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what to read next. You pick up a couple of different titles from your bookshelf,. start to read a chapter or
two and find that nothing really grabs you.
I had that problem a few weeks ago when a friend suggested that I read the first in the "Jack Daniels" series
of J A Konrath books,. for this suggestion I owe her a HUGE debt of thanks.
I began with Whiskey Sour which introduces the main character Det Jack Daniels and a supporting
group of wonderful characters. Well, here it is six weeks later,. and I have exhausted the entire series
available up to this point and am eagerly awaiting the next installment due out in October.
I am one of those readers who doesn't like to give too much away in discussing the books but let me
assure you that once you begin the series you will be caught up in the characters and plot of all the books
and wish you could read slower to savor the enjoyment longer.
My friend did me a huge favor in suggesting this author and I'm sure you will agree with both of us that this
is an author whose work is thoroughly fun, fast paced and a great read
Mark J Weinberg
In general I enjoyed the stories. Certainly, a short story does not allow the depth of development that a novella or novel does, and that showed. While I wasn't fond of the picture the stories painted of Phineas Troutt, preferring what I know of him from the three series novels I've read, I tended to enjoy his stories the most. Of the stories featuring the Jack Daniels character, "Body Shots" was, to me, the best of the lot. I enjoyed the story featuring Herb Benedict, too, feeling that it gave me more insight into the character, which will come into play in reading the remaining series novels.
The last story in the collection, a Harry McGlade short, bears an "Author's Note," warning the reader that he considers this the funniest thing he's ever written, but also the most offensive. He was correct on both counts. I can't say I enjoyed it as it fully lives up to Konrath's offensive warning, but the humor in it was good, and I especially liked his Clive Cussler touch of having Jack Daniels ask Harry if he'd every read J.A. Konrath's "Bloody Mary."
One of the things I did notice was the lack of fashion reporting. In the first three novels of the series, every time the main character (and sometimes other characters) appears, Konrath meticulously describes what she is wearing, name brands and all. That only appears once in four stories in the collection ("Body Shots" at location 2085 on Kindle). Guess the fashion descriptions must have cut too deeply into the allowed word count!
If you like the Jack Daniels series, you'll like these short stories. I always like reading shorts featuring characters from the series I follow. While the shorts can't match the character and plot development of a novel, they are great ways to gain insight into character, personality, backstory and motivation.
I was literally surprised when I learned how long Harry McGlade has been a part of Mr. Konrath's life.
The third story stars Phineas. It is an older story. There's a payphone. If you don't know what one of those look like, that should give you an idea of how long ago it was written.
Included in the book is a story about Harry where he's sloppy at home but not so much personally. And he's quite a good private detective. You figure out which one I mean.
The very last story has a blurb explaining why he wrote it. I don't know how long it will take to get this story out of my memory.
Yes, these are Jack Daniels stories because she's in the periphery. The author says they all sold. If he says so. Actually quite humorous, and one shows a tad of Jack Kilbourn, Mr. Konrath's nom de plume for his horror stories.
If you like these characters, this is worth reading. If you are only a casual reader, these stories will help give you back stories to help you understand them better. Personally, I need to read more about Phineas. Now he really intrigues me.
ASAP star rating is required I have given 1 but it deserves a minus score!
Jim Konrad is a special kind of author, one who writes.
Mcquaid stories always have this quality to them that I refer to as "Hackboiled", which shows an honest understanding and mastery over the genre that allows him to blend it perfectly. It isn't enough to do a pulp detective, and it isn't enough to imitate the hack quality. Frank has put together a decent little collection here that shows off Jackie a bit, but allows Harry to steal the show.
I highly recommend all of Jake's work, and this is no exception.