Title: I Hunt Killers
Author: Barry Lyga
Series: Jasper Dent #1
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: April 3, 2012
What if the world’s worst serial killer…was your dad?
Jasper “Jazz” Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one 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 criminal’s point of view.
And now bodies are piling up in Lobo’s Nod.
In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?
I had read another series by Barry Lyga (The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl) which I thought was a fun cute little read that appealed to my geek side, so I thought I’d try out another one of his books – and maybe series if I end up liking the first one. I admit I use to be an avid mystery reader – in that it was literally all I read! I have gotten away from it, besides a couple here and there, and this one held its own. I enjoyed it. There was nothing outstanding about it and it wasn’t too complicated – although I was wrong about who the killer was.
Jazz was well written and this is the first time I have read a story with a character like him – very creative! You could tell his was honestly conflicted about who he was and what he could become (nature or otherwise). The side characters were average. Nothing stood out about them and no one broke the mould (not anywhere near the extent of Jazz). There was a supportive girlfriend who didn’t care who or what was in his past, the geeky side-kick/best friend, the old fashion cop, and the typical mysterious suspects. The grandmother was pretty interesting with her random delirious outburst, but that was the extent of her entertainment.
The storyline was good and held a decent pace. I wasn’t ever truly bored, but it didn’t drag me back in like some other mystery novels have. Lyga has a nice flow to his writing and his style doesn’t seem rudimentary. I enjoyed his writing style in his previous series and this one follows a similar design from what I remember – although in a different genre.
Overall, I liked the story and it was worth reading. I plan on finishing off the series when I get a chance, but I wont go breaking down any doors to get my hands on it right away. I would recommend this book to anyone who has read Lyga’s previous work, if you enjoy mysteries/serial killer stories, or if you’re looking for a change of pace from the softer reads in your library.
Rating: 3/5 Stars – Worth reading if you have the time.
Content: explicit language throughout (no F word, but sexual vulgar language used); extreme violence (multiple murder scenes described in detail); lot of sexual references (rape, sex between minors or minor and adult, sex toys); use of drugs (killer uses various drugs, sedation drugs on elderly).
Source: Library Copy