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Posted July 12, 2009
I've been reading this series since it started with Whiskey Sour and couldn't stop raving about it back then. I was eagerly anticipating this book since Fuzzy Navels heart stopping, cliff hanger of an ending. The past books had enough humor and irreverence to make up for all the horror. They were wonderful police procedurals as well as humorous mysteries.
But this offering is nothing but non-stop gratuitous murder, yes we get the fact that Kork is a nut case and this is her reason for living, but a break would have been nice, there is no humor unless you like jokes about monkey feces, and the fact that Jack would have had sex so soon (I would explain why this is disturbing to me, but it would mean adding something that would spoil the book for those who haven't read it yet) doesn't ring true and only goes to show that men authors may not really want to write books from a woman's POV.
Too much of this book forces me to suspend disbelief to the point that I may as well have been reading a paranormal. The characters have not developed any farther than they had in the last book and in that one they hadn't changed one iota from the previous books, and the added character in the way of a monkey that throws his feces at everyone is well, maybe it's something a teenage boy would find hilarious, I didn't.
I recommend that if you must read this because you have a compulsive need to keep up with a series, then wait and buy it in paper back or better yet go to the library. I'm sorry that I got it in hard cover my book budget would have better spent elswhere.
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Posted July 11, 2009
MAJOR CHILLS AND THRILLS
If you like suspense and you haven't been following the Jack Daniels series created by the ever surprising J. A. Konrath, it's not too late to change your ways. It's easy to pick up on the challenges facing Lieutenant Jack (Jacqueline) Daniels with this, the sixth in the series, but once you've had a sip of Cherry Bomb you'll probably want to have a taste of Whiskey Sour (2004), Bloody, Mary (2005), Rusty Nail (2006), Dirty Martini (2007), and Fuzzy Navel (2008). As stand-alones or full series Konrath's stories always provide full measures of laughter and thrills.
Fortunately for Jack she has a number of friends because if she ever needed them it's with the opening of Cherry Bomb. Her fiancé, Latham, has been murdered by one of the scariest psychotic killers ever invented, Alexandra (Alex) Kork. Jack stands by his grave side when her cell phone rings - it is Alex who is miles away in a coffee shop with WiFi. She cannot resist taunting Jack, and relishes seeing her stunned, falling to her knees in the mud. Alex misses little and has hidden a camera phone atop a nearby mausoleum. "Later today," Alex says, "I'm sending you a picture over the phone. Twelve hours from then, the man in the picture will die. Unless you find him and save him. I hope, for his sake, you do a better job than you did with your fiancé."
Jack knows this isn't an empty threat because Alex doesn't kill for revenge or because of hatred - she kills for pleasure. Further, she tells Jack that if she doesn't make an effort to save this man the next picture Jack receives will be of a playground full of kids.
That's some spine-tingling scenario and one more Jack Daniels story that's impossible to put down. As always, Konrath rockets readers to a totally unexpected finish.
- Gail Cooke
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