Whiskey Sour

Whiskey Sour

by J. A. Konrath


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781482374131
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/06/2013
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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Whiskey Sour 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 100 reviews.
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!
debavp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not great for a first in series. Left a lot to be desired with character development and too much gruesome details.
CynDaVaz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a fun book and I look forward to listening to the other installments in the series. This author knows how to blend humor/suspense in a compelling way that I appreciate. I especially enjoyed his portrayal of the two FBI agents. The narrators also did an excellent job.
JosephLYoung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Super tough police Lieutenant Jacqueline (Jack) Daniels and her side kick and big eater Herb, work to find and put away evil serial murder (A.K.A The Gingerbread Man) who ends up targeting and nearly killing Jack. Another support character is Pool Playing terminal cancer patient who tempers the downer affects of pain meds with large amounts of cocaine, Phineas Trout. The serial killer is a psycho who has a life history of killing and maiming, starting with insects and small animals as a child. The action is constant and Jack is missing sleep trying to prevent another senseless brutal murder (maybe her own). Prepare yourself for missing a little sleep yourself while trying to get to the exciting ending!
MaddieBloom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jack Daniels is a cool lead character in this debut chiller by J. A. Konrath. Promises to be the first in a new cop series set in Chicago. The detective story is solid, though the tension and gore level is higher than a standard mystery. Literally couldn't put it down until I'd read it from cover to cover. I'll definitely be looking for the next in the series, Bloody Mary.
miyurose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this because it was different than other detective novels I¿ve read recently. Jack isn¿t the typical female lead detective ¿ i.e., she¿s not young, hot, and sexy. Instead, Jack is 46, going grey, and showing the effects of 15 years of chronic insomnia. And her latest live-in just left her for his personal trainer. She becomes a focus of ¿The Gingerbread Man¿ after he spots her taking charge of his crime scene. Not only do you get Jack¿s side of things in this story, you get his. The portrayal of the FBI here is pretty laughable and inaccurate, but I understand that it¿s meant to be comic relief, nothing more. I¿ll definitely read more books in this series.
cathyskye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Protagonist: Lt. Jack DanielsSetting: present-day Chicago, IllinoisSeries #1Whiskey Sour is the first mystery featuring Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels of the Chicago Police Department. Jack finds herself up against a devious serial killer called the Gingerbread Man, who likes to spend hours torturing and killing his victims. I won't tell you what his "signature" is because I'm still getting strong sympathy pains (and that was the only really gross bit in the book). Problem is, the Gingerbread Man is looking longingly at Jack, so she'd better find out who he is PDQ.This book is fast-paced and attention-grabbing. Jack is a well-drawn likeable character as is her partner, Herb. The Gingerbread Man is in the upper echelons of serial killers, too. I will be on the lookout for the next mystery featuring Jack Daniels (although I think it's called Bloody Mary).
Mzkitty570 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lieutenant Jacqueline 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.The first novel in the Lt. Jack Daniels series, cleverly combines laugh-out-loud humor and edge-of-your-seat suspense. Jack is a fun, fully drawn heroine in the grand tradition of Kinsey Milhone, Stephanie Plum, and Kay Scarpetta-and the cast of oddball characters surrounding her is worthy of an Elmore Leonard novel.I LOVED THIS BOOK!! I guess I'm getting into the mystery/thriller genre now, but only if there's some humor in them. This was a real page turner for me and I hope one for you too. This author comes in 2nd to Carol Higgins Clark. ENJOY!!
Joybee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fast paced, serial killer, crime novel with a humorous female lead. The gingerbread man is torturing and killing women by stabbing. Jack is on the case, while doing her job she becomes a target for the gingerbread man. Will she find his identity before he kills again, or kills her?
Darrol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Entertaining. Cannot put it on the level of better police/detective fiction. The FBI episodes are too satirical. But I do like "Jack" Daniels. The hard eating side-kick is a little to stereotypical; I wonder how many of these exist. I do not see why so many people object to the gruesome elements. This seems to be standard anymore.
cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The heroine of this tale is named Jack Daniels so when I was looking for a book that would give me the "Cocktails" for my Full Course Meal, I thought this would be perfect. It fit the category but was not particularly palatable for me. The story is set in Chicago and tells of a serial killer who targets "sluts".This mystery wasn't really a mystery because the reader knows right from the beginning who the bad guy is and what he is thinking and doing. He is vicious and sadistic. The descriptions of his crimes are graphic and frightening. He went after Jack without any real provocation other than the fact that she was in charge of the investigation into the brutal crimes he committed. Character development left something to be desired.I have ready many murder mysteries but these murders are among the most grisly that I've read, (and I have read about the BTK murders). It was sickening to read about the sexual assault of his victims both alive and dead. It truly was frightening so much so that at times I had to put the book away because I couldn't bare anymore. Thriller, yes...entertaining, no. I definitely will not be continuing this series.
allthesedarnbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first in a mystery series starring Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels, Chicago PD detective. Jack is full of one liners, has no love life, gets in brutal bar fights, and suffers from severe insomnia. In short, just the kind of tough-as-nails heroine I like in my crime novels. The mystery itself is okay and the action scenes are heart-pounding. My only problem with the book is that it is very, very grisly, especially the parts that are narrated from the killer's POV. I read a lot of serial killer fiction, and I almost put the book down at several points, saying, "Really? Really? Gross. I can't believe he went there." I'm glad I persevered through to the end, though, because Jack is a great lead. I will definitely be looking for more of this series. Recommended, but not for those who have a weak stomach or delicate sensibilities. Three and a half stars.
mauveberry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story was entertaining and fast paced. I did wish the FBI agents were portrayed as more intelligent. I also wish the book was longer.
PatrickJIV on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Weird, but "stayed on the edge of the seat" thriller. Like the way this guy writes!
Drewano More than 1 year ago
‘Whiskey Sour’ is a fun story which takes us on a case with Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels. The story moves along at a good pace and has a good mix of action and plot development. The characters are interesting and a bit funny at times. While there is some violence it’s not as in your face and gruesome as the ‘Afraid’ series which makes this a more rounded book. I can’t wait to move on in the series!
pamkaye More than 1 year 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.