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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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  • Print Length: 145 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003AOA73I
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20 of 21 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.
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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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5 of 6 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
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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 Hit or miss...some good, some not April 13, 2014
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Having read about a dozen of the Konrath/Kilborn catalog, I have learned a few things. One, he has a wild imagination, and has no problems coming up ways to shock the reader. Two, he possesses a sense of humor that is definitely not everybody's cup of tea. It's certainly an acquired taste, and it's anything but mainstream. So it probably reveals more about myself in that I appreciate his humor, and as dark and satirical as it may be, nonetheless I like it. There is plenty of that odd, dark humor in most of these stories, even the ones that lack much of a plot. Overall, this collection is uneven and certainly not his most prolific work, and in his prefaces for each story he virtually admits that some of these will never be considered classics. Although there are some gems here, I wouldn't suggest this book for one's first foray into this author's work. IMO, this collection is more suited for his most ardent fans, those who are familiar with his style. FWIW, my favorites are The Archaeologist's Story, Light Drizzle, A Fistful of Cozy, and Urgent Reply Needed.
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1.0 out of 5 stars amazingly bad April 9, 2014
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I love Jack Konrath and was really excited to get a book of his short stories. I wish I had read the reviews before I wasted my money. The first few short stories were ok, not amazing, just ok, but then he got to the all the ones that he couldn't get published anywhere else. I know why. They were awful.

I kept reading, hoping for more, and more I did get. The last past of the book were a few chapters of some of his books I had already read. I understand that Konrath is a famous author and can probably get anything he wants published now, but just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

I am disappointed in the book and disappointed that one of my favorite authors published this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars great book March 19, 2014
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This was one of the first books in years that i stayed up interested in got to read cover to cover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read! February 26, 2014
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Ahhhhhhhhhhhh Jack Kilborn....Never a disappointment! AND short stories, to boot! One of my favorites to read. Although, I have to say, I read this like it was a novel!!!!!!!! As usual, I couldn't put it down! Highly recommend putting this book on your"to read" list.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars very disappointed
I was very disappointed that I wasted my borrowed book for the month on this. I guess it is better than paying for it. (come to think of it I guess I did by my Amazon prime cost). Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. L. Zanotti
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book
I'm not much of a fan of satire and Konrath needs a bit of help sharpening that blade. I enjoyed "Light Drizzle" and "Piranha Pool" though, and I laughed out loud reading "Weigh To... Read more
Published 2 months ago by harlanjerome
3.0 out of 5 stars short ones if you are busy....
The author certainly has a “way with words” and a prodigious imagination to keep coming up with a variety of plots.
SOME of these short stories are interesting. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bevan
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read for travel
I loaded this on my kindle when taking a trip. Quick, engaging read. The writing is okay, the author is no Shakespeare but he gets the message across.
Published 5 months ago by Manni
5.0 out of 5 stars crime stories by j.a. konrath
i really enjoyed the crime stories by konrath.all the stories were good and kept my attention throughout the entire book.i watch alot of crime t.v. Read more
Published 8 months ago by suzanne
2.0 out of 5 stars Little disappointed
The short stories that I liked were way to short, and I wished they were longer. The rest were just too disappointing. Sorry
Published 12 months ago by Jasmine Heesacker
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad "humor", bad book
Bad "humor". Bad book. Not my style of humor. I didn't even finish it. The first book was bad from the start. His humor is that he takes his neighbor fishing. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Little Red
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Hi! Love reading your books, I especially enjoyed "The List" will we ever find out who the rest of them are? We're all waiting.......
spirky asked Sep 4, 2013
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Yes. The Nine will be out in 2014.

J. A. Konrath answered Sep 25, 2013

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