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Whiskey Sour - A Thriller (Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Mysteries Book 1) by [Konrath, J.A., Kilborn, Jack]
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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.

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  • Print Length: 232 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BBE4BFE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 151 customer reviews
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After reading his later works "Origin" "Draculars" and enjoyed them, I thought I would read his Debut Novel "Whiskey Sour". I was not suprised that there were no artificial monsters in here, but another sort, the Psychopathic human type. Jackeline (Jack) Daniels is a police woman, late 40s investigating a murder of a young woman whos body is dumped in the trash. From here on, the book becomes more interesting and to be honest, found myself unable to put the bloody thing down. It is rather gruesome in parts as the Killer who dubs himself as the "Gingerbread Man" is introduced.
Her Character is not the Superwoman approach, but a down to earth detective working with her partner "Herb", the banter between the two is humerous in places, but the book needs this to lift it from the rather gruesome scenes Kobrath portrays. Add to that the pesky FBI guys who are trying to help catch the killer by using profiling, (Last scene Profiling a Horse....) and its one good read! I read some reviews before I downloaded this book, as Im not one for Detective Novels or Who Done it books, glad I downloaded it as some reviewers missed out the humor between the characters in such a dark conditions, which I feel does need to get a mention.
However, it does contain some rather graphic scenes. The book is just about right in its length, its not to long and not to light, it covers areas well and flows from one chapter to the next without unwarranted descriptions or banter. Konrath nailed it, the balance is right. Just downloaded "Bloody Mary" to follow her character further, hope its just as good as this one! Would recommend this book, but not while eating a chocolate bar! Happy reading :)
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J A Konrath's debut novel is an impressive one, with plenty of smart one-liners, characters that draw you into their world (particularly the protagonist, Jack (Jacqueline) Daniels, Chicago Police Lieutenant) and several well-executed conflict threads that keep the tension crackling and concern for the characters high.
The plot concerns a serial killer called the Gingerbread Man, who's dumping the bodies of young women in garbage cans outside convenience stores.
As you'd expect, the story revolves around the developing duel between Lt Jack Daniels and the killer... most of it is told from Jack's point of view, but every few chapters there's a glimpse into the Gingerbread Man's mind as we follow him about his gruesome business -- which isn't just about torture and murder: the part that really had me on the edge of my seat was seeing who was going to end up with a mouthful of x-acto blades from one of his doctored candy bars.
I found it easy to keep turning the pages and hard to put the book down when it was time to go to sleep -- the chapters are short and punchy, and there's always the temptation to read just one more to find out what happens next.
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After fancying this series for a bit, I spotted this was free and piled straight in. And read it in just about one sitting - just a stop for lunch.

It's the female detective versus serial killer mastermind story, but it wasn't too heavy on the gore and the light moments (especially with the FBI blokes) brought a smile to me.

I found this had the right balance and there wasn't much slowness in it, it chugged along nicely.

Very enjoyable.
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I read a lot of Kindle novels, largely because I admire anyone with the guts to actually crank out a novel (Konrath being one such.) I also read a lot of classic thrillers, and... well, it's unfair to compare them with this. (I think it was his first novel, and as such he's still getting up to speed.)

Whiskey Sour is a perfectly good read. And at a couple of quid it's hardly anything you'd resent paying for. The crime is a bit sensationalised, and the female heroine isn't really interesting because she's female; you could change her to a man and it wouldn't really have made a difference to this novel. But the story is well paced, chugging along steadily to a decent conclusion, and all loose ends are tied up.

If it has a fault, it's just that it's a bit mainstream in its subject matter - there's nothing really unusual here. Read it for a painless few hours on a plane, or to get a grip on what other Kindle authors are selling (as I did). Konrath is incredibly successful as a go-it-alone author and works incredibly hard; I'm sure he wouldn't mind this bit of honesty about something he wrote many years ago.
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Although this is chronologically the first of the Jack Daniels' series, it's not the first one I've read, having enjoyed a couple of the shorter stories. However, the product description says "..does not have to be read in chronological order..." and it's true! This story introduces Jack (and also Phineas Troutt who is the star of a short story I've already read and reviewed), but none of my "foreknowledge" spoilt the reading of Whiskey Sour. It's filled with Konrath's superb brand of humour and phraseology. Even the darkest moment has a silver quip. This particular story relates how a psychopathic serial killer decides that Jack is destined to be one of his victims. The premise is similar to one used by Patricia Cornwell in the Scarpetta series, but (in my opinion) Mr Konrath wins hands down. The story may be a bit predictable, but it's riveting, all-action stuff - which is the only thing that's predictable in Konrath's writing.
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