I Am Not A Serial Killer (John Cleaver #1) (Paperback)

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This is the first book in a serial killer series by Dan Wells. Dan takes you on a short terror ride full of twists and turns. It is not your average Scooby Doo "who dunnit" mystery caper. Chapter One straps you in, Chapter Two slowly pulls you up a steep incline, and Chapter Three lets you go with a rush forward. As the main character is forced to witness the unbelievable and unforgettable, the reader will soon realize he is dealing with anything but normal circumstances. This book comes along with a strong recommendation and a high anticipation for book two.

— Mike, Albuquerque


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, I Am Not a Serial Killer, is the first volume of a trilogy that will keep you awake and then haunt your dreams.

About the Author

DAN WELLS writes a little bit of everything, but he is best known for the Partials Sequence and the John Cleaver series, the first book of which is now a major motion picture. He is a co-host of the educational podcast Writing Excuses, for which he won a Hugo and now helps run a yearly, week-long writing conference. In addition to novels, novellas, and shorts, he has also written and produced a stage play, called "A Night of Blacker Darkness," and works as a staff writer on the TV show "Extinct." He has lived in the US, Mexico, and Germany, and currently resides in Utah with his wife and six children and 439 board games.

Praise For…

“This dazzling, un-put-downable debut novel proves beyond a doubt that Dan Wells has the gift. His teenage protagonist is as chilling as he is endearing. More John Wayne Cleaver, please.” —F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author

“The beauty of the prose, mixed with the depth of characterization, gives the haunting, first person narrative a human touch. Regardless of your age or your genre preferences, you will find this story both profound and enthralling.” —Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author

Product Details
ISBN: 9780765327826
ISBN-10: 0765327821
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: March 30th, 2010
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: John Cleaver