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Truck Stop - A Psycho Thriller (Lucy's Prequel to Serial) [Kindle Edition]

J.A. Konrath , Jack Kilborn
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Book Description

Before the events of Jack Kilborn's epic horror novel AFRAID...

Before the events of J.A. Konrath's critically acclaimed thrillers FUZZY NAVEL and CHERRY BOMB...

Before the events of Jack Kilborn's and Blake Crouch's #1 Amazon Kindle bestseller SERIAL...

Three hunters of humans meet for the ultimate showdown at the TRUCK STOP.

Taylor is a recreational killer, with dozens of gristly murders under his belt. He pulls into a busy Wisconsin truck stop at midnight, trolling for the next to die.

Chicago Homicide cop Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels is a long way from home, driving to meet her boyfriend for a well-earned vacation. She pulls into the truck stop for a quick cup of coffee and stumbles into her worst nightmare.

Jack's no stranger to dealing with psychos, but she's got her hands full trying to stop Taylor. Especially since he's getting help from someone just as deadly; a portly serial maniac named Donaldson...

TRUCK STOP is a 15,000 word thriller novella that ties together Konrath's and Kilborn's works, with terrifying results.

A prequel to SERIAL, which has been downloaded more than 200,000 times, TRUCK STOP is an eighteen-wheeled ride straight into hell. Not for the faint of heart. Let the reader beware.


This ebook also includes an exclusive interview: JA Konrath talks with Jack Kilborn, plus excerpts from their latest books, CHERRY BOMB and AFRAID.

It also includes a bonus:

An excerpt from the Jack Daniels/Alex Chapa novella FLOATERS, by J.A. Konrath and Henry Perez.

Praise for JA Konrath's thriller FUZZY NAVEL:

"FUZZY NAVEL is Konrath at his best – a hilariously heartstopping thriller." — Linda Fairstein, author of Lethal Legacy

"This gripping novel is an adrenalin rush." — Library Journal

"This book moves so fast it was like having the words fired into my head by a machine gun." — Crimespree

Praise for AFRAID by Jack Kilborn:

"AFRAID is a masterpiece of unrelenting horror. And I'm not exaggerating. Masterpiece. It's the best piece of fiction I've read in several years. It simply NEVER lets up." — James Rollins, author of The Doomsday Key

"A bloody, terrifying, hurtling assault across a landscape of non-stop mayhem. A guilty, guilty pleasure." — F. Paul Wilson, creator of Repairman Jack

“AFRAID is a true page turner, a novel that offers a million mile a minute action and suspense. Definitely, a must have with constant thrills and chills." — Heather Graham, author of Deadly Gift

"Never have I read a novel so gruesome and simultaneously relentless. This book throbs with unmitigated, inexorable. sheer friggin’ TERROR. You’ll probably need a shrink when you’re done.” — Edward Lee, author of The Golem

"Fast and ferocious, this is a dangerous thriller that will take a bite out of you. An absolute must read for anyone who loves the adrenaline rush of a shocking story told with style, speed and savage grace." — Jonathan Maberry, author of Patient Zero

About the Author:

J.A. Konrath is the author of seven novels in the Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels thriller series. The latest is SHAKEN, published by AmazonEncore. He also wrote the horror novels AFRAID, TRAPPED, ENDURANCE, and DRACULAS under the name Jack Kilborn, and the sci-fi novel TIMECASTER under the name Joe Kimball. (featuring Jack Daniels's grandson as the hero, coming out in 2011.)

Product Details

  • File Size: 313 KB
  • Print Length: 87 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002G99RRK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,346 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Save Your Money- Buy Serial Uncut! October 21, 2010
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Since I am on a roll with Jack Kilborn books I went for Truck Stop- A Psycho Thriller.

Truck Stop is a short story (novella) of 15,000 words. It took me less than an hour to read it. The story was really good but, since it was short it left me wanting more.

***My advise is to save your money and put it towards Serial Uncut. Truck Stop is included in Serial Uncut along with more of the story. I read Serial Uncut and actually skipped over the Truck Stop section because I already read it. Serial Uncut will give you what you are looking for.***

Serial Uncut wraps the original Serial (Blake Crouch, Jack Kilborn, and J.A. Konrath), Bad Girl (Blake Crouch), and Truck Stop (Jack Kilborn and J.A. Konrath) all into one.

Truck Stop has gotten me interested in the Jack Daniels series by J.A. Konrath (aka Jack Kilborn). I will be headed in that direction next. Mr Konrath/Kilborn sure knows what he is doing!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Little Piggy Stayed Home February 6, 2010
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I read "Serial" before I read "Truck Stop", as I suspect most people did since Serial was a free Kindle book. I sort of saw Serial coming as the second installment as I feverishly read Truck Stop. As I read Truck Stop I was locked onto my Kindle like Candi with an I was locked in stocks in the semi. What a terrific work of suspense blended with horror and cheese curds. Possibly the most attractive feature of Kilborne's prose is that its pictures are painted perfectly with just the right words. They are uniquely his and not a poor man's Stephen King like so many other horror writers I could name.

Instead of rehashing the whole story from beginning to end and labelling it a review, I'll say this: I greatly enjoyed the characters, the suspense and the story. Kilborne carefully plotted and planned for this. This is a terrific story and I can't wait for the third installment.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gruesome October 1, 2009
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Really REALLY good novella! I absolutely loved this book but its way to short Non stop suspense with graphic descriptions. If you're squeamish, don't do it. I personally couldn't put it down!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It will run you over like an 18-wheeler July 11, 2009
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Take a deep breath before you start reading, because this baby comes at you hard and fast. J.A. Konrath's style is "lean and mean," so don't expect long, flowery descriptions.

Pull over at this TRUCK STOP for a strong cup of serial killers, hookers, and a very likeable female cop named Jack Daniels.

I read it on an airplane---which was creepy enough. Sure glad I didn't read it at a truck stop.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Squeamish? Proceed with care. August 4, 2010
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First off I'll say this is indeed gruesome, more so than I normally read. While I lean towards hard-boiled, this falls more into the serial killer/horror category, so I may not be the best judge. I like Jack Daniels; she has her head on straight and she knows how to handle herself. The writing is vivid, though I found the dialog at points somewhat clunky, though not enough to distract. I believe, like many other reviews, it would have been enjoyable if it were longer, if my discomfort as a reader was dragged out further as I cringed. The descriptions are well done, they throw enough out there to get your imagination rolling, but not enough to put the brakes on. This leaves your mind to run wild and there were passages here that merely recalling makes my skin crawl - to that, I say "Well done!" It seemed as though the story was a bit rushed, while it was suspenseful, with more to read that suspense could have been amplified to maximum.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truck Stop July 12, 2009
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Truck Stop is an exclusive ebook on Kindle by Jack Kilborn and J.A. Konrath. You may not know this unless your an avid fan but Kilborn and Konrath are one in the same.

It brings 3 characters together from 3 different books. Donaldson (Serial), Taylor (Afraid), and Lieutenant Jack Daniels (from the Jack Daniels series). Two serial killers and a cop come face to face in a Truck Stop. Never having met before they happen upon each other while chatting it up Jack (obviously having really bad luck with serial killers) happens to walk into the same Truck Stop. Donaldson recognizes her and immediately wants her for his collection. Taylor and Donaldson fight over who actually wins before settling on coin toss.

It's all very fast paced and exciting. I really enjoyed reading all three of these characters together. I love these little short stories.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! July 11, 2010
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way creepy, makes you wonder - I have also been told to never walk between vans, I will go one step further and say don't walk any where near a big rig - can wait to read Endurance and Trapped
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Middle of the road November 2, 2010
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The 3 short stories were mediocre at best. Yes, these stories are about individuals that should never be allowed to walk the earth, their sense of morality does not exist, but they lack the depth of character that you might find in other longer novels of the same genre. I purchased the book based upon the extreme nature presented by the publisher. I do not feel it lived up to the gruesome details that they proclaim. If you like this genre, look to some of the Jeffery Dever novels where you get a glimpse into a serial killer with a complete story line and characters that you can look forward to in the next book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't stop at the truckstop
Did not expect such nasty writing. Love a good horror tale, but this one was not for me.
Published 5 days ago by Ann Craine
4.0 out of 5 stars Truck Stop - A Psycho Thriller
I don't usually read short stories but I could not pass up a story with my favorite cop, Lt. Jack Daniels. I was not disappointed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marianne Fiero
4.0 out of 5 stars Love backstory
I almost wish I'd read this before all the other Konrath and Kilborn novels and stories I've read. Having backstory on two of my favorite psychos is so nice. Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Utley
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story that is short enough to read in 3 ...
A great story that is short enough to read in 3 days. Love reading when a strong woman can get the upper hand. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious-Atet it Up!
I love short horror stories so I had purchased the book "Horror Stories" which had the bonus of this story in it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by savsmom
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!
This short story is the one-in-a-million suspense thriller mystery that has intensity that is off the charts! Read more
Published 7 months ago by DiF
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
I was shocked this is really good. Definitely not for the weak at stomach. Excellent from start to finish
Published 8 months ago by Kathleen Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Always gripping!
Great Story but too short !!! It is good to know JA Konrath andJack Kilborn are the same writer with the same wife!
Published 8 months ago by PATRICIA L. MCGILL
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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

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