John Wayne Cleaver 6-Book Series by Dan Wells (Paperback)
This 6-book set of paperback novels includes the below titles:
I Am Not A Serial Killer (ISBN 9780765327826): Fear the darkness within…
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 that will keep you awake and then haunt your dreams.
Mr. Monster (ISBN 9780765327901): It turns out even demons have friends, and the disappearance of one has brought another to Clayton County. Soon there are new victims for John to work on at the mortuary and a new mystery to solve. But John has tasted death, and the dark nature he used as a weapon — the terrifying persona he calls “Mr. Monster” — might now be using him.
No one in Clayton is safe unless John can vanquish two nightmarish adversaries: the unknown demon he must hunt and the inner demon he can never escape.
In this sequel to his brilliant debut, Dan Wells ups the ante with a thriller that is just as gripping and even more intense.
I Don’t Want to Kill You (ISBN 9780765328441): John 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 bringing 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.
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.
The Devil’s Only Friend (ISBN 9780765380678): John Wayne Cleaver hunts demons: they’ve killed his neighbors, his family, and the girl he loves, but in the end he’s always won. Now he works for a secret government kill team, using his gift to hunt and kill as many monsters as he can… but the monsters have noticed, and the quiet game of cat and mouse is about to erupt into a full-scale supernatural war.
John doesn’t wan the life he’s stuck with. He doesn’t want the FBI bossing him around, he doesn’t want his only friend imprisoned in a mental ward, and he doesn’t want to face the terrifying cannibal who calls himself The Hunter. John doesn’t want to kill people. But as the song says, you can’t always get what you want. John has learned that the hard way; his clothes have the stains to prove it.
When John again faces evil, he’ll know what he has to do.
Over Your Dead Body (ISBN 9780765380692): John and Brooke are on their own, hitchhiking from town to town as they hunt the last of the Withered through the Midwest — but the Withered are hunting them back, and the FBI is close behind. With each new town, each new truck stop, each new highway, they get closer to a vicious killer who defies every principle of profiling and prediction John knows how to use. Meanwhile, Brooke’s fractured psyche teeters on the edge of oblivion, overwhelmed by the hundreds of thousands of dead personalities sharing her mind. She flips in and out of lucidity, manifesting new names and thoughts and memories every day, until at last, the one personality pops up that John never expected and has no idea how to deal with.
Nothing Left to Lose (ISBN 9780765380715): John Wayne Cleaver is not a serial killer and he doesn’t want to kill you… unless you’re a monster.
John hunts monsters. He used to do it alone, and then, for a while, he did it for the government, but now he’s alone again. The FBI is after him while, at the same time, John is after the very last of the Withered: ancient, ageless beings who have preyed on mankind for ten thousand years. The Withered were ordinary men and women who long ago traded away their humanity for power and immortality.
But that hasn’t stopped John from killing most of them.
Now a fugitive as well as a hunter, the teenager has tracked his demonic prey to a small town in Arizona, where the elusive Dark Lady may be preparing to make her final stand against the fragile humans who have dared to strike back at her and her kind, even if that means unleashing a bloodbath upon an unsuspecting world.
It’s been a long hard road for John, but, one way or another, it’s coming to an end.
And he has nothing left to lose…