I Am Not A Serial Killer

I Am Not A Serial Killer

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John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it.

He's spent his life doing his best not to live up to his potential.

He's obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn't want to become one. So for his own sake, and the safety of those around him, he lives by rigid rules he's written for himself, practicing normal life as if it were a private religion that could save him from damnation.

Dead bodies are normal to John. He likes them, actually. They don't demand or expect the empathy he's unable to offer. Perhaps that's what gives him the objectivity to recognize that there's something different about the body the police have just found behind the Wash-n-Dry Laundromat---and to appreciate what that difference means.

Now, for the first time, John has to confront a danger outside himself, a threat he can't control, a menace to everything and everyone he would love, if only he could.

Dan Wells's debut novel is the first volume of a trilogy that will keep you awake and then haunt your dreams.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Tor, 2010.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765322470
0765322471
9780765327826
0765327821
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 271 pages ; 22 cm

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Beatricksy Oct 02, 2017

The pacing is entertaining, and it's got a fascinating sense of place. Characters feel a little stock, but hey, I don't mind when I'm just so entranced by the weird events occurring therein. You'll have to prop up your belief with several sticks and create a blanket fort of Nonsense to get through a lot of it (sure, he rides his bike everywhere in the snow; sure, the killer didn't bother putting up cameras to catch the note-placer; sure, the killer didn't recognize the kid's voice during the phone conversation; sure, sure, sure). But despite that, it's still fun, and the ending is pretty breathless from start to finish. A fun Halloween read.

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MillieBT
Jun 09, 2017

Very interesting reading from the mind of a sociopath........it's dark and disturbing ....the 1st book in this trilogy...2nd book Mr Monster...3rd The Devils Only Friend

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austingragg
Jun 09, 2017

This is the solid start to an AWESOME series. I'm currently--as of this writing--reading the last book in the series which just came out, NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE--the seventh book crowning two trilogies.
Dan Wells' writing is always awesome. The John Cleaver books move FAST. Super duper fast. But in the best of ways. The plotting is tight, the pacing rips you through the story, and the characters are ones that grow with you and on you through the individual texts and the over arching series.

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Ruby11
Feb 23, 2017

This book was very surprising. Overall it was entertaining, action-packed and full of interesting characters. The main character John is a sociopath and makes for a very unique, but thrilling point of view. Be prepared for a twist out of no where but don't give up! After the twist is fully explained and your mind stops reeling, the rest of the series is really good! I would defiantly recommend this book to anyone who likes murder investigations, and psychological thrillers with a hint of supernatural.

LibrarianShelbi Oct 11, 2016

What a surprisingly good book. The pacing was fast, the plotting tight, and John Wayne Cleaver is a great, if not utterly bizarre, kid with whom to enjoy the ride. Seriously, this was one of the weirdest books I've ever read, let alone enjoyed this much.

What are the three things 95% of serial killers have in common? Bed-wetting, pyromania, and animal cruelty...and John has all three. Pick up this title to find out if the title matches.

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GHutt
Sep 21, 2016

Picked this up after reading a promising review of the movie adaptation - haven't seen the film yet, but read this book in two sittings (and am now waiting for the 2nd entry in the series).

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dwolen
Jan 09, 2016

creepy but well written

punchmaster Apr 03, 2012

Read this book you will not regret it.
Dan Wells has a very simpleton, and stylish prose , in his writing. He is also smooth in his ideas.

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efarkas
Jan 21, 2012

A very fresh take on the Dexter-type serial killer in formation combined with supernatural elements. I quite enjoyed reading this book, together with the next 2 volumes in this trilogy: "Mr. Monster" and "I don't want to kill you".

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tamarajustus
Jan 13, 2012

i love the book!!!!

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