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--->'''John:''' I'm a vegetarian, and rather militant about it. No meat of any kind in the house. You so much as order a pepperoni pizza and you eat it outside.
--->'''Potash:''' Do fish count?
--->'''John:''' Of course fish count.
--->'''Potash:''' Some vegetarians don't count fish.
--->'''John:''' I do. I'm not protesting the American meat industry, I'm trying not to kill anything. Have you ever thought about your meat as an animal? Your teeth biting through the flesh of a living thing that somebody killed and put on a fire? No animals of any kind.

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--->'''John:''' I'm a vegetarian, and rather militant about it. No meat of any kind in the house. You so much as order a pepperoni pizza and you eat it outside.
--->'''Potash:''' Do fish count?
--->'''John:''' Of course fish count.
--->'''Potash:''' Some vegetarians don't count fish.
--->'''John:''' I do. I'm not protesting the American meat industry, I'm trying not to kill anything. Have you ever thought about your meat as an animal? Your teeth biting through the flesh of a living thing that somebody killed and put on a fire?
outside.[..] No animals of any kind.


John, meanwhile, is chafing under the restrictions of working with a team and never being permitted to deal the final blow when they finally flush out the Withered. He's reinstated some of his 'rules' to prevent himself from completely losing it, but his violent urges and problems with connecting to other people remain, and he frequently fantasizes about killing his teammates.

Their teammates mostly dislike or are disturbed by John, and find Brooke a useful tool at best and a scary 'crazy girl' at worst.

Things are not exactly going great, and that's even before they begin to realize that the Withered have taken notice of their actions and may be preparing to strike back...

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John, meanwhile, is chafing under the restrictions of working with a team and never being permitted to deal the final blow when they finally flush out the Withered. He's reinstated some of his 'rules' to prevent himself from completely losing it, but his violent urges and problems with connecting to other people remain, and he frequently fantasizes about killing his teammates. \n\n Their teammates mostly dislike or are disturbed by John, him, and find Brooke a useful tool at best and a scary 'crazy girl' crazy chick at worst.

worst. Things are not exactly going great, and that's even before they begin to realize that the Withered have taken notice of their actions and may be preparing to strike back...



* BlackAndGreyMorality: As they encounter more Withered, including one who takes care to do everything he can to avoid causing harm to others, the FBI strike team's view that Withered are nothing but parasites to be annihilated becomes more and more questionable.
* BoxedCrook: Many members of the strike team are guilty of various crimes, from drug dealing to actual war crimes.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Every member of the team has one, being the reason they enlisted or were forced to join the team in the first place. It is [[ConvenientlyInterruptedDocument redacted]] from their personal dossiers, which Rack manages to get his hands on during the course of the book and reveals to the team every member's dirty secrets, save for Potash which even he could apparently not find anything on.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Than the first trilogy, which is saying something.

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* BlackAndGreyMorality: As they encounter more Withered, including one who takes care to do everything he can to avoid causing harm to others, the FBI strike team's view that Withered are nothing but parasites to be annihilated becomes more and more questionable.
Parasitic supernatural creatures vs. criminals with varying intentions.
* BoxedCrook: Many members of the strike team are guilty of various crimes, from drug dealing gangbanging to actual war crimes.
* ContinuityCavalcade: Rack's dossier on John fills new readers in on his past exploits.
--->''I haven't forgotten about you either, John. I'm sure your friends know about [[Literature/MrMonster the man you electrocuted]];that was in the papers. Do they know about [[Literature/IAmNotASerialKiller the time you beat your elderly neighbor half to death and killed her husband?]] What about [[Literature/IDontWantToKillYou the time you soaked your mother in gas and burned her alive in a car?]]''
* CurseCutShort: A rare case of the curser cutting himself off. Sharing space with people....stresses John out. Especially when those people want to bring nice, red, choppable meat into his apartment.
--->'''John:''' I'm a vegetarian, and rather militant about it. No meat of any kind in the house. You so much as order a pepperoni pizza and you eat it outside.
--->'''Potash:''' Do fish count?
--->'''John:''' Of course fish count.
--->'''Potash:''' Some vegetarians don't count fish.
--->'''John:''' I do. I'm not protesting the American meat industry, I'm trying not to kill anything. Have you ever thought about your meat as an animal? Your teeth biting through the flesh of a living thing that somebody killed and put on a fire? No animals of any kind.
--->'''Potash:''' Eggs?
--->'''John:''' Eggs are fine. You can eat all the f- ''[deep breathing exercises]''
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Every member of the team has one, being the reason they enlisted or were forced to join the team in the first place. It is [[ConvenientlyInterruptedDocument redacted]] from their personal dossiers, which Rack manages to get his hands on during the course of the book and reveals to the team every member's dirty secrets, save for Potash which who even he could apparently not find anything on.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Than the first trilogy, which is saying something. The language is a bit rougher, it's tonally more serious, having abandoned the high school setting and the adolescent drama that surrounded it, and there's more open acknowledgement of sexuality. [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil Usually in a bad way.]]



* FunnyBackgroundEvent: [[BerserkerRage Brooke taking her anger out on everything available with a wrench]] [[{{Bathos}} while Nathan and John discuss their dead teammates.]]
* HeartbrokenBadass: John is effectively in mourning throughout the book. The climax revolves around his having to accept and deal with the pain instead of [[TheSociopath pushing it away or numbing it like he always does.]]
* HeroicBSOD: John slips into one after killing Agarin, partially because he's never lost control so badly before and partially because she's [[RuleOfThree his third kill]], and he knows what that means in criminology. Once is murder, twice is a coincidence, three times is ''[[SelfFulfillingProphecy a serial killer]].'' He [[ShowerOfAngst took a shower]], [[TroubledFetalPosition curled up on a chair]], and stared at the wall for thirteen hours.
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: More obvious than ever, with John's frustration over planning the murders, but getting no "release" making it all too easy to ask DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything
* JustAKid / TagalongKid: John, much to his displeasure. Prodigy he may be, but the FBI team mostly sees him as a mouthy teenager.



* TheOphelia: Brooke.
* PetTheDog: Every time John visits Brooke in the hospital. He also adopts a dog, Boy Dog, and [[spoiler: it ''doesn't'' meet a grisly end! At least it hasn't yet]].

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* OhCrap: [[TraumaCongaLine Several.]]
** John after realizing that Potash was conscious and watching while he lost control and started PummelingTheCorpse.
** The strike team as a whole when they reach Rack's house and realize exactly how deep the shit they're in is.
** Rack himself, as he realizes [[spoiler:what John has done to Nathan's body.]]
* TheOphelia: Brooke.
Holding thousands of years of Withered memory has done a number on Brooke's sanity.
* PetTheDog: Every time John visits Brooke in the hospital. He also adopts a dog, Boy Dog, dog and [[spoiler: it ''doesn't'' meet a grisly end! At least it hasn't yet]].it's still alive at the end of the book!]]. [[LickedByTheDog It seems somewhat taken with him.]]



* [[spoiler:SixthRangerTraitor: Nathan Gentry is the newest member of the team at the beginning of the book, and he is the one who betrayed them for Rack's promises of fortune]].

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* [[spoiler:SixthRangerTraitor: Nathan ShowerOfAngst: John takes one after killing Mary Gardner, [[spoiler:and another after the final confrontation with Rack and Nathan.]]
* SixthRangerTraitor: [[spoiler:Nathan
Gentry is the newest member of the team at the beginning of the book, and he is the one who betrayed them for Rack's promises of fortune]].fortune]].
** John himself, in a way. He is on the fringes of the group, a recent and distrusted acquisition, and actively plots to escape and/or murder his teammates. You know. If necessary.
* TheFinalTemptation: A variation in the climax. [[spoiler:Rack offers to demonize John and suggests that his sacrifice for it should be to give up his pain. It's hardly the typical vision of contentment and tranquility, but John is hardly the typical vision of a hero. He would be free of the heartbreak over Marci and his mother, free of the struggle to be good and the confusion about what good even is that's hitting him hard, at the low, low cost of becoming what he has spent years trying not to be: a selfish, violent, unfeeling monster.]] He even calls rejecting it "giving up on peace".



* TimeSkip: The book takes place one year after the events of ''IDontWantToKillYou'', with John having joined the team sometime between both books, and solved at least two cases in the meantime.

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* TimeSkip: The book takes place one almost a year after the events of ''IDontWantToKillYou'', with John having joined the team sometime between both books, and solved at least two cases in the meantime.



* WeHardlyKnewYe: The first death of a team member ([[spoiler:Kelly's]]) may come off as this.

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* VanHelsingHateCrimes: By the end of the book, John fears he's been committing these with his black-and-white "humans good, demons bad" morality.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: The first death of a team member ([[spoiler:Kelly's]]) ([[spoiler:Kelly]]) may come off as this.


* MindHive: Brooke's SplitPersonality is close to this, with at least thirty known different personalities.

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* MindHive: ManySpiritsInsideOfOne: Brooke's SplitPersonality is close to this, with at least thirty known different personalities.


* WeHardlyKnewYe: The first death of a team member([[spoiler:Kelly's]]) may come off as this.

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* WeHardlyKnewYe: The first death of a team member([[spoiler:Kelly's]]) member ([[spoiler:Kelly's]]) may come off as this.


* DarkAndTroubledPast: Every member of the team has one, being the reason they enlisted or were forced to join the team in the first place.

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* DarkAndTroubledPast: Every member of the team has one, being the reason they enlisted or were forced to join the team in the first place. It is [[ConvenientlyInterruptedDocument redacted]] from their personal dossiers, which Rack manages to get his hands on during the course of the book and reveals to the team every member's dirty secrets, save for Potash which even he could apparently not find anything on.



* WeHardlyKnewYe: The first death of a team member([[spoiler: Kelly's]]) may come off as this.

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* WeHardlyKnewYe: The first death of a team member([[spoiler: Kelly's]]) member([[spoiler:Kelly's]]) may come off as this.


* MonsterLord: Rack, the main antagonist of this book, is referred to as the king of the withered, and it is explained that he was the one that "came up" with the plan of gaining eternal life by giving something in exchange and turning into Withered.

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* MonsterLord: Rack, the main antagonist of this book, is referred to as the king king[[note]]It is even revealed that Rack is so old and so influential that his name is the source from which the word "king" and other titles [[LanguageDrift derives in Indo-European languages]][[/note]] of the withered, Withered, and it is explained that he was the one that "came up" with the plan of gaining eternal life by giving something in exchange and turning into Withered.



* TimeSkip: The book takes place one year after the events of ''{{I Don't Want To Kill You}}'', with John having joined the team sometime between both books, and solved at least two cases in the meantime.

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* TimeSkip: The book takes place one year after the events of ''{{I Don't Want To Kill You}}'', ''IDontWantToKillYou'', with John having joined the team sometime between both books, and solved at least two cases in the meantime.


* [[spoiler: EverybodysDeadDave: After the strike team tries to take on Rack, John and Elijah are the only survivors. Then by the end of the book, the rest of the FBI team is decimated, the antagonist is dead, and John and Brooke are the only ones to have survived the events of the book]].

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* [[spoiler: EverybodysDeadDave: [[spoiler: After the strike team tries to take on Rack, John and Elijah are the only survivors. Then by the end of the book, the rest of the FBI team is decimated, the antagonist is dead, and John and Brooke are the only ones to have survived the events of the book]].


* DarkAndTroubledPast: Every member of the team has one, being the reason they enlisted or were forced to join the team in the first place.



* DeadGuyPuppet: Having no mouth and no heart, Rack is only able to communicate through dead bodies' mouths, taking their heart in the process. [[spoiler: John uses it to his advantage by using Nathan's corpse and embalming his body with gasoline, resulting in Rack dying poisoned after taking Nathan's heart]].



* MonsterLord: Rack, the main antagonist of this book, is referred to as the king of the withered, and it is explained that he was the one that "came up" with the plan of gaining eternal life by giving something in exchange and turning into Withered.



* TimeSkip: The book takes place one year after the events of ''{{I Don't Want To Kill You}}'', with John having joined the team sometime between both books, and solved at least two cases in the meantime.



* WeHardlyKnewYe: The first death of a team member([[spoiler: Kelly's]]) may come off as this.

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* WeHardlyKnewYe: The first death of a team member([[spoiler: Kelly's]]) may come off as this.this.
* WhatTheHellHero: When Rack sends the team a letter detailing each member's DarkAndTroubledPast, this is the reaction all of them get from the others. Most notably is the collective disgust to Ostler and Trujillo's pasts: one illegally sold guns to Mexican cartels and the other served out a sentence for [[JailBait statutory rape]].


As indicated by the ending of that book, John and Brooke have joined an FBI team dedicated to hunting out and killing the supernatural monsters known as The Withered. Unfortunately, Brooke's experience as the host of Nobody, while giving her insider knowledge about the Withered (including their proper name!), has also made her mentally unstable and often incapable of differentiating between the memories of hundreds of past lives from Nobody and her own day to day existence.

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As indicated by the ending of that book, John and Brooke have joined an FBI team dedicated to hunting out and killing the supernatural monsters known as The Withered. Unfortunately, Brooke's experience as the host of Nobody, while giving her insider knowledge about the Withered (including their proper name!), name), has also made her mentally unstable and often incapable of differentiating between the memories of hundreds of past lives from Nobody and her own day to day existence.



* BoxedCrook: Many members of the strike team are guilty of various crimes, from drug dealing to actual war crimes.



* MindHive: Brooke's SplitPersonality is close to this, with at least thirty known different personalities.
* TheOphelia: Brooke.



* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler: Kelly]]
* [[spoiler:SixthRangerTraitor: Nathan is the newest member of the team at the beginning of the book, and he is the one who betrayed them for Rack's promises of fortune]].

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* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler: Kelly]]
Kelly Ishida]].
* [[spoiler:SixthRangerTraitor: Nathan Gentry is the newest member of the team at the beginning of the book, and he is the one who betrayed them for Rack's promises of fortune]].fortune]].
* ThereAreNoTherapists: There ''is'' one, Dr. Trujillo, the team's psychologist, but John doesn't like him in part because of how he treats Brooke.
* TheUnreveal: We never find out anything concrete about Potash's past. We also don't know what made Kelly Ishida end up on the team.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: The first death of a team member([[spoiler: Kelly's]]) may come off as this.


* [[spoiler: EverybodysDeadDave: After the strike team tries to take on Rack, John and Elijah are the only survivors]].
* PetTheDog: Every time John visits Brooke in the hospital. He also adopts a dog and [[spoiler: it ''doesn't'' meet a grisly end! At least it hasn't yet]]
* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler: Kelly]]

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* [[spoiler: EverybodysDeadDave: After the strike team tries to take on Rack, John and Elijah are the only survivors]].
survivors. Then by the end of the book, the rest of the FBI team is decimated, the antagonist is dead, and John and Brooke are the only ones to have survived the events of the book]].
* PetTheDog: Every time John visits Brooke in the hospital. He also adopts a dog dog, Boy Dog, and [[spoiler: it ''doesn't'' meet a grisly end! At least it hasn't yet]]
yet]].
* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler: Kelly]]Kelly]]
* [[spoiler:SixthRangerTraitor: Nathan is the newest member of the team at the beginning of the book, and he is the one who betrayed them for Rack's promises of fortune]].


* BlackAndGreyMorality: As they encounter more Withered, including one who takes care to do everything he can to avoid causing harm to others, the FBI strike team's view that Withered are nothing but parasites to be annihilated becomes more and more questionable

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* BlackAndGreyMorality: As they encounter more Withered, including one who takes care to do everything he can to avoid causing harm to others, the FBI strike team's view that Withered are nothing but parasites to be annihilated becomes more and more questionable questionable.



* [[spoiler: EverybodysDeadDave: after the strike team tries to take on Rack, John and Elijah are the only survivors]]

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* [[spoiler: EverybodysDeadDave: after After the strike team tries to take on Rack, John and Elijah are the only survivors]]survivors]].

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The first in a new trilogy about [[IAmNotASerialKiller John Wayne Cleaver]], this novel picks up about a year after the conclusion of the [[IDontWantToKillYou previous book]].

As indicated by the ending of that book, John and Brooke have joined an FBI team dedicated to hunting out and killing the supernatural monsters known as The Withered. Unfortunately, Brooke's experience as the host of Nobody, while giving her insider knowledge about the Withered (including their proper name!), has also made her mentally unstable and often incapable of differentiating between the memories of hundreds of past lives from Nobody and her own day to day existence.

John, meanwhile, is chafing under the restrictions of working with a team and never being permitted to deal the final blow when they finally flush out the Withered. He's reinstated some of his 'rules' to prevent himself from completely losing it, but his violent urges and problems with connecting to other people remain, and he frequently fantasizes about killing his teammates.

Their teammates mostly dislike or are disturbed by John, and find Brooke a useful tool at best and a scary 'crazy girl' at worst.

Things are not exactly going great, and that's even before they begin to realize that the Withered have taken notice of their actions and may be preparing to strike back...

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!This book has examples of:
* BlackAndGreyMorality: As they encounter more Withered, including one who takes care to do everything he can to avoid causing harm to others, the FBI strike team's view that Withered are nothing but parasites to be annihilated becomes more and more questionable
* DarkerAndEdgier: Than the first trilogy, which is saying something.
* [[spoiler: EverybodysDeadDave: after the strike team tries to take on Rack, John and Elijah are the only survivors]]
* PetTheDog: Every time John visits Brooke in the hospital. He also adopts a dog and [[spoiler: it ''doesn't'' meet a grisly end! At least it hasn't yet]]
* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler: Kelly]]

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