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"Excellent smart-mouth thrills... my advice: Take a long sip." - Lee Child, author of Blue Moon
"Constant thrills and chills." - Heather Graham, author of The Seekers
"Snappy dialogue. Powerful action. A fabulous character to spend time with." - David Morrell, author of First Blood
"If the Grim Reaper has a sense of humor, he reads JA Konrath." - William Kent Krueger, author of This Tender Land
"It's funny and scary, just like real life." - James O. Born, author of Shock Wave
"Laugh-out-loud funny... even when read sober." - PJ Parrish, author of The Killing Song
"I haven't actually read this book." - Dave Barry, author of Tricky Business
"Fast-paced...(a) cross between Carl Hiaasen and Thomas Harris." - Publishers Weekly
"Engaging... full of humor... fans of Janet Evanovich will like this." - Library Journal
"Pithy banter... it's like a Monty Python rendition of a crime novel." - The Courier
"Put me down for another round of Lieutenant Jack Daniels." - Andrew Vachss, author of Another Life
"A literary cocktail that'll knock you off your chair." - Ridley Pearson, author of White Bone
From the Author
If you're just looking for a quick checklist, here are my main series.
JACQUELINE "JACK" DANIELS THRILLERS
JACK DANIELS AND ASSOCIATES MYSTERIES
THE KONRATH DARK THRILLER COLLECTIVE
CODENAME: CHANDLER (with Ann Voss Peterson)
STOP A MURDER Solve-It Series
#1-How: Puzzles 1-12
#3-Why: Puzzles 25-36
#4-Who: Puzzles 37-48
#5-When: Puzzles 49-60
Writing as MELINDA DUCHAMP
#1-Fifty Shades Of Alice In Wonderland
#2-Fifty Shades Of Alice Through The Looking Glass
#3-Fifty Shades Of Alice At The Hellfire Club
#1-Fifty Shades Of Jezebel And The Beanstalk
#2-Fifty Shades Of Puss In Boots
#3-Fifty Shades Of Goldilocks
#1-The Sexperts - Fifty Grades Of Shay
#2-The Sexperts - The Girl With The Pearl Necklace
#3-The Sexperts - Loving the Alien
- ASIN : B00BB2E9E4
- Publication date : February 4, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 598 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 300 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #143,160 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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I expected this to be along the lines of the Stephanie Plum series by Evanovich, but unlike that series, this is more graphically depicted in violence. The Evanovich series is a lighter read, with a ditzier main character. Jack (Jacqueline) has a more serious and capable side to her. One of the bad characters in this one, "Alex" a female bad-guy, escapes from prison and has come after Jack, who put her there. She is very scary, cold and heartless. There is a lot of drama going on, bleeding and horrific injuries, things you don't see coming. The author somehow balances it with some humor and makes it work. I loved Jack's Mom's "grit" and her partners loyalty, and especially the private eye who comes to her aid ...well, I won't tell you what he becomes to Jack, just read it.
Yes, there is a big cliff-hanger at the end, as most other reviewers have said. Fortunately we can download a sample of the next in line at the kindle store, so we can find out which character got the ax. The sample of "Cherry Bomb" clears that up first thing. There are a lot of books in this series, so I'm looking forward to more enjoyable reads.
I loved the action in this book. I didn't even care that you find out right away who all 4...yes 4...bad guys are. Normally that would bother me, but there was so much action going on, and so much suspense that I didn't miss the surprise of not knowing until later.
I really enjoy the fact that each of his books so far has been different. Mr. Konrath doesn't write using a standard formula, and that really makes his books exciting. The thing you can count on with every book though...and especially with this one...is that you're going to want to have the next book on hand so you can dive right in!
One more thing about these books...they are, I think, made to be read in order. And I highly recommend reading them in order. If you don't, you're not going to understand in the same way as you would if you read in order.
From the start I was really intrigued. I was curious to see how this story was going to play out. This book gave us a firsthand account of what happens when good intentions go bad. The vigilante group, the TUHC ,or The Urban Hunting Club, was started by Greg Swanson to assassinate perverts and rapists after his own wife's harrowing experience. Unfortunately for Greg, he had to recruit two loonies obsessed with warfare and firearms. After that, things just sort of get out of hand and before they know it, the actions of James Munchel now labels them as cop-killers.
After the frenetic actions of Munchel shooting at Jack Daniels and company at the scene of one of TUHC's latest murder victims, unsatisfied that Jack Daniels saw him, he suckers his cohorts, Paul Pessolano, and Swanson, to stake out Jack's house to snipe them from a distance. Oh, and throw in Alex Kork - who stages her own suicide and escapes the correctional facility - into the mix and its one big blender of hell bursting wide open on earth. At least for Jack.
This might have been the first and probably only time I ever rooted for Jack to get the upperhand. If you've ever read any of my reviews of the previous books in this series, you'll know I detest this woman to the fullest. Oh, and don't get me wrong - that hasn't changed. For the life of me, I can't understand why everyone - except for maybe her mother, who she acts just like - is so crazy about Jack. Why the hell does a woman as selfish and ungrateful as Jack Daniels inspire so much loyalty from the people she continues to put in danger time and time again? But not to get myself started on that, it just means that in this scenario, Jack was the more likeable person - and that's saying much because I REALLY can't stand her.
The whole time I was reading, I just couldn't wait to see how they got out of this nightmarish scenario. With Alex Kork keeping them hostage on the inside and then the TUHC keeping all of them hostage from the outside - I just couldn't see how anyone would win.
One word about the cliffhanger at the end - for me, at least, there's no contest about who was done in. Unfortunately, before I ever got into the Jack Daniels series, I read Stirred as the conclusion to the Andrew Thomas trilogy by Mr. Blake Crouch. The collaboration between the two authors also served to be the conclusion of the Jack Daniels series as well. Back then I swore to never read another Jack Daniels book because I hated her character so bad. But somehow I went back on my word and now here I am leaving another review on fifth book in the series.
Anyway, I'm bringing this up because I know what characters were left by the last book. There are two characters in particular that there are no mention of by the time the events in Stirred occurred. And now going back to read these books, I was always wondering in the back of my head what eventually happened to them. This cliffhanger is probably concerning one of them. Frankly, given Jack's reaction, it isn't too hard to figure out what happened. It's just too bad I can't leave a rant about it because it would be a spoiler.
Congratulations, Konrath - you've done the impossible with this biased reader. You made me like Jack Daniels in this story - even if it was for just two seconds.
Top reviews from other countries
Jack - "Does your wife know you're snacking between nutritious meals?" I ask. Herb's basset hound jowls are turned down; his serious face. "She suspects. Last night she found some powdered sugar on my tie. I spent twenty minutes trying to convince her it was heroin."
Brilliant series!!! Read a couple last month, ended up buying the lot and re-reading some so I could read them all order.
This book is set mostly in Jack's out of town house. There are 2 sets of villains against her and her only back up are injured themselves.
The story is told by different characters a chapter at a time and I liked the overlapping-ness off this where you see the story from the different angles.
This story is the most over the top and ludicrous so far. But I don't mind that type of story as long as I'm hooked. At times it seemed Tom and Jerry with the violence. If it was "bystander #3" they'd be dead with just a look, but because it's Jack or another named character they can withstand a lot of punishment.