be exactly like him. Metaphors and similes help with understanding how Jazz grew up. The intensity cranks up when Jazz visits his father, Billy Dent, the notorious serial killer, in prison. Wow! The writing flows well and Barry Lyga brings Jazz into our world as a believable person that is dealing with tremendous stress. An unexpected ending leading into the next book made me want to immediately continue reading the series. 5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept me guessing from the first chapter. Very well written and really had an original plot and storyline. It was a cool twist. The characters were very well written and story kept you reading. I am also purchasing all of the prequels and the sequels. Well worth the money. Great read. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was one of the best books I have read for a long time. It was so interesting I couldn't keep my head out of it.  What Jazz went through was amazing. To get in that thought of mind would awesome in my opinion
224perweek More than 1 year ago
Wow!!! I want to read it all over again. It was fantastic!! Twists and turns on every page. Never saw the ending coming. This is the way all mysteries should read. I am a little curious as to why it is a youth novel. Seemed a little adult to me. Great reading though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously so good! I highly recommend if you're into that messed-up, creepy murder stuff. I certainly enjoyed this book and I plan on reading the rest of the trilogy! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliant book! So far from what I have read, it is very well written and keeps you on edge on to what is to come. I can't wait to finish reading it! :) 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exactly what I expected and more .... Cant wait for the sequel! Love Jazz's character. His battles between good and bad keep you on the edge. I found myself questioning his intent several times.... The author does a great job at keeping you guessing. Have already recommended to friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written soooooo welll (: love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thougt the book was good and i think a there should be another book.I want to read the book again!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book what a good book to have:)))
Anonymous 9 months ago
I loved thus book I always love a good horror story and killings before bed gives me happy dreams :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Odd Thomas you are gonna love this!!! Will leave you wanting more!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy to follow and worth the money
Injoy-Life More than 1 year ago
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga is a riveting suspense-filled book. I purchased & read it overnight, then had a book hangover. I found myself holding my breath several times as I read. Jazz was brought up by a serial killer, Billy Dent. Because of his conditioning as a child, he fears he will turn into a serial killer like Dear Old Dad. He hated that Dear Old Dad was almost always right. This is an intense psychological chiller. I gave it five stars. Jazz's best friend, Howie is a hemophiliac. Because Howie was fragile, when he was with him, Jazz usually held back. He's willing to do anything with & for Jazz. Connie, his girlfriend with cornrow hair that she doesn't like touched, keeps him grounded. "The one time he tried that, Connie had lectured him on the Eleventh Commandment: Thou shalt not touch thy black girlfriend's hair. Ever." One manipulative skill Jazz developed was: "Jazz could read people. It wasn't something he worked at; it was just as natural as breathing. It was as ordinary as reading a billboard on a highway; you don't really think about the billboard; you just notice it & your brain processes it, & that's that." He lived with Gramma Dent since Billy had been in prison for the past four years. He described her like this: "As bad as she appeared to the outside world, he knew she was much, much worse. Hateful, spiteful, & crazier than a windsock in a tornado, but family." A social worker, Melissa Hoover, was working to get him removed from that environment & he didn't want that to happen. "Gramma was made up of skin & bones & hate & crazy--& hate & crazy don't weigh anything." I look forward to reading Game, its sequel. It was published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, the characters were believable and we'll rounded. Jazz was particularly complex as he should be, and I was enthralled the whole time I was reading! Great ending, can't wait to read the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first story of its kind I had read. A gateway, if you will. I have been a fan of Lugs as an author since reading Boy Toy in high school. Well written, plenty of suspense, twists, and turns. It has gotten me hooked on this series and many others like it.
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UndercoverBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Don't go in alone... well, okay guess you can go in alone but make sure you're hiding under a blanket! One of the most realistic feeling books that I have read in a long time!! This book will make you want to hide yourself in hopes that you're not the next victim! Fast pace edge of your seat type of read! The plot is very realistic! The characters even more! A great book! *Received for a honest review*