I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Summary: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 was expecting a lot from Barry Lyga’s I Hunt Killers, and I certainly got everything I expected…and more. I Hunt Killers is thrilling, creepy, and unsettling in all the best possible ways; and I absolutely adored it.
Jazz Dent is the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer – Billy Dent. As a child, Jazz was trained in the art of murder from the best. But when Jazz turned twelve, Billy was caught by the police and arrested.
4 years after his father’s arrest, someone in Jazz’s hometown is murdered.
Three fingers on the right hand were missing – the index finger, the middle finger, and the ring finger. The thumb and pinky were all that remained; that hand would flash devil horns while the corpse rotted in the ground somewhere.
To prove he’s innocent and not following in his father’s footsteps, he decides to team up with the police to catch the culprit.
As a character, I found Jazz to be pheonominal. His childhood was dark and gory as he was trained to follow in his footsteps, but Jazz is determined not to. Jazz is a character that is not only likeable, but complex and relatable as well. He’s extremely intelligent – almost eerily so – and manipulative at times; but because of the troubled upbringing he has it’s not hard to see why.
This isn’t just simply a murder mystery. At its core, it’s a psychological mystery more than anything. There is something about combining psychology with the thrill and constant guessing of a traditional murder mystery that makes it really stand out form the crowd; and that’s what especially impressed me.
But in terms of the mystery itself, I was a bit disappointed. The culprit was a bit obvious to me, and I was able to predict who they were and their motive. I was hoping for something a little more mind-blowing (à la Dangerous Girls perhaps?), but I guess that was a bit too much to ask.
I am certainly interested in reading the sequel though, and seeing where it goes from here. The combination of a traditional murder mystery and psychology is brilliant, and I adored how it was concocted and executed. If only the resolution wasn’t so predictable…