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The Serial Killers Club (2007)

by Jeff Povey

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Take Dexter, and divide by Ash, then add to Desperately Seeking Susan, and you’ll get The Serial Killers Club!

After accidentally killing, and assuming the identity of local serial killer ‘Grandson of Barney‘, the narrator follows a personal ad in ‘his’ wallet and finds himself in a room with 18 other serial killers.
It’s a club, a place for killers to share stories, and make sure that nobody is targeting the same person. (It’s happened before – awkward!)
When you’re surrounded by every notorious serial killer from the surrounding areas, each one looking at you expectantly, waiting to hear your story… you’re gonna make some shit up, with a quickness!
Everyone in the club goes by an alias. They choose their names from classic stars, (eg. Errol Flynn & Carole Lumbard), and our narrator becomes Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Dougie falls into his roll headfirst, and the club becomes his life. He’s finally found a place where he belongs, among friends. The trouble is, Dougie isn’t a real serial killer. Other members have started to notice that there haven’t been any new Grandson of Barney victims since he joined them – ‘Why is that, Dougie?’
He’s suffering from ‘Killer’s Block’ – that’s a thing, right?
If this isn’t enough of a problem, the mysterious stranger who has been following him around reveals himself as the lead agent on the Grandson of Barney case, and he’s got plans of his own.
Doug’s certainly stuck between a rock & a hard place, things can’t possibly get any worse.
“Hahaha!! You silly man!” – says LIFE. “Let’s see… how can I make your life suck just a bit more…” ::dastardly rubbing hands together:: “Oh! I know!… Watch THIS!“
[Enter stage left:] The Kentucky Killer has come to town.
Now – the fun can really begin!

The Serial Killers Club is fun, darkly humorous, and it kept the ‘whodunit’ muscle in my brain working overtime.
I saw a lot of negative reviews on Amazon. The majority of the people who posted one or two star ratings had the same complaint, saying that 'SKC is a ripoff of Dexter'. If that's true, then where are the posts calling Dexter a ripoff? Jeff Lindsay didn't invent the 'Killer killing killers' idea.
“Mediocre writers borrow. Great writers steal.“ - T.S.Eliot
“If you steal from one author, it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many, it’s research.” — Wilson Mizner
* “It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.”
— Jean-Luc Godard ( )
  Shadow_Girl | Jul 3, 2014 |
I couldn't pinpoint what audience this was aimed to, YA or adult? The concept seems pretty adult, but the storyline seems pretty basic for an adult reader. Overall, a good read. ( )
  veranaz22 | Oct 5, 2010 |
I didn't really enjoy this novel, although the idea is neat.

The mean character ends up joining a serial killers club and finding true meaning in it, but then he has to deal with another serial killer, a love interest, and an FBI agent who won't go away.

It's pretty predictable.
  seane | Jan 22, 2009 |
Laugh out loud funny. I loved this book. Yovu take an average guy and insert him into a club full of serial killers. Not only is he not appalled, but in order to stay in the club (when members singularly realize that he may not actually be one of them), he becomes one of them by becoming a serial of serial killers. Very humorous and very ironic. ( )
  bookwormteri | Mar 7, 2008 |
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On tue un homme, on est un assassin.
On tue des millions d’hommes, on est un conquérant.
On les tue tous, on est un dieu.
Kill a man, and you are an assassin.
Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror.
Kill everyone and you are a god.

—Jean Rostand 1894-1977 
Pensées d’un biologiste 

(Thoughts of a biologist, 1939)
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For Jules—
you are all I will know
for truth.
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I guess it’s not every day you end up with a dead serial killer lying at your feet.
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A darkly comic spoof of the serial killer genre.
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When our hero finds himself in the path of a serial killer, he somehow manages to defend himself, and give the blood-thirsty madman a taste of his own medicine. But when he goes through the dead man's wallet, he finds a mysterious personal ad inviting him to join a party hosted by Errol Flynn. What begins with passing curiosity soon becomes uncontrollable obsession, as our hero becomes acquainted with 18 killers. Their game: to share the thrill of the hunt and to make sure no two members choose the same two victims. To protect their identities, they have all chosen names of old Hollywood stars, and before long, our hero becomes Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. But he has no intention of following the rules. With a government special agent on his trail who will soon become his partner in crim, "Dougie" plans to knock off the killers one by one, from Carole Lombard to Chuck Norris, to Laurence Olivier and Cher. But what happens when the "stars" notice their numbers dropping?

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Killing a serial murderer while defending himself against an attack on his life, a man inadvertently enters an exclusive club of murderers who address one another with celebrity names and share a mutual love of 'the hunt,' an organisation that the protagonist decides to stop by systematically killing off its members.… (more)

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