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A thrilling series of killing

posted Apr 11, 2018, 9:55 AM by Adyson Koster

The “I Hunt Killers” three-part series written by Barry Lyga is a story about a famous serial killer’s son, Jazz Dent. Trying to be a regular teenager is more difficult for him. His father Billy is in solitary confinement after being charged with killing over one hundred women, and Jazz was a witness to them all. The book details the characteristics of the murders and guides you through the investigation.

In the first book of the series, Jazz is trying to be a regular teenage boy with a girlfriend and a part in the school play. Suddenly a serial killer comes to his town, Lobo's Nod. He calls himself “The Impressionist”, ultimately replicating all of Billy Dent’s murders. As Jazz struggles to not find pieces of himself in his dad, he sets his sights on busting The Impressionist. This is a thriller for students about a teenager trying to outrun his destiny with the odds against him.

The second book, “The Game”, takes place mostly in New York City. It starts with the aftermath of The Impressionist and a NYPD detective showing up on Jazz’s doorstep. Desperate for help in finding the Big Apple’s killer known as “Hat-Dog”, Jazz agrees and hops on a plane. While trying to figure out the “Hat-Dog” killer, he discovers more about himself and the troubles he faces in everyday life. Haunted by his past experiences and his mother leaving, he works to give his life a new meaning.

The second book’s end is a cliffhanger, and the best book of the series, the third book, “Blood of my Blood”, picks up right where the other left off. Jazz’s father is back, his mother is alive and in his father's hands. Jazz is now wanted by the police; he’s on his own. Determined to find and kill his dad while rescuing his mother, yet another plot twist occurs. These books were really good and you could never predict what would happen next. I couldn’t put the books down once I started reading, and I would definitely read any of his other books. Although a little gory for just anyone, the details gave the story a unique depth to the story. I give it a 5 out of 5 cardinal heads.