Jazz Dent has been shot and left to die in New York City. His girlfriend Connie is in the clutches of Jazz's serial killer father, Billy. And his best friend Howie is bleeding to death on the floor of Jazz's own home in tiny Lobo's Nod. Somehow, these three must rise above the horrors their lives have become and find a way to come together in pursuit of Billy. But then Jazz crosses a line he's never crossed before, and soon the entire country is wondering: "Like father, like son?" Who is the true monster?
The chase is on, and beyond Billy there lurks something much, much worse. Prepare to meet...the Crow King.
©2014 Barry Lyga (P)2014 Hachette Audio
If I told that it would give away the whole story.
Charlie Thurston did a great performance with this one as with the previous two.
I would hope the main character -Jaz Dent. His best friend Howie, girlfriend Connie, father and mother were also memorable. With out these, there would not be much of a story.
This is kind of a three book review. I purchased the first book because it was on sale. I generally don't go for the teen hero type books but I've also never sen a teen hero involved in a mass serial killer book. After listening to the first book it ends with a really compelling cliff hanger. Ditto for book two. So I had to get book three (two & three purchased with credits, not on sale). I am sorry to see them come to an end. These books were so well written, a few times common sense did need to be suspended die to the age of the main characters but this certainly did not take away from the book. I found the conclusion to be very satisfying and although another reviewer stated that it was predictable I personally did not think it was. I found parts were (fight against good vs evil), but other parts were not. I were a shocking surprise. I thought the conclusion was very thought provoking, melancholy and also uplifting with a feeling of justice received. I highly recommend this book (and the previous two).
This book ends the series very satisfactorily. I had figured out the plot twist pretty early ( due to some of Grandmas statements) but I still thought it was well done. I could relate to the characters and Jazz, Connie, and Howie all seemed believable and real. It does not have a traditional HEA but it was pretty realistic and not the train wreck I feared it could be, which was nice.
I would caution against this being labeled YA. It is quite dark and fairly gruesome. It probably should be under thriller or even horror.
Finally, I got some closure!
Oooh, tough one. You gotta pick Jaz, no no...its definitely Billy, but how can you not love Howie? G. William is also perfect. Lyga does such an excellent job of creating and building characters with honest, genuine, and unique qualities that it is near impossible to choose favorite.
I've listened to the other previous titles in this series. Charlie...I hope you are reading this because you are the man! I "read" a previous novel by someone else and thought the story was horrible, but the narrator did such a great job I had to get on there and give her props. But Charlie, you have taken the cake. Your voices, timing, tempo...they are perfect. Well done.
"...just like cuttin' chicken."
I love books, listening, reading silently, reading out-loud. I teach at high school and have two lyoung boys so I love all books.
I liked this book best. it is full of action and clues to piece together what is the truth for poor Jasper.
All three books, concluding with this one were brilliant. They keep you on the edge of your seat, wanting more. The depth and detail in these books are second to none. The ending to cap it all off is perfect. 10/10, would listen to again. In a heartbeat. Bravo Barry, bravo.
I can't say enough about this book. It both enthralled and haunted me - not just this book but the whole series. Barry Lyga did an incredible job placing us into the mind of serial killers. Billy Dent will haunt me for some time now. Worthy of more chills than Hannibal Lecter himself. During the whole series, I was rooting for Jasper Dent. Poor guy had a horrible childhood being raised by America's most notorious serial killer. In this book, you find out all of the twists and secrets we've been waiting for since book 1. I promise you that it is well worth the wait and you will not expect it at all. The book ended in a way that I did not expect however, it works for the series - and quite frankly, I'm very happy that it ended this way. All hail Barry Lyga!
Great ending to the trilogy. Ending somewhat predictable, but I had to keep listening to find out how we would arrive there.
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