Wednesday 8 August 2018

Down Time - Barry Lyga - An I Hunt Killers Prequel

Down Time
An I Hunt Killers Prequel 
Barry Lyga
Hachette Book Group Canada
ISBN 9781538715239


When I Hunt Killers came out in 2012 it blew me away. It is one of my favorite books and series and I average well over 100 books a year. The IHK trilogy is comprised of: I Hunt Killers, Game and Blood of My Blood, and now this story is the fifth IHK short story or Novella's. The others are: Lucky Day, Career Day, Neutral Mask and Blood Boy.  This is a new story and set well before any of the others in the series. I was under the impression that the IHK series had run its course. It looks like we not only receive a new novella but might even be getting a new series. And this book was worth the wait. This novella packs a lot of punch for the size.

Billy Dent, Billy Dent, Billy Dent! This story gives us a little more insight into the man, the murderer, and the monster! Billy is going away on vacation to help maintain his cover as a normal run of the mill guy. But we find out he hates flying and has some other neurosis that we had previously been unaware of. We also find out that calm, cool, and collected Billy is that way weather he has planned a murder, or just happens into unforeseen circumstances. 

We do not actually hear from jasper in this story, but we do hear Billy's thoughts about Jasper. Some of the back story and also the role Jasper was being groomed for. If you have not read the IHK's series you could read this as an introduction, and if you have read them you will definitely want to read this story. The story is very well written, but we would expect no less from Lyga. 

What does a serial killer do on vacation? How does he put out a presence of a normal person, but really is just maintaining a cover? What does a killer do while sitting on the beach? Read Down Time to find out what Billy Dent does while on vacation.

Another excellent short story from the masterful pen of Barry Lyga. 

Books by Barry Lyga:
I Hunt Killers:
I Hunt Killers (2012)
Game - I Hunt Killers #2 (2013)

Blood of My Blood - I Hunt Killers # 3 (2014)

I Hunt Killers Short Stories:
Down Time (2018)
Lucky Day (2014)
Career Day (2012)
Neutral Mask (2013)
Blood Boy (2014)

Brookdale High:
The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl (2006)
Boy Toy (2007)
Hero Type (2008)
Goth Girl Rising (2009)

Bang (2017)

Archvillain #1 (2010)
The Mad Mask - Archvillian #2 (2011)
Yesterday Again - Archvillian #3 (2013)

The Flash Series:
Hocus Pocus (2017)
Johnny Quick (2018)
Tornado Twins (2018)

Other Books By Barry Lyga:
Graphic Novels in Your Media Center: A definitive Guide (with Alison A.W. Lyga - 2004)
Wolverine: Worst Day Ever (2009)
MangaMan (with Colleen Dorren 2011)

Unsoul'd (2013)
After The Red Rain (2015)
The Secret Sea (2016)
Thanos Titan Consumed (2018)
The Hive (2019)


Short Story Project 2017
The Ghosts at 95
Loving The University
The Ideas of March
Four Minutes
Pulse vs. the Killing Fiend
Her Decade
The Life Cycle of Stars (Ignition)
Trading Worlds
When I Die
The Autopsying of Michael Edward Morgan
Meet Me Tonight

Contributed to:
Geektastic (2009)
Who Done It? (2013)

Author Profile and Interview with Barry Lyga

Author Profile and Interview with Randall Banner

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