I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga is a riveting suspense-filled book. I purchased & read it overnight, then had a book hangover. I found myself holding my breath several times as I read.
Jazz was brought up by a serial killer, Billy Dent. Because of his conditioning as a child, he fears he will turn into a serial killer like Dear Old Dad. He hated that Dear Old Dad was almost always right.
This is an intense psychological chiller. I gave it five stars.
Jazz's best friend, Howie is a hemophiliac. Because Howie was fragile, when he was with him, Jazz usually held back. He's willing to do anything with & for Jazz.
Connie, his girlfriend with cornrow hair that she doesn't like touched, keeps him grounded. "The one time he tried that, Connie had lectured him on the Eleventh Commandment: Thou shalt not touch thy black girlfriend's hair. Ever."
One manipulative skill Jazz developed was: "Jazz could read people. It wasn't something he worked at; it was just as natural as breathing. It was as ordinary as reading a billboard on a highway; you don't really think about the billboard; you just notice it & your brain processes it, & that's that."
He lived with Gramma Dent since Billy had been in prison for the past four years. He described her like this: "As bad as she appeared to the outside world, he knew she was much, much worse. Hateful, spiteful, & crazier than a windsock in a tornado, but family."
A social worker, Melissa Hoover, was working to get him removed from that environment & he didn't want that to happen. "Gramma was made up of skin & bones & hate & crazy--& hate & crazy don't weigh anything."
I look forward to reading Game, its sequel.
It was published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005SCR922