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Jack Daniels Stories [Kindle Edition]

J.A. Konrath
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Book Description

JA Konrath, known for the Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels thrillers set in Chicago, offers this collection of short stories and novellas from the Jack Daniels universe.

Join Jack Daniels, her partner Herb Benedict, private eye Harry McGlade, and part-time criminal Phineas Troutt, in this omnibus of 15 stories.

These were previous published in magazines and anthologies, and many are long out of print.

On the Rocks - Suicide or murder? Lt. Jack Daniels solves a locked room mystery.

Whelp Wanted - P.I. Harry McGlade becomes a dognapper in order to stop a dognapper, or something like that.

Street Music - Phineas Troutt hunts a prostitute through the dangerous streets of Chicago. Are his intentions pure?

The One That Got Away - The Gingerbread Man (the villain from WHISKEY SOUR) hunts one final victim.

With a Twist - It looked like the man fell from a great height, but the body is in his living room. Jack Daniels solves another impossible crime.

Epitaph - Phin Troutt takes on a Chicago street gang with vengeance on his mind.

Taken to the Cleaners - Harry McGlade tries to solve a difficult mystery, but mostly just goofs off.

Body Shots - Jack Daniels faces her most challenging case yet; a school shooting. But does she know more about the perp than she realizes?

Suffer - Phineas Troutt has taken some questionable jobs, but will he murder a man's wife?

School Daze - P.I. Harry McGlade investigates a private school, but he's not entirely sure why.

Overproof - While shopping on the Gold Coast, Jack Daniels notices traffic has come to a stand-still. When she realizes what the problem is, she's confronted with her own mortality, and the possible deaths of hundreds.

Bereavement - How badly does Phineas Troutt need a fix? What is he willing to do?

Pot Shot - Detective Herb Benedict just wants a home cooked meal. But his plans get interrupted by a very determined sniper.

Last Request - Phineas Troutt picks up a hitchhiker, with deadly results.

The Necro File - Harry McGlade investigates some bizarre murders in this hilarious, gore-filled mini-epic. (Author's note: This is easily the funniest thing I've ever written, but it's also very offensive. Let the reader beware...)

That's about 65,000 words of Jack Daniels and friends. Also included in this collection are excerpts from some of Jack's other adventures, including:

An excerpt from Truck Stop by J.A. Konrath and Jack Kilborn, where Jack finds herself dueling with two serial killers at once.

An excerpt from Floaters by J.A. Konrath and Henry Perez, where Jack joins forces with Chicago reporter Alex Chapa to solve a bizarre disappearance.

An excerpt from Planter's Punch by J.A. Konrath and Tom Schreck, where Jack travels to NY and befriends professional boxer Duffy Dombrowski to break an extortion ring.

And excerpt from Suckers by J.A. Konrath and Jeff Strand, where Harry McGlade reluctantly teams up with Andrew Mayhem. Hilarity ensues.

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About the Author

J.A. Konrath has written six Jack Daniels thrillers (Whiskey Sour, Bloody Mary, Rusty Nail, Dirty Martini, Fuzzy Navel, Cherry Bomb, and Shaken.)

Under the name Jack Kilborn, he wrote the horror novels Afraid, Trapped, Endurance, and Draculas, and under the name Joe Kimball, he wrote the sci-fi novel Timecaster (featuring Jack Daniels' grandson as the hero, and Harry McGlade III, coming out in 2011.)

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  • File Size: 631 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003AKY6GG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,816 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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Jack Daniels Stories is a treat if you are already a fan of the series of novels featuring Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels. Over several mystery novels, Konrath has established Jack and a coterie of supporting characters, including partner Herb, dying badass Phin Trout, and tacky detective Harry McGlade, in a tough world of Chicago crime and justice. Now, in these stories, Jack solves some more direct mysteries (including two locked room stories--old school!)that don't take a whole novel to unwind, and the supporting characters get to step to the front and become the main protagonist in several stories each. I enjoyed each and every one, and often found myself laughing out loud. I also appreciated the introduction to each story, in which Konrath laid out what inspired a story, what he was trying to do with it, and how he felt about the finished product.

If you are new to Konrath and the world of Jack Daniels, this is a very good jumping on place and a chance to sample Konraths style before jumping into the novels.

At the time I purchased it, this collection was selling as a Kindle download for just $2.99 and I found it to be quite a bargain. If you know you are going to love Konrath's short stories, an even better deal is 55 Proof for $4.99, which contains all of this book's stories, plus all those from 3 other collections by Konrath as well.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A round of Jack for everyone May 22, 2010
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Feeling a bit cautious? Don't want to commit to a full length Jack Daniels novel quite yet?
This anthology is right up your alley. Nearly a dozen short stories from the world of Jack Daniels.
Have one or two for the road.
Frank Zubek
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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I'm sure we've all been in this position. You just finished a book you really enjoyed and now you're wondering

what to read next. You pick up a couple of different titles from your bookshelf,. start to read a chapter or

two and find that nothing really grabs you.

I had that problem a few weeks ago when a friend suggested that I read the first in the "Jack Daniels" series

of J A Konrath books,. for this suggestion I owe her a HUGE debt of thanks.

I began with Whiskey Sour which introduces the main character Det Jack Daniels and a supporting

group of wonderful characters. Well, here it is six weeks later,. and I have exhausted the entire series

available up to this point and am eagerly awaiting the next installment due out in October.

I am one of those readers who doesn't like to give too much away in discussing the books but let me

assure you that once you begin the series you will be caught up in the characters and plot of all the books

and wish you could read slower to savor the enjoyment longer.

My friend did me a huge favor in suggesting this author and I'm sure you will agree with both of us that this

is an author whose work is thoroughly fun, fast paced and a great read

Mark J Weinberg
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not read this. August 10, 2014
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The stories are either boring, disturbing, or disgusting. The author has an over inflated ego to think that readers care about the publishing history of each story. What a waste of time. Am deleting from my kindle library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jack Daniels stories June 10, 2014
By Deb
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The stories are good.but I thought that they would be completed stories,not the beginning. I want to know what happened in them.thanks a lot.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tapas served up with Jack Daniels March 1, 2013
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I've been reading my way through the Jack Daniels' series over the last few days, thoroughly enjoying myself, starting with Whiskey Sour and ending (so far) with Stirred.

This collection of short stories just topped off the reading experience. I liked each and every one of the stories (unusual for me because I tend to stay away from short stories, preferring longer selections).

In "Jack Daniels Stories" there is something for everyone, starring a host of Jack Daniels co-stars. Harry, Phin, Herb, Jack herself and locked room mysteries, a dognapping, a couple of pretty disgusting offerings, death by cop, and more. All of them held my interest. Most were laugh-out-loud funny. This is one of the better short story collections I have read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Amybshp
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This author is great at keeping you intrigued and a wonderful writer that is excellent at suspense and Gore. Read anything from this author and you won't regret it, if you love horror and suspense. Characters are connected in the books and you don't need to read all the books to understand them, but it makes it even better if you read the series from the beginning.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Flavor but a Very Bad Chaser at the End October 25, 2014
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J. A. Konrath treats his fans to this collection of short stories featuring all the characters from the Jack Daniels universe: Lt. Daniels herself, P.I. Harry McGlade, enforcer-for-hire Phineas Trout, and even Jack's partner Herb Benedict, who gets a story all to himself. To his credit, Konrath has tried to give readers as wide an assortment of stories as possible, both in terms of characters and style. The good news is that readers are more likely to find something that meets their tastes in this collection. The bad news, as I found out, is that readers are also more likely to find something that's not very palatable at all.

Of the 15 stories in the book, 4 feature Daniels herself, 4 feature Harry McGlade, 5 feature Phineas Trout, 1 is about Herb Benedict, and 1 defies classification. The best stories, by far, are the Trout stories. In the Daniels books, he's a minor character, but as the protagonist of his own series of tales, Konrath has an opportunity to explore this fascinating antihero and his personal ethical code in greater depth. Trout is a "problem solver," an enforcer for hire who's also a terminal cancer patient. To combat the pain he feels every day, Trout has gotten hooked on various narcotics and satisfying his habit requires raising money constantly. Despite his needs, he's still got a moral code of sorts, and each of these stories becomes a fascinating individual morality play. In each case, Trout is willing to break the law and bend his word, but the challenge is seeing how he can do so and raise the money he needs to get by, while at the same time allowing him to live with himself.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute
A lot of short stories about Jack and the men in her life. Some funny, some not so much. Enjoy
Published 1 month ago by Betty J
4.0 out of 5 stars Brassy, bold and ballsy story telling.
I enjoyed the confident and no-nonsense writing style of this mystery writer. It goes right along with the gritty characters he brings to life on the page. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Markyart
1.0 out of 5 stars appaling!
Quite the worst written book I have read. Bad syntax, bad punctuation, bad grammar and ridiculous stories. I could not bring myself to finish it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by charlotte
4.0 out of 5 stars good stories, quick read
Good stories
Published 3 months ago by km
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love all Jack Daniels boos.
Published 3 months ago by Angie
5.0 out of 5 stars Just another Konrath great read.
What can you say but another Konrath work well worth reading. Obviously, I like his style and sense of humor. This worries me. Read more
Published 3 months ago by jof
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not what I thought it would be, but ok.
Published 3 months ago by Lori Wise
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
They are fun to read stories
Published 3 months ago by Suzanne
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love J.A. Konrath books and the characters. Good book to curl up with on a cold day.
Published 3 months ago by Jean Cogdell
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!!!!
LOVE IT!!!! I enjoy the entire series and this was such a treat.Thank you for sharing these stories with us,I thoroughly enjoyed it!!!
Published 3 months ago by laura
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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


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