a Midwest high school librarian takes on YA and adult books
Friday, April 6, 2012
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
The cover and title alone of this one will draw in teen readers, won't it? And they won't be disappointed. Jazz is a teenage boy trying to live a normal life. But that's difficult when your dad is in prison for murdering lots of people--his dad is a famous serial killer. Jazz isn't normal either--his dad raised him. So Jazz knows how to manipulate others, how to commit crimes, and how to be the perfect murderer. But he doesn't want to be------right? Jazz has quite the internal dialogue with his EVIL side about whether or not it wants to show itself. As much as the social worker and sheriff and his girlfriend try to help, Jazz still thinks he has something to prove. So when dead bodies start showing up in town again, he wants to help solve the case. He knows serial killers--he was raised by one. Jazz wants redemption, and possibly this is the way to get it.