Cherry Bomb (Jacqueline

Cherry Bomb (Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Series #6)

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by J. A. Konrath
     
 

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At the end of Fuzzy Navel, J. A. Konrath surprised readers with an agonizing cliffhanger: One of Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels's loved ones is dead. But who? Readers were left clamoring to know more.

Cherry Bomb, the sixth Jack Daniels mystery, opens at the funeral. While Jack stands graveside, tears in her eyes, her cell phone rings. It's the killer,

Overview

At the end of Fuzzy Navel, J. A. Konrath surprised readers with an agonizing cliffhanger: One of Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels's loved ones is dead. But who? Readers were left clamoring to know more.

Cherry Bomb, the sixth Jack Daniels mystery, opens at the funeral. While Jack stands graveside, tears in her eyes, her cell phone rings. It's the killer, escaped maniac Alex Kork, taunting Jack, drawing her ever further into a twisted game of cat and mouse. Because while Alex is more than willing to kill random victims, Jack is her true prey. But which woman wants revenge more?

Cherry Bomb is J. A. Konrath's most gripping novel of suspense yet-filled with twists and turns that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

At the start of Konrath's brisk and breezy sixth Jack Daniels mystery, the guilt-ridden Chicago cop, who's attending the funeral of a loved one, takes a call from Alexandra Kork, the sadistic psychopath who did in the loved one at the end of 2008's Fuzzy Navel("I checked the Weather Channel.... It's raining in Chicago. That's appropriate, don't you think? Funerals on sunny days seem so wrong"). Barred from the official hunt for Kork because she's personally involved in the case, Daniels soon finds herself on the wrong side of the law with few of the usual resources to call on. Meanwhile, the wily Kork, who's stopped counting her victims (after 50 they blur), strews bodies over a wide area as part of a scheme to lead Daniels to a slow and painful death. Konrath leavens the violence with offbeat humor, including a feces-throwing monkey in love with a cashmere sweater. The slam-bang ending is sure to satisfy series fans. (July)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Reviews
Readers who weren't sated by the collateral fatalities in the last grudge match between Lt. Jacqueline Daniels and escaped criminal Alexandra Kork (Fuzzy Navel, 2008, etc.) are in for a treat. This novel's very first sentence resolves its predecessor's cliffhanger ending. The climactic victim turns out to have been Jack Daniels's fiance, accountant Latham Conger. Now that Jack and Alex have killed each other's men, you might think the score would be even, but Alex doesn't. She phones her nemesis at Latham's burial with the news that she's planning to kidnap a man and kill him 12 hours later unless Jack can stop her. When that round is over, Alex moves on to the next inning, allowing ever-shorter windows of rescue time. Her targets are Jack's ex, who doesn't see why he should be part of this game, and her Chicago PD partner. Alex's propensity for terminations with extreme prejudice-she kills a homeless man for his bankroll and a suburban shopper for her handbag-and the high-value targets she's chosen would seem to guarantee pulse-pounding suspense. But the body count rises so carelessly that there's no reason to feel any closer to individual victims than to individual bowling pins. What remains, as usual in this jaunty, heartless series, is the pornographic violence and the return to the most atavistic roots of narrative: pure, formulaic storytelling without any concern for such add-ons as plot twists, characterization or moral complexity. As for the formula, it's accurately indicated by the libations that inspire Konrath's titles: Shake. Drink. Repeat.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781482374575
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
02/06/2013
Series:
Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Series, #6
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
483,951
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(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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Cherry Bomb (Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Series #6) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Dianne57 More than 1 year ago
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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patricia deleon More than 1 year ago
Read the whole series it is worth it!
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Patricia Worch More than 1 year ago
Another on the edge reading. Just when you think it couldn't get better or more exciting! Really excited to read the Jack Daniels series!
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