Wow, this author knows how to pack a punch. I thought this would be a light fluffy read, but knew as soon as I saw a recommendation on the back by Andrew Vachss that it would be anything but. Meet Lt Jack Daniels, a hard working woman who's trying to catch a twisted serial killer. It gets a little gory when seen through the killers eyes, but this book keeps you on the edge of your seat. I already put the next three on my WL. I'm glad a fellow PBS'er recommended this new to me author!
I got the impression somehow that this was a funny cozy mystery. Whew! Not so. There are a few funny one-liners in it, but funny it is not. This is a hard-boiled lady policy detective chasing a serial killer of a particularly nasty type. (I personally get tired of authors working so hard to make their serial killers even more depraved than everyone else's serial killers....) It is, however, a good story, well written, and easy to read. I'll be ordering #2 in the series.
This book is one you won't be able to put down. Gritty thriller, police procedural, and all while having a few laughs thrown in. While the plot isn't light, Konrath brings a sarcastic humor to Jack Daniels as she hunts down a serial killer who has also set his sights on her. A great start to a series that I am looking forward to continue reading.
I took a flyer on this one, even though the conceit that "Jacqueline Daniels'" nickname is "Jack" seemed corny. The story was compelling...I didn't want to put the book down. But a warning if you are normally a reader of cozy mysteries: this is no cozy. There are graphic descriptions of the violence the serial killer commits. The plot is tight and believable and "Jack" is a likable detective with a weakness for the Home Shopping Network and a family tradition of crime fighting.
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. The reviews that I read prior to reading it all indicated a fast and funny read but I didn't expect to really like the main character, Jack Daniels, as much as I did. She comes across as exceedingly warm and human AND hard as nails when she needs to be. I love the interaction between Jack and her partner Herb. Very witty and funny. I'll definitely be reading more of J. A. Konrath's Jack Daniels series.
I really enjoyed the first book in this seriees. i will certainly be looking for the rest. It is a good story, with memorable characters. It has some nice one-liners, but this is not a fluff piece it's a true mystery with some gruesome depictions, but certainly a must read for mystery/thriller lovers.
Intense, fast read! I liked the narrative flow of the book, the style of writing, as well as the main character. However, she in NO way compares to Stephanie Plum if you are looking for that type. This book was much more dark and intense than any Stephanie Plum book, in fact, to me they are like complete opposites. But, it was an easy read, nice flow, and kept me turning the pages anxiously awaiting what would happen next.
My only complaint is the graphic violence. I'm not the squeamish type, but parts of this was a little too much for me. Too many sick details from the killer's POV. Other than that I enjoyed the book and will probably give book #2 a spin.
I really enjoyed this book. Jack Daniels is a strong female character that does not take any bull, but still comes across as a women. There were a few laugh out loud lines that I still get a chuckle from when I think about them. The killer was one of the most heinous characters that I have ever read. The only problem I had with this book was that Jack's partner made me crave junk food while I was reading.
This is the first book in the Jack Daniels series. If you like watching CSI you will enjoy reading this book. I found some similarities between the book and the show. But that is in my opinion. I look forward to reading more of the books in this series.
I did not find this "laugh out loud funny." Gruesome and gory along the lines of Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series. I did not like this series (and I have read the first 3 books) and will not read the rest.
I found this book slightly disturbing! I read and love all kinds of mystery books, but I rarely enjoy a book when it is told from the "perp's" point of view. This one does, in alternating chapters. I enjoyed the characters and the story, so I might give a second one a chance.
A great first novel by this author. I looked forward to reading it and wasn't disappointed. I love his writing style. His book was a little different than what I am used to... some of the crimes were even more stomach turning then others I read... and yet at the same time the book is humorous in parts... a weird mix that I am not used to. Not sure if I like it yet...
Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels is an insomniac Chicago cop with a train wreck of a personal life and a stalker bent on adding her to his murder list. Join Jack, her binge-eating partner, a sleazy PI, and two very stupid FBI agents on a wild hunt for the Gingerbread Man....a killer who makes Hannibal Lecter look like Huck Finn.
Jack Daniels is a cool lead character in this debut chiller by J. A. Konrath. Promises to be the first in a new cop series set in Chicago. The detective story is solid, the tension and gore level higher than a standard mystery. I'll definitely be looking for the next in the series, Bloody Mary.
First in a series of Lt. Jack Daniels(female), well written thriller and keeps you turning pages as fast as you can, can be read in one day if you put yourself in a room without interruption. Start here and stick with Lt. Jack Daniels.
Very good book! First book in the series. I felt like the book was well written and entertaining! The main character is a female, and although the book is written by a man it seems to work well. Action packed and full of murder and danger, it is also full of oneliners and other comedy. Some say graphic but I don't think it is. QUICK to read. Flows smoothly and makes you want to pick up the next so you can get right back into the adventure. Best read in order so you understand the characters, the relationships and the past cases and situations referred to. Be sure to pick up Bloody Mary next!
WHISKEY SOUR by J.A. Konrath: Chicago Police Department Lieutenant Jacqueline Jack Daniels has a particularly gruesome series of homicides on her plate. The Gingerbread Man is torturing and killing attractive young women, and then leaving their bodies in very public places. Somewhat uneven and certainly not breaking any new ground, hopefully Konrath, like good Tennessee whiskey, will improve with age.
This is the first time I read one of Konrath's book. I liked the main character, Jacqueline (Jack) Daniels. She is smart, witty, and cynical. Took me a little while to latch onto the story, because it was filled with so much gore, but I kept reading to see how long it would take her to capture the villian. I won't go out of my way to get a copy of # 2 though.
If you like quick readers with an interesting plot and some twists along the way with likeable characters, this is a good book and a nice series. The descriptions get graphic at times, but the graphic quality is necessary for a better understanding of the villain.
This was a bit different than what I was expecting but it was still a good story. I wasn't fond of the way it was read with the different people doing the voices. Great story and lots of action and she is kinda funny.