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Whiskey Sour: A Jack Daniels Mystery (Jack Daniels Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: Jack Daniels Mysteries
  • Mass Market Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078689072X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786890729
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,350 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #859,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Except for her name-Jacqueline Daniels (and, yes, she's known by her colleagues at the Chicago Police Department and by her friends as "Jack Daniels")-there's not an original trope in this competent, fast-paced thriller by newcomer Konrath. A lieutenant investigating a particularly gruesome series of homicides, Daniels is like every other hard-boiled fictional cop-obsessed with work, afraid to commit emotionally and overcaffeinated. The other characters also follow formula: her partner is an overweight glutton with a heart of gold; her boss is tough but fair; the federal agents assigned to help her are territorial, superior and ineffectual. And the criminal himself, a serial killer who calls himself the "Gingerbread Man," only differs from others of his ilk in his methodology, not his psychology. He tortures and kills attractive young women, leaving their mutilated bodies in public places. Konrath, who has "performed improvisational comedy" according to his bio, likes to toss off one-liners, and while they're occasionally clever, they lend a jokey tone that jars with the seriousness of the almost gratuitously horrific crimes. Reading like an ill-conceived cross between Carl Hiaasen and Thomas Harris, this cliché-ridden first novel should find a wide audience among less discriminating suspense fans.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review

" . . . Whiskey Sour a literary cocktail that'll knock you off your chair." -- Ridley Pearson, author of The Art of Deception

" . . . a police procedural dashed with romance, mixed with a shot of sharp-tongued commentary, and . . . an acidic sprinkling of spoof." -- Andrew Vachss, author of The Getaway Man

"Whiskey Sour is on game from page one to the last . . . The future of suspense thrillers . . . is J. A. Konrath . . . " -- Robert W. Walker, author of the Instinct and Edge Series

"A compulsive page-turner populated by real people, a heroine, and a monstrous villain . . . " -- George C. Chesbro, author of Shadow of a Broken Man

"A fresh, fierce and frightening new voice, and a delightful heroine . . . Jack Daniels is funny and resilient . . . feisty and determined." -- David Wiltse, author of The Hangman's Knot

"From electric excitement to laugh-out-loud humor, this book has it all . . . " -- Warren Murphy, two-time Edgar award-winner for Grandmaster and Pigs Get Fat

"This superb debut goes down smooth and will leave readers demanding a refill." -- Michael Prescott, author of Next Victim

"[Blend] Donald Westlake, James Ellroy, and Dorothy Parker, and you've got the hilarious, horrific world of Lieutenant Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels." -- Jay Bonansinga, author of The Sleep Police --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Customer Reviews

Great character, very good story!
Robert Bowlds
This was one of those books that when I started reading it, I had to finish it within the same day.
Amazon Customer
Easy and quick read, good story, entertaining and funny keeps you wanting more.
Robin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

125 of 135 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 6, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
First, I promise to do this review without any sly references to drinks or mixology. Whiskey Sour is about a 40-some average height, average weight woman who is in a decidedly unaverage profession - she's a lieutenant in homicide. Her mom was a cop, and she knows what she's in for - but it doesn't make it any easier. She has a divorce behind her and promptly has her current relationship ruined. In many ways her life sucks, but the sense that she's making a difference has her plugging onward.

This is good, because she and her hefty partner just landed a pretty nasty case - a serial murderer who is rather perverted. I love mysteries but I'm not really one for the graphic gore - there was one point in the story that I contemplated putting it down based on where the story was going. I did stick with it, though, and was rewarded by a toning down through the rest of the novel.

What made it worth going on was the writing style. There were many times I laughed out loud at the descriptions and sly comments. Yes, there are a lot of in-your-face ones like joking about having a "hunch" when they are discussing someone with a stooped back. There are a lot of other pokes, though, that are far more subtle and a few of these were gems.

I'm a female, and I found it refreshing to read about a mature, capable woman who was stuck in the ups and downs of love. Yes, they had the obligatory few comments about her wardrobe, but compared to most "female detective" stories I've read, this was *incredibly* tame by comparison. She does reasonably well in a bar fight against three opponents. She shoots well. Heck, I know some women who are excellent brawlers and who are incredibly good shots.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Leo Little on May 12, 2013
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I enjoyed reading this story. There were a lot of things that seemed impossible or unreal, but the story flowed well. It kept my interest peaked enough that I was able suspend my disbelief over the lack of suspicion with a box of candy that was just left in her car....Her supervisor letting her return to active duty without being cleared by a doctor...Overly stupid FBI agents(I think this was put in for comic relief so I just laughed when the FBI got in the way).....her being clear headed enough to solve crimes with no sleep and excruciating pain...I deal with both and a person will lose focus when these are combined or prolonged as the story suggests.

The main thing for me is entertainment value and Whisky Sour scores high in that department...I wanted to keep on reading and was not disappointed at the end....I give this story four ****stars...
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful By John P Bernat on December 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
And Konrath has delivered. This deathless genre takes another twist into humor with this wonderful debut effort.

Kinsey Milhone has gotten us to a place of frustration with her Nancy Drew-ish plot devices and artificial descent into lawbreaking. "Ten Big Ones" did not sparkle like Janet E's other stuff, which might telegraph that she might be Plum out of new ideas.

So we need more female detectives. Konrath walks where angels fear to tread too: he's a male writer creating a hard-bioled female character. I think he did a fine job, creating a lively, amusing and smart woman who has problems just like everyone else. He does convey, though, the sheer delight in the chase and the capture which any good cop must have in abundance.

Looking forward to the next one...
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Steen on October 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
While the character was interesting, the violent murders, women tortured to death was more than I could take. after the second murder I closed the book (kindle). This was a prime lending library book so I was glad I didn't own it. Good writing, but distasteful subject matter. I'll stick with the cozies
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41 of 52 people found the following review helpful By AnnaS on January 29, 2012
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Reading is my favorite pastime but my favorite authors can't keep up with my voracious reading appetite. So, I am always looking for new authors. I read the blog about this book and assumed it would be light, funny and a good mystery. Wrong on all counts! The characters are not developed, the book doesn't have one funny line in the whole thing and the murders are beyond grisly! I am three quarters through and not one to put down a book until the end so I will muddle through, but the second book in this series, Bloody Mary is going to the used book store.

This is one of the worst books I have ever read!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By W. Romagnoli on August 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is interesting, but I think that the summary and comparison to Janet Evanovich's series are very misleading. The depictions of sexual abuse are very disturbing and graphic. Listeners at least need to be aware of this going in to it!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Sakey on July 7, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Whiskey Sour is one of the best debut novels in the mystery / thriller genre. Detective Jack Daniels is tough and capable--and she better be, because she's facing one nasty bad guy.

I've read extensively in the genre, but few villians have actually made me squirm. The Gingerbread Man is one of them. The cold, clean language that Konrath uses during the GBM chapters makes the scenes terrifically haunting. Though he uses very little explicit gore, Konrath builds the suspense to an almost painful level. There's one chapter, involving a surprise that the Gingerbread Man leaves for Jack, where I had to actually block the upcoming lines with my hand to keep from skipping ahead to see what happened.

But what makes the book unique is that Konrath is also very, very funny. This provides a welcome respite from the thriller side of the novel, and it's the humor that elevates Whiskey Sour (and Konrath's second novel, Bloody Mary) way above the average cop-chasing-a-killer mystery.

A great read that you won't be able to put down.
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