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Rusty Nail: A Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Mystery (Jack Daniels Mysteries) Hardcover – July 5, 2006

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Product Details

  • Series: Jack Daniels Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (July 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140130088X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401300883
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (639 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #799,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Konrath's third outing to feature Chicago police lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels, like its predecessors, Whiskey Sour and Bloody Mary, offers violent thrills peppered with hilarious one-liners. Jack's receipt of an anonymous snuff video that looks like the work of a serial killer called the Gingerbread Man, who was recently brought to justice, marks the start of a cat-and-mouse game with the killer, who plucks victims from the periphery of Jack's world—both professional and private. When Jack shakes the Gingerbread Man's twisted family tree, she unearths an unspeakable history of depravity and awakens sleeping dogs better left alone. A wedding in the woods turns sinister after a poison-laced champagne toast renders everyone in the wedding party unconscious, and Jack must race to save her friends from the surprise demon spawn that has outwitted her—though perhaps not the reader. Some may find that the surfeit of gore detracts from the engaging characters, true guffaws and tightly knit subplots.
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"Excellent smart-mouth thrills . . . my advice: Take a long sip." -- Lee Child

"Snappy dialogue. Powerful action. A fabulous character to spend time with." -- David Morrell

"This is a solid and successful sophomore effort that demands the next drink -- er, installment -- and soon" -- M.J. Rose

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

Customer Reviews

Great story lines and great characters.
Janyll L. Baird
I love the sense of humor that Jack brings and I liked the suspense, even though it may have been too graphic for some!
This book does the same twists and turns and keeps to guessing until the very end!
Jennifer L. Jenkins

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Chicago police lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels receives an anonymous snuff video that appears to be the classic work of serial killer the Gingerbread Man, Charles Kork. The only problem with holding the Gingerbread Man culpable is that he is already a guest of the state. Jack assumes it is copy cat with insider information. Since her partner Herb Benedict is hospitalized, she decides to go it alone looking closely at Kork's relatives and friends.

However, though she finds perversion, insanity, criminality and worse as the norm, Jack fails to get any closer to identifying and catching the killer. Instead the unknown murderer seems to target those related to the beleaguered cop who leaves taunting clues like toes in the cookie jar for Jack insisting he is back. Jack knows she must stop this brilliant but psychopath copy cat killer before he toasts the deaths of her loved ones because he seems to be fixated on her.

The killer ironically is obvious to the reader early on while Jack remains clueless as the culprit outplays her at every turn in their cat and mouse encounter. As always with a Jack Daniels police procedural (see WHISKEY SOUR and BLOODY MARY) gore and humor are mixed together often in the same scene. Fans will laugh and groan as Jack battles against a diabolical lethal lunatic, who seems always one step, make that multiple steps, ahead of her.

Harriet Klausner
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55 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Duncan on February 17, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read the first two Jack Daniels novels and couldn't decide if I liked them or not so I decided to go ahead and try Rusty Nail. I was just barely able to finish it and won't bother to read any more in the series. The same things happen in each book: Jack disobeys orders, gets wounded and somehow survives, gets dumped and then her idiotic boyfriend comes back, and she tracks down another serial killer.

I don't think of myself as squeamish but the gore in this book got to me. It is just gore for the sake of gore.

I gave the book one star in but in all honesty, I don't think it even deserved that. Don't waste your time on this book. Life is to short to waste on such garbage.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Linda Pagliuco VINE VOICE on September 11, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Rusty Nail is my first foray into the world of Lt. Jack (short for Jaqueline) Daniels, a forty-something police detective who cares about her job. She recently nabbed the uber-sadistic Gingerbread Man serial killer, but some recent developments are giving Jack a sense of deja-vu. Someone is delivering horrific snuff videos to her door, complete with personal taunts and death threats. Others who had been involved in the Gingerbread investigation feature prominently in these sick flicks.

What I liked:

Jack. She's a good, honest cop and a strong woman. Sure, she has her problems, but who doesn't?

The basic plot.

The attempt at humor and levity, although some of it fell rather flat.

The Chicago setting.

Mr. Whiskers, Jack's adopted cat.

The final battle.

What I disliked:

Some of the characters descended into the realm of caricature.

The sickening details of torture, which were heavily overdone to the point of becoming gratuitous.

Final rating: Just OK. Will have to check out another in the series before deciding one way or the other on this series.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By CS on December 1, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jack Daniels is back, and she is glad that things around the office have quieted down. But they aren't calm for very long. A videotape of a woman's murder arrives at the office and the investigation begins.

Even with Konrath's excellent writing style and witty dialogue, Rusty Nail still disappoints compared to Whiskey Sour and Bloody Mary. It has the most gore out of the three, but the gore didn't seem to serve a purpose, as if it was thrown in to make up for a lack luster plot.

The plot was a little too recycled and predictable. Some events that happened in Rusty Nail already happened in the first two books, such as Mr. Whiskers attacking the killer, Jack calling Latham to get back together, and Jack having several near-death experiences and miraculously living through them. It is like an action movie where the protagonist gets shot at twenty times and is still alive to shoot the bad guy.

Honestly, my empathy for Jack is running low. She is much more whiny this time around. She complains that she is lonely yet pushes away the man she loves, and the worst part is she knows she has no one to blame but herself. At work, she constantly makes stupid decisions that put her life in danger, and rarely takes measures to protect herself before charging into seriously risky situations.

Jack endures much emotional and physical pain at the hands of the Kork family and yet when she is faced with death she feels nothing but apathy. That seemed out of character for her, but she is tired, and at some point the reader must ask - how much can she go through before she cracks? Who knows.

Fans of the first two books will appreciate Konrath's humour, such as Harry's wisecracks about lockjaw (a rusty nail/tetanus reference) and Jack's verbal hits to Harry's ego. So if you enjoyed Whiskey Sour and Bloody Mary, Rusty Nail is still an okay read, but let's hope Dirty Martini will be better, if only to see Jack prevail one more time.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By S. Baldwin on July 18, 2008
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The third in the series, Rusty Nail is a bad, thoroughly gory rehash of the first novel in which hero Jack Daniels tracks down a serial killer named Kork. Jack's life is unbelievably pathetic this time around, but in stead of feeling sorry for her, I wish she would put herself out of my misery. The target of yet another serial killer, who seems to indicate the return of Kork, Daniels puts herself in constant danger, ignores direct orders and includes civilians in her investgations. What kind of cop is this? and she made lieutenant, no less. Not worth the time to skim it.
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