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Rusty Nail (Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels #3)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  5,896 Ratings  ·  445 Reviews
Lee Child, David Morrell, and M.J. Rose all agree: Jack Daniels is the one to watch! Anthony Award finalist J.A. Konrath's latest novel featuring the feisty female police detective serves up another thrillerLt. 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 victi ...more
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published July 5th 2006 by Hyperion (first published June 28th 2006)
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May 24, 2015 Luffy rated it liked it
When people have the need to experience something funny, the lucky ones would simply talk to their boyfriends or girlfriends or spouses. Some others, if they aren't feeling creative, would sit back and watch reruns of Friends or Seinfeld. The bookish ladies, maybe, would take out their favorite or unread copies of Stephanie Plum. I myself, being let down somewhat by what youtube has to offer on the promise(Louis CK standup, Honest Trailers, Stsanders etc), opted weirdly for the third book of ...more
May 11, 2012 Alazzar rated it liked it
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
Leise Chadwick
Mar 23, 2013 Leise Chadwick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 07, 2016 Margaret rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the character well enough & the writing but for me the light-hearted approach clashed horribly with the slasher 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 produce ...more
Loving this series so far!
Alexandra Engellmann
May 11, 2015 Alexandra Engellmann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: irritating
Actually, it's one big spoiler.

I rated the first book in the series 5 stars even though there were things that didn't seem realistic/logical. But in this one they hit the whole new level, so even though I'm a fan of Mr. Konrath's style and I instantly fell in love with the characters in the first book, I just can't give this one 5 stars. The mystery was too obvious, the characters were a caricature, and I began to dislike Jack.
The worst thing, most of the time I was
Steve Vernon
Jun 05, 2013 Steve Vernon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, adventure

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
Mar 12, 2008 Patricia rated it it was amazing

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
Nov 05, 2010 David rated it liked it
Shelves: completed
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 ...more
Jan 09, 2014 Hannah rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Susan Anderson
Horror that stuns, humor that delights, action that surprises

A brilliantly contrived horror-thriller. Craft is outstanding. This January 2013 kindle edition of RUSTY NAILS is a perfect read on a cold and rainy, the usual Chicago spring day.

Blood and gore is over the top. Humor is great. Characters are unique--totally grinned at Lorna and Bud. Action is furious and I loved the ending.

But it's a Jack Daniels, so what's not to like? For all its over-the-top action thriller-chiller gore, Jack Daniel
Apr 28, 2013 Mylene rated it it was amazing
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.
Mary Beth
Nov 18, 2016 Mary Beth rated it really liked it

I love this series! This is the third book in the Jack Daniels Mystery series.
The heroine of this series is Lieutenant Jacqueline ‘Jack’ Daniels, second generation Chicago homicide cop, age 46, looks younger, dresses nice by shopping smart, and has a self confessed smart mouth. Her life isn’t looking all that good either. Her mother, the first generation homicide cop, is in a hospice facility in a coma Jack blames herself for. Her partner, Herb Benedict, her strong right had and friend is about
Jan 09, 2014 Judie rated it really liked it
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
Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 17, 2012 Mike (the Paladin) rated it liked it
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"
Dec 28, 2015 Ade rated it really liked it

German title: Die Psychopathen.

This is my first book from this series and it was a genuine page-turner. It was not the perfect thriller and the twist was predictable from a million miles away, but Konrath counterbalanced with funny characters and an entertaining plot. Not only once I found myself laughing when I should have been scared or worried for the characters. For the first time in the history of thriller and crime fiction, the detective actually called for backup before entering the hou
Jun 28, 2013 Angela rated it really liked it
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
Randee Baty
GRAPHIC VIOLENCE WARNING. Ok, you have been warned. I was warned by the author (thanks Mr. Konrath, I really do appreciate it!) that this book has the most graphic violence in the series. Having been warned, I was able to blip over sections where that violence occurred. It was pretty easy to see them coming. So why would I even read a book with stuff I don’t like in it? Well, I really wanted to know what happens to Jack. I was starting to get fairly invested in her after the first two books, and ...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
Kimberly Hicks
Apr 16, 2014 Kimberly Hicks rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 04, 2013 David rated it it was amazing
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
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
Laurel Heidtman
Aug 18, 2015 Laurel Heidtman rated it really liked it
Jack Daniels is a great character. I enjoyed the first two books in the series and I enjoyed this one, in spite of the fact that I often winced and squinted at the words through half-shut eyes, all the while thinking that J.A. Konrath is one twisted dude! :-)

I never mind graphic violence or descriptions of the aftermath of violence in books/movies/TV shows, but even I have a hard time reading parts of Konrath's books. When he paints evil, he paints it with colors so bright, it's hard to take. Bu
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
Harry McGlade is getting married?! Who would marry him? Oh yeah, Holly. She's just as annoying as Harry. Jack can't get away from either one fast enough, but now she has to be Harry's best man. On top of that....The Gingerbread man is back! Kinda. This time, we get the whole crazy family.

Just like the previous books, this one has enough gore and violence to creep you out and make you double check your closets (damn closets!). But Jack's humor and sarcasm balances it out and allows you to contin
Jun 04, 2014 Yvonne rated it it was amazing
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
Chelsealuv Krigbaum
Jul 06, 2014 Chelsealuv Krigbaum rated it liked it
The 3rd book to this series and I think the most gruesome story. I don't mind reading murder mystery books but this book boarders on to much for me. I'm going to read the next book but if it continues with the same story line I think it will be my last and I will have to put an end to me and Jack Daniels. But I will miss the Mean as Hell cat though.
Dec 22, 2013 Sieglinde rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 21, 2014 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
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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
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Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels (10 books)
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