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Crime Stories [Kindle Edition]

Jack Kilborn , J.A. Konrath
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Book Description

This collection features twenty short stories from humorous thriller writer J.A. Konrath. Included are a few hardboiled tales, some noir, some parody and satire, a few straight-out comedy pieces, and a few stories that didn't fit into Konrath's other two collections, Horror Stories and Jack Daniels Stories.

The twenty stories include:

The Big Guys - Flash fiction, winner of the Derringer Award.

A Fistful of Cozy - A satire of the mystery cozy genre.

Cleansing - An ancient crime of biblical proportions.

Lying Eyes - Solve it yourself, given the clues.

Perfect Plan - Another solve it yourself. Don't you remember One Minute Mysteries and Encyclopedia Brown?

Piece of Cake - Another solve it yourself, originally featured in Woman's World.

Animal Attraction - Solve it yourself.

Urgent Reply Needed - A cautionary tale about dealing with spammers.

Blaine’s Deal - A parody of hardboiled noir.

Light Drizzle - A light-hearted send-up of hitman stories.

An Archaeologist’s Story - How digging up old bones leads to fresh corpses.

Don’t Press That Button! - An essay about the gadgets in the James Bond universe, and which you need to buy.

Piranha Pool - A writer seeking criticism pays the ultimate price.

A Newbie’s Guide to Thrillerfest - Never been to a mystery conference? Here's the in-depth dirt.

Inspector Oxnard - He's either brilliant, or too stupid to breathe.

One Night Only - A sports fan ends up in jail, all for the love of the game.

Could Stephanie Plum Car Really Get Car Insurance? - An essay about Janet Evanovich's famous character.

Cozy or Hardboiled? - Take the test to find out which type of book you're reading.

Addiction - What's the worst drug you can get hung up on?

Weigh To Go - A humor column about health clubs.

Specially formatted for Kindle with an interactive table of contents, this ebook also includes excerpts from Whiskey Sour and Disturb by J.A. Konrath.


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 chronological order to be enjoyed, but for those who want to know it 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 Origin, The List, Disturb, Shot of Tequila, and Serial Killers Uncut.

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

He has sold over a million ebooks.


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About the Author

J.A. Konrath is the author of the Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels series that includes “Whiskey Sour,” “Bloody Mary,” “Rusty Nail,” “Dirty Martini,” “Fuzzy Navel” and “Cherry Bomb.”

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  • File Size: 536 KB
  • Print Length: 145 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003AOA73I
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have collection March 18, 2010
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Filled with laugh out loud short stories and some very cool crime and detective stories. this is a great price and so are his other two collections of shorts. One of my favorite parts of the books is each story has an introduction of where the story came to be.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars konrath humor April 12, 2011
By AlexD.
Format:Kindle Edition
I've read JA Konrath's Jack Daniels novels and some of his Jack Kilborn horror--this is sort of a hybrid, with his legendary twisted humor, which ranges from silly to sick, but also shows a broad understanding of the mystery field, from cozy to noir. WHile I wouldn't rank it up there with his best work, Konrath is a writer who will never bore you.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware February 22, 2013
By Jeffrey
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I have read everything I can find by Konrath under his various guises. What links his best work, especially the Jack Daniels series, is a wonderful pacing, the ability to create characters who may be unrealistic at times, but are always appealing. Even his serial killers are fun! In these books, Konrath's humor comes across wonderfully in the context of the story's characters.

I suspect Konrath has never had an original idea in any of his writings. What he does best is to take up tropes from his favorite genres (also my favorite genres as it happens), and give them new twists. He makes them his own and what results is enjoyable, fast paced and that word again, fun, reads.

The author prides himself on his humor, and in this one he confesses to having once attempted to be a standup comedian. As a comedian, he is a great writer. His output is prolific and his confidence that he is really a comedian misplaced as a writer is unshakable (or unstirable to stay in character). Both of these qualities are sometimes his Achilles heal. In terms of the former, nothing is left on the cutting room floor. Rather, it is recycled and diligent readers of his books are often left with a sense of déjà vu. But then again, he is such a terrific writer that second helpings are not so bad. Especially at the prices of his works in kindle versions.

Where Konrath's fans run into trouble however, is when his jokes become the premise of a story rather than a feature of it. Explaining this process in Crime Stories, Konrath notes how he saves up jokes on slips of paper for later use if they don't fit into a particular story. The result at worst is something like Crime Stories. The book tries too hard to be funny and as a result most of the stories contained here are simply tedious.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crime Stories March 8, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I downloaded this book from my library because I like the author. I enjoyed some of the stories but must say that this book was not for me. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the author, as they say give it a try. Enjoy!!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars depends on your taste in humor September 4, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
J.A. Konrath’s Crime Stories is a collection of 21 stories and essays. Some are mysteries or crime stories of one type or another, but humor is much more prevalent. Unfortunately, humor tends to be very much an individual taste thing. Konrath’s humor often feels random, and that sort of humor usually makes me shrug rather than laugh.

Four of the entries are mystery set-ups to be solved, followed by an explanation of what happened. One had a tell that was a giveaway, and a detail that felt like a plot device. One was clever, but a major detail felt contrived. A third relied on trivia rather than cleverness. There’s a tale of a baking contest, however, that I really enjoyed–the setup was clever, and it had a nice whimsical flair.

Several of the stories are dark and clever. The first story, about a shark-fishing expedition, is funny enough that I didn’t care that it was predictable. There’s a parody of cozy mysteries that’s over-the-top in its morbid fun; there’s a parody of the insanely insightful Sherlock Holmes-style detective that hit that too-random spot for me. A tale of an abusive husband, his wife, and her father gave me a bit of a shiver. A couple of stories (Urgent Reply Needed, for example) felt like they were ‘cheating’ in the information that they hid from the reader and how it was hidden.

For humor value my favorite story is Light Drizzle. In this case the seeming randomness works, as it builds very deliberately on itself, becoming more and more ridiculous. It’s a short tale of an assassin who kills with everyday objects, as a bad day gets worse and worse for him. Don’t Press That Button also made me laugh: it’s a run-down of James Bond gadgets, what makes them cool or not, whether you’d want to own them, and what you might do with them.
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2.0 out of 5 stars WTH. Can't even proof read a short? December 19, 2014
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Typos in the authors flippin header...? Really...?

How can you write two sentences and get it wrong? You're actually writing that the coming story wasn't picked up - and it has errors in it...? It's got Your Name on it for Christ's sake. Where's the pride...? It's like you just spit out a bunch of rejects to make a quick buck, which I understand but to not even proof read your copy/paste job actually pisses me off...

Then there are the short stories which aren't that bad, it's the errors that give you two stars... I could go on and on but here's a quick example... We're a few sentences in and we read 'should' where the word shoulder 'should' be...? How is that kind of thing missed in a short...? I mean really...

Not happy, feel cheated... Not cool, not cool at all...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The good, the entertaining and the average
This collection of short stories shows the flexibility of the authors - some funny, some that were so good that they you wished they were full books, some you just feeling just... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Claudia
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun
Published 2 months ago by P. jennings
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always write interesting crime stories
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good writer, enjoyable
Published 4 months ago by Happy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great reads!!
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!
Oh wow, I am new to this authors work, but have thoroughly enjoyed all the books I've read so far. Crime stories started off with cool "who done it" stories then it goes... Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Nesbitt
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was ok I guess?? Interesting quick read, kept me entertained while waiting for my flight.
Published 4 months ago by nick c
5.0 out of 5 stars cool
this is a well written book and has a great plot. it kept my interest the whole while i was reading this book.
Published 6 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book of clever stories
This is a fun book of short stories that capture you through to the end. I found some to be quite similar so that is the only negative I have. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Judy Hickling
5.0 out of 5 stars funny quick reads
He compares himself to Janet Evanovich and he's right. These are silly (for the most part) and entertaining to read. Thank you for sharing.
Published 7 months ago by Mary D
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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 www.JAKonrath.com

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