CBR #107 – Everybody’s a Fucking Serial Killer These Days

Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga

I don’t know if it’s satisfying or not when you predict exactly what the twist will be in a series.  Especially since this twist was what elevated the books above mediocre.  But yeah, I fucking called it.

By the end of the series, everyone’s a goddamn crazed killer.  Everyone’s breaking laws and subverting protocol like we just pitched everything out the fucking window.  It opens with everyone in the hospital – Jazz, Connie, and Howie.  Which is pretty goddamn clever.  Capitalizing on the woe and shitty-in-the-woeful-sense ending of the last book.  Jazz becomes a wanted felon.  And so he decides only he can track down Billy and kill him.  This hubris is pretty much what fucking almost killed him and his girlfriend through the last two books.  But hey, he’s a kid.  HEY.  HE’S A FUCKING KID, LYGA.

Anyway, the books sweep towards a showdown where Jazz learns the truth about his identity and about who’s been pulling the strings.  It leads up to an epic showdown.  Which of course it does.  We’ve been expecting this since book one.  You don’t cage Hannibal Lecter, you set him free.  And thus, Jazz was always going to face Billy.

Lyga does a decent job toying with Jazz fighting and flexing his inner monster.  The ultimate ending is relatively satisfying, if not for the Harry Potter-esque epilogue that kind of bespoils any future playtime with the story.  If Lyga chooses to do more with Jazz and the Bobsey Twins, he totally can.  That door’s available.  But I feel like he’s not really sure what to do beyond treading water with these characters either.  Still, it was a fun disposable series that capitalizes on its characters.

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