I Don't Want to Kill You

I Don't Want to Kill You Cover

I Don't Want to Kill You

By Dan Wells

Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780765322494, 320pp.

Publication Date: March 29, 2011


Dan Wells introduced us to John Wayne Cleaver in the chilling novels "I Am Not a Serial Killer" and "Mr. Monster." In "I Don't Want to Kill You," Cleaver faces his toughest challenge yet.

John Wayne Cleaver has called a demon---literally called it on the phone---and challenged it to a fight. He's faced two monsters already, barely escaping with his life, and now he's done running; he's taking the fight to them. As he wades through the town's darkest secrets, searching for any sign of who the demon might be, one thing becomes all too clear: in a game of cat and mouse with a supernatural killer, "you" are always the mouse.

In "I Am Not a Serial Killer" we watched a budding sociopath break every rule he had to save his town from evil. In "Mr. Monster" we held our breath as he fought madly with himself, struggling to stay in control. Now John Wayne Cleaver has mastered his twisted talents and embraced his role as a killer of killers. "I Don't Want to Kill You" brings his story to a thundering climax of suspicion, mayhem, and death.

It's time to punish the guilty.

And in a town full of secrets, everyone is guilty of something.

About the Author
Dan Wells is the author of the bestselling Partials Sequence as well as the John Cleaver series. He has been nominated for the Campbell Award and has won a Hugo Award and three Parsec Awards for his podcast Writing Excuses. He plays a lot of games, reads a lot of books, and eats a lot of food, which is pretty much the ideal life he imagined for himself as a child. You can find out more online at www.thedanwells.com.

Praise For I Don't Want to Kill You

“Fans of Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter series will welcome Wells’s gripping debut.”---Publishers Weekly on I Am Not a Serial Killer

“Wells’s debut is an unabashedly gory gem. This deft mix of several genres features a completely believable teenage sociopath (with a heart of gold), dark humor, a riveting mystery, and enough description of embalming to make any teen squeamish, even if they won’t admit it. Buy multiples where it won’t be banned.”---Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on I Am Not a Serial Killer