Booktalk: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

I’ve been a fan of Barry Lyga for some time, as evidenced by my booktalk of his first novel The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl.  Sometimes booktalks just write themselves, and this was one of those times.  I was about halfway through I Hunt Killers when I came up with the first line of my booktalk, and the echo of that first line a few lines later..  By the time I finished reading this book, I’d already written most of the booktalk, and by the next day I’d revised it and recorded it.  Sometimes it takes days or weeks of mental anguish to write a booktalk, but every once in a while everything just falls into place.  And it’s really cool when that happens.


Jasper Dent is not a serial killer.

He knows how to charm and manipulate people.  He knows how to kill people.  He knows how to cut up their bodies.  He knows how to clean up a crime scene.

Jasper Dent is not a serial killer.  But he could be.

That’s because his father killed over a hundred people, and his father spent years teaching Jasper everything he knows.  Jasper’s father is in prison now, but Jasper will always be known as the son of a killer.

When a woman’s body is found in a field in Jasper’s town, the police start looking for her killer.  But only Jasper suspects that this is no ordinary killer.  He believes that she will be the first of many victims.  Jasper starts his own investigation, and tells the sheriff about his suspicions.  But the sheriff doesn’t believe him.

Jasper wants to find the killer for two very important reasons.  The first reason is that he spent enough time with his father to think like a killer, so he’s uniquely qualified to help the police.  The second reason is that serial killers are very uncommon, and the odds of two serial killers attacking people in the same small town are about a billion to one.  Which means that as soon as the public realize what’s going on in their town, their number one suspect is going to be Jasper.

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