Whiskey Sour (Jacqueline

Whiskey Sour (Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Series #1)

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by J. A. Konrath, Susie Breck, Dick Hill
     
 

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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. Between avoiding the FBI and its

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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. Between 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 full of laugh-out-loud humor and edge-of-your-seat suspense, and it introduces a fun, fully drawn heroine in the grand tradition of Kinsey Millhone, Stephanie Plum, and Kay Scarpetta.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Rough dialogue, intricate plotting and cascading suspense mark British author Lawrence's excellent debut, in which four bodies are found sitting almost casually in a circle in a nondescript London flat: three are suicides, the fourth is stabbed through the heart. Det. Sgt. Stella Mooney, an intense, troubled and dogged investigator, learns that small-time crook Jimmy Stone, the murder victim, was an active trader in "murderabilia," such as a scene-of-crime photo of the Manson killings and O.J. Simpson's autograph. Jimmy's story is one of many subplots that lend depth to this absorbing police procedural. The trail leads Stella into contact with a crime family and into delicate turf wars and accommodations within her own organization as well as with other agencies whose aims are not always the same. The enslavement and prostitution of East European women is yet another element the author uses to telling effect, as is the crisis in Stella's relations with her housemate provoked by a persistent journalist. Lawrence smoothly shifts focus, allowing the reader to follow Stella, a prostitute, the journalist and a chillingly efficient and ruthless Serbian assassin, among other distinctive characters. Readers are sure to want to see more of the memorable Stella in further adventures. Agent, Jonathan Clowes Ltd. (May 27) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593554880
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
06/02/2004
Series:
Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Series , #1
Edition description:
Unabridged, 6 CDs, 7 hours
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

J.A. Konrath is the author of the Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels series that includes “Whiskey Sour,” “Bloody Mary,” “Rusty Nail,” “Dirty Martini,” “Fuzzy Navel” and “Cherry Bomb.”

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Chrissy_Mae More than 1 year ago
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.
Sadey More than 1 year ago
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!
yogagirlMK More than 1 year ago
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.
kayDDee1826 More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down!
Ronrose More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
pamkaye 4 months ago
I found Whiskey Sour thoroughly engrossing and thoroughly gross. Not for the weak stomach. Jack Daniels reminds me of Stephanie Plum (of Janet Evanovich's One for the money series), but with a lot more edge. There are many humorous moments, and many moments of graphic violence. Jack has to deal with her glutton of a partner, her crazy mother, show stealing ex-partner, and cheating boyfriend. All while hunting the Gingerbread Man, possibly the city's worst serial killer. I loved this book. Can't wait to read the rest of the series.
SJMusk More than 1 year ago
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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slue22books More than 1 year ago
This was a laugh out loud read! Nothing overly dramatic, just a good, clean, humorous detective who done it novel.
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Enjoyed the story. Looking forward to reading the next in the series!
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Durissus More than 1 year ago
Fun read, especially if you're from Chicago and know the area he writes about!
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