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Title:
Whiskey sour : a Jack Daniels mystery
Author:
Konrath, Joe, 1970-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
270 pages ; 25 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781401300876
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Lieutenant Jacqueline Jack' Daniels is having a bad week. Her live-in boyfriend has left her for his personal trainer, chronic insomnia has caused her to max out her credit cards with late-night home shopping purchases and a frightening killer who calls himself 'The Gingerbread Man' is dumping mutilated bodies in her district. Whiskey Sour is full of laugh-out-loud humour and edge-of-your-seat suspense and it also introduces a fun, fully drawn heroine in the grand tradition of Kinsey Millhone, Stephanie Plum and Kay Scarpetta.'


Author Notes

American mystery/thriller/horror writer Joseph Andrew Konrath was born in 1970 in Skokie, Illinois and graduated in 1992 from Chicago's Columbia College. His first published novel, Whiskey Sour, began the popular series that features Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels of the Chicago Police Department. Konrath has also written numerous short stories and articles, and his horror work Afraid was published under the pseudonym Jack Kilborn. He has won several literary awards, and his blog A Newbie's Guide to Publishing is very popular.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Except for her name-Jacqueline Daniels (and, yes, she's known by her colleagues at the Chicago Police Department and by her friends as "Jack Daniels")-there's not an original trope in this competent, fast-paced thriller by newcomer Konrath. A lieutenant investigating a particularly gruesome series of homicides, Daniels is like every other hard-boiled fictional cop-obsessed with work, afraid to commit emotionally and overcaffeinated. The other characters also follow formula: her partner is an overweight glutton with a heart of gold; her boss is tough but fair; the federal agents assigned to help her are territorial, superior and ineffectual. And the criminal himself, a serial killer who calls himself the "Gingerbread Man," only differs from others of his ilk in his methodology, not his psychology. He tortures and kills attractive young women, leaving their mutilated bodies in public places. Konrath, who has "performed improvisational comedy" according to his bio, likes to toss off one-liners, and while they're occasionally clever, they lend a jokey tone that jars with the seriousness of the almost gratuitously horrific crimes. Reading like an ill-conceived cross between Carl Hiaasen and Thomas Harris, this cliché-ridden first novel should find a wide audience among less discriminating suspense fans. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Lt. Jacqueline Daniels, a.k.a. Jack Daniels, along with her porcine partner Herb, sleuths her way through Konrath's tongue-in-cheek mystery. Jack and Herb are assigned to find a sadistic murderer called "The Gingerbread Man," who tortures his female victims before killing them. Each torture session is described in lengthy and graphic detail. Jack's dismal love life, her experience with a dating service, and two inept FBI agents add a comic subplot. Susie Breck's accomplished reading brings out Jack's matter-of-fact tone and dry personality; Dick Hill's narration is clear and comprehensible. Recommended for adult fiction collections for patrons who can stomach the gory details of female victimization.-Ilka Gordon, Medical Lib., Fairview General Hosp., Cleveland (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.