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Crime Stories by [Kilborn, Jack, Konrath, J.A.]
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About the Author

J.A. Konrath is the author of the Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels series that includes “Whiskey Sour,” “Bloody Mary,” “Rusty Nail,” “Dirty Martini,” “Fuzzy Navel” and “Cherry Bomb.”

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  • File Size: 536 KB
  • Print Length: 145 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003AOA73I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,989 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Jeffrey on February 22, 2013
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I have read everything I can find by Konrath under his various guises. What links his best work, especially the Jack Daniels series, is a wonderful pacing, the ability to create characters who may be unrealistic at times, but are always appealing. Even his serial killers are fun! In these books, Konrath's humor comes across wonderfully in the context of the story's characters.

I suspect Konrath has never had an original idea in any of his writings. What he does best is to take up tropes from his favorite genres (also my favorite genres as it happens), and give them new twists. He makes them his own and what results is enjoyable, fast paced and that word again, fun, reads.

The author prides himself on his humor, and in this one he confesses to having once attempted to be a standup comedian. As a comedian, he is a great writer. His output is prolific and his confidence that he is really a comedian misplaced as a writer is unshakable (or unstirable to stay in character). Both of these qualities are sometimes his Achilles heal. In terms of the former, nothing is left on the cutting room floor. Rather, it is recycled and diligent readers of his books are often left with a sense of déjà vu. But then again, he is such a terrific writer that second helpings are not so bad. Especially at the prices of his works in kindle versions.

Where Konrath's fans run into trouble however, is when his jokes become the premise of a story rather than a feature of it. Explaining this process in Crime Stories, Konrath notes how he saves up jokes on slips of paper for later use if they don't fit into a particular story. The result at worst is something like Crime Stories. The book tries too hard to be funny and as a result most of the stories contained here are simply tedious.
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I've read JA Konrath's Jack Daniels novels and some of his Jack Kilborn horror--this is sort of a hybrid, with his legendary twisted humor, which ranges from silly to sick, but also shows a broad understanding of the mystery field, from cozy to noir. WHile I wouldn't rank it up there with his best work, Konrath is a writer who will never bore you.
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Typos in the authors flippin header...? Really...?

How can you write two sentences and get it wrong? You're actually writing that the coming story wasn't picked up - and it has errors in it...? It's got Your Name on it for Christ's sake. Where's the pride...? It's like you just spit out a bunch of rejects to make a quick buck, which I understand but to not even proof read your copy/paste job actually pisses me off...

Then there are the short stories which aren't that bad, it's the errors that give you two stars... I could go on and on but here's a quick example... We're a few sentences in and we read 'should' where the word shoulder 'should' be...? How is that kind of thing missed in a short...? I mean really...

Not happy, feel cheated... Not cool, not cool at all...
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Having read about a dozen of the Konrath/Kilborn catalog, I have learned a few things. One, he has a wild imagination, and has no problems coming up ways to shock the reader. Two, he possesses a sense of humor that is definitely not everybody's cup of tea. It's certainly an acquired taste, and it's anything but mainstream. So it probably reveals more about myself in that I appreciate his humor, and as dark and satirical as it may be, nonetheless I like it. There is plenty of that odd, dark humor in most of these stories, even the ones that lack much of a plot. Overall, this collection is uneven and certainly not his most prolific work, and in his prefaces for each story he virtually admits that some of these will never be considered classics. Although there are some gems here, I wouldn't suggest this book for one's first foray into this author's work. IMO, this collection is more suited for his most ardent fans, those who are familiar with his style. FWIW, my favorites are The Archaeologist's Story, Light Drizzle, A Fistful of Cozy, and Urgent Reply Needed.
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I love Jack Konrath and was really excited to get a book of his short stories. I wish I had read the reviews before I wasted my money. The first few short stories were ok, not amazing, just ok, but then he got to the all the ones that he couldn't get published anywhere else. I know why. They were awful.

I kept reading, hoping for more, and more I did get. The last past of the book were a few chapters of some of his books I had already read. I understand that Konrath is a famous author and can probably get anything he wants published now, but just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

I am disappointed in the book and disappointed that one of my favorite authors published this.
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Ahhhhhhhhhhhh Jack Kilborn....Never a disappointment! AND short stories, to boot! One of my favorites to read. Although, I have to say, I read this like it was a novel!!!!!!!! As usual, I couldn't put it down! Highly recommend putting this book on your"to read" list.
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The author certainly has a “way with words” and a prodigious imagination to keep coming up with a variety of plots.
SOME of these short stories are interesting.
The author complains that he likes writing comedy but no one seems to want to buy his 'comedy' …news-flash: they are not all that humorous!!!
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