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Game: The Sequel to I Hunt Killers (I Hunt…

Game: The Sequel to "I Hunt Killers" (I Hunt Killers, 2) (vuoden 2014 painos)

– tekijä: Barry Lyga (Tekijä)

Sarjat: Jasper Dent (2)

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After solving a deadly case in the small town of Lobo's Nod, seventeen-year-old Jazz, the son of history's most infamous serial murderer, travels to New York City to help the police track down the Hat-Dog Killer.
Teoksen nimi:Game: The Sequel to "I Hunt Killers" (I Hunt Killers, 2)
Kirjailijat:Barry Lyga (Tekijä)
Info:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2014), Edition: Reprint, 544 pages
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 38) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
This sequel to "I Hunt Killers" threads in nicely to a continuing story about a young man burdened by his father's serial killings. To choose to help apprehend other killers, to believe that he and he alone is uniquely equipped to hunt them, is borne out in the story. It was hard to put this one down. I will comment that the story could do without Jazz's hemophiliac friend. He is one too many quirky character who does not add anything to the story.
  J_Gary_Gardner | Aug 23, 2021 |
(I'm starting off with spoilers for the first book. You've been warned.)

In the first book, Jazz was kidnapped by the Impressionist and rescued by his friends. Also, one of Jazz's teachers was killed, and Jazz's dad, the serial killer Billy Dent, escaped from prison and killed the social worker who'd been assigned to Jazz.

Now a cop from the NYPD is at Jazz's door, asking for his help. Neither the NYPD nor the FBI can find a pattern behind the Hat-Dog killings, and they think Jazz, with his unique upbringing and insight into serial killers, might be able to help. Jazz does too, so he eventually agrees to go along. His girlfriend Connie goes with him.

However, there's more going on than Jazz realizes, involving his dad, his own history, and possibly even something worse than his dad.

I'll start by saying that if you liked I Hunt Killer, it'd probably be a good idea to have Book 3, Blood of My Blood, on hand and ready for the moment you finish Game. I say this as someone who is currently waiting for an ILL request for the next book to go through. This ends with multiple "characters in peril" cliffhangers, and it's excruciating.

Game really strained my suspension of disbelief. Jazz spent much of the first book convinced that he knew better than all of the adults around him, but they were usually smarter than he gave them credit for, just not as willing to jump to particular conclusions. In this book, Jazz suddenly had both the NYPD and the FBI treating him like an expert, and hardly anyone batted an eye at this 17-year-old coolly examining bodies and crime scene photos. Both in terms of the way Jazz was treated and in the general gruesomeness factor, this read like an adult thriller.

Still, Jazz, Connie, and Howie were teens, and there were multiple times I worried about them. Well, Connie and Howie more than Jazz - other than his "fish out of water" reaction to being in a big city, he generally seemed like he could take care of himself. I worried that Connie would take on too much and push too hard in an effort to prove something to herself and to Jazz. Her being with Jazz while he was looking into the Hat-Dog killer seemed like a recipe for "girlfriend in peril, captured by the serial killer." Then there was Howie, who was even hornier than I remembered him being - he kept trying to hit on Jazz's aunt, who'd agreed to watch out for her mother, Jazz's grandmother.

There was a lot of gore in this, and unfortunately one of the on-page victims was still alive during some of the horrible stuff that happened to him. No new animal violence, although Jazz had a moment where he thought about what his dad did to his dog. And the ending, oof. That made me cringe, and possibly not for reasons Lyga intended. I'm pretty sure that if you're going to use bleach to disinfect a wound, it has to be really diluted, and I'm not sure it was in that instance. (I checked the scene again - no mention that it was diluted with water, unless that somehow happened earlier. Plus there's the whole issue of proper ventilation...)

While I generally found this to be interesting reading, it didn't really hook me until some revelations in the second half. I had theories about what might be going on, some of which I hoped I was wrong about due to that whole "character in peril" thing - I really didn't want any of Jazz's friends to die horribly (again, I figured Jazz, as the main character, would be safe). Annoyingly, Lyga left almost all of my questions unanswered. Here's hoping that Book 3 makes its way to me as quickly as possible. I'd like to read it while my "need to know" feeling is still strong. And when I read that book, I'll finally worry about Jazz properly.

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.) ( )
  Familiar_Diversions | Jul 11, 2021 |
A serial killer is loose in New York City. He has been killing victims for the last eight months and the NYPD is stumped. They can't figure out his patterns and they are nowhere near figuring out his identity: sometimes he carves a hat on his victims and sometimes a dog. So he is called the Hat Dog Killer. Desperate for help, a NYPD detective comes to Jasper (Jazz) Dent for help, hoping he can use his special ability to see inside a serial killer's head from having been raised by the infamous Billy Dent. His girlfriend, Connie, is dragged into the sordid mess. Eventually, Jazz begins to see the pattern, but it is hard to believe that a 17-year old is better than NYPD's finest.
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  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
I LOVED Connie's point of views in this as well as the glimpses into the killers' an Billy's minds but I found Jazz to get a bit repetitious after a while. The story was interesting and the murders kept me going which is always a plus. ( )
  KayIS813 | Mar 27, 2020 |
Jazz's life has gotten somewhat back to normal, or at least as normal as Jasper Dent's life could ever be. Plagued by the same questions, and the same inner battle, he just can't seem to let himself rest. The only thing that quells the demons is Jazz's new passion; hunting killers. So when New York's finest calls upon him to help catch the Hat-Dog Killer, he answers.

Pulled out of the safety of his small town, and taken away from the people who hold him together, Game shows an even stronger Jazz than the previous book. I was amazed at how much he grew during the story. Not only is he faced with an unfamiliar city, he also has to put together the pieces of a brand new serial killer's rampage. Watching Jazz fight off his inner demons, while simultaneously hunting for a true demon, kept things moving lightning fast. True to form, Lyga throws in twists and turns galore. Just when you think you've figured things out, you haven't. Trust me, it's frustrating in the best way possible.

Connie also plays a much bigger role in this book. Jazz's feelings for her have always been tempered with the possibility he might someday snap. That's what I loved about their relationship in the first place. However in this book we really see how strong Jazz has to be to keep his life at an even keel. Best of all, Connie gets much more hands-on with the action! She is one feisty girl, and I couldn't help but want to follow her. If there was ever a girl who was worthy of Jasper Dent, Connie is it.

I could babble on and on about the perfectly placed clues, the brilliant writing style, or the new characters who come into play, but then this review would essentially end up as a book itself. The highest compliment I can give Barry Lyga and Game is that 528 pages flew by in what felt like seconds. I was left holding a book, with a gaping maw, and lamenting the fact that there were no more pages left to read. There's one heck of a cliffhanger here, so don't say I didn't warn you. You should definitely pick up a copy of this book and, in the meantime, I'll be sitting here. Whimpering and waiting for more. ( )
  roses7184 | Feb 5, 2019 |
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