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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,160 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barry Lyga Narrator: Charlie Thurston Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The I Hunt Killers Trilogy Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781611134087
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • I Hunt Killers is an out-of-control hearse with one busted headlight, blood on the grille, a madman at the wheel, and laughter pouring out the open windows. Climb in, buckle up, and go for a ride.”

    Joe Hill, New York Times bestselling author of Heart Shaped Box and Horns

  • “A superb mystery/thriller that explores what it’s like to have a monster for a father…Lyga delivers a taut, gory tale that can easily stand on its own as an adult thriller, with a large group of suspects and plenty of red herrings. But it’s Jazz’s internal conflicts about his exposure to his father’s evil that adds extra dimension and makes the book shine.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Lyga has fashioned the kind of gripping, gory psycho-thriller usually relegated to adult fiction, one that fears neither viscera nor deviant sexual behavior nor the darkest of human impulses. It is rare when a YA novel dares to dwell upon the moral ambivalence of its protagonist, but Jazz is just that—a hero who constantly yearns to succumb to his killer instincts. Before the teasing finale, Lyga gifts readers with a Hannibal Lecter–like prison showdown between Jazz and Billy. Safe bet that the sequel will offer more of these satisfying tête-à-têtes.”


  • “The characters are especially believable, and the reader will be drawn in by their motivations and actions. Jazz’s inner struggle to understand his compulsions to both save and hurt people will captivate readers into wanting to know which path he will ultimately choose. This story will appeal to a wide variety of older teen readers, especially guys, and will make an excellent addition to any library serving mature teens.”


  • A 2015 Oklahoma Book Award Nominee for Grades 9-12
  • A 2012 Bram Stoker Award Nominee for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel
  • A 2014 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, April 2012
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the 2013 Booklist Top 10

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crini | 2/19/2014

    " More pleeeaaaase! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 2/8/2014

    " I love a good thriller and this one did not disappoint! Reading about Jazz's internal struggles with who and what he is was just as interesting and exciting (if not more so) than trying to decipher "whodunit" and what was going to happen next. I can't wait for the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aries-Leigh | 1/22/2014

    " It is a teen book, and it takes a while to really get into it, but then I think it's really good. A little predictable, but not as bad as I thought it would be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace Simmons | 1/13/2014

    " it was disturbing, but well-written. I think the author did a really good job of getting into a serial killers pathology. Surprisingly the most disturbing thing to me aren't the crimes Jazz's father committed, but the mind of the person who did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raeanna | 1/13/2014

    " Is there a sequel? Why did it just end like that? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christie | 12/21/2013

    " This is a pretty heavy book for most high schoolers I would say. Very graphic violence and extensive psychological abuse is detailed. It was, however, compelling and I can see the right reluctant reader getting into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Stuhlsatz | 12/17/2013

    " I had heard that this book was going to be suuuuuper scary and creepy, but I've definitely read worse. We never doubted the main character, even though he definitely doubted himself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 AJ Conroy | 12/12/2013

    " Son of Dexter meets Encyclopedia Brown "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emmy Neal | 10/11/2013

    " Gory and funny and greusome and definitely requires the reader to suspend belief in a number of areas to be believable. But it was fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 7/16/2013

    " This book is scary good. Read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 7/11/2013

    " Intriguing premise. I like the fact that it has a male protagonist and it's not built on a generic concept of vampires, fairies, zombies, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Slater | 1/28/2013

    " Another good pick on the 2014 Abe list. Dark themes, but fast-paced and well-written. "

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About the Author
Author Barry LygaBarry Lyga is the author of several acclaimed young adult novels, including I Hunt Killers, its sequel Game, and his debut, The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl. He now knows way too much about how to dispose of a human body. Barry lives and writes in New York City. His website is barrylyga.com.
About the Narrator

Charlie Thurston is an actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator. He has appeared on stages across the country with Trinity Repertory Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, Creede Rep, and at Riverside Theatre and Redmoon Theater, among others. His favorite roles include Edgar in The Completely Fictional—Utterly True—Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen in The Long Christmas Ride Home, Tuzenbach in The Three Sisters, and Tony in You Can’t Take It with You. He holds an MFA in acting from Brown University / Trinity Rep.