When your father is the most notorious serial killer of the 21st century, having a normal life is a struggle. So is not following in his footsteps.
After witnessing many of the crime scenes of his father's 123 official kills in ways the police wish they could, 17-year-old Jasper "Jazz" Dent is glad his father's in prison. Life with crazy Gramma, who raised "Dear Old Dad," is hard enough, and now it's in jeopardy thanks to Jazz's social worker. When police discover a body in a field near town, Jazz becomes certain it’s a new serial killer. In spite of the objections of Lobo's Nod Sheriff G. William Tanner, Jazz and his best friend, hemophiliac Howie, run their own investigation and uncover a pattern as bodies quickly pile up. Can Jazz help the cops find this new monster without becoming a suspect himself? YA rebel-author Lyga switches from goths and superheroes to serial killers and sociopaths with this grisly teen thriller. Jazz’s heightened self-consciousness is both believable and entirely in tune with regular teens. Readers of Dan Wells’ John Wayne Cleaver novels (I Am Not a Serial Killer, 2010, etc.) will find echoes of them here, though the writing is not as tight and the creep factor is lower. Also, the certain-sequel open ending is a bit of a letdown.
Still there is much to satisfy the blood-and-gore lust of older teen CSI and serial-killer fans. (Thriller. 15 & up)