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Whiskey Sour (Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels #1)

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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. Between avoiding the FBI and its moronic pro ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 292 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Hyperion (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
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 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)
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
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Derrick
Aug 07, 2012 Derrick rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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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
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LJ
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
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Jim
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:
http://www.jakonrath.com
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
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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
aPriL eVoLvEs
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
Brian redman
Jun 28, 2007 Brian redman rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Lee
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
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
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Gina
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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
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
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Kwoomac
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
Alexandra Engellmann
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
Renee
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
Rick F.
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!!!

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Johnny
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
Jess
I've been waiting to read this book for a few months now, but it was always checked out at the library. I finally got a hold of it, and I finished it in about 3 hours. It was a really quick and entertaining read. The main character is named Jack Daniels and she is a lieutenant in the Chicago PD. She is a dedicated officer with insomnia who is pretty much married to her job. Her job at the moment is to find the man who calls himself The Gingerbread Man. He left his calling card on the dead body o ...more
Angela
Comparing Jack Daniels to Stephanie Plum is an insult. Daniels would eat Plum for breakfast. She's extremely competent, funny, able to take care of herself, and she manages it all without relying on men she's sleeping with. I also really liked that she's never mentioned as being beautiful. She's in her 40s, and has the lines and gray hair to prove it. I'm not saying women in their 40s can't be attractive - I'm saying it's refreshing to read a book where men aren't falling all over the lead becau ...more
Connie N.
Although this may not be considered a cozy mystery by some because of the gruesomeness of the murders, I've put it in this category because of the wonderful character building that is done in this book. Lieutenant Jack Daniels (Jacquelyn) is a funny, self-deprecating, capable detective who is involved in a deadly series of murders and is drawn intimately into the crime wave when the killer becomes obsessed with her. Throughout the book, she has to deal with an amusing bunch of secondary characte ...more
Desert Rose
Lieutenant Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels is having such a bad week.

1. A serial killer in Chicago is on the loose, killing women and mutilating them, then displaying them for the public to see his handicraft. Leaving a gingerbread cookie as a calling card.

2. She gets dumped by her boyfriend

3. She has chronic insomnia that will drive her mad.

Then the Feds get involved with the help of their 'Vicki' and profiling, and Jack's partner Herb is pushing her to start having a life outside the force, he th
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Krissy
Apr 18, 2015 Krissy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any fans of the Stephanie Plum series
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!
Jennifer
The first in the Jack Daniels Mystery series.

I downloaded this to listen to in the car and on the treadmill. It was good enough that I spent an hour on the treadmill today so I could finish it. (Who would have thought?)

I love the dry humor and the bad puns sprinkled throughout the story. The mystery was exciting and at times bloody (hard to tread mill while the psycho killer was ranting on and on - not a nice person.)

If Stephanie Plum had a cop mom and grew up without the benefit of Jersey hai
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Donna
Whiskey Sour by J. A Konrath is the first in the series set in Chicago with homicide detectives Lt. Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels and her partner Herb searching for a serial killer called The Gingerbread Man.

Written almost 10 years ago, the tough persona Jack displays was not uncommon for a woman trying to advance in a male dominated field and her easier going partner Herb was a good balance. There are a few clichés and a some things that date the book but it is an interesting combination of humor a
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Darcy
I have been really looking forward to this book, but have to say that for the first 3/4 of it I was just meh... about it. Jack was such a ball busting b$tch and not very likeable. The only things that kept me reading was I liked the interaction with her and her partner. Her life seems to be a disaster which was sort of fun to read. Her going high as a kite on pain killers to the dating agency was probably a good thing as it make her more likeable.

I will be checking out the next book, just not r
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Luffy Monkey D.
I had shifted the focus from thrillers and after a stuttering start with experimenting with Fantasy books, I came to the conclusion that maybe I should halve my reading time and do other things. I mean if the biggest names in the genre were not doing much for me, maybe thrillers or Fantasy are simply not my cup of tea.

Despite all this, I had a hunch that Whiskey Sour would be a good enough read. See, I've been a visitor to J.A. Konrath's blog, and I thought, if he could devote his lampooning a
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Ctgt
I really debated between 3 or 4 stars here. I loved the main character and the surrounding cast, but I am getting somewhat weary of the serial killer thing. I went with four because I really liked the "Jack Daniels" character. You see plenty of middle aged male characters in crime fiction, but not so many females. At least, not too many that aren't in some branch of the medical field.
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