I Hunt Killers : Jasper Dent

  • by Barry Lyga
  • Narrated by Charlie Thurston
  • Series: Jasper Dent
  • 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jazz is a likable teenager. A charmer. But he's also the son of a (now incarcerated) infamous serial killer, and "Dear Old Dad" (as Jazz calls him) has taught Jazz everything he knows. But what Jazz doesn't know is whether or not he is destined to follow in his father's footsteps. He knows he has urges, but he also knows (hopes) that he has a conscience, that he isn't like his father, that he can follow his own path. And so, in an effort to right his father's wrongs, Jazz decides to help the police (although they don't know it yet) hunt down "The Impressionist" - a new serial killer in town.
As The Impressionist kills more victims, Jazz uses the "skills" he's learned to determine the killer is copying his father's career - almost to the letter. Everyone in town thinks that Jazz could be the murderer, and why shouldn't they? The only people that stand by him are his hemophiliac best friend, Howie, and his tough, beautiful girlfriend, Connie - one of the few girls Jazz feels comfortable around given his father's history: His dad may have murdered dozens of women, but they were all white, and Connie is black.
As the bodies pile up, Jazz struggles with determining his "true" destiny. Ultimately, he manages to stop The Impressionist, but in the meantime learns his father has escaped from his maximum security prison, and Jazz may have played a role in his escape.... For now he's safe, but he knows his dad is out there, somewhere, looking for his next victim....


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Sick & Twisted & Oh SO Sweet!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you are a fan of Dexter, this is the book for you. Jaz is like a baby Dexter -- raised by his brilliant, psychotic serial killer father. Even with his father behind bars, serving dozens of life sentences for the many murders he committed, Jaz is unable to escape his father's shadow. He has thoughts constantly that veer toward the murderous side, and because of that is always doubting himself. The cast of characters is pretty intriguing as well, especially the country bumpkin Sheriff who is a pretty smart guy even though he might not seem so at first. The narrator perfectly captured Jaz in his performance, and the voice of the psychotic father and even the Sheriff. But I wasn't happy with how the friend and girlfriend and other people were portrayed. They felt like caricatures, which is disappointing because they weren't written as such. All in all, this is an excellent, engrossing audio book and well worth the purchase. It's my first audio book to complete and I am very glad to recommend it. I can't wait for the sequel!

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that the main character is so flawed but doesn't sit around and whine about it. So what if I might grow up to be a serial killer just like daddy dearest? I'm not going to whine about it. I'll go out and hunt them in the mean time!

What does Charlie Thurston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great vulnerability and emotion to the main character.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The scene between Jaz and his dad is amazing. So raw and chilling.

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- Amy "I'm a reader of YA and writer as well. I prefer contemporary but also love a nice dark paranormal or YA, as long as the story is true."

"I Hunt Killers" was pretty awesome!

What made the experience of listening to I Hunt Killers the most enjoyable?

The detail of the crimes and how the killer(s) think.

What did you like best about this story?

The plot. After the book was over and I was thinking about it, it all made sense. I'm still putting bits and pieces together. I really, really enjoyed this story. I can't wait until the next one comes out.

What does Charlie Thurston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Absolutely! He did an outstanding job of narrating.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but couldn't. Listened to it in my car on the way to and from work. I'd get up in the morning and couldn't wait to get in my car so I could listen to it!

Any additional comments?

Wow--what a great listen!

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- Nan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-03-2012
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio