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Bloody Mary (Jack Daniels Mysteries) Hardcover – July 6, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Konrath's predictable sequel to Whiskey Sour (2004) is no more original than its predecessor. When two arms, sans body, turn up at a Chicago morgue, Det. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels is surprised to discover that the mysterious limbs are joined by her own handcuffs. The killer appears to have a grudge as well as unsettling access to Jack. The dual narrative alternately follows detective and murderer, leaving little to the imagination, particularly in the realm of gore. The author reveals so much about the crimes and their motivation that the plot loses steam until the fiend is caught (halfway through the novel) and the focus shifts to ensuring that he doesn't walk. The legal finagling is a bit far-fetched, but the battle of wills between the psychopath and the cop keeps the pages turning. And like any hard-boiled detective, Jack has a problematic personal life, juggling two unstable relationships and caring for her ailing mother. Konrath peppers the story with one-liners that are sometimes riotous, often groan-worthy and occasionally inappropriately blasé, but readers with a taste for the twisted should enjoy themselves.
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Konrath's follow-up to Whiskey Sour (2004) uses a narrative strategy typical of serial-killer novels: multiple points of view contrasting the killer's perspective with that of the lead investigator. Konrath inserts a twist here, though, by having Chicago police lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels and her perpetually dieting partner, Herb Benedict, discover who the killer is halfway through the book. Case solved? Not so fast. The psychotic killer has convinced almost everyone he is innocent, and Jack and Herb must find another crime from the perp's past to sway the jury. An interesting subplot concerns Jack's current relationship with "safe" accountant Latham versus the rekindling of her feelings for ex-husband Alan, an unpredictable writer. Chicago native Konrath gets the city ambience just right but slips a bit with some predictable plot turns and an overabundance of gore. Still, her charismatic heroine wins the day. Readers will be ready for another Jack Daniels when they finish this one. Jenny McLarin
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Top customer reviews
2. Regardless of the disclaimer, there is ample gratuitous sick violence. I don't need or care to read it.
3. The author can not write humor. It falls flat (especially the cat).
I stopped halfway through and called it quits. I would have given it no stars but you have to give at least one.
No more from this author.
As a character, Jack is so complex. Like all of us, she practices the fine art of reality postponement, but when the scrap hits the fan, there is no one better to have on your side. Her loyalty to her loved ones, and what she did to save her partner were amazing sacrifices. Her dry wit is hilarious. The other character I liked was Mr. Friskers, the cat. I had a cat exactly like him, although mine was a Russian Blue and not a Russet Tabby. Aren't attack cats just a kick in the head?
Unlike most crime dramas, this one had a sense of irony. I really appreciated this. I do not mean to imply any silliness or slapstick. This was genuine wit, which it takes intelligence to write. Having the wit along with the action, the suspense and the mystery made for a very pleasant combination that I truly enjoyed.
Bottom Line: While this is just one in a series, all named after cocktails, I now want to read them all. You don't need me to tell you that J.A. Konrath is an Incredible author, many have already done so. Believe Them! Yes, He Is That Good... Highly Recommended
The characters were well drawn, but a little too stereotypical- the aging mother, the sociopath, the overweight but good hearted partner, and Jack Daniels herself- a tough cop living on coffee and no sleep.
But some of the dark parts of the book were too dark for my liking- so take heed- a good book, fast paced with a predictable end, and a lot of blood, gore and graphic body parts in the middle.
Most recent customer reviews
Narration is also great in all the books !