Whiskey Sour

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Lieutenant Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels is having a bad week. Her live-in boyfriend has left her for his personal trainer, chronic insomnia has caused her to max out her credit cards with late-night home shopping purchases, and a frightening killer who calls himself 'The Gingerbread Man' is dumping mutilated bodies in her district.

While avoiding the FBI and its moronic profiling computer, joining a dating service, mixing it up with street thugs, and parrying the advances of an ...

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Overview

Lieutenant Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels is having a bad week. Her live-in boyfriend has left her for his personal trainer, chronic insomnia has caused her to max out her credit cards with late-night home shopping purchases, and a frightening killer who calls himself 'The Gingerbread Man' is dumping mutilated bodies in her district.

While avoiding the FBI and its moronic profiling computer, joining a dating service, mixing it up with street thugs, and parrying the advances of an uncouth PI, Jack and her binge-eating partner, Herb, must catch the maniac before he kills again...and Jack is next on his murder list.

Whiskey Sour is the first book in the bestselling Jack Daniels series, full of laugh-out-loud humor and edge-of-your-seat suspense.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Put Donald Westlake in a blender with a jigger of James Ellroy, mix in a dollop of Dorothy Parker, and you've got the hilarious, horrific world of Lieutenant Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels." (Jay Bonansinga, author of The Sleep Police)
Library Journal
Lt. Jacqueline Daniels, a.k.a. Jack Daniels, along with her porcine partner Herb, sleuths her way through Konrath's tongue-in-cheek mystery. Jack and Herb are assigned to find a sadistic murderer called "The Gingerbread Man," who tortures his female victims before killing them. Each torture session is described in lengthy and graphic detail. Jack's dismal love life, her experience with a dating service, and two inept FBI agents add a comic subplot. Susie Breck's accomplished reading brings out Jack's matter-of-fact tone and dry personality; Dick Hill's narration is clear and comprehensible. Recommended for adult fiction collections for patrons who can stomach the gory details of female victimization.-Ilka Gordon, Medical Lib., Fairview General Hosp., Cleveland Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A rapid-fire debut thriller that dares to ask who'll come out on top: Jack Daniels or the Gingerbread Man?The stakes aren't as obvious as they sound. The Gingerbread Man is a psychopathic serial killer who kidnaps, tortures, tortures, tortures, and kills selected young women from the Chicago streets, and Jack (nee Jacqueline) Daniels is the Violent Crimes lieutenant who's caught the case but can't catch the perp. On the contrary: The killer announces his attachment to the lead officer by going after her, leaving doctored chocolates in her car, breaking into her apartment, and taunting her with the obligatory phone messages. While she's trying to turn the tables on him, Jack is crossing swords with a pair of FBI clones, cracking jokes with her partner about how she can't even hang on to her live-in boyfriend, applying to a dating service, and watching as the Gingerbread Man gives the nice accountant she's been set up with the shock of his life before snatching his next victim and tying her up in his basement. Can Jack shake her bad luck and bring in her quarry before he kills her and blows up half the Windy City?Plotting, personalities, and gallows humor are all standard-issue. Konrath's most distinctive contribution to the serial-killer genre, apart from seasoning it with a savvy heroine who just can't keep a man, is some seriously gruesome sadism that should keep the kiddies away. Author tour. Agent: Jane Dystel
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781482374131
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/6/2013
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 369,220
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.49 (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 11, 2009

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    Edgy.

    When I first heard that the main character was called Jack Daniels, I was a little wary of the slightly cliche name, that went along with a role (hard nosed female investigator) that has become a little cliche. I tried anyway, and have been ever so glad I did.
    Jack was an extremely personable character who I found I could sympathize with. The antagonist, a serial killer who calls himself the Gingerbread Man, was suprisingly terrifying. I will warn you that the book gets very gory when dealing with him. The Gingerbread Man has some seriously sick fantasies. It turned my stomach a few times, and I even had a nightmare about him one night, haha. But since the good guys win in the end, its all good!
    The book had its jokes, and the puns between Jack and her partner were fun, but it didn't seep with humor the way other authors do. Instead, the drama was quick and intense. The writing style was extremly clean and clear cut.
    I would recommend this book to any mystery readers out there who are looking for a book with an edge.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2009

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    Not normally a mystery fan...

    I don't read many mysteries, let alone find one that will hold my attention for long. I couldn't put Whiskey Sour down. I was sharing the bits of humor with friends the entire time I was reading, questioned whether or not I ever wanted to have another "fun size" candy bar again and read the book nonstop from the time I started it until I flipped that last page. Amazing book. If more mysteries are like this then I've been missing out!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2011

    So-So

    I purchased this book because of the price and that's about what it is worth. It's just a OK book way too much graphic & sexual depictions, I would of given a better review without that.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2011

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    Awesome series

    Couldn't put it down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2009

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    Goes Down Smooth

    Whiskey Sour is a great debut novel featuring, Lt Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels. This forty-six year old, divorced, detective is carrying some baggage, but she is hot on the case of a serial killer. What she doesn't realize is that he is suddenly hot on her trail, with bloody results. This nonstop, action tale is no Shirley Temple!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2008

    Whiskey Sour-An Intoxicating Read

    J. A. Konrath's first book within his series that details the career of one of Chicago's finest, Lt. Jack Daniels is an intoxicating read. Serial killer, The Gingerbread Man, becomes fixated on Jack when she starts tracking him. Despite the erroneous character profiling of the FBI, trying to keep from becoming a victim herself, and painstakingly nursing a bum leg, Lt. Daniels puts a stop to the killer. Jack's ex-partner, limelight stealing, Harry McGlade and her current partner, the always ready for something to eat, Herb Benedict help Jack along the wild trail of the heinous murderer. This thriller is sprinkled with giggle inducting one-liners from beginning to end. If you want to be thoroughly entertained, check out Whiskey Sour.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2008

    Glad I found JA Konrath!

    I was reading a review on another book I was interested in reading and the reviewer recommended this author also. I am always looking for new books to try so I purchased this one. I read it in one sitting and immediately ordered everything else he had written. (I only wish there were more of them) A great read filled with suspense, humor and great characters. I'm eagerly awaiting the next one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2007

    FUNNY???? I Think Not!!!

    Are FBI profilers the stuff of comedy? Well not in Det. Daniels world anyway. Seriously, did the author of this drival actually think he was writing something clever or funny? Not a laugh or even a smile while reading this but I was shaking my head plenty. Every single character is one-dementional. I couldn't help rooting for the killer to 'smoke' Ms. Daniels so there wouldn't have to be sequels. Pity really as Konrath has scribbled two more already in this series. Save your money and time folks.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2013

    Sometimes the story makes you think "Now that wouldn't happ

    Sometimes the story makes you think "Now that wouldn't happen!" and sometimes it makes you think "Please don't let that happen!" Overall it is a good read. I enjoyed the main character and the supporting cast.  The violence is alluded to but happens off the page; so if you have a vivid imagination be prepared.

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  • Posted November 11, 2012

    This was a laugh out loud read! Nothing overly dramatic, just a

    This was a laugh out loud read! Nothing overly dramatic, just a good, clean, humorous detective who done it novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    Easy read - good summer read.

    Enjoyed the story. Looking forward to reading the next in the series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    Good Read.

    I liked it enough that I will definitely continue buying other books in this series.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

    Fast-paced writing

    Fun read, especially if you're from Chicago and know the area he writes about!

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    Really liked it!

    I recently discovered Mr. Konrath's work (I know, I'm late to the party) and have become a fan. This one is a great kickoff for what promises to be the exciting series that I've heard about. Can't wait to read more!

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

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    Great Start to the Series

    Whiskey Sour is an action packed, psychological thriller. If you can, read Shot of Tequila first; it's the prequel to the Jack Daniels series. Also, a great companion for this book is Serial Killers Uncut.

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  • Posted June 9, 2011

    A definite must read!

    I have read all of the Jack Daniels series and am absolutely in love with the books. Nonstop action, howlingly funny, and fantastic characters who become like a part of your family. I will be forever grateful to my friend who introduced me to Konrath. I highly recommend the entire series.

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

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    Good, fast moving book

    I picked this up after reading Serial, co-written by Konrath and Blake Crouch. The story is interesting and moves at a quick pace. I half expected something a bit more predictable, but was pleasantly surprised at the unforeseen twists. A great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2010

    Excellent thriller!

    It's an entertaining thriller - serial killer tracked by Lt. Jack Daniels, a cop. She's as tough & gritty as any I've read about. The action scenes are well done, dialogue is good & the plot is ample.

    Extra kudos to the author because I got it for free from Konrath's site.
    I think that's a great way to introduce a series. I've already bought the next 2 books & they're on their way, so the freebie got the author 2 sales.

    I will look forward to the next book!

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  • Posted June 4, 2010

    an author to read from 1st book in series to last

    I'm sure we've all been in this position. You just finished a book you really enjoyed and now you're wondering

    what to read next. You pick up a couple of different titles from your bookshelf,. start to read a chapter or

    two and find that nothing really grabs you.

    I had that problem a few weeks ago when a friend suggested that I read the first in the "Jack Daniels" series

    of J A Konrath books,. for this suggestion I owe her a HUGE debt of thanks.

    I began with Whiskey Sour which introduces the main character Det Jack Daniels and a supporting

    group of wonderful characters. Well, here it is six weeks later,. and I have exhausted the entire series

    available up to this point and am eagerly awaiting the next installment due out in October.

    I am one of those readers who doesn't like to give too much away in discussing the books but let me

    assure you that once you begin the series you will be caught up in the characters and plot of all the books

    and wish you could read slower to savor the enjoyment longer.

    My friend did me a huge favor in suggesting this author and I'm sure you will agree with both of us that this

    is an author whose work is thoroughly fun, fast paced and a great read

    Mark J Weinberg

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    Jack Daniels series

    I've read the whole series and found very fun to read. It can be very grafic and yet your laughing while your reading other parts. I hope another book comes out soon.

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