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Jack Daniels - Maniac Magnet
on November 22, 2011
What a lollapalooza of a great finish to Konrath's Jack Daniels series and to Crouch/Konrath's serial killer extrava-goreathon that I've been following for so many years!
Jack Daniels galumphs along, ponderous and pregnant, worrying about bringing a new life into her world (and well she should at 48 years old - YIKES), trying to make life changing decisions with her baby daddy, Phin - and then serial killer extraordinaire Luther Kite comes back into her life. And he's not alone - we get to catch up with some of our other killers du jour too, including my favorite, Lucy. Also tagging along are other favorites including McGlade, who you don't want to be stuck on a stakeout with or have choosing your baby's name.
Deeper in the book, STIRRED feels like a noir nightmare, with Jack and gang in incredibly creepy surroundings with shades of Dante's Inferno thrown in. And there was a plot twist that caught me totally unexpectedly - not easily done.
I especially liked the hyperlinks on the Kindle version I read, linking to mini reminders of the previous books/stories and characters referenced to in STIRRED. They helped me a lot, especially considering how many years this series - books and stories - covers. And they will allow you to read STIRRED even if you haven't read any of the previous books. But do yourself a favor - read the others so you get the biggest gruesome impact.
And even though this is the wrap-up of previous books, neither Crouch nor Konrath totally close the door on reading about our favorite characters in the future.
Also, keep in mind this is a book about serial killers, not kindergarten teachers. If you don't have a strong stomach, you probably should find some other reading matter because these are some of the creepiest serial killers I've ever read about.
NOTE: I was lucky enough to get an Advanced Reading Copy of STIRRED but my opinion is my own and I am thrilled I was able to read the book a few days early.