Series: Jasper Dent #2
Published by Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: April 16th, 2013
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
Also in this series: I Hunt Killers, Blood of My Blood
Also by this author: I Hunt Killers, Blood of My Blood
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Billy grinned. “Oh, New York,” he whispered. “We’re gonna have so much fun.”
I Hunt Killers introduced the world to Jazz, the son of history’s most infamous serial killer, Billy Dent.
In an effort to prove murder didn’t run in the family, Jazz teamed with the police in the small town of Lobo’s Nod to solve a deadly case. And now, when a determined New York City detective comes knocking on Jazz’s door asking for help, he can’t say no. The Hat-Dog Killer has the Big Apple–and its police force–running scared. So Jazz and his girlfriend, Connie, hop on a plane to the big city and get swept up in a killer’s murderous game.
“She screamed. Her screaming was beautiful. But, truth be told he missed the crying.”
Barry Lyga, you scare and thrill me with your words. Let it be known that I may or may not have read this book with all of my lights on. The second installment of the Jasper Dent Series is quite possibly the goriest, most disturbing, and entertaining so far. While Game adds another layer to a story that is evolving into depraved and desperate territory, the heart of this book comes from the enigmatic Jasper “Jazz” Dent.
“Your doubt is your soul, kid.”
As the result of the sadistic tutelage of Billy “Dear Old Dad” Dent, Jazz is still uncertain of his own character. Despite doing everything in his power to use his father’s teachings for good, especially once he finds himself in New York helping the NYPD in trying to find another serial killer, Jazz is still at a place where he is struggling with how his feelings and actions have played a part in his father’s twisted games. As detached as Jazz is, especially with old Billy boy taking up real estate in his head and manipulating his thoughts, his actions show otherwise. Despite his conditioning, Jazz has the potential to be a hero.
“His past was his. It was fractured and weird and a typhoon of emotions and fragments of memories, but it was his and his alone. No one else had the right to go trolling through it, sifting the garbage for the golden memory that could lead to Billy Dent.”
While Connie and Howie are a representation of the good parts of Jazz, Billy is the other side of that coin. Do I like Billy Dent? Nope. Nope. Nope. He is the personification of evil. But do I sometimes find myself scarily understanding him? Yes. Billy is charming, manipulative, and witty. You see these qualities in Jazz and can understand why he struggles with himself the way he does. Game is a dark and fascinating study of the human condition in it’s most raw and sometimes barbaric form.