I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells

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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.

 

About Dan Wells

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DAN WELLS lives in Orem, Utah, with his wife, Dawn, and four young children.
 
Published March 30, 2010 by Tor Books. 272 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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He’s different because he recognizes the classic signs of an incipient serial killer in his own personality, and he’s created a rigid set of rules to follow to keep his darker nature in check.

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Examiner

The fun comes not from the reveal of who the killer is, but watching John's methodic approach to figuring out exactly how he can kill a supernatural being that by all evidence is invincible.

May 17 2011 | Read Full Review of I Am Not A Serial Killer

Examiner

After we leave the initial genre switch behind, we realize that the book focuses more on the study of the main character's, (John Wayne Cleaver), inner turmoil and, although a bit more extreme than the majority of the population can relate to, we can all hearken back to that moment when we were p...

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Examiner

Overall, I give I Am Not a Serial Killer… Plot – 4 bookmarks Character Development – 5 bookmarks Humor – 4 ½ bookmarks Paranormal Elements – 3 ½ bookmarks Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) – Alexander Gould (John), Dakota Blue Richards (Brooke), Anthony Hopkins (Mr...

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Examiner

The character, John Cleaver (a young boy of 15 who is obsessed with serial killers and has been diagnosed as a sociopath), becomes obsessed with the possibility of encountering the serial killer that is on the loose in John’s own small town.

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Tor

I heard quite a bit of hype for Dan Wells’s book I Am Not a Serial Killer before I got my hands on it.

Apr 26 2010 | Read Full Review of I Am Not A Serial Killer

Fantasy Literature

I’ve been uncertain ever since reading the book whether the notion of the supernatural was a means by which John dealt with the serial killer (i.e., it was easier to think of him as a demon, not human, and therefore someone it was okay to hunt and kill;

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Spinetingler Magazine

The book walks a fine line of allowing different interpretations of the character and the story (to a point).

Oct 18 2010 | Read Full Review of I Am Not A Serial Killer

Escape Pod

I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells is the story of a fifteen-year-old sociopath.

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Alternative Magazine Online

Aimed at teenage readers, I Am Not A Serial Killer is Dan Wells’ debut novel.

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SBY Teens

The connection to movie legend John Wayne and serial killer John Wayne Gacy, or even the Cleaver family from Leave it to Beaver is not lost on me.

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