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?
Holy Shizz. This book was very entertaining. Jazz was a likable guy, but so far from being a normal teenager, it was literally scary. Because his (serial killer) dad decided to make Jazz his protege, Jazz doesn’t know if the thoughts he has in his head about killing are nature or nurture. He fights the urges, because he knows how easy it can be to use his charm to fool people into a false sense of security, easily overtake them, and prove his father right. But the people Jazz has in his corner, the town Sheriff, his best friend and his girlfriend, won’t let him sink into the instincts Dear Old Dad tried to instill in him.
Then a body is found in Lobo’s Nod, and it captivates Jazz and he feels that he is the only person who has the necessary knowledge and skill set to solve the murder. So he and his best friend, Howie, set about doing their own investigation, using DoD’s teachings as a guide book.
This is a YA book, but I don’t know if that’s the right category for it. There was definitely some adult themes, and it may only be here because of the age of the book’s “hero”, and truthfully, it’s a little scary. It IS about serial killers, after all, and about a boy who may have the inclination to become one himself. I have long held a fascination with serial killers (one of my absolute favorite classes was Psychology and Law, where we discussed serial killers at length), so to see into the inner thoughts of someone who was raised to become one…it’s a little disturbing, to say the least. But I loved the book. I loved Jazz and the other “good-guy” characters, and I will be reading the next book in the series.