Thursday, April 19, 2012

What if the World's Worst Serial Killer...Was Your Dad?

Jasper (Jazz) Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say. But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could--from the criminal's point of view.

And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod.

In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret--could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

Jackie says:
"Jazz's father is the world's most infamous serial killer--124 victims (including his wife, Jazz's mother). And for the first 13 years of his life, Billy nurtured and trained his son in the, well, family business. Four years ago, Billy started working too close to home, and the local sheriff arrested him; Billy was sentenced to multiple life sentences. Jazz, now in the in the custody of his dementia addled grandmother, is just trying to be a normal teenager, though one obsessed with crime and forensics. He figures he knows all about being a serial killer, so he is uniquely suited to catching one. Especially the one who is mimicking his father's kills one by one, right in his home town. The sheriff, now Jazz's mentor of sorts, tries to keep him away, but once the bodies start piling up, Jazz can't help but be involved.

This is a rather graphically violent story with plenty of psychological thriller to it. It's very compelling and the action rarely stops. I understand why this is a YA read, but I'm not entirely comfortable with the 15 and up they have put on it. The squeamish and the nightmare prone of any age should probably stay away. Dexter fans will love it."

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