Rusty Nail: A Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels Mystery
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Rusty Nail: A Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels Mystery (Jack Daniels #3)

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Lt. Jacqueline �Jack� Daniels of the Chicago Police Department is back, and once again she�s up to her Armani in murder. Someone is sending Jack snuff videos. The victims are people she knows, and they share a common trait - all were involved in one of Jack�s previous cases. With her stalwart partner, Herb, hospitalized and unable to help, Jack follows a trail of death thr...more
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Published September 6th 2011 by Brilliance Audio (first published June 28th 2006)
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First thing’s first: Joe Konrath is a very engaging writer. He knows how to keep your attention. He knows how to keep things flowing quickly.

Unfortunately, I’m finding that he also knows how to piss me off.

It was almost a year ago that I read Bloody Mary , the previous book in the Jack Daniels series. I seem to recall liking it quite a bit.

I liked Rusty Nail as well, for similar reasons: Konrath kept me very interested in the plot, and he kept things movin’. But the book also annoyed me because...more
I liked the character well enough & the writing but for me the light-hearted approach clashed horribly with the slasher the serial killer motif and the trail of millions of corpses. OK the body count is not quite into 7 digits but it is ridiculously high and the cops are just not all that bothered. I won't be reading any more (unless I forget of course with my spectacularly poor aged memory!) because I don't much like gruesome serial killer stuff. I prefer my detective novels baddies to prod...more

Rusty Nail
J. A. Konrath
Hyperion, 2006, 292 pps.
ISBN 1-4013-0088-X

Rusty Nail as described by the author is 1 oz Scotch and 1 oz Drambuie that should go down pretty smooth. Most people think of a rusty nail as something to be avoided since stepping on one can cause a lot of pain as well as infection. Rusty nails are used in this book but not in a manner that any sane person could imagine.

Lt. Jack Daniels is back and her life is already like 40 miles of bad road. Her mother is in a coma and has bee...more
About halfway through Rusty Nail, our heroine, Jack Daniels, has the duh moment. You know --the moment when a character says aloud what you the reader are thinking. You know-- that moment towards the end of Die Hard 2 when John McLane's wife asks John, "Why Does this keep happening to us?" Konrath addresses this very cleverly when Daniels wonders to herself if they hand out her address and other vital information in seriel killer school. This is a result as the third novel in this series it seem...more
Steve Vernon

Detective Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels has a problem. It isn’t just that her boss wants her fired. It isn’t just that her overweight partner Herb might be facing colonic cancer. It isn’t that the actress her ex-boyfriend cast to play her in the television he produces is about a baker’s dozen too many dress sizes large for the role. It isn’t that her mother is in a coma and her mother’s cat, Mr. Friskers, is determined to hamstring Jack in both of her ankles. It isn’t any of things problems. It seem...more
Leise Chadwick
Just curious… is anyone aware of a scientific study having been conducted to determine the number of calories burned by reading Rusty Nail, A Jack Daniels Mystery? I am convinced that the calories in the Oreo cookies I consumed during the final pages were immediately obliterated. I think I’m on to something here: The Jack Daniels Diet!

OMGosh! No one is left unscathed in this novel, not even the rat that ran off with… you’ll have to read the novel yourself to find the answer. There are so many tw...more
Kimberly Hicks
Apr 16, 2014 Kimberly Hicks rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mature readers
Recommended to Kimberly by: Bookbub
Shelves: read-on-kindle
Woooooow! The Jack Daniels series never disappoints! The question is what didn't poor Jack have to endure in this third installment of the series?

One thing she learned, just when she thought an old case was closed, it rears its ugly head again to live and breath life. Lieut. Daniels closed the Gingerbread Man case, right? Well, if you thought the psychotic killer was dead, new videotaped murders began popping up on Jack's desk faster than she was able to draw her firearm. People who were instrum...more
I can't believe I got this series for free. Well...I think I may have paid for one of them. Anyway I have loved them so much that I did purchase them on audio. Jack is a single cop pushing...well getting up there and all she has lived her life for is her career. Her mom is in a coma because the Gingerbread Man put her there. In Bloody Mary Jack has to take down the psycho killer, the Gingerbread Man to stop his lunatic tactics.

Jack is so over this case until...wait, McGlade gets married?! This...more
Another enjoyable mystery in the Jack Daniels series. I have been listening to these in the car and while I walk and knit on the treadmill and it really makes my dull comute and my dull treadmill ... dare I say fun?!? Naw. I can't go that far. But it does improve it a few degrees.

In this one Jack faces a case that seems to be linked to her early case of the psycho killer "The Gingerbread Man". The case takes a lot of strange and gruesome twists on the road to "who done it". Meanwhile Jack grapp...more
Police Lieutenant Jack (Jacqueline) Daniels is back on the trail of a sociopathic mass murderer with connections to the gingerbread man from WHISKEY SOUR. She isn’t sure if it is the same person or a copycat. She does know that the victims are primarily people she knew, people connected to the previous case.
The plot has many twists and turns as well as more gory details than I am willing to read. (I skipped those segments.) It also has suspense and humor and kept my interest. One funny scene h...more
Three books in, and yeah, a bit on the typical side for a Daniels' mystery (annoyances with Harry, another psycho going after Daniels personally), but still fun and enjoyable.

Liked how the emotional angst was toned down from the last book. There was some, but not so much it was distracting. When the job needed her, Daniels was focussed on it, and in her down time was when she thought about personal matters., that poor guy can't catch a break. Maybe he'll start genuinely trying to eat...more
Truly awesome stuff; don't let the cheerful-looking cover fool you into thinking that this'll be yet another novel featuring a fashionable, sassy P.I. that is more about her personal love life than an actual mystery. "Rusty Nail" will satisfy even the most jaded fan of the crime genre, and it definitely satisfied this first time reader of J. A. Konrath's books.

One look at the cover and I thought I was going to be reading something along the lines of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, but I...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Well, I've been through 3 of these now and I came closer to dropping the rating on this one than any of the others. Don't worry, I'll say why later. I have a record of saying I like books pretty well and then doing several paragraphs on what I don't like.

Still what I do like and the reason I'm saying with somewhat mediocre 3 star rating is I like the character. Konrath has in his books several things that drive me up the wall, annoy me, and even do what my mom would have called "putting me off"...more
What a book! I had heard about the Jack Whiskey series and believe this is the second (forgive me if I'm wrong on this) in the series. This is a very chilling and gory sleuth story and we follow Jacqueline Daniels as she tries to unravel a series of very brutal murders similar to ones perpetuated by the Gingerbread Man - a character from a previous episode in the series. Even though this book was part of a series, I enjoyed it for what it was and didn't feel I missed much by not reading earlier...more
RUSTY NAIL (Police Procedural-Chicago-Cont) – Poor
Konrath, J.A. – 3rd in series
Hyperion, 2006 – Hardcover
*** The friends of and people know to Chicago Lt. Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels are being targeted for torture and murder by someone connected by the convicted “Gingerman” serial killer.
*** I really did enjoy Konrath’s first two books. But this one left me with a hangover. I love the characters of Jack and her partner Herb, and the humor in the writing. I did get tired of constant description of...more
2.5 stars
The third book in Jack Daniels series bring another psychopath/serial killer related to The Gingerbread Man from book #1. Wow, really, a whole family of psycho?!? Despite the fast-pace (yes, it IS fast-paced, since I finish this within several hours), the serial killer thing is repetitive.

Harry doesn't change his obnoxious way (his mouth starts to bore me). The only humor I find is from the two FBI agents, who I find as stupidly refreshing *grin*. Oh, and the return of Phin, the only c...more
Damn..... This book caught my attention from the very first page, and was so intense that I could not put this book down.
Jack Daniels has her hands full... Her love life sucks, her partner is in the hospital facing surgery, her mother is in a coma, Harry's back to drive her crazy, and she's stuck with the cat from Hell. To top it all off, someone is out there killing people
That has helped Jack with a past crime. Now this person(s) after her. I absolutely love this character and can't wait to st...more
I was a bit surprised that I hadn't run into this series before, given my predilection for tough but sassy women cops & PIs, for lack of a better phrase.

Rusty Nail is my first foray into the world of Lt. Jack (short for Jaqueline) Daniels, a forty-something police detective who cares about her job. She recently nabbed the uber-sadistic Gingerbread Man serial killer, but some recent developments are giving Jack a sense of deja-vu. Someone is delivering horrific snuff videos to her door, compl...more
Apr 28, 2013 Mylene rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Konrath/Kilborn, Strand, and Crouch fans
Shelves: kilborn-konrath

Loved this third installment of the Daniels' books. Konrath once again brings back all our favorite supporting characters. Looking forward to see if Alex somehow escapes and takes on Jack again in a later installment. My only complaint is that Jack should drop the wimpy Latham and pick up with Phineas. Starting the 4th installment immediately.
Zig Sleipnir
The third book in the Lt Jack (Jacqueline) Daniel series, and the one that introduces the psychotic killer Alex Kork. The recurring cast of central characters, which include the delightfully evil cat Mr Friskers, combined with the quirky sense of humor that permeates throughout, make this series an exciting and fun read.
Toni Osborne
Book 3, in the Jack Daniels Mystery

This is a direct sequel to “Bloody Mary” it starts where the plots left off with the investigation into a cult that practices mutilation and posts them as snuff films.

It is evident right from the start that this would have a gory story with plenty of graphic details and enough creepiness to let our imagination do its work. There is enough horror described here to turn our stomach but thank goodness for the cleverness in the way Mr. Konrath has melded humor int...more
I have to say that I've turned the corner on Harry as a character. This one made me kinda dig him. All it took was for Holly to be introduced. (view spoiler)
I love this series!

I love this series!

Jack Daniels is a fantastic female character, tough,tenacious, funny, with just the right amount of vulnerability. I will continue to work my way through all of these books!
Laugh out loud, crazy families of your nightmares, and spunky partners.
Candice Mckinney
Another book in the Jack Daniel's series. This is the best one so far! Jack starts receiving video tapes of people she knows being tortured and killed. There are a lot of twists and turns, good writing!
Another good read & I was a bit surprised considering the reused plot elements, but I enjoyed it. Lots of action & excellent dynamics. I'm looking forward to reading the entire series now.
Brandi Matherly
Love this entire series. I read the first book and couldn't stop. I read the entire series in 4 days. I love the humor mixed in with the suspense and horror.
The best one so far. Love this series - three books, three consistently gruesome killers, loveable characters and snappy, fast paced storyline. Konrath never fails.
Aimee Norcross

it was as gory as some people warned but definitely a great read. I totally enjoyed it cringing and laughing along the way.
In the third installment in the Jack Daniels mystery series, someone's out for blood and causing a whole lot of trouble. It all started with the grotesque videotapes that someone sent to Jack--morbid and disturbing were the words to describe people being murdered on film. When he started to piece together the picture to this wicked mystery, she didn't see this coming. With her mom in a coma and Herb needing surgery, she's on her own for this one. When she discovered there's a shocking connection...more
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JA Konrath writes the occasionally amusing and often frightening Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels thrillers, available in hardcover and paperback from Hyperion and as a spoken word from Brilliance Audio.

The books are a mixture of the humor of Janet Evanovich, Carl Hiaasen, Christopher Moore, but with the scares of James Patterson, Thomas Harris, Patricia Cornwell.

Basically, JA rips off everybody.

In o...more
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