Stirred (Jack Daniels Mystery, #8)
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Stirred (Jack Daniels #8)

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They are the very best at what they do. Peerless. Unmatched.Only fate could bring two such extraordinary people together?or the depraved manipulations of a homicidal criminal who takes lives for the sheer pleasure of watching his victims die.Luther Kite is a monster among monsters, growing increasingly bored with his kills. So he sets his sights on the one adversary who ca...more
Kindle Edition, 504 pages
Published (first published November 22nd 2011)
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A finale to the Jack Daniels series created by Konrath and a finale to the Luther Kite and Andrew Z Thomas by Blake Crouch. I have yet to read any previous books from the series, with a newly found guilt. Whiskey sour, the beginning of The Jack Daniel’s Detective series, has been gathering some undue dust on the shelf and after reading the end line of her career in this novel I only wished to have had a sample of her detective work in upholding the law. The mind of Luther kite is some what one t...more
Hilariously funny one minute, disgustingly gory and scary as hell the next
Full of characters you love to hate, and characters you just hate to love
RIPPER story, totally engrossing,(with emphasis on the GROSS), and full of mega laugh out loud (aka LOL) moments...
Many brilliant plots along the way and hilarious dialogue to die for..!!!... Literally...
Plus a twist at the end that no one will see coming
One of the best books I have read this year
Another masterpiece from Konrath (and Bla...more
Wow. Konrath and Crouch pull out all the stops on this fusion of their serial killer novels with Konrath's Jack Daniels series. It's totally over the top at times, but yet, like a car wreck on the shoulder of the highway, I couldn't look away. I had to keep reading.

I haven't read a lot of Jack Daniels mysteries, maybe three, and I've enjoyed them. There's a certain competency, a workman-like quality to the stories and the writing, that I really admire. I like her as a character, too. She's sort...more

Review originally at Fantasy Book Critic

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Stirred is a book for which both authors have been building up anticipation for their reading audience. The first collaboration between both these authors was “Serial” which was a download bonanza, and was the stepping stone in regards to the unification of their individual written worlds. Following in that direction, the authors soon expanded their collaborative efforts with Serial Uncut, Killers, Birds of Prey, etc… All of these book...more
Kimberly Bettes
It would be cliché to say that Stirred is Konrath & Crouch at their best. After all, when aren’t they at their best? But this is one of their best collaborations, possibly their best to date. The way they brought in all their characters, both villains and heroes, and wove them all together in one story is simply amazing. The fact that it worked so well is a testament to both their writing abilities and their working relationship. Add in the interactive element, and you have a real masterpiec...more
One word. Horrific (and not in a good way).

Everyone who knows me knows I absolutely abhor cliff hangers. They leave me feeling cheated. Having said that, I cannot stress how much I wish the Jack Daniel's series had ended with the previous book's cliff hanger. I really wanted to like this book.

The first half of the book I still don't know why it was there. The only thing I can come up with is it was a marketing experience. I mean what else can it be when two main characters go for a long (chapte...more
Debbi Mack
STIRRED finds (retired) Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels (formerly) of the Chicago Police Department seated not-so-comfortably in the ER with her significant other, Phin, a bank robber-turned-nice guy. Apparently. Jack is, not to put too fine a point on it, preggers out to here. Eight and half months into pregnancy and suffering from preeclampsia. As in pre-eclampsia. Eclampsia being a condition that could kill her and/or her unborn child. So. Not. Cool.

Mid-examination, Jack learns that a so...more
Darcia Helle
This book combines fast-paced action, humor, madness, and edge-of-your-seat, jaw-clenching suspense. It's like driving by a bad accident. You know you shouldn't stare at the gore but you can't help yourself. Jack Daniels is at her best here. She's tough, angry, stubborn, and determined, while doing her best to beat back her softer side. Her sidekick Harry McGlade keeps us chuckling in the midst of the horror. And Luther Kite remains my favorite, twisted psychopath.

The pace is relentless and you...more
A fitting conclusion to the Jack Daniels series. I hadn't read the series by Blake Crouch but I intend to. It was a perfect blending of the two series. Gruesome and exciting beyond anything I could imagine. I liked the way all the loose ends were "tied up" if they really were. I will be sad to not have Jack Daniels in my reading world anymore. Guess I will have to do an occasional reread.
I would definitely recommend this series for fans of horror/thriller mysteries. This one has it all, a like...more
I thought NO ONE could write about Jack Daniels like J.A. Konrath. This latest installment has proved me WRONG. Blake Crouch did a wonderful job with this story - it was impossible to tell who wrote what. Another gritty, gory romp with Jack Daniels and company. I felt like I was at a super creepy family reunion. Thanks for bringing back Mr. Friskers and for adding Duffy the Basset Hound. Well done, Gentlemen!! I will remain a fan of Jack Daniels forever.
Chris Bowsman
I'm a huge Konrath/Kilborn and Crouch fan, and went into this one with ridiculously high expectations. They under promised and over delivered. Everything that's great about the Jack Daniels stuff and the serial killer books is here in spades. Very highly recommended.
When I began STIRRED, I didn't know if I was going to be disappointed or elated over this final installment. I loved both series separately, but equally (I don't like to play favorites) and to be honest, I didn't know if these two grand masters of words could pull it off. I'm sure I won't be the first one (or the last) to say this but, they did. Not only did they deliver on their promise, but managed to do so so in spades.

As we've come to expect from both Crouch and Konrath, there is a lot of gu...more
Stirred is a terrific read. Suspenseful, scary and a delightfully twisted, Stirred features flawed but lovable heroes versus the vilest of villains, whose grotesque acts of depravity are described for the reader in sometimes excruciating detail. Stirred is not for the squeamish, but if you don't mind a little torture between fiends, you'll be fine. Remember - the more vicious the bad guy, the more rewarding the takedown.

I don't know where these guys come up with some of this stuff. I almost fee...more
Kurt Criscione
How to begin... WOW.

Before i even get to the story lets talk technical. Crouch and Konrath have been talking about eBooks being MORE than just a story in digital format but making it more interactive, like DVDs have become. This story combines lines fromover a dozen novels and many many short stories (most of which i still haven't read. That said they have hyperlinked most of the characters and some of the situations in the book. So when you get to a new character you can click on the name (i re...more
All the books featuring Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels are extremely well written and hold your attention with a grip that just won't let go, but I must admit my fed-up-with-violence quotient finally got pushed over the edge about halfway through this one and I almost didn't finish it. Although the authors left the door open for more, Stirred supposedly is the last of the series, and I can't say I'm all that sorry. Lest you think I'm opposed to blood-and-guts gore, far from it; it's just that I'm tot...more
An excellent ending to a mediocre series, and I have to admit had I known what I was getting into, I'd have read SHAKEN and STIRRED and gone on with reading the other works by Konrath and Crouch. Also, I've come to realize that as much as I loved ENDURANCE by Konrath writing as Kilborn, I much prefer Crouch's work. I prefer his writing style and his stories --- I think he's a braver writer, honestly, and I think STIRRED proves just how brave Crouch is willing to be.

I get the Konrath couldn't rea...more
I'm going to go with a solid average for this book. The story was interesting, and the plot/set-up of the villain was creative in a twisted kind of way. It kept me turning pages to see what was going to happen next.

On the down side, the main character, Jack Daniels, is not a sympathetic protagonist. She's really quite unpleasant and selfish most of the time. Now to be fair, this is not even close to the beginning of this series, so perhaps the other novels would have fleshed her out more, so tha...more
I've read a few of Blake Crouch's Luther Kite books and liked them a lot. Dunno why I didn't read them all, he kinda fell off my (admittedly defective) radar. I've read all of J.A. Konrath's Jack Daniels book. When I saw this offering, both of their series regulars merged into one book, I was pretty stoked. Put it on my want lists all over the web until I finally decided to suck it up and buy it on Kindle, when it was pretty cheap.

So glad I did. An excellent read, quickly moving and well written...more
Georgiann Hennelly
I,m a huge fan of Konrath/Kilborn and Crouch. I love Jack Daniels and Harry Mcglade never fails to make me laugh. This book is disgustlingly gory and scary as hell,hilariously funny . Many brillant plots and hilarious dialogue. Full of characters you love to hate and others you just hate to love.I really enjoyed how they brought the characters from other books into Stirred. Especially because Jack is having a high risk pregnancy and it seems as if Luther Kite isn,t done with her yet.If you love...more
Kenneth Funk
This book was one of the worst that I have read in a very long time. I understand that two authors were trying to wrap their respective series and this book did indeed read like two different books. I do not like having to bounce back and forth to try to figure out what was going on since I never read the Luther Kite series, nor did I read the series where Lucy and Donaldson came from.

Two sets of serial killers chasing one retired detective...the Jack Daniels series really should have ended when...more
Jen Walker
What a delightful ending ( if you can use the word delightful & Luther Kite in the same sentence) to the series. I have read the Andrew Thomas series books and really enjoyed them. I haven't read any of the Jack Daniels books but now plan to check those out too. This final installment lives up to the other author's Luther Kite books in that it is very twisted & graphic. If you don't like a bit of gore or disturbing images/scenarios then this is not for you. This novel gripped me from the...more
Sob..... I don't want to be finished! I liked this last chapter of the Daniels/Kite/Thomas saga but I didn't love it. Some parts worked (Donaldson and Lucy, and the fake Luther Kite with the circles of hell), while others didn't (the cemetery scene was lame, and Jack is shown as more lucky than good). As a whole, Konrath and Crouch rock! Someone who likes police procedurals, strong older women characters, horror, and memorable villains needs to read Konrath and Crouch. I, for one, am a big fan!!
Adjectives fail me. This was a stunning finale to the Jack Daniels series by J. A. Konrath and the Andrew Z. Thomas series by Blake Crouch so what one didn't think of the other did! An incredible [age turner, this story had me from the first page and I was on the edge of my seat in no time. That I enjoyed it all makes me wonder how twisted I am.
I was a little afraid that this wouldn't be as good as say Serial, but I'm so glad I was wrong. I devoured this book. It had the humour I was expecting and some surprises. Pretty gross as expected so not for people that are squimish.
Carole Stamps
4.5 Stars.....why? Because there were a few scenes that were "totally" unreal. For example, 1. You don't ward off a grizzly bear by slapping it on the head! 2. You don't give natural child birth, hop off the birthing table and start chasing a serial killer and 3. You don't have 6 hours of major kidney surgery, hop out of bed a day later and continue to chase and hunt down said serial killer.

Okay, all that being said, I LOVE this series, I LOVE this author. And as I do realize the 3 misnomers me...more
I have only one word for this book....'YUCK!"
I received an advance copy of this book from the authors.
It was a very good read. Chilling in parts. Thrilling in parts. Comical in others.
I’ve read all the Konrath Jack Daniels novels and I think this one is one of my favorites.
Luther Kite was an excellent foil to use against Jack. They are quite well matched.
Most of the time when I had to stop reading, I couldn’t wait to get back to it to see what happened next.
In the Kindle version, they used hyperlinks to highlight references to other books...more
Shelly Blackmore
The final installment of the Jack Daniels series was nothing if not amazing. Some of the most horrific, demented, horrible serial killer moves commited in the midst of some of the funniest, laugh out loud scenes - seriously, I don't know how Konrath does this! I'm very sad to know that this is the last we'll see of Jack, Phin, Harry and the gang, but I have to say they went out with a bang! In this book, Jack, 8 1/2 months pregnant and suffering from pre eclampsia is confronted by a serial kille...more
S.A. Hopkins
Book 35 / 100
Book: Stirred (Jack Daniels/Luther Kite Thriller)
Author: J.A. Konrath & Blake Crouch
ASIN: B0050KIRDC / ISBN: 9781612181462
Pages: 505

In the thrilling conclusion to both Konrath’s Jack Daniels series and Crouch’s Andrew Z. Thomas / Luther Kite series the writers pit Konrath’s heroine, Jack Daniels, against Crouch’s villain, Luther Kite in an insane battle and race against the clock.

Jack, heavily pregnant, has been living on a knife edge waiting for Luther to make the move he promi...more
Nikki Wilde
Talk about the serial killer that won't quit. I love the Jack Daniels series and I'm sad to see it coming to and end. I think that is mainly why I read the first 85% of this book with a huge knot in my stomach and a begrudging feeling to just not finish it. That way everything could just stay the same. Yet, all good things must come to an end. Or so I've been told.

Wow a lot of thought went into this finale. So much happened. I feared for Jack the entire time. I loathed Luther. I really love how...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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