I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

I Hunt Killers
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Hardcover, 361 pages

Confession: I like procedural drama television shows. When I was a teenager, I loved reading John Grisham, and watching any cop show I could find on the telly. I Hunt Killers reminds me of those cop shows I watched as a kid, and the cop shows that I watch now, specifically Criminal Minds.

Jazz is a tortured character.  His father was a serial killer (who is currently in prison), and Jazz grew up thinking about people as “prospects,” or prospective targets instead of as people.  When Jazz’s father was caught, Jazz first went to live in a foster home, then was placed with his (senile) grandmother.

When a body shows up in Lobo’s Nod, Jazz is convinced it’s a serial killer and is convinced that he is the only one who can help catch this serial killer. Local law enforcement doesn’t want his help, he’s a minor and they aren’t convinced that the murderer will kill again. But Jazz has to use what knowledge he has of serial killers to help, not just because he has the knowledge, but because he wants to use this knowledge to prove that he is not like his father.

Fans of procedural dramas will enjoy this read — turning pages to find out who, in fact, Jazz ends up hunting.

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