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I Hunt Killers | [Barry Lyga]

I Hunt Killers

Jazz is a likable teenager. But he's also the son of a (now incarcerated) infamous serial killer, and "Dear Old Dad" has taught Jazz everything he knows. But what Jazz doesn't know is whether or not he is destined to follow in his father's footsteps. He knows he has urges, but he also knows that he has a conscience, that he can follow his own path. And so, in an effort to right his father's wrongs, Jazz decides to help the police (although they don't know it yet) hunt down "The Impressionist" - a new serial killer in town.
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Publisher's Summary

Jazz is a likable teenager. A charmer. But he's also the son of a (now incarcerated) infamous serial killer, and "Dear Old Dad" (as Jazz calls him) has taught Jazz everything he knows. But what Jazz doesn't know is whether or not he is destined to follow in his father's footsteps. He knows he has urges, but he also knows (hopes) that he has a conscience, that he isn't like his father, that he can follow his own path. And so, in an effort to right his father's wrongs, Jazz decides to help the police (although they don't know it yet) hunt down "The Impressionist" - a new serial killer in town.

As The Impressionist kills more victims, Jazz uses the "skills" he's learned to determine the killer is copying his father's career - almost to the letter. Everyone in town thinks that Jazz could be the murderer, and why shouldn't they? The only people that stand by him are his hemophiliac best friend, Howie, and his tough, beautiful girlfriend, Connie - one of the few girls Jazz feels comfortable around given his father's history: His dad may have murdered dozens of women, but they were all white, and Connie is black.

As the bodies pile up, Jazz struggles with determining his "true" destiny. Ultimately, he manages to stop The Impressionist, but in the meantime learns his father has escaped from his maximum security prison, and Jazz may have played a role in his escape.... For now he's safe, but he knows his dad is out there, somewhere, looking for his next victim....

©2012 Barry Lyga (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Michelle Surrey, BC, Canada 02-01-13
    Michelle Surrey, BC, Canada 02-01-13 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Loved This Book!"
    Would you listen to I Hunt Killers again? Why?

    If you enjoy shows like "Criminal Minds", or scary and gross crime shows revolving about serial killers, then you will love this book. The story was different, interesting, and I loved the main character. The narrator was also very good. I cant wait for the sequel!


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    Nan BULLARD, TX, United States 07-29-12
    Nan BULLARD, TX, United States 07-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    ""I Hunt Killers" was pretty awesome!"
    What made the experience of listening to I Hunt Killers the most enjoyable?

    The detail of the crimes and how the killer(s) think.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot. After the book was over and I was thinking about it, it all made sense. I'm still putting bits and pieces together. I really, really enjoyed this story. I can't wait until the next one comes out.


    What does Charlie Thurston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Absolutely! He did an outstanding job of narrating.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but couldn't. Listened to it in my car on the way to and from work. I'd get up in the morning and couldn't wait to get in my car so I could listen to it!


    Any additional comments?

    Wow--what a great listen!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Houston, TX, United States 09-14-12
    Amy Houston, TX, United States 09-14-12 Member Since 2012

    I'm a reader of YA and writer as well. I prefer contemporary but also love a nice dark paranormal or YA, as long as the story is true.

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    "Sick & Twisted & Oh SO Sweet!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you are a fan of Dexter, this is the book for you. Jaz is like a baby Dexter -- raised by his brilliant, psychotic serial killer father. Even with his father behind bars, serving dozens of life sentences for the many murders he committed, Jaz is unable to escape his father's shadow. He has thoughts constantly that veer toward the murderous side, and because of that is always doubting himself. The cast of characters is pretty intriguing as well, especially the country bumpkin Sheriff who is a pretty smart guy even though he might not seem so at first. The narrator perfectly captured Jaz in his performance, and the voice of the psychotic father and even the Sheriff. But I wasn't happy with how the friend and girlfriend and other people were portrayed. They felt like caricatures, which is disappointing because they weren't written as such. All in all, this is an excellent, engrossing audio book and well worth the purchase. It's my first audio book to complete and I am very glad to recommend it. I can't wait for the sequel!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that the main character is so flawed but doesn't sit around and whine about it. So what if I might grow up to be a serial killer just like daddy dearest? I'm not going to whine about it. I'll go out and hunt them in the mean time!


    What does Charlie Thurston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great vulnerability and emotion to the main character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The scene between Jaz and his dad is amazing. So raw and chilling.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laurel Missouri, USA 09-03-12
    Laurel Missouri, USA 09-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Underwhelming, Predictable and Dull"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better listening experience would have been a story that wasn't so repetitive in the lead character's inner dialog. It became tiresome, and stale.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Barry Lyga again?

    I doubt it.


    What three words best describe Charlie Thurston’s voice?

    Buzzing, Ratcheting, Sticky


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from I Hunt Killers?

    There too many scenes with his rather nauseatingly preachy girlfriend. I would cut all of the preachiness, or at least the long argument in the Jas's hideout.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    R. Lane Southern California 12-03-13
    R. Lane Southern California 12-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Creepy & Addictive"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story was addictive and the mystery keep me fully engaged and guessing up to the end. Guaranteed to creep you the heck out!


    What other book might you compare I Hunt Killers to and why?

    I can't really compare this to any other read, it's very different, but it reminded my of the TV series Dexter, but YA. Just about as brutal which is surprising given it was a YA read.


    What does Charlie Thurston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Charlie Thurston's voice was perfect for Jasper and the secondary characters were well done, too.


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    Kevin B. Leigh Alden, NY 08-22-13
    Kevin B. Leigh Alden, NY 08-22-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Best Performance ever. Billy -trumps- Hannibal"

    Charlie Thurston's reading of this book made it a thrill ride. He made the serial killer sound real and creepy in a way that was visceral. Well done.
    Barry Lyga, Billy now surpasses Hannibal as my new favorite serial killer.

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    Carole Pittsburgh, PA, United States 08-19-13
    Carole Pittsburgh, PA, United States 08-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "YA Serial Killer?"
    Any additional comments?

    While the story is interesting and sometimes gripping, there is a disturbing problem with the tone of the book. Told through the voice of a teenage protagonist, it sometimes tries at juvenile humor that seems really inappropriate, given the subject. The murder in the book is alternately treated as super serious and sort of laughed off in a teenage-bravado sort of way. Kind of gross and uncomfortable.

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    Sandra Ardmore, OK, United States 12-06-12
    Sandra Ardmore, OK, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Sort of puts in the mind of a Dean Knootz book."
    What made the experience of listening to I Hunt Killers the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed this book. Couldn't put it down.


    What other book might you compare I Hunt Killers to and why?

    Again this book sort of reminds me of a Dean Knootz book. I got the same feeling of suspence. This author is getting to be very good. Can't wait until he comes out with more.


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    PJ Mouseville, Fl 10-19-12
    PJ Mouseville, Fl 10-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not a Child Read"
    Would you listen to I Hunt Killers again? Why?

    Yes, story was excellent, well written with believable characters. I cared about these people and especially Jasper


    What other book might you compare I Hunt Killers to and why?

    cant think of any


    Which character – as performed by Charlie Thurston – was your favorite?

    Jasper, but they all were great. Mr Thurston has a way of changing his voice for each character so you know exaclty who is speaking at all times.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me gasp a few times, kept me guessing


    Any additional comments?

    Is listed as a teen novel and the contents are mostly mild, however there are a few scens that made me wince. I think a more appropriate description would be mild Adult.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Denella Columbia, SC, United States 08-13-12
    Denella Columbia, SC, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Love It!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of I Hunt Killers to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version to compare.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Hunt Killers?

    Can't tell without giving the story away.


    What does Charlie Thurston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice fits the book well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book was great from beginning to end.


    Any additional comments?

    My son picked up the book with me at part 2 in a long car ride, and was able to get into it with no problem. We really enjoyed it, and commented that the ride even seemed shorter because we were so captivated by the book, the time and miles flew by. I cannot wait for the sequel!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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