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2013
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Characters
Jazz (Male), Son of a serial killer; agrees to help police find a serial killer;
Genre
Young adult fiction
Mystery
Suspense
Topics
Serial killers
Fathers and sons
Search for truth
Mysteries
Murder
Setting
New York - Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.)
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Lyga's engrossing follow-up to I Hunt Killers (2012) again focuses on 17-year-old Jazz, the son of the world's most prolific serial killer, but expands his world by fleshing out previously minor characters. Jazz is called upon to help the NYPD hunt Hat-Dog, a brutal killer who might be connected to Jazz's now-escaped father, Billy Dent. Meanwhile, Jazz's girlfriend, Connie, starts receiving mysterious information about Jazz's past. Her quest drags in Jazz's hemophiliac best friend Howie, whose horndog behavior belies his deep understanding of his friend, as well as his talent for sneakiness. The gore and violence flow freely (references to disemboweling and enucleating abound); the main differentiator between this and adult thrillers is the age of the protagonists. As such, it's a riveting story for any reader capable of handling the violence, as Lyga juggles multiple points of view and elegant shocks and twists. Readers might be frustrated by the multicliffhanger finale, but the main mystery wraps up smartly, and the character arcs are as fascinating as the gruesome murders. Ages 15-up. Agent: Kathleen Anderson, Anderson Literary Management. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
The second book in this thrilling, terrifying series by New York Times bestselling author Barry Lyga is perfect for fans of Dexter . <br> Billy grinned. "Oh, New York," he whispered. "We're gonna have so much fun." <br> I Hunt Killers introduced the world to Jazz, the son of history's most infamous serial killer, Billy Dent. <br> 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 force--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. <br> Both the stakes and the body count are higher in this suspenseful and unstoppable sequel from acclaimed author Barry Lyga.
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