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This is the story of the small town sheriff who captured one of the world's most ruthless and cunning murderers.

It all started with Dead Girl #1 and Dead Girl #2, the first killings in the sleepy town of Lobo's Nod in decades. Two murders: just a coincidence, or something more sinister? One thing's for sure -- it was definitely inconvenient in a year when Sheriff G. William Tanner, a mourning widower, had to run for reelection.

With a trail gone cold, it's only luck that links the murders to the most notorious serial killer in memory. And in a town like Lobo's Nod, the killer must be someone Tanner already knows....

100 pages, ebook

First published January 1, 2014

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Barry Lyga

79 books2,090 followers
Barry Lyga is a recovering comic book geek. According to Kirkus, he's also a "YA rebel-author." Somehow, the two just don't seem to go together to him.

When he was a kid, everyone told him that comic books were garbage and would rot his brain, but he had the last laugh. Raised on a steady diet of comics, he worked in the comic book industry for ten years, but now writes full-time because, well, wouldn't you?

The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy & Goth Girl is his first novel. Unsoul'd is his latest. There are a whole bunch in between, featuring everything from the aftermath of child abuse to pre-teens with superpowers to serial killers. He clearly does not know how to stick to one subject.

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Profile Image for Matt.
3,823 reviews12.9k followers
September 2, 2018
My friend’s recommendation of the Jasper Dent series has been a success to date, though I am only two short stories into the collection. Still, they read so easily and have gripped my attention, I cannot wait to continue. In the small community of Lobo’s Nod, the local sheriff has been balancing work while trying to keep his personal issues at bay. Sheriff G. William Tanner is shocked to learn that a local girl has gone missing, seemingly without a trace. As he tries to keep the family calm, news soon arrives of a second crime, a girl the same age has been murdered. After a forensic examination, Sheriff Tanner is trying to see these as two separate cases, but a key piece of evidence all but unites them conclusively. How can this community, that has not seen a murder since 1977, be rocked by two drastic crimes in such short order? Scrambling for answers, Tanner begins talking to the locals, including Billy Dent, who is a strong supporter of the police. One of those conversations points him in the oddest direction and forces him to look at a suspect he would not have thought possible. Could something have been going on under his nose in Lobo’s Nod for this long? With a killer on the loose, Sheriff Tanner will have to make the tough choices to save his community. Lyga pens another great short piece that introduces readers to more of the characters who are sure to make their mark in the upcoming novel trilogy. Recommended for fans of this series and those who need a little something to entertain them over their coffee or tea.

I am pleased to have heeded the recommendation to sink my teeth into this series, at least up to now. I am intrigued to see where things will go and how each name mentioned in the stories I have tackled to date might relate to a larger picture. Here, the reader learns a little more about Lobo’s Nod, though I am unsure if this is a blip on the map or the central focus of some of the future stories. There is also the focus on Sheriff G. William Tanner, who is still coming to terms with the loss of his wife while keeping law and order a top priority for all. With the pending election, he must do all he can to appease the locals, while not turning a blind eye to the crimes occurring. Where will this take him in the long-term is anyone’s guess, but I am interested to see if he returns and what role he might play, knowing the premise of this series is serial murder and the focus is with the Dent family. The other characters, though receiving little time or space, save the Dents, help to enrich the narrative, which is quick and to the point. A short story has little time to slowly generate momentum, so Lyga has been forced to forge ahead quickly. The story was decent and it kept my attention throughout, coming to terms with a killer and the potential that a larger crime spree might have been taking place in this bucolic community. The narrative proved to be to the point and the pages melted away as the story progressed. Another easy to comprehend short story, I will gladly continue with this series and allow fans to see where my head is at with these pieces. Bring them on and let’s see what Barry Lyga has to come!

Kudos, Mr. Lyga, on another great piece. I am on a roll and like that I need not put on the brakes.

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Profile Image for Fanny.
2,208 reviews54 followers
May 6, 2022

Guau! Que una precuela tan breve consiga enganchar tanto como Lucky Day no es habitual, pero me tuvo literalmente hechizada durante las 100 paginas que tiene.

Mi unica pega es que termina justo en la parte mas crucial, me hubiese encantado leer mas detalles sobre lo que sucede despues de la detencion de Billy.

Una precuela alucinante, me encanto.

3.5 Estrellas!
Profile Image for Carole (Carole's Random Life).
1,800 reviews488 followers
December 14, 2014
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2.5 Stars

Every once in a while, you read a story that makes you wonder what the point was when it is over. This story was not bad but it was not good either. It was in a word....pointless.

To be honest, I am feeling a little sad about this. I have read the first two books in this series and was looking forward to reading about how G. William was able to catch Jazz's dad, Billy Dent. Let me warn you now....there is not a lot of detective work going on in this novella. This novella instead focuses on G. William's personal struggles more than the mystery.

This story was not at all what I have come to expect from Barry Lyga. The psychological aspect was absent in piece. I have really grown to like the characters in this series but after reading this story, I think I actually like G. William a little less.

I really can not recommend this novella to anyone except maybe the most die hard Jasper Dent fan. I do plan to read future works from Barry Lyga, but I think I will most likely skip the novellas and focus on his books.
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440 reviews
April 13, 2014
Got in bed a little disappointed with myself for not having accomplished much on a Saturday and then I remembered, no wait! I went to Lobo's Nod and caught a serial killer with the help of Sheriff G. William Tanner! The eBook novella trend gives a slow reader like me a sense of accomplishment, and for series fans, it helps tide them over until the release of the next book. Lots of adult appeal in this character study of an aging sheriff on the brink of giving up. Except for the abrupt ending, it could stand alone. I plan to use it to hook some more adult readers onto this popular YA series.
Profile Image for Melissa.
47 reviews21 followers
April 7, 2014
I liked this short story, but I wanted more. It seemed to end too quickly. I think I would have liked to see the interview with Billy Dent and Jasper at the police station.
Profile Image for Trisha.
4,750 reviews167 followers
April 13, 2018
"the very best lies share bed space with the truth, taking on their scent and their mannerisms, becoming indistinguishable from each other."

I have loved this series since the first book. And I have never been let down - not by a book or a novella - I've loved them all! So I've saved these last 2 for as long as I can but I'm ready to finish even the short stories.

This series is amazing and I'm so glad I read them!
Profile Image for Merril Anil.
807 reviews73 followers
November 5, 2014
Kind of incomplete

Throughout the series there is a recurring mention of a background story of how Billy Dent, the infamous star of the series was arrested by a police officer and Lucky Day is all about that event. In a way it’s where everything starts in the series and is the prequel to I hunt Killers, the very first book in the series.

The book on one hand does justify the title but the fact is also that the entire plot is rushed and shows an incomplete treatment.

I seriously can't help myself from cribbing about the whining behavior of Barry Lyga's central characters. They always turn into a whining mode instantly and these run pages long. Not something that escalates the plot or interest in a book

Almost half of the book is personal feelings and emotional turmoil and internal conflict and suddenly in the last chapter everything sorts of magically falls into place and ends peacefully. Nope! Things do not work like that. The characters especially Bill dent was not at all acting as he has been in the rest of the series.

how was this

Profile Image for Wendy F.
890 reviews186 followers
February 26, 2015
The story of G William's capture of Billy Dent.

(I read it because I wanted to know how he got lucky and, more importantly, what the 'G' stands for.)

Worth reading to fill in the gaps and get a first hand account of the story Jazz told of Billy's capture.
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883 reviews9 followers
December 12, 2017

Ich habe die Vorgeschichte zur Jasper-Dent-Trilogie richtig genossen. Zwar taucht Jazz nur am Rande auf, dafür stehen aber sein Vater Billy und Detective Tanner im Mittelpunkt. Man weiß als Leser der Trilogie ja bereits, wer hinter den Morden steckt. Das Versteckspiel aber "live" mitzuerleben war trotzdem richtig cool.

Meiner Meinung nach sollte man die Trilogie unbedingt gelesen haben, wenn man auch die Vorgeschichte genießen möchte. Sonst wirkt wohl alles ein bisschen langweilig und Detective Tanner wie ein Trottel.

Über ihn mehr zu lesen war wirklich super, da man mehr über seine Vergangenheit erfährt. Außerdem erklärt sich so auch sein gutes Verhältnis zu Jasper.

Für mich war dieses Prequel der perfekte Abschluss einer spannenden Reihe. Deshalb gibt es von mir 5 Sterne.
Profile Image for Sibil.
1,361 reviews63 followers
September 30, 2017
And, at last, we know as Billy Dent were captured, yay! I like G. William, he is a good character, a good man and a good cop. This is the second short story I read from this series (and I liked the series) but I think I like these short stories more. I loved to know more about the characters and the background!
Profile Image for Sana Zameer.
874 reviews116 followers
October 22, 2018
Too short and too rushed. I was looking forward to how G. William caught the notorious serial killer Billy Dent. It was more about G. Wiiliam personal struggles and I wasn't much interested in that. I'm going to skip the rest of the novellas and read I Hunt Killers.
Profile Image for Yvonne (It's All About Books).
2,113 reviews263 followers
July 27, 2015
Finished reading: July 24th 2015
Rating 3,5

“But you know, sometimes the fight itself is worthwile, even if the prize at the end ain't.”

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Profile Image for Kat Day.
Author 2 books26 followers
November 4, 2015
Soooo, for those of you who have read I Hunt Killers and took in how dark and emotionally gripping it was, I didn't really think that there could be another side to just how chilling a novella could be.

Lucky Day is set in G. Williams's point of view and since it's a prequel, set before the events of I Hunt Killers. Way before in fact, to four years in Lobo's Nod when Billy Dent just seemed like your average guy and not imprisoned for being the serial killer.

Haunted by his wife Joyce's death, G. William is emotionally dragged down as the upcoming election nears and the murders of two girls lands at his feet. His feelings about each situation shift quite often and make him seem like the crazy cop lost to his own grief.

Hanson, Doug Weathers, and of course, Billy Dent are introduced in this story. Doug Weathers is pretty much the same asshole he is in I Hunt Killers, even years later, only interested in making it big no matter how much he slanders the story. Billy Dent comes off as G. Williams's friend, especially when they're in the bar drinking together. Naturally (and eventually), the sheriff gets a few clues thrown at him and the suspect - the murderer - comes clear.

I enjoy this series and I liked it from G. Williams's point of view as you venture with him in his darkest moments.

What was kind of rough for me was the ending. Like I said, it wasn't a bad ending, I was just kind of disappointed.

Overall, still a great novella for a rainy day. This is a wonderfully engaging series and I love getting some of the backstory behind everything. Four stars.
Profile Image for Lukas Anthony.
328 reviews362 followers
April 21, 2014
Just needed a little more detail.

This is the first little novella in the 'I Hunt Killers' series and while it's a perfectly fine read, it feels like somewhat of a missed opportunity. You see this novella acts as a sort of prequel to the main trilogy, and shows you how the local sheriff G. William (a good character from the series) went on to catch the towns first ever serial killer, Billy Dent a.k.a Jasper's dad.

This is an extremely short novella coming in at just under 80 pages, and a lot of that is sort of background information on the sheriff, as opposed to details of the investigation into Billy's original reign of terror. We learn that the sheriff had recently lost his wife, and that it was an election year during the time Billy was caught, but ultimately it isn't as interesting as the full investigation could have been.

When the sheriff finally does start to connect the dots, the whole thing seemed a little rushed, and figured out a little too easy. It was like all of a sudden the sheriff stands up and shouts 'IT'S BILLY!', simply because Billy said something rather vague that could have implicated him, yet also, could mean absolutely nothing.

Overall, this novella isn't really needed to enjoy the original trilogy and I don't think it really adds enough to the plot for it to be an 'essential' read. I'd say pick it up if you really love the series (like I do), but otherwise, you aren't exactly missing much. 2/3 stars? 2.5.
Profile Image for Zorana.
53 reviews
September 11, 2015
I'm really glad I decided to pick this Ebook up.

First,I read the first book translated in french as I said in my review but this one was,naturally in english so I wasn't sure how the transition will go and It was real smooth tbh.

Anywayyys if you guys have read I Hunt Killers you should DEFINITELY read this prequel. It adds so much in depth to the story and G.William's character but also Billy Dent's. You get to see how and who he was before he was arrested by the sherrif.

Altough I really enjoyed this novella there's only one thing that bothered me,and that's the reason why I didn't gave It a full on stars,and that's the sheriff epiphany on Billy.
I mean come on? Do you really find out about a serial killer like that? I don't know maybe his years of experience helped him to find out the truth but yeah that kind of bugged me a little.

But other than that It was trully awesome.
The writing is always on point Barry Lynga is gonna be my go to author for sure. He's writing in such a funny way but with a deep meaning and I love It.

4.5/5 for me this convinced me to buy all the novellas in the series
Profile Image for مروة الجزائري.
Author 4 books162 followers
November 25, 2016
This is my second attempt to write a decent review to this very good novella. ( Prequel to I hunt killers )
This novella told from Sheriff G William Turner point of view and told the events before I hunt killer’s book events.
Lucky me I’ve read this novella before starting the series so it’s somehow make sense in the next book, it’s about the Sheriff’s trying to cope with life after his wife’s death and the pressure of the upcoming elections. Two bodies in the local town shows up and he had to figure who is the serial killer is.
Throughout the book I felt very connected to G William and felt his pain and struggle to move on or at least trying to, his difficulties in finding out who is the gruesome serial killer. And I kind of understood why the author called it Lucky day because the Sheriff guessed out the killer by luck ( or the serial killer wanted to be found)
This is my first time reading to this author and sure it won’t be the last one. Great plot (even for a novella less than 80 pages ) and great characters.
Now all I need to know is Jasper’s point of view in the next book.
Highly recommend this book to you.
Profile Image for Courtney.
562 reviews
October 29, 2019
So I reread this book in the hopes it will get me ready to read book 2, but this really has nothing to do with that. That's okay though it was nice being back in these world considering Halloween is two days away. This book is basically how Sheriff G. William Tanner caught Billy Dent, and his thought process of it all. We also learn a bit about the Sheriff's backstory, and that just fuels him more to bring justice to these two girls. However, how it actually apprehended Dent in the end was kind of pathetic. We all know that he didnt follow protocol, and that with as dangerous as Dent is that take down should have been ALOT harder.
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477 reviews
August 22, 2017
a short prequel to I hunt killers by the same author. It was helpful to read this, it gave a lot of insight into the sheriff G. William and his prior relationship with serial killer Billy Dent.
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859 reviews197 followers
October 20, 2018
Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book

This is the story of the small town sheriff who captured one of the world's most ruthless and cunning murderers.

It was very interesting seeing how Billy Dent was finally captured after so many murders. There was a certain detail that propelled things forward and the sheriff completely missed it! I kept asking myself how he didn’t see that in the first place, but of course, I gotta cut him some slack since we knew what we were looking for.

As for Billy himself, I really, really liked him! Well, the persona he puts out there. He seems like a great guy, a great father... but that’s a lot of serial killers for you. Lol. It’s insane! Especially how Billy so suddenly changed from a charming Dad to, well, a murderous serial killer! It was jarring! And reading this was just that much more interesting since I’m reading a nonfiction book about serial killers called Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters .

Overall, I really, really liked this short story! It was a little bit frustrating that the sheriff missed a big clue, but I get it. We knew where this was going, but he didn’t. It was interesting seeing the sheriffs inner workings as he came to the conclusion that this man he’s known all life might be a notorious serial killer.

How many times had he stood in a room with Billy Dent? This close or closer? How many conversations at the supermarket, in the school parking lot, at the town hall? How many times had he gazed into those eyes and not realized there was nothing in them?

After reading this, it makes me that much more excited to read the books! I can't wait! 😁
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1,368 reviews
January 3, 2018
This short is all about how Sheriff G. William Tanner caught Billy Dent, the notorious serial killer from the I Hunt Killers trilogy. Overall I felt this was a nice addition and the character of G. William was spot on.

However, I did feel as if the ending was a bit anti-climatic and ended pretty abruptly. This one took a long time for me to finish because it was only available as an ebook--I feel I would have flown through this and the other stories if they had been printed and bound. Maybe one day the publisher will decide to take this route. I hope so!

Enjoyable, 4 stars
Profile Image for Emily.
629 reviews
February 20, 2020
I think I liked this novella better than any of the books in the trilogy. Read like crime fiction for adults except without the stereotypical lurid posturing. Quite possibly the reason I enjoyed it so much is that there wasn't any focus on Jazz being angsty, just a depressed sheriff doing sheriff things. I do wonder if I thought the ending was earned because I already knew who the bad guy was, though.
4 reviews
January 16, 2021
I read it simply because I'm dedicated to the series. For being such a short book, it was a slow read. Mostly just G. William struggling with the losses surrounding him. Basically no real cop/detective work like I was expecting. Catching Billy Dent was not the exciting tale I imagined it to be. Basically just boring luck.The ending was rushed. Definitely not the best in the series and I wouldn't have missed out on anything if I skipped this one.
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Author 1 book5 followers
June 29, 2019
This was a great little prequel novella that could stand alone, in its own right. An aging small-town sheriff is up for re-election soon after losing his wife to cancer. Just in time for the votes to be cast, there is a serial killer on the loose in a town that hasn't seen a murder in decades. What's a grieving police officer to do?
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6,225 reviews124 followers
June 9, 2020
I'm a little too removed from loving the series to have gotten into this one like I would have had I read it when it was published closer to the series read itself. It worked, it's got some fabulous darkness which is one of the things I loved about the series, but it just lacked a little somethin' to make it pop as a cool novella addition to the mix.
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