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Product Details

  • Series: Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Mystery
  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Reprint edition (February 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482374579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482374575
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (393 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #613,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

At the start of Konrath's brisk and breezy sixth Jack Daniels mystery, the guilt-ridden Chicago cop, who's attending the funeral of a loved one, takes a call from Alexandra Kork, the sadistic psychopath who did in the loved one at the end of 2008's Fuzzy Navel (I checked the Weather Channel.... It's raining in Chicago. That's appropriate, don't you think? Funerals on sunny days seem so wrong). Barred from the official hunt for Kork because she's personally involved in the case, Daniels soon finds herself on the wrong side of the law with few of the usual resources to call on. Meanwhile, the wily Kork, who's stopped counting her victims (after 50 they blur), strews bodies over a wide area as part of a scheme to lead Daniels to a slow and painful death. Konrath leavens the violence with offbeat humor, including a feces-throwing monkey in love with a cashmere sweater. The slam-bang ending is sure to satisfy series fans. (July)
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From the Author

Q & A with Joe Konrath

Q: Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Joe: Years ago I wanted to be a model for husky pants. But then, when I was barely a teen, they stopped making husky sizes.

Damn those clothing designers for shattering my dreams.

Q: When did you decide to become a writer?

Joe: I mean, I'm not offended by the term "husky." Now they're called "relaxed fit" jeans. It's the same thing, but there's nothing sexy about being a "relaxed fit jeans" model. Husky sounds like you're owning those extra pounds, making them work for you. Relaxed fit sounds like you eat too much and are just plain lazy.

What was your question again? Ideas? I hunt through James Patterson's garbage, and steal what he tossed. When Patterson throws out ten pages, that's like fifty chapters.

Ha ha ha! Get it? Because his chapters are so short! I swear, the last Patterson book I read had more chapters than page numbers.

Actually, I just watch old Outer Limits episodes and appropriate the plots, like Alan Moore did with Watchmen.

Q: Who do you like to read?

Blake Crouch, Ann Voss Peterson, Jeff Strand, Henry Perez, F. Paul Wilson, Tom Schreck. Pretty much anyone I collaborate with. Because here's a dirty little secret: when you co-write a book with someone, you kind of have to read the stuff they wrote.

My absolute favorite author is Dr. Seuss. In fact, I tried my hand at writing a few Dr. Seuss-style children's books. Here are the titles:











Unfortunately, I haven't been able to sell any of these. I think it may be some sort of rights-issue thing.

Q: What's a work day in the life of Joe Konrath like?

Joe: I wake up early and make some eggs.

Then the smoke alarm goes off, because the eggs are burning because I fell asleep again.

Then I spend ten minutes explaining to the firemen that show up how I'll be more careful next time.

I go back to bed, and the next thing I know, it's around noon. Time for lunch. I want to make an egg sandwich, but I'm out of eggs. And bread. And pretty much everything except some sort of fruit that's been in the refrigerator forever and might be a lime. Or not. It may not even be fruit. So I put it back and think about cooking some pasta but that seems like a lot of work for just lunch, so I go take a nap.

Around three I get up, ready to start my work day, but first I need to eat something. Do pizza places deliver at three? I make a few calls. Nope, no one delivers before five.

I check the fridge. The lime thing is still there, but it looks like it moved from where I saw it last. How odd. Did it move by itself? I'm really hungry, so I decide to give it a try.

It's not a lime, because limes don't have bones.

When I finish eating, I sit down at my computer and write my daily quota, thirty pages.

Q: What's next for Joe Konrath?

Joe: This Spring, Carson's will be releasing my signature scent, called Nocturnal Emission. Available in parfum, eau du toilet, cologne, and roll on. I like the roll on. It tickles my armpits. 
My goal is to make enough money to buy Nebraska. Then I'll rename it Joebraska, and invite all of my friends to visit. We're going to have a big party in the state capital, Joemaha. You can come, if you want.

Q: Do you want to talk at all about your books?

Joe: Nope. Not really.

More About the Author

JA Konrath is the author of eight novels in the Jack Daniels thriller series. They do not have to be read in chronologically to be enjoyed, but for those who want to know the order is: Whiskey Sour, Bloody Mary, Rusty Nail, Dirty Martini, Fuzzy Navel, Cherry Bomb, Shaken, and Stirred.

Jack also appears in the novels Shot of Tequila, Flee, Spree, Three, Timecaster Supersymmetry, Banana Hammock, and Serial Killers Uncut, as well as the short story collection Jack Daniels Stories, and the novellas Floaters and Burners.

Last Call, the ninth Jack Daniels novel, will be available in spring of 2013.

Other novels include the thrillers Origin, The List, Shot of Tequila, and Serial Killers Uncut, as well as the science fiction Timecaster series.

Konrath writes horror under the name Jack Kilborn, including the bestsellers Afraid, Trapped, and Endurance.

Haunted House, the new Jack Kilborn novel of terror, will be available in mid 2013.

He has sold over a million ebooks

You can visit him at

Customer Reviews

They keep you reading until you finish the book.
Lori E.Graham
Good story line easy to follow and fun characters that draw you in and make you want to read more about them.
Teresa J. Kight
This book has it all: great action, lots of violence, sex/romance, and even a crazy primate!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Stout TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 26, 2013
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"Cherry Bomb" is the sixth in the Lieutenant Jack Daniels' series. I've loved all the previous books and I loved this one.

All the regular cast of characters (minus one - the book starts with a sad funeral to let us readers know who didn't make it from the cliffhanger at the end of Fuzzy Navel) make their appearance in this laugh-a-minute, cringe-a-minute extravaganza.

The magical Chevy Nova (that has been a 1984, '85, '86 and '88 in the series); bombs; the Crimabago; a demon monkey; brotherly love; friendly lust - and back again - Alex Kork, deadly female serial killer who really does NOT like Jack or her friends and family.

If you like fast-paced action with blood, guts, and sex all rolled together with laughs and giggles, try out this series.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Laughing Raccoon on April 23, 2013
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I am so disappointed with this book. I loved this series when it started. It was funny, well-written, great plots and the characters were believable. Then it degenerated. Fuzzy Navel was bad, but this was worse. I only wish Konrath had stopped before he wrote these last two, as it just ruined the whole series. Who were these people? They certainly weren't the folks that I had come to know and love from the previous books. They didn't grow, they regressed. Change from growth is not a bad thing, but that wasn't the case here. No humor, just non-stop sex, death and gore. What was the point? Just as well this was the last one. It's just a pity to go out this way.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By basslady on March 29, 2013
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I enjoyed Bloody Mary so I thought that I had found a series that would revolve around a female protagonist and an interesting cast of characters, solving murders that would not have too much sex and violence. (Bloody Mary actually mentioned that a lot would happen "off camera.") I have read and enjoyed many other such series (Grafton, Evanovich, etc.) that change the plot but not the tone of the series. Therefore I did not expect to find graphic violence early on in Cherry Bomb. It is as if the characters were hijacked by another author or series. Yuck. I won't be finishing this book and will not attempt to try out the other books in the series because I don't know what to expect, the "fun" of Bloody Mary or the "yuck" of Cherry Bomb.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By vabk on November 19, 2013
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Too horrific for me.I didn't like this book at all . Too sex related. Too horrible. If you like that sort of mystery its ok .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms Margaret aka Ms Smarty Pants on July 21, 2013
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I have read Jack Daniels series before this. This one just does not rise up. Jack sleeps with a drug addict, wanted bank robber the day after her Fiance funeral. She is doing this as Alex Kork the serial killer is killing dozens of people. I have read Rogue cop books, we have seen the movies it all kinda makes sense in the end, even if wrong. This is TOTALLY wrong. Yes I know Alex killed her Fiance, but so many people are being killed every day while she looks for her. Jack would have found Alex much sooner, had she worked with the police. I found it completely selfish. Her ex husband gets killed in the process. I found the attitude of Harry not even remotely reasonable or believable, just an insult to readers. Of course During all this Jack is sleeping with Phin who is driving a stolen car AND snorting cocaine. Yes he is Sexy and cares about her. Don't forget she just came from her fiance funeral. We have lots if detail about many of the slaughters Alex is killing peeling skin, burning lots and lots of fine detail of Alex torturing the victims. Too Much. Truthfully everything about this book is just wrong.!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cb3 on November 6, 2012
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Great Book, Great Series. I've read/reading all of the Jack Daniels novels and I'm in love. I'm about 97% through with Cherry Bomb and I don't want it to end. The characters are awesome, the scenes are vivid and the humor is hilarious. I've read them in order and to me that's the only way to do it. There are some jokes and references that are only funny if you've read the other novels. ***Spoiler Alert*** Like when Jack is suggesting cocktails for her mother to drink on her cruise and she's naming all the book titles from previous novels. Hilarious. I would suggest these novels to anyone who enjoys a true CRIME/drama.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dianne E. Socci-Tetro TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 11, 2009
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I've been reading this series since it started with Whiskey Sour and couldn't stop raving about it. I was eagerly anticipating this book since Fuzzy Navels heart stopping, cliff hanger of an ending. The past books had enough humor and irreverence to make up for all the horror. They were wonderful police procedural's as well as mysteries. The reason why I gave this book such a low rating is that I know that JA Konrath could have done so much better. After all, as I said, he managed to hook me into this series with his other books. So had he made more of an effort to keep our adrenaline jacked with more than just a series of random killings that did nothing to move the plot along I may have been a little less harsh in my review.

But this offering is nothing but non-stop gratuitous murder, yes we get the fact that Kork is a nut case and this is her reason for living, but a break would have been nice, there is no humor and the fact that Jack would have had sex so soon (I would explain why this is disturbing to me, but it would mean adding something that would spoil the book for those who haven't read it yet) doesn't ring true and only goes to show that men authors may not really want to write books from a woman's POV.

Too much of this book forces me to suspend disbelief to the point that I may as well have been reading a paranormal. The characters have not developed any farther than they had in the last book and in that one they hadn't changed one iota from the previous books, and the added character in the way of a monkey that throws his feces at everyone is well, maybe it's something a teenage boy would find hilarious, I didn't.

I recommend that if you must read this because you have a compulsive need to keep up with a series, then wait and buy it in paper back. I'm sorry that I got it in hard cover and didn't buy it for my Kindle. At least I wouldn't feel so cheated.
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