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Jack Daniels Series - Three Thriller Novels (Dirty Martini #4, Fuzzy Navel #5, Cherry Bomb #6) Kindle Edition
D I R T Y M A R T I N I
In Whiskey Sour, Chicago police Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels hunted down a killer dubbed "The Gingerbread Man."
In Bloody Mary, she busted a psychopath with a penchant for dismemberment.
In Rusty Nail, it was a serial killer with a doozy of a family tree.
And now, in Dirty Martini, Jack faces her toughest adversary yet: a sicko who's poisoning the city's food supply. But that's just the start of what he has planned, because he's aiming to kill fifty thousand people in the single biggest act of terrorism the US has ever seen. Can she stop him — and decide whether to accept boyfriend Latham's surprise proposal — without destroying both her reputation and her sanity?
Join Jack, her partner Herb, and her nemesis Harry McGlade, for her fourth, and greatest, case so far.
F U Z Z Y N A V E L
Things are going well for Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels of the Chicago Police Department. She has solved some of the city's toughest and most high-profile homicides. Her personal life is finally in order. Her friends and family are safe and happy. And she just got a call that eased her mind like nothing else could: Alex Kork, one of the most dangerous criminals Jack ever arrested, killed herself while in jail.
But things sour quickly when a group of vigilantes on a murderous spree decide to take down a cop and the people she cares about ... and they turn downright awful when Jack discovers that Kork may not be dead after all.
Trapped in her house with a psycho and everyone she cares about, and unable to leave because she's surrounded by snipers, the next eight hours will be the worst of Jack's life. And that's saying something.
Fuzzy Navel is Jack's fifth adventure, perfect for readers who like their mysteries with a shot of humor.
C H E R R Y B O M B
At the end of Fuzzy Navel, J. A. Konrath surprised readers with an agonizing cliffhanger: One of Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels's loved ones is dead. But who? Readers were left clamoring to know more.
Cherry Bomb, the sixth Jack Daniels mystery, opens at the funeral. While Jack stands graveside, tears in her eyes, her cell phone rings. It's the killer, escaped maniac Alex Kork, taunting Jack, drawing her ever further into a twisted game of cat and mouse. Because while Alex is more than willing to kill random victims, Jack is her true prey. But which woman wants revenge more?
Cherry Bomb is J. A. Konrath's most gripping novel of suspense yet—filled with twists and turns that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
If you are a more sensitive (or adventurous) reader, the Konrath scale rates specific categories from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest) to give you some idea if this is your kind of book.
DIRTY MARTINI/FUZZY NAVEL/CHERRY BOMB by JA KONRATH
Scary - 8
Violent - 9
Funny - 8
Sexy - 4
Crossovers - Characters from this series also appear in the Konrath Dark Thriller Collective series and the Jack Daniels and Associates series
From the Publisher
THIS IS THE SERIES YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR
WHAT MAKES A GREAT THRILLER
Checklist For Quick Reads
- Good Characters
- Awesome Ending
In fact you might grip so hard you'll break your ereader...
The Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Series
THRILLS, LAUGHS, & SCARES
Looking for a pulse-pounding, nail-biting, can't-stop-reading series filled with suspense, terror, giggles, and a smattering of romance?
Looking for the worst villains, the most twists, the craziest mysteries, and the kinds of characters you wish were your real-life friends?
Looking for a fast, fun read that makes you smile and shriek, often on the same page?
Welcome to the world of Jack.
Clear your schedule, because once you start you won't stop...
"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
For the completists, or those with a bit of obsessive/compulsiveness, or the folks that just like my stuff and want to know how it all connects, I have a lot of recurring characters and intertwined series. If you need to know the best reading order, or how to make sure you haven't missed anything, check out the bibliography page on my website. You can also visit there to see when a new title will be released.
If you're just looking for a quick checklist, here are my main series.
These do not have to be read in any particular order, but I encourage you to read them all.
JACQUELINE "JACK" DANIELS THRILLERS
#8-Stirred (with Blake Crouch)
Bonus #2.5-Lady 52 (with Jude Hardin)
JACK DANIELS AND ASSOCIATES MYSTERIES
#1-Dead On My Feet
#2-Jack Daniels Stories Vol. 1
#3-Shot Of Tequila
#4-Jack Daniels Stories Vol. 2
#6-Serial Killers Uncut (with Blake Crouch)
#7-Jack Daniels Stories Vol. 3
#9-Jack Daniels Stories Vol. 4
THE KONRATH DARK THRILLER COLLECTIVE
#9-What Happened To Lori
#12-Close Your Eyes
Bonus #4.5-Holes in the Ground (with Iain Rob Wright)
Bonus #5.5-Draculas (with Blake Crouch, Jeff Strand, F. Paul Wilson)
Bonus #6.5-Grandma? (with Talon Konrath)
CODENAME: CHANDLER (Ann Voss Peterson & JA Konrath)
#7-Fix (with F. Paul Wilson)
STOP A MURDER PUZZLE BOOKS
#1-How: Puzzles 1-12
#2-Where: Puzzles 13-24
#3-Why: Puzzles 25-36
#4-Who: Puzzles 37-48
#5-When: Puzzles 49-60
Stop A Murder Complete Cases (Book 1-5)
65 Proof - Collected Short Stories
The Globs Of Use-A-Lot 3 (With Dan Maderak)
Ann Voss Peterson & Joe Konrath writing as Melinda DuChamp
MAKE ME BLUSH series
#1-Kinky Secrets Of Mister Kink
#2-Kinky Secrets Of Witches
#3-Kinky Secrets Of Six & Candy
#1-Kinky Secrets Of Alice In Wonderland
#2-Kinky Secrets Of Alice Through The Looking Glass
#3-Kinky Secrets Of Alice At The Hellfire Club
#4-Kinky Secrets Of Alice Vs. Dracula
#5-Kinky Secrets Of Alice Vs. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
#6-Kinky Secrets Of Alice Vs. Frankenstein
#7-Kinky Secrets Of Alice's Christmas Special
#1-Kinky Secrets Of Jezebel And The Beanstalk
#2-Kinky Secrets Of Puss In Boots
#3-Kinky Secrets Of Goldilocks
#1-The Sexperts - Kinky Grades Of Shay
#2-The Sexperts - Kinky Secrets Of The Pearl Necklace
#3-The Sexperts - Kinky Secrets Of The Alien
- ASIN : B00BAXT2UU
- Publication date : February 3, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1080 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 751 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #551,538 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The main character, named Jack Daniels (male name, hard alcohol--yep, definitely one-upping the male writers, if in name only), was extremely shallow. In order to feminize her hard core detective the author has her thinking in brand-name details about her clothes all the time. Even after someone very close to her winds up in the hospital and isn't expected to live she spends a lot of time thinking about what she'll wear to work. I get that this is supposed to be a fascinating contrast to her pseudo-male hardness, but it just comes off as bizarre, unnatural, and unfeeling. If the author had indicated that the character was focusing on these details to keep her fear of what could happen to her loved one at bay, that would be different. But no, it's just treated as normal behavior for our "heroine."
And then there's her immediate attraction to a "hottie" FBI agent despite just moments earlier telling the man in her life she loves him. It's really hard to get behind her when she reveals herself to be horrifyingly callous about the man she loves as she indulges in her shallow attraction to the agent. She does eventually say no before it goes too far, and figures out some of her problems in the process, but it's done so lightly and shallowly with scarcely any real feeling that she doesn't come off as any deeper than a dirty martini.
Then there's the absurd number of times cops around her get killed but she manages to survive every event with a few bumps and bruises. This happens so often that by the end, in the big climax, I was bored with the idea of her surviving yet another "unsurvivable" situation. Since I figured the next two books would be more of the same I closed out the collection then and there.
This was a highly forgettable book--since I skipped the gratuitously graphic parts--but it was well-written, so there is that.
Another psycho going about injecting or spraying a toxin on foods, shoes, making people suddenly die. Chief puts Jack as the lead, some don’t like the calls she makes while trying to grasp what is going on. It is scary and hits home for Jack when Latham gets sick from the food she brought an the deli. Fast action from beginning to the end. With a surprise for Latham from Jack at the end.
Jack and Herb her partner called to a murder scene, was done by a sniper. Now sniper is shooting at them, and Herb got hit in the calf, one of her men is killed. Trying to call her Mom or Latham goes to voice mail, then a call to come home, something is wrong. Alex is alive, not a suicide in the jail as she had just been told. Her mother has duct tape over her mouth. Jack is to get Harry over to the house, did he pick up the odd message.The next hours are tense, gritty, and violent who will come out alive.
It opens at a funeral, a love one for Jack is gone, for having loved the wrong person. This has changed Jack, the cat and mouse game with Alex is deadly. Things changed a badge is turned in. Revenge is her motive to be sure this time that Alex is dead. Will she become a PI and still hunt the bad guys. Tense to the ending, with questions of how the next in series will be about.
Being a huge fan of thriller/horror I found it difficult to find writers that will give me goose bumps (or even gross me out, lol). I luv the gore like in the Saw movie series and this writer came the closest to that type of horror/gore/thriller that I've read.
Each of the characters that Jack Daniels comes across draws you into their trap (one way or the other), you turn the pages while on the edge of your seat, knuckles turning white from holding your blankie in one hand and "book" in the other, waiting with baited breath to find out what happens next.
The price for these ebooks are phenomenal, unlike those of the Steven King, Dean Koontz, etc. I do like the writings of the afore mentioned authors but when you can get the same thrill for a fraction of the price, why not.
I highly recommend these writers, it is also worth mentioning that J.A. Konrath is the name the author uses when writing horror/thriller, I have also read his mystery/suspense penned under his name Jack Kilbourne.
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I've now read them all, finishing with "shaken" and "stirred". It's taken me 3 days afterwards to catch up on enough sleep that I feel normal again. They had me totally gripped so that I would go to sleep at 4 or 5AM because I simply could NOT PUT THEM DOWN!