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Konrath's fourth drink-inspired mystery to feature Lt. Jacqueline Jack Daniels (after 2006's Rusty Nail) is a particularly potent mix of equal parts mirth and mayhem with a dash of sex and a twist (or two) of plot. When an extortionist prefaces his demands for a payoff from the city of Chicago by spreading enough botulism toxin to cause more than 30 deaths, Jack's previous successes and her resultant celebrity are enough to put her in charge of the case. The poisoner has more tricks up his sleeve and unleashes an almost unimaginable arsenal of toxins. Despite a horrific death count, Konrath infuses plenty of humor. Best of all, he gives the reader ample opportunities to stay abreast of or even ahead of his sleuth, but it will take a clever reader to unravel the subtle clues embedded in the story. Konrath's latest should be taken straight, no chaser needed. (July)
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Chicago homicide cop Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels returns in this hard-edged thriller. Someone who calls himself the Chemist is poisoning food in the city's grocery stores and restaurants. When the Chemist demands $2 million to stop the killings, the superintendent of detectives puts Jack in charge of the case—because fast-talking Jack has plenty of experience dealing with serial killers, having gone up against three of them already (most recently in Rusty Nail, 2006). Like Jeffrey Deaver, Konrath ratchets up the suspense until readers don't dare stop flipping the pages; the characters are sharply drawn; and the dialogue sounds like real (though funny) people talking (a decided improvement over some of the earlier volumes in the series). Also like Deaver, Konrath clearly understands the importance of creating a believable, interesting villain. A solid success for those who like to mix comedy and grit. Pitt, David

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Product Details

  • Series: Jack Daniels Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (June 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401302793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401302795
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (725 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,363,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on January 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
While the titles of J. A. Konrath's series featuring Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels are all named after drinks --- WHISKEY SOUR, BLOODY MARY, RUSTY NAIL and the recently-released DIRTY MARTINI --- these aren't lighthearted stories about wasting away in Margaritaville. The novels are set in Chicago, and the crimes and its perpetrators are dark indeed.

DIRTY MARTINI had me on the edge of my seat --- not once, but twice. I won't go into too much detail, but the first time was when Daniels was in a house and the second time was when she was in a truck. Upon completion of the book, I thought I was going to require cardioversion to get my heart working properly again.

Between those two scenes, however, is one heck of a story, expertly plotted and wonderfully told. Konrath starts off by introducing The Chemist, a twisted genius who plans to take revenge on the City of Chicago by poisoning its food supply. Quite honestly, the author's step-by-step description of what The Chemist does, and how he does it, is enough to make me, a city boy through and through, get a complete library of The Mother Earth News, move to the country and become entirely self-sufficient. That is even before you get to the aforementioned "house" and "truck."

Meanwhile, Daniels's boyfriend has proposed, but she is afraid to say "yes," even though she wants to. She then discovers that her long-deceased father isn't dead at all. Those are relatively minor problems, however, compared to what The Chemist has planned, which is to hold Chicago for ransom. How do you catch somebody who is a master of disguise, two steps ahead of you and capable of murder performed in unexpected ways? Maybe you don't. Perhaps this is the last book in the series. You'll have to read to find out.
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61 of 72 people found the following review helpful By readalot on February 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I am reading this book on a Kindle. There are errors on almost every second page. (I originally thought that the book was self-published by someone illiterate.) Examples:
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. . .the steps in front of the Ar. Institute
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Variant U is a weaponized form o. Marburg.
Don't publishers proofread? Can people spell? These are simple mistakes but how many are acceptable? Fewer than 250?
The book is fluff. Could be enjoyable with fewer errors.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By PokerBen on March 19, 2008
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Over the last year or so J.A. Konrath has become one of my favorite authors to read. He has a great way of making his characters stand out, and adds a great mix of humor, horror, and thrill to all his novels. I really enjoy reading the Jack Daniels series and have read all four so far, and look forward to reading all the future titles. This in my opinion is the best book of the series to date. I can definitely tell that JA is getting better at the writers craft the more work he produces. You will definitely want to check this title out! Happy Reading!
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Tom Morrison on July 27, 2013
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Many books, including this one, have received reviews that were not complimentary due to production failures, spelling and grammar deficiencies, and other flaws. All, or at least most of them, can be corrected promptly by the author. Then the problem is that the reviewers who gave the negative posts will never know 1. that their complaints were acknowledged and 2. that the book has been corrected and no longer deserves the flogging it received. Perhaps the author could place an ALERT giving this information.
I'll review this book after I've finished it. And then two or three weeks afterwards, check the book again to learn whether any problems have been mended.
One more thing for authors to remember. No book pleases all readers. The proportion is important. If there are 80% 4 and 5 stars, and the remainder 1 and 2 stars, you've got a hit on your hands. Never mind the ones who don't appreciate your work. Just be concerned that the proportions are as indicated. IMO.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jordan McCray on July 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This writing is the equivalent of McDonalds or candy, lightweight and enjoyable if you dont expect too much.
Many of the situations are just too unbelievable and stretch things way too far, just to make a humorous point.
Some of the things, like Jack "finally" realizing the true target is astounding that it took so long.
Many of her "escapes" from danger are just way too far fetched. She is the only one who survies the house that was a trap??? come on! Nobody else thought to hold their breath? The experts all were just dumb and could not survive, but Jack she can survive anything!!!!!!! It takes away the suspense, because you know no matter how illogical how crazy the situation the writer will get jack out of it.
The characters are cartoonish, the storyline very formulaic. The reliance ont he standard "male chauvanist pig" and fat people as the source of humor shows a shallowness to the humor.
The conclusion was a huge let down.
They just happen to "miss" the blatant evidence and clues that were in front of their face? Nobody figured that one out? then suddenly this careful bad guy leaves a finger print- how convenient!
I give it 3 stars because i did actually laugh a few times, but as far as literature and skillful writing- NOPE!
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