Series: Jasper Dent #1
Published by Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2012
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
Also in this series: Game, Blood of My Blood
Also by this author: Game, Blood of My Blood
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?
“The dice had already been tossed, the cards shuffled and drawn. He was what he was, whether he knew it yet or not. Maybe he was just a guy with a crazy dad, like other kids with crazy dads. Or maybe he was something else.”
While most boys were making friends and trying out for Little League, Jasper Dent was getting an education in murder. Jazz’s dad is one of the most infamous serial killers in the country. From the moment he learned how to walk, Jazz has been groomed to eventually succeed his father in the ultimate hunt of predator vs. prey. I Hunt Killers takes place almost 4 years after his father’s capture and arrest and Jazz is still dealing with the sins of his father.
“Jazz was afraid of two things in the world, and two things only. One of them was that people thought his upbringing meant that he was cursed by nature, nurture and predestination to be a serial killer like his father.
The second thing…was that they were right.”
Because of his unorthodox upbringing, Jazz has the ultimate insight of what it is to be a killer. So when dead bodies start piling up in his hometown Jazz has the knowledge and know-how to possibly help the police nab this killer. But as Jazz starts finding himself immersed back in the world of murder weapons and body parts he starts questioning himself and just how easy it would be to go down the route his dad has taken. His charm, his ease of duplicity and his lack of empathy are qualities Jazz knows he can’t ignore, especially when the urge to give in to them become strong.
“He hated most things about Dear Old Dad, but what he hated most was that Dear Old Dad was pretty much always right.”
OH-EM-GEE! I Hunt Killers is without a doubt one of the most underrated books/series ever. I mean how is it possible that I just heard about this series only a few weeks ago?!?! Sure the title is intriguing but I never expected how deep this book would embed itself in the dark and scary recesses of my mind. I am actually shocked that this is marketed as a Young Adult novel ( a very mature one at that) because I found myself seriously disturbed and disgusted at times. I had to put this down a few times, especially at night, because while I am not the squeamish type I definitely had a case of the heebie jeebies. Thankful with the addition of Jazz’s hilariously awkward and funny hemophiliac friend Howie, as well as his confident and supportive girlfriend Connie, I Hunt Killers had a nice balance of fright, intrigue and humanity.