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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: 745 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003AKY6GG
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Short Stories October 2, 2012
By bmores1
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I bought this because I couldn't get enough of the Jack Daniels series and was sad to see it end. This book is filled with very fun short stories of my favorite characters. Some of them even shed light on and gave the back stories to things that were mentioned in the series. Definitely worth the read.
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Same Ol JA Konrath...just shorter treats. ;) April 21, 2012
Ok...first off, I am not one to spend much time on short stories. I hate the feeling of diving into a book and having it end in a few short pages. So, when I saw Jack Daniel Stories-A Mystery Thriller Collection by one of my very fav authors, Joe Konrath, I snatched it up, but at the same time remember thinking, "Short stories?? ugh". But, I was really needing a 'Jack-Harry-Herb-Phin' fix.

So, my review? I LOVED THIS! The same ole J.A. Konrath, just condensed in short, hilarious, gross, warped, twisted stories. Who else but Joe could get me laughing out loud at a story about Necrophilia?!? I mean, WTH?! And what I particularly enjoyed, was that for each story, Joe writes an intro of sorts. Why he wrote it, what he thought of it, what happened with it, etc. Really, really loved this.

And I'd like to weigh in on Harry McGlade. You either love him or hate him. I'm in the LOVE HIM group. I absolutely adore him and so happy he was heavily included in this collection. Lots of laughs & OMG moments.

So, yeah....if you're a fan of short stories, twisted, humor, crossing the line, or the great J.A. Konrath, you must read this. Very quick read (of course, I usually devour anything by him).

My only complaint---Mr. Friskers did not make a single appearance. Shame on you, Joe. ;(
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gread JD short stories
Wonderful short stories featuring the Konrath characters, not just Jack Daniels. If you like the JD series, you'll enjoy these short stories. Great reading for bathroom breaks.
Published 6 days ago by D. Roper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I always enjoy the Jack Daniels books and have read quite a few of them
Published 3 months ago by Jackie Perouty
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Daniels Stories
I enjoyed all of these short stories. They gave insight to the characters lives that are in the other Jack Daniels books. I would recommend this book to every one.
Published 3 months ago by Connie
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Daniels Stories
This book was a really fast read. Enjoyed the various characters in each short story because was very familiar with each one having read all the Jack Daniels series.
Published 3 months ago by Gayle G. Carrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining!
Fifteen short stories featuring Lt. Jack Daniels, and some of her well-known side characters from her books. Read more
Published 4 months ago by bass player 61
5.0 out of 5 stars Jackie my gal!
Gotta love Konrath. Jack Daniels and her cohorts are some of the coolest characters in literature. Konrath had floored it straight through the front window of creativity with this... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bryan S. Higby
3.0 out of 5 stars Jack Daniels, watered down
I love the Jack Daniels series because I love the characters. I suffer with the extensive violence to enjoy the good stuff. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Linda Blackman
4.0 out of 5 stars Pre-school Drop-out
It's been awhile since I've read anything as good as a Jack Daniels thriller. And I desperately needed a crime fix. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jacqueline
5.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
The stories were too short for my taste. I preferred his other books far better. I wish he would pen more Jack Daniels.
Published 6 months ago by Ken Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Good format
I really enjoyed mthis book of short stories, full of characters I had met before. They are really great with a lot of humour.
Published 6 months ago by salty
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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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