Series: Jasper Dent #1
Published by Little Brown and Company on April 3rd 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Suspense, Thrillers, Psychological, Family
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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?
Apologies for our mini-hiatus! I have been engrossed by various murder-mystery shows on Netflix and Hulu and we all know what a long drawn-out rabbit hole that can be. Naturally, that led me to desire a book called I Hunt Killers, which I discovered through My Guilty Obsession. See Ali’s review HERE.
I Hunt Killers
This novel has a fairly unique premise. The child of a serial killer? What sort of crazy, fucked-up shit will we get to see?! Ahem, did I sound too excited there? Oops.
It’s supposed to allow us an inside perspective on the mind of an organized serial killer, and how they see the world. As a dedicated viewer of Criminal Minds (though Thomas Gibson, WHY ARE YOU SUCH AN ANGRY FOOL), I’ve developed a bizarre obsession with serial murders. However, I assure my dedicated readers out there, I have never contacted one or willingly spoken to one. I haven’t reached that level of insanity yet.
Jasper, or Jazz as he is known to his friends (though this immediately brought to mind, TLC’s show about a transgender teen ‘I am Jazz’), is the son of the most prolific serial killer America has ever seen. Even though Jazz was raised to follow in Billy’s footsteps, Jazz has managed to live a relatively normal life. Kill-free.
It is no secret that I tend to loathe contemporary novels that primarily features a teen male’s point-of-view. But I really liked Jazz. While I couldn’t relate to him (and hopefully none of you can), I truly felt for him.
When a teen is involved in solving a crime, a certain suspension of belief is typically required. I didn’t feel that way at all. The entire story was plausible, provided that the reader accepted the premise.
Howie is Jazz’s hemophiliac best friend. I enjoyed their banter and appreciated their strong bond. That being said, Howie’s perspective would have driven me nuts, so I was glad to see him in the best-friend role. Connie is Jazz’s girlfriend. I liked how their relationship was portrayed because it was (finally!) a realistic teen relationship. You know, as realistic of a relationship with a serial killer’s son can be.
Since this is set in the sleepy town of Lobo’s Nod, we also get to know many other characters including Jazz’s crazy grandmother, the sheriff that caught Billy Dent, and many more. All of that added to the ambience of the serial crime spree. I shan’t touch on the mysterious murders too much because I think it’s best to not know too much about it.
I enjoyed how the story progressed and how the overall story arc for the trilogy was developed. I raced to the library to pick up the next book, Game, immediately. I can’t wait to read more!
Do you have a favorite serial-killer mystery book to recommend to me? Let me know in the comments below!