Billy grinned. "Oh, New York," he whispered. "We're gonna have so much fun."
I Hunt Killers introduced the world to Jazz, the son of history's most infamous serial killer, Billy Dent.
In an effort to prove murder didn't run in the family, Jazz teamed with the police in the small town of Lobo's Nod to solve a deadly case. And now, when a determined New York City detective comes knocking on Jazz's door asking for help, he can't say no. The Hat-Dog Killer has the Big Apple—and its police —running scared. So Jazz and his girlfriend, Connie, hop on a plane to the big city and get swept up in a killer's murderous game.
Both the stakes and the body count are higher in this suspenseful and unstoppable sequel from acclaimed author Barry Lyga.
Published July 16th 2013 by AudioGO (first published January 1st 2013)
Four and a half stars: A smart, chilling, and horrifying sequel!
Jazz Dent is haunted. He struggles daily with his inner demons wondering if he will snap and turn into a murdered just like his dear old dad. To make matters worse, Billy Dent, one of the world's most notorious serial killers is still on the loose. Jazz vows he will hunt him down. In the meantime, Jazz receives an unexpected visit from a New York detective. Brooklyn is being terrorized by a serial killer, and they need help. Can Jazz catch another killer?
What I Liked:
- Whoa! Well played Mr. Lyga. Game is even more terrifying, fascinating and creepy than its predecessor. I was immediately sucked into the story, and it didn't let go until the final heart stopping pages. I can't get enough of this series. It is so horrifying and interesting at the same time. If you ever wanted to know what makes a serial killer tick, read these books!
- Once again, I loved the heavy focus on nature vs. nurture. Mr. Lyga continues to confuse us by throwing in plenty of tidbits that could sway your opinion one way or another, until the next revelation. Will Jazz become a killer because of his genes or his upbringing, or will his very nature steer him away from the path chosen by his father? Can we overcome our nature? Our nurture?
- Jazz continues to impress me. He is so smart, and I appreciate that he is taking all the teachings from his murderous father and using them for good. Jazz helps the police hunt down a killer, and the amount of information he throws out regarding serial killers is astonishing and fascinating. I loved learning more about what makes a serial killer tick and how in depth Mr. Lyga explored the nature of serial killers. This book is not for the faint of heart! While he uses his skill to hunt down killers, Jazz is constantly struggling inwardly as he tries to avoid succumbing to the temptations ingrained in him by his father. The psychological implications of his conundrum are mind boggling. I have my fingers crossed that he will rise above his DNA and his upbringing and be his own man.
- The story line is packed full of startling and shocking revelations. My jaw dropped in astonishment and there were numerous times when I squeaked out loud while listening to this one. I loved the twisty plot and the big surprises.
- Even though the overall story line is dark and a gruesome, Mr. Lyga provides plenty of comedic relief with Howie and Grandma. Howie, Jazz' best friend, delivers many laugh out loud lines. Howie is convinced he is going to score with an older woman, a cougar encounter. Howie makes the book with his comedic gems. Jazz' insane grandma is always entertaining with her crazed delusion behavior. I think Mr. Thurston's voice for her in the audiobook is outstanding. I like that there are these tiny snippets of humor that will catch you off guard, like that line at the end about the grapefruit spoon.
- The ending was riveting, shocking and so frustrating. I finished the book on the edge of my seat. Talk about mother of all cliffhangers! You are left with not one but three fates in the balance. Lucky for me, my procrastination saved me a long wait. I have a copy of book three, Blood of My Blood, ready to dive into.
- The audiobook is top notch. Charlie Thurston delivers another masterful performance. I think his voices for Jazz, Howie, Billy, Grandma and Connie are terrific. I am hooked on the audiobooks, and I highly recommend them.
And The Not So Much:
- I must remind you that this series is not for the faint of heart. Mr. Lyga spares no punches when it comes to delivering all the gruesome horror of a serial killer. There is a plethora of blood and guts, it is very graphic. Where else would you learn the definition of a world like enucleated. If you are squeamish, these books are not for you.
- I was a big fan of Connie in the first book, and I still am, but I was a disappointed in her this time out. Connie is sucked into the game, and I questioned her judgement. I couldn't believe that she took such big risks and landed herself in a precarious situation. What were you thinking, Connie, you know better!
- This book concludes with a horrendous cliffhanger. You have the fates of three major characters in the balance along with a jaw dropping reveal. Not to mention, a whole host of unanswered questions. Even though I abhor cliffhangers, this one did the trick. I am absolutely itching to get into the third book, but I am waiting for the audio. Well played, Mr. Lyga!
- While I love the audiobook narration by Charlie Thurston, I had two hesitations this time out. First his narration for Morales, a female FBI agent, didn't work for me. She came across as a man impersonating a woman. I know he is capable of doing good female voices as I have no problems with Connie and Samantha. Second, there are several new law enforcement characters and I thought that some of the voices sounded a bit too similar. Not a big deal, just a minor complaint. The audiobooks are so good!
- I struggle with these books being labeled YA. In all honest, these books are suited for mature readers only. The murders are graphic and gory, the plot is smart and complex and the overall story line is best suited for adults.
Game was a shocking and riveting sequel, stronger than the first book. I am absolutely hooked on this dark and gruesome series all about the serial killer. If you want an entertaining and fascinating read with deep psychological implications, read these books.
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.