The List

The List

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by J. A. Konrath
     
 

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The List is a bit of a departure for Konrath. It's a technothriller about a group of ten people who each have tattoos of numbers on the bottoms their feet, and don't know why.

One of them, a Chicago Homicide cop named Tom Mankowski, has had one of these strange tattoos since birth. When he investigates a violent murder and discovers the victim also has a…  See more details below

Overview

The List is a bit of a departure for Konrath. It's a technothriller about a group of ten people who each have tattoos of numbers on the bottoms their feet, and don't know why.

One of them, a Chicago Homicide cop named Tom Mankowski, has had one of these strange tattoos since birth. When he investigates a violent murder and discovers the victim also has a tattooed number, it sets the ball rolling for an adventure of historic proportions.

To say more would give away too much.

Like the Jack Daniels series, The List combines laugh out loud humor with serious suspense and thrills.

The List is approximately 82,000 words long. This book also contains bonus material:

An excerpt from Suckers by J.A. Konrath and Jeff Strand.
An excerpt from The Walk by Lee Goldberg.
An excerpt from Identity Crisis by Debbi Mack.
An excerpt from Frame-Up by Eric Christopherson and Brad Schoenfeld.

Praise for JA Konrath's thriller Fuzzy Navel:

"Fuzzy Navel is Konrath at his best – a hilariously heartstopping thriller." — Linda Fairstein

"This gripping novel is an adrenalin rush." — Library Journal

"This book moves so fast it was like having the words fired into my head by a machine gun." — Crimespree

Praise for Afraid (JA Konrath writing as Jack Kilborn):

"Afraid is a masterpiece of unrelenting horror. And I'm not exaggerating. Masterpiece. It's the best piece of fiction I've read in several years. It simply never lets up." — James Rollins, author of The Judas Strain

"A bloody, terrifying, hurtling assault across a landscape of non-stop mayhem. A guilty, guilty pleasure." — F. Paul Wilson, creator of Repairman Jack

“Afraid is a true page turner, a novel that offers a million mile a minute action and suspense. Definitely, a must have with constant thrills and chills." — Heather Graham, author of Deadly Gift

"Never have I read a novel so gruesome and simultaneously relentless. This book throbs with unmitigated, inexorable. sheer friggin’ Terror. You’ll probably need a shrink when you’re done.” — Edward Lee, author of Brides of the Impaler

"Fast and ferocious, this is a dangerous thriller that will take a bite out of you. An absolute must read for anyone who loves the adrenaline rush of a shocking story told with style, speed and savage grace." — Jonathan Maberry, author of Patient Zero

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455811984
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
11/28/2011
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

JA Konrath is the author of seven novels in the Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels thriller series, including Whiskey Sour, Bloody Mary, Rusty Nail, Dirty Martini, Fuzzy Navel, Cherry Bomb, and the upcoming Shaken.

Under the name Jack Kilborn he wrote the horror novels Afraid, Trapped, and Endurance.

Joe has have more than seventy short stories and articles published. He lives in the Chicago suburbs.

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The List 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
c9cREVIEWS More than 1 year ago
Despite the size of his reputation, this is the first Konrath book I have read. But, from all the publicity he has garnered around the self-publishing arena, and all the books he has sold, he has to be good, right? Thrillers, I like. However, the book description says that The List “is a bit of a departure for Konrath”. By which I infer that thrillers are not his stock-in-trade. The story revolves around a group of people with a number tattooed on one foot. They don’t know why, or that it means, just that it has always been there. One of our heroes, a police detective, discovers a murder victim with a number tattoo just like his. With his partner they try to work out what is going on, much to the displeasure of the bad guys. Their journey takes us around the US, creating an eclectic posse as we go. The bad guys are … well … historically bad, in a good way. The writing is superb, I love his style, and at times you will laugh at loud. At other times you will stop breathing because of your concern for the characters. Highly recommended.
Sally_Bennett_Author More than 1 year ago
This is a surprisingly enjoyable read despite its flaws. The author's handling of dialogue and interweaving of complex science with breathtaking action certainly keep the story flowing. Tom Mankowski and Joan DeVilliers (the two main characters) and the trio of secondary players who assist them are fully fleshed-out, but the book could have used a stronger villain. The elderly politician who conceived the ironically named Project Sunrise, the plot the protagonists have to foil, is too ill and debilitated to prove a truly frightening opponent, and his son is not strong willed enough. The killers who are after the main characters are mere caricatures, leaving the reader to wonder how these guys managed to hide in society for all this time, because they're seriously nuts. Konrath's development of the romance between Tom and Joan is handled well, perhaps the best I've read in this genre. It's realistic, doesn't take over the story, and doesn't seem to have been plopped in as an afterthought to sex up the book. Also, the fact that Tom and Joan get to be intelligent (although Joan's overconfidence in her martial arts ability leads her to do some irritatingly stupid things) is a plus. The "punch-buggy" interplay between Bert and Roy, Tom's partner on the Chicago police force, is overly juvenile, and the racial jokes get old quickly, but overall the snappy repartee is a welcome foil for the many scenes of violence and mayhem. The pace is fast, the stakes are high, and the plot takes some surprising turns. There are more typos and style and usage errors than I would expect to see in a book from a writer of this caliber, but they occur infrequently enough that most readers are likely to read right over them without noticing.
Crystal Douglas More than 1 year ago
A very nice twisting thriller. Will there be more??
Buzzregog More than 1 year ago
It has been a while since I just chugged along with a book of this type. I usually stick with straight up Sci Fi and Fantasy. This falls more in with the contemporary with a twist of just out of reach science. The characters give you cause to chuckle, sometimes maybe a bit too much effort to get you to do so, but far from distracting. Just a darned fun read !
carbs_reader More than 1 year ago
Have read some of the author's other works, though not as good as "Afraid," it was a fun enjoyable read.
SandiRae More than 1 year ago
An addictive, edge of your seat, fast paced thriller! I just simply couldn't put this book down! I just had to know what happened next, and this book did not disappoint. Konrath is definitely an author I'll be watching for.
AnnieMae More than 1 year ago
This book grabs you from the first page and never lets go. A real thrill ride that keeps you turning the page.
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martin45 More than 1 year ago
fun easy read
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I enjoyed. Easy read, but very entertaining. Not my usual choice, but good non the less.
MsRayne More than 1 year ago
The List is just as fast as any thriller novel. I was hooked within the first couple of pages. I wanted to know what connections Mankowski had with the other victims and potential victims. The action never stopped and because of that reason I was able to finish The List in one date (and it is not that long). The plot was interesting at first. I was intrigue to find out about the number tattoos on the bottom of the foot and how these tattoos connected the character. But as the story progressed and things began to fall into place, it become clear that the plot was pretty outlandish. Completely and totally unrealistic, in order to enjoy The List. I sort of had to suspend my disbelief and just roll with it. As the story progressed I had to suspend my disbelief even more, Kornath throw in everything but the kitchen skin in his plot. While the pace was fast there was not much character development. The characters were just there, I wanted to see what was going to happen to them but I wasn't invested in them. The lack of character development did not take away from my enjoyment of the story but I did notice that I could have cared less if one of the main characters lived or died. The writing was average. There were some funny jokes that made me chuckle but it was more like slap stick comedy. Overall Recommendation: I would recommend this one to anyone that what wants an easy and fast paced thriller to read. I would add in the warning that the plot is a little outlandish and the unrealistic
PhoenixSummer More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. So different from what I usually read.
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