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Dirty Martini: A Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels Mystery Mass Market Paperback – 2 Jul 2008


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HYPERION; FICTC edition (2 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786891254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786891252
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,329,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JA Konrath is the author of eight novels in the Jack Daniels thriller series (Whiskey Sour, Bloody Mary, Rusty Nail, Dirty Martini, Fuzzy Navel, Cherry Bomb, Shaken, Stirred). Jack also appears in the novels Shot of Tequila, Flee, Spree, Three, Timecaster Supersymmetry, Banana Hammock, and Serial Killers Uncut, as well as the short story collection Jack Daniels Stories and the novellas Burners and Floaters. Konrath writes horror under the name Jack Kilborn (Afraid, Trapped, Endurance.) He's sold over a million ebooks. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 July 2007
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Have said it before and I'll say it again, If Whiskey Sour, Bloody Mary, and Rusty Nail are on your favorites list, add one more - Dirty Martini. The fourth in Konrath's series featuring Chicago policewoman J. A. "Jack" Daniels is another thriller laced with laughter and rich in outre characters.

No question that narrators Susie Breck and Dick Hill are on the favorites list of audio book listeners. They're among the best voice performers working today, and they enliven Dirty Martini with perceptive readings delivered with gusto just as they did with Rusty Nail.

Jack faces the toughest challenge of her career with a loony killer on the loose. He calls himself The Chemist. Crazy man? Yes, but smart ? indeed. He's spreading a deadly toxin throughout Chicago - 30 dead so far. And no one has a clue because he's in disguise.

He prepares well for his deadly errands - false moustache, phony shoulder length hair, clip-on body jewelry, even three inch lifts in his shoes. How does he spread his evil in grocery stores, restaurants? With the help of a tube hidden by his long sleeves.

Jack is assigned to the case. As if finding this sociopath isn't enough, her partner wants a transfer and pretty soon Latham, Jack's love interest, is found unconscious on the floor of their apartment after bringing home a sack of toxin loaded take-out. The Chemist is too close for comfort, and Jack knows that better than anyone else.

Now, how do you write a page turner with an ascending body count and work in healthy doses of humor? Whatever the trick is J.A. Konrath knows it well.

Topnotch tale and first-rate narration. Don't miss it!

- Gail Cooke
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JoParky56 on 18 Jan. 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Another fast paced, wise cracking all actioneer in this series of stories ... but, who on earth would be Jacks pal ??? Firstly, your highly likely to get shot, stabbed, posioned, beaten up or run over and secondly, due to the continuing 'dress sense' you'd have to be the ugly one from Cagney & Lacey ....Loving Latham ... that guy's a real 'stayer' ... there's got to be something wrong with him, apart from the red hair .... down to my last two stories, i do hope Mr Konrath has more of these in the pipeline and not more 'horror' drivel like Afraid ... because i wasn't ...
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By owlstalker on 25 Aug. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'm reading the Jack Daniels series in chronological order (despite Konrath's claim that it's not necessary). I still find the verbal interaction between Jack, Herb and Harry hilarious with throw-away one-liners that would give an audience heart attacks. The proofreading in this edition was a bit ...um... having many full stops (US periods) in funny places - usually as a replacement for the last character in a word; game - guess what the word should be? Overall, I started to feel that although the bad guys are different from book to book, it's getting to be a bit repetitive that they all seem to have a personal grudge against our heroine. Surely, it's an occupational hazard that a homicide cop will try to catch you, it's nothing personal --- is it? I'm starting to compare this series (and Cornwell's Scarpetta) with British equivalents like Peter James' Roy Grace novels. James has the edge in terms of realism, although Konrath's humour still makes me want to carry on. Still 4 stars (3 and a half, but Amazon don't allow that); see how we go with Fuzzy Navel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Toni Osborne on 30 April 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Book 4, in the “Jack” Daniels Mystery series

I am fast becoming a huge fan of this series. As in the previous novels, the story unfolds at a good clip, kept me on the edge of my seat with nail biting action, subtle suspense and a page turning thrill ride till the very last page. If you haven’t read the previous installments no need to worry, you will not get lost in the back story the little there is is well balanced to put everyone at easy and be comfortable with the characters and their interaction.

As far as I can see each story focuses on the moment rather than continuing in an episodic storytelling style. The pacing is fast, steady and never slows down. No breathing space between the hectic episodes. This is one heck of a story expertly plotted and wonderfully told. Jack’s story is told in the first person and glimpses into the villain through a third-person present tense narrative. Mr. Konrath writes the perfect bad guys, who are fun to hate and Jack is a perfect blend of tough and soft. Her partner Herb and her nemesis Harry McGlade join her in this fourth and greatest case….so far.

This is one freaky and shocking story and here is the synopsis:

Chicago homicide detective “Jack” Daniels faces her toughest adversary yet: someone who calls himself the Chemist is poisoning the city’s food supply. But that’s just the start of what he has planned, something big-really big aiming to kill fifty thousand people in the single biggest act of terrorism the US has ever seen. Can Jack stop him — and decide whether to accept boyfriend Latham’s surprise proposal — without destroying her reputation, her sanity and everything she holds dear?”
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joo on 30 Nov. 2013
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I like it when I find a character I enjoy reading about and the author writes lots of books with this character.
And so it is with Jack Daniels. I keep forgetting she's supposed to be late 40s as she seems to have lots of energy and her escapades exhaust me.
I enjoyed the villain of this piece as I like that kind of biothriller, got to save lots of people type stories.
The writing is not highbrow or too deep, but it is exciting page turning stuff.
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