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Title:I Hunt Killers
Authors:Barry Lyga
Info:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 368 pages
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I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

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    The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Both deal with teenagers using the profiling skills gained from their troubled backgrounds to hunt down serial killers (both of which are focused on them). I Hunt Killers' main character Jasper Dent's father was a serial killer who trained him as well. The Naturals' Cassie learned to profile helping her fake psychic mother at shows - and one of her classmates reminds me of Jasper.… (more)
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    Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay (LongDogMom)
    LongDogMom: A serial killer who lives by a personal code of only killing those who have committed horrible crimes and slipped through loopholes in the law.
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    I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells (LongDogMom)
    LongDogMom: Similar in style and voice. Both mid-teens who believe they might become killers and both become hunters in a unique way.
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    Rotters by Daniel Kraus (kaledrina)
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I thought this book was so interesting and well done. Considering the subject matter, I would have hesitated to pick this up if it weren't being handled by such a great writer. Barry Lyga does an excellent job with the internal conflict of the son of a serial killer while unraveling a suspenseful murder mystery. The details involving serial killers was well researched and almost disturbingly believable. This is a YA book and the subject matter, while handled very well, is definitely not for every teen as is probably obvious. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
I thought this book was so interesting and well done. Considering the subject matter, I would have hesitated to pick this up if it weren't being handled by such a great writer. Barry Lyga does an excellent job with the internal conflict of the son of a serial killer while unraveling a suspenseful murder mystery. The details involving serial killers was well researched and almost disturbingly believable. This is a YA book and the subject matter, while handled very well, is definitely not for every teen as is probably obvious. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
Jasper, or Jazz, Dent is the son of a famous serial killer who killed at least 123 people. Jazz was groomed as a young boy to excel his father and he now possesses his father’s skills for manipulating people and some other knowledge he wishes he did not have. When people turn up dead, Jazz is the only one who’s convinced it’s a serial killer and there will be more murders to follow. He wants to prove to himself that he has more good than evil inside and sets out to investigate and catch the killer. Only to catch the killer he has to think like one. He has to think like his father, all the while fighting the monster within which he thinks he potentially is. This was an amazing read ! Jasper’s perspective is unique and refreshing. The plot holds an interesting mystery which captivates until the end, the story is fast-paced and the dark parts are brilliantly diffused with humour and covers also the whole nature vs nurture dilemma. ( )
  Ingstje | Jan 18, 2016 |
As the son of infamous serial killer Billy Dent, Jasper "Jazz" Dent knows a lot more about murder than the average seventeen-year-old. His father trained him to be the best serial killer ever -- à la television's Dexter. But Jazz is determined to prove he is not like his father, despite his conditioning. Jazz thinks he might be a sociopath, but he is determined to do good and atone for the sins of his father. Four years after his father's incarceration, another serial killer plagues Jazz's small home town committing murders with his father's signature. Using knowledge learned at his father's knee, Jazz helps the local sheriff find the killer. While written for a teen audience, I Hunt Killers is full of tension, atrocities, and carnage. And hearing Billy's voice and training replaying in Jazz's head is sure to make your skin crawl. Jazz's story continues in Game and Blood of My Blood as well as multiple short stories. (Warner Brothers is poised to launch a TV series based on this trilogy of novels.) ( )
  ktoonen | Dec 27, 2015 |
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Categories/Genres:
Young Adult
Modern Realistic Fiction
Dark Realistic Fiction
Murder Mystery
Psychological Thriller

Estimated age level of interest:
Young Adult

Estimated reading level:
Grade 5

Brief description:
Jasper Dent is the son of the infamous serial killer Billy Dent and lives in the enduring shadow of his father’s legacy. Raised by Billy until his capture and now living with Billy’s senile mother, Jasper just wants to distance himself from his father’s name, make it to 18 without being moved into the foster care system, and remain stronger than what he believes is his biological predisposition to follow in dad’s footsteps. But when a copycat killer begins recreating Billy’s murders right in Jasper’s hometown, he is forced to face his past head on in order to ensure that he is not held responsible for this new string of grisly deaths.

At least 2 characteristics of this genre and subgenre and how they appear in this book:
As with many young adult offerings in the murder mystery sub-genre, “I Hunt Killers” presents the reader with a young protagonist tasked with solving the mystery that propels the story forward. Jasper was raised by a serial killer, possesses a unique perspective and insights into the inner workings of the mind of a sociopath, and is unperturbed by the prospect of encountering blood, gore, and a dangerous murderer who may lurk around any corner. This makes him ideally suitable to fill this role.

Psychological thrillers are full of suspense and danger, and often feature characters of questionable psychological integrity, such as sociopaths, psychopaths, and others who display similar characteristics. It seems that every time Jasper Dent leaves his house or discovers a new clue about the murderer he hopes to catch, the reader is pulled back to the edge of his or her seat, eager to know what will happen next. Nearly every chapter feels like it ends with a small cliff hanger, and this suspense leaves one wanting to push on from beginning to end. Additionally, Jasper is reluctantly forced to speak with his estranged father in prison in hopes of gaining new insights into the thought process of the copycat killer. Billy Dent’s complete lack of empathy, his unwavering sociopathy, sends chills down the reader’s spine and asks them to step into a mind that considers the taboo and macabre to be sources of pleasure. An unnerving thrill, indeed.

In what ways and how well does the book as a whole serve its intended audience?
While Jasper Dent is, in many ways, far from your typical 17-year-old, he also faces many of the general struggles that teens will be able to relate to. He has difficulty understanding the opposite sex, which leads to tension between him and his girlfriend, Connie. He has a best friend, Howie, who helps him to keep his composure when overwhelmed by life’s challenges. And he has inner demons, secrets he is not proud of, that he struggles to come to terms with in order to figure out and accept who he is at his core. Finally, as noted in a review by Horn Book, this story expertly explores the themes of “nature, nurture, and free will”.

Awards, if any:
#3 New York Times Best Seller
Top 10 Indie Next List Pick

Links to published, professional reviews, if any:
Editorial reviews available through…

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/i-hunt-killers-barry-lyga/1106028212?ean=9780316...

The Author’s Website: http://barrylyga.com/novels/i-hunt-killers/i-hunt-killers-reviews/


This is a really enjoyable (albeit a little predictable) read for any fan of the murder-mystery and/or psychological thriller genre! The sequel is also excellent and, in my opinion, not as predictable as this first title in the series. ( )
  nphill85 | Oct 12, 2015 |
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Als Jazz auf das Feld vor der Stadt hinauskam, war schon überall das gelbe Absperrband der Polizei gespannt und bildete eine Art taumelndes, windschiefes Sechseck.
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Seventeen-year-old Jazz learned all about being a serial killer from his notorious "Dear Old Dad," but believes he has a conscience that will help fight his own urges and right some of his father's wrongs, so he secretly helps the police apprehend the town's newest murderer, "The Impressionist."… (more)

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