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About the Author

JA Konrath is the author of seven thrillers in the Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels series. The latest is SHAKEN. He also wrote three horror novels under the name Jack Kilborn.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145288126X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452881263
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (825 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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305 of 323 people found the following review helpful By Neosha on April 27, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
I downloaded "The List" to my Kindle for two reasons: 1) I'd just finished "Afraid" and I loved it. 2) "The List" was less than $2 and I was intrigued.
Now I feel like I owe Joe money! I was completely entertained from start to finish. I truly could not put it down. Bert and Roy, two of the main characters, had me laughing out loud. Tom is the hero. He's a cop assigned to a homicide and the body has a mysterious tattoo just like the one oh his foot. Joan is a victim turned heroine and she is my kind of woman....strong AND kicks butt. I can't stand the kind of woman who gets tied to the railroad tracks whimpering "save me, save me".
The suspense is tight and the premise is not past the realm of probability.
I don't want to mention much else because I don't want to give anything away!
JA Konrath writes in the caliber of writers like James Patterson, Dean Koontz, and Greg Iles....with a true bend on twisted.
Check it out....download the sample or just give in, go ahead, get the book. I can't wait to see the movie.
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389 of 433 people found the following review helpful By Libby Mari on August 24, 2010
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I thought the basic premise of the book, as outlined in the summary, was interesting and different enough to make me curious so I bought the book and started reading. When I was only 10% through the novel (according to my Kindle), already there had been fingers amputated, a beheading, someone's face had been sliced, a dog impaled, a woman attacked twice, and numerous accounts of torture (ie, a man impaled through the anus and then the stake move an inch an hour until it exited through his mouth hours later)that had occured previous the novel's starting point. I don't like graphic violence, and while I was willing to endure it for the sake of a genuine story, it became obvious when the main character was introduced as the clone of Thomas Jefferson that the gratuitous violence was really a distraction from a very odd plot. Couldn't finish it--couldn't stomach the disgusting images that alternated with the silliness.
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84 of 97 people found the following review helpful By D. Pease on May 30, 2009
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I just finished the list, and have to say, I'm now a Konrath fan. I've been following his blog on writing for years, but never read anything because I wasn't into the genre he wrote. But when I saw he was selling The List for so cheap for the Kindle (Kindle reader on my iPhone) I decided to give him a try. And like one of the other reviewers said, now I feel like I owe him more money. What a blast of a read. It had everything, a great premise, fun dialogue, political intrigue, hint of romance, and Abraham Lincoln. I love Abraham Lincoln. This is one of those books that I put down and instantly thought what a great movie it would make. Thanks Mr. Konrath for selling it so cheap and writing such a great book. I'll definitely be back for more.
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89 of 106 people found the following review helpful By vansic35 on July 4, 2011
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Since this book was only $2 for Kindle and was described as a "genetic murder mystery," I thought I would give it a try. Unfortunately, there were some serious flaws and the book read like a middle-school level novel with adult-level violence.

THE GOOD:
*It was a quick read, so it ended fast. If you are anything like me, you can't just stop a book halfway thorough, so I had to finish it.
*The book leads easily to a sequel, so if by chance you enjoyed this book, you can read another like it shortly.

THE BAD:
*The Violence. It overtook the story and was very unnecessary.
*The wounds inflicted upon the characters that should have put them in the hospital or at the very least stopped them from walking seemed to only "give them stars" and then allow them to return to normal activities.

THE UGLY:
*The Science. Even though this is fiction, the author discussed in the afterward about how this links closely to modern medical technology, when in fact, it would be impossible to have a camera that can copy the genome of a person completely. Maybe it's a lesson for myself; don't read fiction about the same subject as your dissertation, but the blinding fallacies here would be hard for anyone to ignore.
*The Character Development. One minute, a character is losing his/her best friend and the next minute they are falling in love with someone else. The author gives no time for real emotion to be shown and the relationships that do develop are painfully predictable.
*The Predictability. Everything from the story to the characters are too cut and dry. The "hints" that are needed in good books to connect later in the story are so blatant that you know what's going to happen long before it actually does.
*The Story. Read it for yourself.

BOTTOM LINE:
Don't purchase this book. Put some extra money towards it and read Digital Fortress.
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67 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Hanoch McCarty on June 17, 2009
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This novel reads as though it were written by a junior high student. It's sophomoric and unbelievable. The police procedures are so poorly done (I grew up in a police family...my father and uncle were cops as were so many of their friends) that the protagonists would be fired immediately for their behavior.
The author can't distinguish between homophones like break and brake, sight and site and so on.
Frankly, I found it boring beyond belief but I'm happy for Mr. Konrath that there seems to be an audience for anything. To me the price was no bargain.
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57 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 16, 2010
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In the afterword to The List, J.A. Konrath says that after his editors made him pare down this book twice, they declined to publish it. So eventually he released it for $1.99 on Kindle.

I think the editors had the right idea.

I cannot fathom that this book is written by a bestselling adult novelist. The prose, plot points, and dialogue read like a high school English essay. I wish I could write about the many ridiculous points of the plot, both from the standpoint of technology and common sense. But in the process I would probably make it sound more interesting than it really is.

Instead let's focus on one concrete example in the prose. Roy, a hulking and surly African-American cop, is working with his partner Tom to protect a nebbish fellow named Bert. Roy and Bert are riding in the back of Tom's car. They are both grown men, and virtually strangers to each other. And for some reason, Roy and Bert start a game of "Punch Buggy" that lasts throughout the whole book. They come up with different variations of it for different models of cars, laugh, and tease each other. As the book develops, Roy and Bert become close friends and look out for each other's backs -- to the exclusion of Roy's own POLICE PARTNER Tom. Seriously? Does anyone over 14 years old play Punch Buggy at all? Let alone a grizzled cop and a civilian?

The only reason I finished this book is because I was stuck on a plane with nothing else downloaded. And ye gods, we were delayed on the tarmac for far too long. That's when I came across the ending and saw that this piece of drivel is actually set up for a sequel. You couldn't pay me $1.99 to read it.
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