Dirty Martini: A Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels Mystery Mass Market Paperback – 2 Jul 2008
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About the Author
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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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?”
Jack is a detective, and Herb her partner, are forced onto a case that they dont want. A man calling himself "The Chemist" is poisioning the cities shops with Botox and other strains and varieties of killer germs along the way. Herb her partner, who throughout books 1-3 adds the comical relief,but in this book, decides enough is enough and leaves. Its missing the comical aspects of books 1-3, which in my opinion needs, as the Chemist runs rampant through the city. Konrath throws a rather handsome FBI agent for Jack to bounce off, but the chemistry (pardon the pun) does not work as well. I think hes there just to keep the reader and Jack informed about what and how the poisions work, and how death with ensue. The Chemist in the meantime is having a ball, spraying and poisioning the city with his home grown concotions that even Professer Snape would be proud of! As the death toll rises, its a race at the end to catch the "Chemist". Leading us towards the end of the book, which suprisingly becomes fast paced and add to that a rather funny chase scene revitalises the book. Its worth the read, but would suggest reading other three first, just to put flesh onto bones, so to speak. Its missing the comical aspects of the first three and the banter between her and Herb, but still a darn good read ;) The last 10 or so pages are shop owners names that Konrath has met along his tour, do not see the point of that, but hey ho, I got a FF button on my kindle.
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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