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J.A. Konrath achieves the stupendous feat of blending both a prequel and a sequel in this timeline-hopping thriller, expertly making the pieces click together like an intricate Swiss watch.
Over the course of her decades-long career, Detective Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels has pursued her own great white whale: a sickeningly twisted serial killer named Mr. K. Years ago, Jack came heartbreakingly close to catching him, but he managed to slip away. Now Mr. K is back from her nightmares, and she's his captive, in a secret place where she's beyond rescue. Bound and gagged, the clock ticking down till zero, Jack faces a death more excruciating than anyone's worst imaginings. She has seen Mr. K.'s other victims, so she knows how terrible her end will be.
In flashback, we see just how Jack ended up at this moment in her life. From her first exposure as a rookie to Mr. K's handiwork, through her career-long pursuit of her nemesis, we watch Jack grow as a cop, as a woman, and as a friend to her two eccentric colleagues, Harry and Herb. That journey is both terrifying and wildly hilarious, a wacky combination that only a writer as good as Konrath can pull off. Throw in a deeply moving denouement, and you have a story that hits every single mark.
The pace is frantic, the horrors truly horrifying, and the dialogue will have you laughing out loud even as you're gripping the pages in terror. Konrath is so good, he makes other novelists jealous--and count me as one of them.
Five very enthusiastic stars out of five. --Tess Gerritsen
I'm a big fan of J.A. Konrath and his Jack Daniels series.
I really liked the way Konrath used three different time periods to tell his story, building suspense and connecting events together at the end.
This is very well done and builds suspense on multiple levels as well as showing the character's development over decades of `story time'.
Usual suspenseful story from JA Konrath. Love how characters from other writers and books are brought in to the storyline.Published 3 days ago by Donelle Chandler
Great book! It is nice to see how the men in Jack's life really love her and just how strong Jack really is. Mr.K was an ok character, but like Alex Kork, I am glad he's gone. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Yolanda G. Edwards
A few books back in the series I had thought the concept was going cold. A lot of fans thought it had become all blood and gore. With this novel Mr. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Charles Kochan
This was my first Jack Daniels book, but it won't be the last! Fast-paced, interest in story and characters - I'm hooked!Published 5 days ago by CaptiveWildWoman
I read this story "cover" to "cover" (
in ebook format) in 1 sitting, which is something I haven't done in years. I just don't have the luxury of time to do that. Read more
Love these books!! Konrath it's a fabulous writer all of the Jack Daniels books are superb. Finishing the last in the series, and want more :-)Published 11 days ago by Carolyn Yarber
I have read several of the Jack Daniels books,and enjoy the wonderful plot never too much but they are written with just enough intrigue to keep me wanting more. Read morePublished 11 days ago by JerI Lynn
This is a good book with a great series. Can't wait to go get Stirred! I do like this author but he is very graphic. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Linda from NY
Great book in the long line of Jacqueline Jack Daniels books. You need to read all of them if you can.Published 17 days ago by Russell Boyd