John Cleaver

8 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 609 ratings

I Am Not a Serial Killer Publisher's Summary

Dan Wells's debut audiobook, I Am Not a Serial Killer, is the first installment in a trilogy that will keep you awake and then haunt your dreams.

John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it. 

He's spent his life doing his best not to live up to his potential. 

He's obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn't want to become one. So for his own sake, and the safety of those around him, he lives by rigid rules he's written for himself, practicing normal life as if it were a private religion that could save him from damnation. 

Dead bodies are normal to John. He likes them, actually. They don't demand or expect the empathy he's unable to offer. Perhaps that's what gives him the objectivity to recognize that there's something different about the body the police have just found behind the Wash-n-Dry Laundromat - and to appreciate what that difference means. 

Now, for the first time, John has to confront a danger outside himself, a threat he can't control, a menace to everything and everyone he would love, if only he could. 

"The beauty of the prose, mixed with the depth of characterization, gives the haunting, first-person narrative a human touch. regardless of your age or your genre preferences, you will find this story both profound and enthralling.” (Brandon Sanderson, New York Times best-selling author) 

“Brilliant! full of unforgettable characters, creepy thrills, and dangerous twists you won’t see coming.” (Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author)

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  • Book 1

    • I Am Not a Serial Killer

    • John Cleaver, Book 1
    • By: Dan Wells
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it. He's obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn't want to become one. So for his own sake, and the safety of those around him, he lives by rigid rules he's written for himself, practicing normal life as if it were a private religion that could save him from damnation. Dead bodies are normal to John. They don't demand or expect the empathy he's unable to offer. Perhaps that's what gives him the objectivity to recognize that there's something different about the body the police have just found behind the Wash-n-Dry Laundromat - and to appreciate what that difference means.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastical Thrill Ride

    • By Jacob Winacott on 01-09-19

    Regular price: $18.89

  • Book 2

    • Mr. Monster

    • John Cleaver Series, Book 2
    • By: Dan Wells
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    In I Am Not a Serial Killer, John Wayne Cleaver saved his town from a murderer even more appalling than the serial killers he obsessively studies, using his own repressed homicidal proclivities to even the odds. But it turns out even demons have friends, and the disappearance of one has brought another to Clayton County. Soon there are new victims for John to work on at the mortuary, and a new mystery to solve. But this time something's different. John has tasted death, and the dark nature he used as a weapon might now be using him.    

    Regular price: $18.89

  • Book 3

    • I Don't Want to Kill You

    • John Cleaver, Book 3
    • By: Dan Wells
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 9

    John Wayne Cleaver has called a demon - literally called it on the phone - and challenged it to a fight. He's faced two monsters already, barely escaping with his life, and now he's done running; he's taking the fight to them. As he wades through the town's darkest secrets, searching for any sign of who the demon might be, one thing becomes all too clear: in a game of cat and mouse with a supernatural killer, you are always the mouse.   

    Regular price: $18.89

  • Book 3.5

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  • Book 4

    • The Devil's Only Friend

    • John Cleaver, Book 4
    • By: Dan Wells
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 250
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 230
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 229

    John Wayne Cleaver hunts demons. They've killed his neighbors, his family, and the girl he loves, but in the end he's always won. Now he works for a secret government kill team, using his gift to hunt and kill as many monsters as he can...but the monsters have noticed, and the quiet game of cat and mouse is about to erupt into a full-scale supernatural war.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic Book!

    • By Jeffrey Kline on 06-24-15

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 5

    • Over Your Dead Body

    • John Cleaver, Book 5
    • By: Dan Wells
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 171

    John and Brooke are on their own, hitchhiking from town to town as they hunt the last of the Withered through the Midwest - but the Withered are hunting them back, and the FBI is close behind. With each new town, each new truck stop, each new highway, they get closer to a vicious killer who defies every principle of profiling and prediction John knows how to use, and meanwhile Brooke's fractured psyche teeters on the edge of oblivion, overwhelmed by the hundreds of thousands of dead personalities sharing her mind.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bringing the creepy back!

    • By Beau on 05-25-16

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 6

    • Nothing Left to Lose

    • John Cleaver Series, Book 6
    • By: Dan Wells
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98

    Hi. My name is John Cleaver, and I hunt monsters. I used to do it alone, and then for a while I did it with a team of government specialists, and then the monsters found us and killed almost everyone, and now I hunt them alone again. This is my story.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Compelling and made me cry.

    • By Mary Robinette Kowal on 01-18-19

    Regular price: $30.09

  • Book 7

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    • I Am Not a Serial Killer Movie

    • By: Dan Wells
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