Bloody Mary

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Overview

Start with a tough but vulnerable Chicago cop. Add a hyperactive cat, an ailing mother, a jealous boyfriend, a high-maintenance ex-husband, and a partner in the throes of a mid-life crisis.

Stir in a psychopath littering the city with body parts. Mix with equal parts humor and suspense, and enjoy Bloody Mary--the second novel in the funny, frightening world of Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels.

Join Jack as she struggles to repair her train ...

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Overview

Start with a tough but vulnerable Chicago cop. Add a hyperactive cat, an ailing mother, a jealous boyfriend, a high-maintenance ex-husband, and a partner in the throes of a mid-life crisis.

Stir in a psychopath littering the city with body parts. Mix with equal parts humor and suspense, and enjoy Bloody Mary--the second novel in the funny, frightening world of Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels.

Join Jack as she struggles to repair her train wreck of a personal life while tracking down and convicting one of the scariest serial killers in recent memory--a killer for whom getting caught is only the beginning...

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Konrath's predictable sequel to Whiskey Sour (2004) is no more original than its predecessor. When two arms, sans body, turn up at a Chicago morgue, Det. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels is surprised to discover that the mysterious limbs are joined by her own handcuffs. The killer appears to have a grudge as well as unsettling access to Jack. The dual narrative alternately follows detective and murderer, leaving little to the imagination, particularly in the realm of gore. The author reveals so much about the crimes and their motivation that the plot loses steam until the fiend is caught (halfway through the novel) and the focus shifts to ensuring that he doesn't walk. The legal finagling is a bit far-fetched, but the battle of wills between the psychopath and the cop keeps the pages turning. And like any hard-boiled detective, Jack has a problematic personal life, juggling two unstable relationships and caring for her ailing mother. Konrath peppers the story with one-liners that are sometimes riotous, often groan-worthy and occasionally inappropriately blas , but readers with a taste for the twisted should enjoy themselves. Agent, Jane Dystel. 6-city author tour. (July 6) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
A psychopathic killer on the loose is torturing young women and placing selected body parts in with corpses at the Cook County morgue. First the coroner finds an extra pair of severed arms wearing Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels's police-issued handcuffs; next, Jack finds a pair of disembodied ears wearing her favorite earrings. Jack has more to deal with than just a brutal psychopathic killer. Her mother is in the hospital and can no longer live alone; her staid boyfriend, Latham, whom she loves, wants her to move in with him, and her ex-husband, whom she also loves, suddenly reappears and wants to renew their relationship. Dick Hill's narration is fair; it's difficult to differentiate among some of the male characters. Recommended for libraries whose patrons enjoyed the first Jack Daniels work, but beware the detailed bloody descriptions of the killer torturing his victims.-Ilka Gordon, Park Synagogue Lib., Pepper Pike, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Two severed arms in the Chicago morgue linked by her own handcuffs puts Lt. Jacqueline Daniels on the track of another serial killer as sadistic as the Gingerbread Man (Whiskey Sour, 2004) and even more resourceful. Aspirin doesn't help with every headache. Sometimes even half a dozen ibuprofen aren't enough to get rid of all the pain. But Jack Daniels's latest quarry has found a miraculous cure in homicide, the bloodier the better. Relief is as fast as nudging an isolated pedestrian, bundling her into his car, and taking her to his plastic-covered lair for biting, burning, slashing and strangling. A mortician accomplice helps him hide the evidence. Even so, it's not long before Jack and her partner, Det. Herb Benedict, have him in their sights, and that's when the fun really begins. In an infernal parody of Law & Order, the killer submits an outrageous, unstoppable not-guilty plea and vows to Jack that the moment he's free he'll come after her and her loved ones. That roster now includes not only Jack's boyfriend, accountant Latham Conger, but her mother and her ex-husband Alan Daniels, both suddenly and awkwardly back in her life. Looks like a lot of target opportunities. Konrath keeps the proceedings moving so briskly that you may not even notice how many corpses are piling up-over a dozen, with plenty more in the backstory. But you'll certainly remember how brutally they're dispatched.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781482373332
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 2/6/2013
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 353,765
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet 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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  • Posted June 28, 2013

    Jack Daniels is the main character and comes across as a little

    Jack Daniels is the main character and comes across as a little flat as well as the other characters in this story.  The plot line of this second story is frustrating to get through but turns out to be an okay read.  Not sure I will read anymore in this series unless like the first two books they are free.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Bloody mary

    This book is scary but cool i've always love bloody mary since i was a kid but i don't belive the saying"if you lock the door and shut the lights off and say bloody mary three times she will appear in the mirror

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

    On the edge reading, didn't want to put it down!

    I'm a huge James Patterson and Janet Evanovich fan and so far, this series has lived up to their writing! I have enjoyed the on the edge reading so far! Great reading!

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

    A Toast to Jack!

    As a writer, I was really afraid to sample this series, because when I think about creating a main character who is not my own gender, I get all itchy and jumpy. Sure a minor character, even a sidekick, but a fully developed central character with all the right tendencies and foibles? This is ambitious and tough to sustain. Anyway, after closing the back cover of Bloody Mary, I said with a satisfied sigh, "Hats off to you, J.A., you really pulled it off!"

    I only found one teensy comment that threw me out of the story. At one point, Jack says she shaved. Men shave. Period. Women shave their legs. They shave their armpits. They shave other places I won't mention, but they never just shave, full stop. This is just one of those eternal things that shroud the sexes in mystery.

    Fans of Janet Evanovich will love the dysfunctional modern relationships portrayed in this book, and also dig the humor.

    Now I have to go back to Konrath's first Jack Daniels offering and plunk down coin for the rest of the series. Lest you think I'm not seriously liking this book, I gifted two Bloody Marys to Kindle friends for Christmas.

    Kath Russell, author of A POINTED DEATH

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  • Posted July 6, 2010

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    What a page turner!

    I couldn't put this book down. I had to read it in one sitting. Excellent character development. The plot is unbelievable. I kept thinking Joe Konrath has either seen some terrible things in his life, or he has a very sick mind to come up with horror's in this book. I had to keep reading to see how twisted it would get, and how it could possibly end.
    I have read the 1st 5 in the Jack Daniels series, and will start the 6th today. Every book has been one I just couldn't put down. I expect that "Cherry Bomb" will be just as twisted, and I probably will be up all night reading it!
    Thank you Joe Konrath for the wonderful reads. I really do hope you keep the series going, and not end it as you said on your website.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2008

    Sensational Sequel

    This is J. A. Konrath's second book in his Jack Daniels series. This sequel really had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I think this may be the best book in the series so far. Police officer, Barry Fuller, seemed to be a normal, ambicious rookie anxious to climb up in the ranks. It was a shock to everyone on the force, including Jack, when he turned out to be a mass murderer. Even though Jack is always on top of her game when it comes to catching bad guys, she can't seem to keep a guy in her personal life. I really think that she needs someone to keep her life more balanced, centered.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2005

    COMPELLING LISTENING

    Dick Hill is such an able voice performer that he can turn an average story into compelling listening, which is what he's done with Konrath's second entry in her Lt. Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels series. Dubbed a 'Golden Voice' by AudioFile Magazine, Hill is deft at inhabiting both male and female characters and is so attuned to the nuances that when 'there's a change from a daytime scene to night, he makes a subtle shift with his voice to reflect those environmental changes.' Thus, he brings danger and mounting suspense to a story, which in this listener's opinion, would not be found if one were reading. So, a very high five stars to Hill and a solid three for Konrath's tale. Following on the heels of last year's 'Whiskey Sour,' we now find Jack Daniels mystified by body parts sans bodies that are turning up at the morgue. One unattached pair of arms is wearing bracelets - Jack's handcuffs. Obviously some demented killer is trying to get to Jack in more ways than one. Narrative voices are alternated between Jack and the killer, which allows for much revealing of the psycho's method and penchant for gruesome slaughter. Although Jack and her partner, Herb Benedict, discover who the killer is pretty early on, it's their job to prove it. Subplots include Jack's love life and the travails of her mother. Always fine, Hill is especially effective as the voice of the killer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2005

    Spell-binding, edge-of-the-seat story telling!

    I couldn¿t wait to begin reading the newest book in the Jack Daniels series, Bloody Mary. AND, I wasn¿t disappointed. J A Konrath continues with the spell-binding, edge-of-the-seat story telling that began in Whiskey Sour. Jacqueline ¿Jack¿ Daniels and her partner Herb are on the trail of a killer that not only kills but desecrates the bodies of his victims ¿ young, pretty ¿working girls¿. In the middle of trying to stop this vicious killer, Jack has family problems. Not only has her mother broken her hip but she refuses to allow Jack to help. But, family ties are strong and Mom ends up on Jack¿s doorstep bringing Alan, Jack¿s ex with her. Of course, nothing is simple and the fact that Jack has a boyfriend doesn¿t phase mom¿s wish to get Jack and Alan back together. As the investigation continues, it is suspected that the killer is one of their own. That makes it doubly hard to catch him as he knows each move they will make. But finally, Jack and Herb capture the killer and he goes to trial claiming a brain tumor caused him to kill. Jack doesn¿t believe for a moment that this is the cause of his killing spree. Herb and Jack work desperately to find other evidence before the jury returns a verdict of not guilty which will set him free to kill again. But Herb is having a mid-life crisis and leaves his wife, buys a ¿hot¿ car and loses weight. Just in time, they find the evidence that will send the killer to jail despite his claim of ¿the tumor made me do it¿. One would believe that this was a great ending to a thrilling story but¿.well now would I want to give away one of the best endings yet? Go grab a copy and read for yourself how all the various plots work themselves out.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    zany roller coaster police procedural

    Cook County Chief Medical Examiner Phil Blasky informs Chicago Violent Crimes Unit Detective Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels that the morgue has a slight problem, a pair of extra arms handcuffed together. Jack and her partner Herb Benedict, thinking that the 100 plus degrees outside is cooler than their office, stop by the morgue where Jack¿s handcuffs link the arms. --- Soon other body parts surface at the morgue as if an insider is toying with the medical examiner and the cops. After several people are killed, the two cops finally catch the apparent culprit aspirin popping Barry Fuller; Jack and Herb feel they have stapled the case shut until the accused takes a lie detector test. While the serial killer case looks suddenly lost Jack¿s home front turns weirder then ever when her mom, assisted by her former son-in-law Alan, moves in with her while her current boyfriend Latham Conger wonders what is going on; for Barry a new list of Jack¿s circle now exists. --- BLOODY MARY is a zany roller coaster police procedural that the alternates perspectives between the cop and the killer. The story line starts off grippingly eerie, picks up weirdness and speed, but slows down towards the middle as readers know too much, only to suddenly detour yet accelerate into hyperspeed once Fuller is caught but apparently will walk due to lack of evidence. Jack¿s personal life adds craziness that is so out of control that a serial killer aimed in some perverse way at her seems like a lark. Fans will need to toast Jack with a WHISKEY SOUR for handling her personal life with chocolate and a murder investigation as her escapes. --- Harriet Klausner

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