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Whiskey Sour (Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels #1)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  10,162 Ratings  ·  986 Reviews
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 pro ...more
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Published June 1st 2005 by Hyperion Books (first published May 12th 2004)
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1. Two ounces Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey Lt. Jacqueline Daniels, hardboiled detective with the Chicago Police Department;

2. One-Half Cup crushed ice horrific, brutal killings;

3. Two-thirds ounce of fresh lemon juice sadistic (and I mean mondo sadistic) serial killer known as the Gingerbread Man;

4. One-half ounce sugar standard supporting cast, including jolly, over-eating partner with heart of gold, and a couple of FBI tosspots who couldn’t find their ass with 10 hands and GPS
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Whiskey Sour is the first book in the Jack Daniels mystery series. Lieutenant Jack Daniels of the Chicago Police Department is an insomniac workaholic who is on the case of a brutal serial killer at work in Chicago. He goes by the name of the Gingerbread Man, and his favorite hobby is taking lives in the most brutal ways possible. Jack has made police work her life, at the expense of her marriage and peace of mind. And now, she’s too set in her ways to change. That same determination has attract ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Jan 15, 2012 Mike (the Paladin) rated it liked it
I finished this a couple of days ago and am just now getting around to reviewing it. In many ways I'd like to give the book more than 3 stars. I like the writing overall and the characters are easy to get to know and have a "real folks" feel that I think can sell a book or series.

Unfortunately there are a few problems with the book that "bug" me personally. The biggest and worst (for me) of these are the extremely graphic murder scenes from the point of view of the killer. (I don't believe this
Vicki Willis
Sep 05, 2016 Vicki Willis rated it really liked it
Shelves: konrath-kilborn, 2016
I can't believe I waited so long to start this series. This was my kind of book. I loved the character of Jack, being both flawed and funny. The book was fast paced and easy to read. The chapters had an alternating POV which I like and the sections written from the Gingerbread Man were tense and suspenseful. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Aug 07, 2012 Noetic_Hatter rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like tough chicks, police procedurals, or thrillers
Five Stars for what it is: A fine, fast-reading hard-boiled pulp detective novel starring a tough female cop.

Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels is a 40-something Detective Lieutanant in Chicago's Violent Crimes unit. She has a hard time with relationships, can't sleep, holds her own in a bar fight, and works herself to the bone. Fans of Kinsey Milhone and her compatriots will recognize Jack. The supporting cast are a bit cardboard, but that's to be expected. You have the goofy FBI agents, the overweight
WHISKEY SOUR (Police Procedural-Chicago-Cont) – VG
Konrath, J.A. – 1st in series
Hyperion, 2004- Hardcover
Lt. "Jack," short for Jacqueline, Daniels can't seem to sustain a relationship. Her partner, Herb, will eat anything, anytime. Together, they are on the hunt for "The Gingerbread Man," a serial killer who tortures women before killing them. Oh, and the FBI profilers think it's a hunchback who likes horses.
*** This was great! The characters are marvelous, the dialogue is crisp and funny, and ye
Oct 23, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
I gave this 4 stars, although it's probably only a 3 star book. It's an entertaining thriller - serial killer tracked by Lt. Jack Daniels, a cop. She's as tough & gritty as any I've read about. The action scenes are well done, dialogue is good & the plot is ample.

I gave this book an extra star because I got it for free from Konrath's site:
I think that's a great way to introduce a series. I've already bought the next 2 books & they're on their way, so the free
Cathy DuPont
Okay, it was ok.

The story was pretty good but what bothered me to no end was how, in the last chapters, all the loose ends were so obviously tied up. Nothing clever, no back end passes, nothing but straight answers to the questions that lingered.

And that was too bad because the storyline was just fine, nothing to write home about but much better than what I've read from nationally known authors. The dialog was great, no complaints there at all.

I'm continuing the series based first on the dial
Lisa Kay
(This is a review of the audiobook.) Nicely narrated by Susie Breck (female voices) and Dick Hill (male voices). I liked this method, as it worked well with the book, since we get the female detective's first person POV and the villain's thoughts. The psycho was a little too sick for me, so I skim-read some of those chapters instead of listening; however, I'll continue with the series. Fast listen and well paced. It kept me up until the wee hours reading and listening. ...more
Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated"
Book Club Selection for the J.D. Robb group.

Another wonderful "new to me" detective discovery. I very much like "Jack" Daniels. She's got a great attitude and sense of humor. It was an interesting format going back and forth from Jack's to the killer's POV. At one point, it was gritty and dark and violent, and, then, we're back to Jack's pov which is at turns detecting and police procedural and then also action and comedy.

I can't wait to move on in the books.
Whiskey Sour
4 Stars

Lieutenant Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels (yes, yes that’s her name), is a seasoned Chicago detective investigating a series of horrific murders of young women committed by a killer calling himself the Gingerbread Man. Once Jack takes over the case, the killer becomes obsessed with her and things become a lot more personal.

***Beware: short rant ahead***
The only strike against this book is the derisive and dismissive attitude toward the FBI. Whether the author likes it or not (and h
Jerry Grahs
Konrath delivers us a 40 something cop, Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels. Daniels is a Lieutenant in 'Violent Crimes Unit' in Chicago. Konrath mentions Chicago landmarks but we never get much of a sense of the city itself. Daniels is chasing a nasty serial killer that is into mutilating women and then leaving a 'present' deep inside their bodies. The plot inches along and while a few of the characters are interesting, Konrath keeps hitting the same notes and punchlines over and over again. There is the ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
This is a muscular mystery, Book One in a series. There is a huge current of cynical dark humor, and it is omnipresent in most of the characters. In my opinion, while it asserts a common tone and is entertaining to read, too many characters possess this single voice. The exceptions, the psychopath serial killer and the FBI, have extreme voices as well, so it would be fair to say this writer is not nuanced. However, it is not overly graphic, but hello, this is about a crazy sadistic killer of wom ...more
Aug 29, 2016 Cait rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wobble2016
Enjoyable read. From the description, I was expecting something a little more lighthearted but this is definitely a heavy murder mystery. Fair amount of gore as well, which doesn't bother me in the least, but again, was surprising.

I didn't enjoy the constant fat jokes. I think we were supposed to take away that Jack was so close with her partner that she could say things like that and they were okay. But really it just kind of made the author look like a jackass.

Also the Profilers for the FBI we
Brian redman
Jun 28, 2007 Brian redman rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 18+
Fear and humor. That's what this book mixes. Basically, our heroine, Jacqueline Daniels, becomes the target of a sadistic killer after she begins investigating his crimes. He goes by the name, The Gingerbread Man, because he leaves clues in the wounds of his victims. It's a cat and mouse game but that's not what makes this book interesting. Really, it's the witty and snappy dialogue that makes this book a page turner. The book balances beautifully between disgusting descriptions and comedic mome ...more
Jan 04, 2012 Lee rated it really liked it
When an author comes up with Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels as a name for his heroine, your pretty sure your in for some laughs. Our mid forties, dedicated cop with her sharp witty comments, down on her luck personal life, only adds to this fast entertaining debut. Add in a psychopathic killer that has Jack in his sights, and you get a well mixed thriller.
A blurb on the back of the book, states it well... "Konrath is Hiaasen with teeth." I concur. Will definitely continue on with this series.
Jordan Anderson
Nov 13, 2011 Jordan Anderson rated it it was amazing
I’m not usually a fan of the police/detective novel. Regardless of characters, or plot twists, or writing skills (both good and bad), this genre seems to be the same. Good cop, dealing with inner demons gets caught up in what seems an unsolvable case only to figure out the killer in the last few chapters of the book.

Thankfully, Konrath’s Jack Daniels is not your typical cop, nor is “Whiskey Sour” your typical crime/detective novel.

Sure there are a few of the aforementioned cliches (Daniels has i
Mar 23, 2009 Gina rated it really liked it
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Connie (Ava Catherine)
Although there are a few very graphic, violent scenes in this book, I managed to push past those. The main detective, Jack Daniels, is the reason the book is so compelling. I like that Jack is mature, independent, flawed, sassy, and stubborn. Daniels's character is the reason this book is not just another serial killer/detective novel.
Alexandra Engellmann
Apr 24, 2015 Alexandra Engellmann rated it it was amazing
Have been following the author for some time, taking inspiration from his blog as a new author, and now I finally got to read his books. Wasn't disappointed a bit, even though I'm not a fan of the genre and don't like gore (take it too deeply and end up feeling a bit depressed). However, the witty style and sarcastic dialogues helped to balance the dark parts seen from the killer's POV. I ended up even a little big attached to the killer, and this proves how well developed the characters were in ...more
Larry Bassett
This is the first book in a series that began in 2004 about a tough female homicide detective. You can’t tell from the initials but the author is male. If I had a choice I would pick a woman to write about a woman detective. But I chose this because the cute (I thought) title has been on my list since I began reading mystery series several years ago and the new Kindle edition is available free on my new Kindle Paperwhite.

So I thought I was getting into a fun and fluff summer read. Wrong. So wron
If I'm going to be honest (and why not?) I'm giving this four stars in spite of skipping half the chapters. The chapters alternate POV, split between the cop Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels and the serial killer "The Gingerbread Man". I don't want to get inside the killer's head. That only leads to nightmares for me. If the writing hadn't been so clever, I might have decided to skip the whole thing, but it really was. Konrath creates a heroine in Jack Daniels who is everything you'd want in a protagon ...more
Jan 20, 2013 Renee rated it it was amazing
Now that was satisfying. Alas! A new series to pursue. And just in time, since I don't know if I will ever see Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone again. I will miss her. But Jack Daniels (short for Jacqueline), will help fill the yawning hole in my reading life. If you can't get past the too-clever name, she's a wry, emotionally stunted, workaholic, forty-something police lieutenant. She is a violent crimes detective. She's got enough experience to be equal parts circumspect, bitter, and funny. Lucky ...more
Chris Lowry
Apr 06, 2016 Chris Lowry rated it really liked it

Have you read Whiskey Sour yet? I grabbed a copy recently and pulled it up on Kindle. I know JA Konrath, Joe, through his blog where he advocates for new authors and disrupting the publishing industry and wanted to read his books. Turns out, he's a damn good writer. Maybe not Hemingway-esque or Dickensian, but definitely a fun read. And if that's your bag of tea, reading books because they make you smile, then you need to download this book and read it too.
I've studied Joe's blog because of the
David Church
Oct 17, 2016 David Church rated it it was amazing
This book was a page turner! Normally I am not into the mystery/thriller genre of literature. Whiskey Sour (which is one of my favorite drinks) was able to keep me guessing and changing the plot around. I really liked the way the characters had so much depth to them, even minor secondary characters you felt like you could really visualize them in your mind and connect to them. Konrath really nailed the Jack Daniels character, what a great protagonist.
Rick F.
Mar 18, 2011 Rick F. rated it it was amazing
What a funny and witty romp of a novel- up there with Hiaasen and Shames- JA Konrath surpasses Dorsey with his novel- full of wacky characters and never a dull moment plots- this book is perfect for the reader who wants to smile,laugh and read great writing!!!

Feb 02, 2016 Krissy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any fans of the Stephanie Plum series
**2015 Reading Challenge W/Josh: #10 A Mystery Or Thriller**

What a fast, fun and hilarious read! I was LOL-ing throughout the entire book! I really liked Jack. I could easily see myself hanging out with her. I'll definitely be checking out the rest of this series!
Jul 08, 2009 Terri rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Jack Daniels is the kind of cop I like and her determination to catch the Gingerbread Man. Konrath was excellent in making Jack a strong,likeable character and I will defintiely read more!
This is my favorite series of audiobooks simply because I love the narrators (yes two of them!) so much. I'm also completely smitten by the utter terror that abounds in each book. This is definitely not for the squeamish - there are very graphic details.

This is the first book in the Lt. 'Jack' Daniels series and follows Jack and her partner Herb as they hunt down a serial killer known as The Gingerbread Man. I find this series especially appealing because the characters are real from the moment
Jan 02, 2011 Johnny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Whiskey Sour is a mystery that fits into one of those series where the titles are a clever gimmick. The protagonist is Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels, a detective with the Chicago Police Department, and because of the nickname based on her married name, all of the titles are names of cocktails. I have no objection to such a naming convention. After all, I love Martha Grimes’ series based on the names of British pubs or inns, Tim Cockey’s series entitled via word play based on switching “horse” and “h ...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.

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"Heart attack?"
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