Shaken (Jacqueline

Shaken (Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Series #7)

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by J. A. Konrath

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Chicago cop Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels has chased and caught dozens of dangerous criminals over the course of her career. But she’s about to meet her match.

When Jack wakes up in a storage locker, bound and gagged, she knows with chilling certainty who her abductor is.

He’s called “Mr. K,” and more than two hundred homicides have

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Chicago cop Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels has chased and caught dozens of dangerous criminals over the course of her career. But she’s about to meet her match.

When Jack wakes up in a storage locker, bound and gagged, she knows with chilling certainty who her abductor is.

He’s called “Mr. K,” and more than two hundred homicides have been attributed to him. His victims have died in the most horrible ways imaginable: he is the essence of evil. Some think he’s just an urban legend, but he’s very, very real. Jack has tangled with him twice in the past, and both times he managed to slip away.

Now Jack will finally have the chance to confront the maniac she’s been hunting for over twenty-five years. Unfortunately, it won’t be on her terms. In less than two hours, Mr. K is going to do to Jack what he’s done to countless others. And Jack is going to learn that sometimes the good guys don’t win...

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Chicago police detective Jack Daniels faces death and a heavy dose of flashbacks.

When she comes to, Lt. Jacqueline Daniels is lying bound, gagged and stripped to her T-shirt and panties in a storage locker. Someone has kidnapped her with the firm intention of torturing her to death, and she knows who. It's the cold-blooded hit man police have dubbed Mr. K, a man responsible for more than 100 killings across the country. Jack and Mr. K have tangled before, and while she struggles in vain to free herself and watches the clock her captor has thoughtfully provided mark off the minutes till he comes to play with her, she reminisces about the time three years ago when she and her partner, Det. Herb Benedict, almost caught Mr. K; the day back in 1989, shortly after she transferred to Homicide, when she was working the case of the tortured escorts and had to decide whether to accept her boyfriend Alan's proposal; her eventful 29th birthday, when she was still working Vice; and the psychiatrist's lecture to her and her fellow cadets that raised the question of whether it was more evil to kill people for money or for pleasure. The multiple-flashback structure is hardly original, but Konrath works it with an earnestness that makes his horrors considerably more disciplined than usual (Cherry Bomb,2009, etc.).

Spoiler alert: Like an R-rated Pearl White, Jack will be rescued repeatedly from certain death, presumably to be staked out again forStirrednext year.

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Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Series, #7
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5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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Shaken 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
hapamom More than 1 year ago
Why isn't this available on the Nook? I only gave a one star rating because I can't download this one to my Nook. I have read the previous 6 Jack Daniel's series and enjoyed them very much. I recommended this series to several people. Any idea when it will be available? I already submitted as request through B&N.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the previous books in the series, if I souls have known that I could not get this one on my nook, I wouldn't have bothered with the others. I thoroughly enjoyed the others, this is a huge disappointment.
PhoneNurse More than 1 year ago
Story jumped around so much. All the other J. A. Konrath books in this series was soooooo good. This one not so much. You could tell he was taking great leaps in the story to attempt a finish to the series.Very disappointed.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Shaken is the 7th book in a series about Chicago policewoman, Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels. This is the first book that I have read in the series and it's fair to say that I really didn't enjoy it all that much. The writing is good and the story the same as many torture/murder tales out there. But, this one was a bit sicker than most. "Jack" has been hunting her nemesis "Mr. K". He is a brutal serial killer that has avoided "Jack" twice over the years. "Mr. K" is the ultimate serial killer who has killed more than two hundred people in the most horrid ways. She finally gets the opportunity to face "Mr. K." Of course, she has to do this hidden in a storage locker where he has primed her to be his next victim. She is bound and gagged and facing death in a most extreme manner. She has seen what "Mr. K" did to his other victims and knows what to expect. In the book, the author goes back in time to explain Jack's life and how she ended up as a Lieutenant in the police force. From the first time that she came in contact with the killer as a rookie policewoman and saw his horrible killing ways, through her career as she moves up in the department and is still pursuing "Mr. K." We see her grow as a person of authority and as a good friend to her colleagues. She is a different woman now but, will she be savvy enough to stop a crazy killer? There is humor in the book but, some readers might not be able to see it as there is so much blood and gore that they might not be able to deferentiate between the fun and the killing. The ending is a definite cliff-hanger but it wasn't worth reading trhrough all the gore to get to it. Quill Says: A well-written book but very sick in some places. After reading many Mystery/Thrillers and Horror stories, I still found it hard to read some of this book. You would have to be a very special reader to be able to comprehend all the horrible things that are done to victims in this story.
BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
Konrath has a style all his own, mixing humor with horror and all the elements of a good suspense or thriller novel into a police procedural. The horror (just as with his Joe Kilborn pen name) isn't in-your-face. It's subtle, often implied leaving a lot to your imagination, yet no less horrific. If you've read and liked any of the previous books in the Jack Daniels series you'll like Shaken. One of the things I especially liked was seeing Jack, Herb (her current partner) and Harry (her first partner) change over time. Much of the earliest story line gives a glimpse into the how and why for many of the qualities the characters had for the majority of the series. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog.**
BookAddictFL More than 1 year ago
Konrath uses a different format for the seventh book in his Jack Daniels series. Instead of a linear story, he gives us glimpses of the present, weaving that in with two separate timelines from Jack Daniels' past. I have to say that I am not normally a fan of this type of out of sequence writing but Konrath handles it masterfully. He ties the events together perfectly, giving a seamless transition from past to present. This is Konrath at his best. Shaken had me riveted from beginning to end! ** I was fortunate to receive an advanced read from Mr. Konrath, though that had no bearing on my review. **
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
Shaken is the latest "Jack Daniels" thriller. This one takes place in three different periods of Jack's life; twenty-one years ago, three years ago and now. From this we learn more about what makes Jack tick and her quest for the killer call Mr. K. More than a quest, it is an obsession. If you have read previous Jack Daniels novels you know that J. A. Konrath adds humor and suspense to keep you turning the page. Although this one isn't as humorous as past stories and the character harry isn't as disgusting, I enjoyed the jumps back and forth through the different time periods to help one understand what makes Jack tick. I was hoping that the story wouldn't end, that' show much I enjoy these stories and when it did, the author's note saddened me but I won't say what he wrote. You'll have to read the book yourself. Interesting note that the villains are character's in another author's (Blake Crouch) stories.