FICTION

Blood of My Blood

480p. (I Hunt Killers: Bk. 3). ebook available. Little, Brown. 2014. Tr $18. ISBN 9780316198707. LC 2014003643.
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RedReviewStarGr 9 Up—Jasper "Jazz" Dent is locked in a storage locker with two dead bodies, trying to nurse his own bullet wound in the dim light of a fading cellphone. Picking up (without pause) from the cliff-hanger ending in Game (2013), Lyga's series about the 17-year-old who was first introduced in I Hunt Killers (2012) as the son of escaped killer Billy Dent continues as he tries to aid the police in his father's recapture. Unaware that his girlfriend Connie has been lured by Billy to a Brooklyn tenement house and imprisoned with Jazz's mother, and that his hemophiliac friend, Howie, has been attacked, Jazz faces his demons alone—including repressed memories with sexual undertones, and the creepy voice of Billy educating his son on the acumen required to be a good serial killer (appearing in italics). The worrisome genetic factor plagues Jazz yet propels him in the right direction to foil some copycat killers and elude authorities long enough to solve his own life's mysteries. Obstructing the law, the teen follows clues that take him back home to Lobo's Nod for the chilling climax and surprise ending, despite red herrings thrown in the readers' path at every turn. Connie and Howie continue to play major roles in this episode, often providing their own points of view, as do officers Hughes and Tanner as bumbling but likable authorities. As a trilogy wrap-up, this gory winner with raw appeal requires having read the first two titles.—Vicki Reutter, State University of New York at Cortland
This trilogy-ender begins with a bang: Jazz (son of serial killer Billy Dent) has been shot and trapped; hemophiliac best friend Howie is in the ER; and girlfriend Connie is being held captive by Billy himself. The teens fight to reunite and take down Billy, uncovering more gruesome secrets about Jazz's family. The previous books raised tantalizing questions--Lyga delivers with a vengeance.
This trilogy-ender begins with a bang. Jasper "Jazz" Dent (son of infamous serial killer Billy Dent), his best friend Howie, and his girlfriend Connie have been investigating a "game" played by serial killers that resulted in a double-digit body count. Now the friends are separated, with each in danger and in pain: Jazz has been shot and is trapped in a storage unit; hemophiliac Howie is in the ER; and Connie is being held captive by Billy himself. Though Jazz is clearly the protagonist, the breakneck-paced, omniscient narrative follows each of the three teens as they fight to reunite and take down Billy. Along the way, Jazz and readers uncover more gruesome secrets about Jazz's family and learn just how dark Jazz's Billy-influenced heart may be. The previous two books raised tantalizing questions -- what is the identity of Billy's partner-in-crime, Ugly J? What happened to Jazz's mother? What will Jazz do when he catches up with Billy? -- and Lyga delivers with a vengeance. Not for the faint of heart. katie bircher

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