Dirty Martini (Jack Daniels Mystery, #4)
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Dirty Martini (Jack Daniels Mystery #4)

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The latest "entertaining," "tangy," and "hilarious" Jack Daniels mystery from Anthony, Macavity, and Gumshoe Award finalist J.A. KonrathIn Whiskey Sour, Chicago police Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels hunted down a killer dubbed "The Gingerbread Man." In Bloody Mary, she busted a psychopath with a penchant for dismemberment. In Rusty Nail, it was a serial killer with a...more
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published July 3rd 2007 by Hyperion (first published June 27th 2007)
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Another of the "can't put it down" Konrath books, although I'll continue to say it's hard to believe the characters are able to withstand so much physical abuse (especially at their ages) and plod on almost as usual. But these books do keep you on the edge of your seat till the very end - I think I have yet to take more than two days to finish one on my Kindle (after Christmas, my Kindle Fire), and I don't have all that much time to spend reading. And almost as an aside, like Janet Evanovich in...more
Toni Osborne
Book 4, in the “Jack” Daniels Mystery series

I am fast becoming a huge fan of this series. As in the previous novels, the story unfolds at a good clip, kept me on the edge of my seat with nail biting action, subtle suspense and a page turning thrill ride till the very last page. If you haven’t read the previous installments no need to worry, you will not get lost in the back story the little there is is well balanced to put everyone at easy and be comfortable with the characters and their interac...more
Dirty Martini, book 4 in the Jack Daniels series, was my favorite. After a bit of a disappointment with Rusty Nail, Konrath is back in great form with this story. Chicago is being terrorized by the Chemist, a criminal using poisons to kill at random. When the task force is assembled, Jack finds herself in the lead- with one small drawback. Her partner Herb has requested and received a transfer out of homicide. Working on her own, Jack must find the Chemist before the casualties reach catastrophi...more
Mike (the Paladin)
What I'm having here is another one of those "here we go again" moments. I've read all these books (up to this one I mean) and like them...in a way. Still i can't bring myself to rate any of them higher than 3 (I'd really say almost 3.5 but of course we don't don't have half star system). Why?

There are things in each book that either annoy, bother or frustrate me. Sometimes I'm so frustrated I think I may need to double up on my blood pressure medication.

First, while I like the character of Jac...more
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Again, Konrath opens the book with an introduction that kind of gives you a warning about what's ahead. In this case, it didn't distract me from the main story line as the one in Rusty Nail did.

This book has four premises relating to the antagonist I always have a hard time buying into:
1/ He has the money and other resources to obtain everything needed for his twisted plan.
2/ He is so thorough in his planning he has every possible contingency covered.
3/ He never makes a mistake.
4/ He constantly...more
Another fun read from Konrath. Jack just keeps getting tougher all the time & has the competition to match. This case was interesting & scary. It could happen all too easily. I look forward to the next!
Okay, am I tired of Kornath's detective running into criminal masterminds? Yes. Was this one a bit different than the first three? Yes.. just enough to keep me tuned in to the further adventures of Lt. Jaqueline (Jack) Daniels and her gang of offbeat characters. In this segment, Jack is after a guy who calls himself the chemist and is poisoning food, etc. with botulism and setting traps for the police that include chemical warfare and even bombs. We finally find a villain with a reason to kill o...more
Homicide Lieutenant Jack Daniels has plenty on her mind. Her boyfriend just proposed; her partner’s been transferred, at his request, to Robbery; and she finds a letter from her mother telling her that her dad isn’t dead after all. To make matters worse, a psychopath who calls himself the Chemist is going around Chicago poisoning food supplies and people are dropping like flies. Jack’s tagged to lead the task force and ultimately becomes targeted by the Chemist. She manages to survive several at...more
Grade: A
Summary from the Book:
Homicide Lieutenant Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels is in some serious trouble. Her boyfriend wants to get married. Her partner wants to transfer to another department. Her dead father may not be dead after all. And a brilliant sociopath known as the Chemist is poisoning Chicago’s food supply, killing hundreds of people.

Plus: Jack Daniels is one of the hardest, most admirable heroines in crime fiction today, and I find myself attached to her fast-paced, manic action-fill...more
Barbara Z.
I have yet to read a Joe Konrath book that I don't love. The Jack Daniels series, of which this is the 4th, MUST be read in order, but are so fun and easy to read that I'm having a wonderful time devouring them on my Kindle. I think Lt. Jaqueline "Jack" Daniels is my second favorite series, after Repairman Jack (something in a name?) by F. Paul Wilson. And a Wilson/Konrath collaboration introduced me to Konrath in the first place!

If you enjoy wild and wacky crime fiction, Carl Hiaasen, Robert Cr...more
Llona Cunningham
Have to quit without finishing. The story is good, and I am a fan of protagonist Jack Daniels. But the book's formatting (fancy characters at the top of each chapter) conflicting with Kindle's text-to-speech has worn me out. I need to move forward to one that works.
May 11, 2013 Mylene rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All Konrath/Kilborn fans and anyone who is looking for a new horror/thriller writer to try.
Shelves: kilborn-konrath
Another Hit!!!! When I first started reading the 4th book in the Jack Daniels series, I thought I was going to be disappointed with the villain. How wrong was I? Konrath has created another page-turning thrill ride. All your favorite characters have returned in this novel to help Jack save the day. The only negatives for me were that I still don't buy into Latham Conger as the man for Jack, and I found the capture of the villain to be a little lacking after such an adventure throughout the book....more
I've never read Konrath before, and picked this one up at the store on a whim even though it isn't the first in the series. I'm glad I did; I had no trouble getting to know and like the characters, and there was no feeling of having jumped in at the middle.

The mystery was solid, and having adopted Chicago as my town more than 20 years ago, I always enjoy Chicago settings when they're done well (Konrath does it well). I'm looking forward to starting the series at the beginning.
Mar 05, 2014 Maria added it
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Although the death and destruction element remains almost more than I can take, I actually found some of this book funny, unlike the previous three. Perhaps Konrath is finding his stride. The emphasis on Jack's clothing doesn't appeal. I could care less about who designed and made her clothes, and I find it distracting to have it mentioned. Clothes are clothes. Shoes are shoes. On Jack they usually get destroyed anyway. The addition of Jack's father as a character was interesting. Rick, less so....more
I'd finished working out. And it's damn hard to motivate myself considering I'm in my forties but being a Chicago PD means I need to stay on top of my game - especially with male colleagues that would rather bed me than arrest some crazed punk threatening lives in the Windy City.

I was wired after the work out but my shift didn't start for another 4 hours. Should I read a book or watch QVC and get my shopping fix for the morning? Luckily I picked up Dirty Martini so it would be easy to do both....more
Mixed feelings on this one. On one hand I liked it better than the last Jack Daniels story - at least from what I remember (it's been awhile since I read Rusty Nail). I basically remember being easily distracted while reading it. On the other hand, it feels a bit deja vu-ish to me. Jack, our gruff, sarcastic, fits in with the boys club, female lead character is once again chasing a diabolical criminal mastermind/mass murderer. The absolute constant "smarter than your above average cop until almo...more
This was the first book of the series that I have read. Part Janet Evanovich, part Patricia Cornwell, this one is really freaky with humor mixed in. I plan on reading more.
Mike French
Another book in the Jack Daniels series that I really enjoyed! Looking forward to reading "Fuzzy Navel".
Another quick read in this series. This time it's a poisoner, but some of the descriptions of victims' deaths are still pretty gruesome. At least it's a change of pace, though.

The love plot has officially become EXACTLY LIKE Lindsay Boxer's in James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series. I mean, really. I didn't really care then, and I don't really care now, with Jack Daniels. The characters are rather similar in general but if I had to give one the edge, it would be Jack.

Lots of disposable cha...more
There won't be any spoilers, but I am going to mention a few occurances without giving any detail. This is, without a doubt, the most humorous JD book yet. I found myself laughing out loud in a few parts, especially when Jack has a unplanned meeting with some very large cockroaches! It was hilarious, I dare you not to laugh. We are introduced to a few more characters, such as an extremely odd traffic cop on a scooter who has an unnatural magnetism to animal feces and is himself not a very good d...more

Dirty Martini
J. A. Konrath
Hyperion Books, 2007, 282 pps
ISBN No. 10: 1-4023-0279-3
ISBN No. 13: 978-1-4013-0279-5

Jack Daniels is up against an unseen killer in Dirty Martini. A man that calls himself “The Chemist” is injecting poisons into almost anything he can get his hands on. He targets grocery stores, restaurants, public places and death follows wherever he goes.

Latham is getting serious and wants to get married but Jack gets called away before she can answer yes or no to his proposal.

S.A. Hopkins
Book 31 / 100
Book: Dirty Martini (Jack Daniels Mystery #4)
Author: J.A. Konrath
ASIN: B00BB2ECFK / ISBN: 978-1401302795
Pages: 316

Chicago police Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels is back, and this time she's up against her toughest, and possibly scariest, adversary yet!

A sicko calling themselves "The Chemist" is spreading poison into the city's food supplies at random. But that's just the start of what they have planned. With her trusty partner, Herb, switching departments to end his career in t...more
Kat Lebo
Another fun, fast read. This book, "Dirty Martini," is the 4th book in the Jack Daniels mystery series. As I found the others to be, it was a fun, action packed ride, with Lt. Jacqueline Daniels racing to save herself, her boyfriend/fiance, and the entire Chicago area from a wiley and determined killer.

In the Introduction, prior to the start of the novel, J.A. Konrath makes a statement. He says:

"I wrote Dirty Martini knowing it wouldn't have any blood in it. After Rusty Nail, which was sort of...more
I still am not sure why I keep reading these ones. I don't think they are great or even good, just ok. I think the reason why is that there is so much potential and I keep waiting for the books to reach it. Plus there are usually a couple of scenes that redeem the book for me.

This time around we spent waaaaaay to much time with Harry, who I secretly keep hoping will die a horrible death which would be fitting for him, but sadly has yet to happen. His antics in each book just drive me crazy!!

In Dirty Martini, Police Lieutenant Jacqueline Daniels, commonly known as Jack Daniels, is pursing someone who is on a huge killing spree. A note from the killer, who calls himself “The Chemist,” says he will stop if they give him $2 million.““This isn’t terrorism. I’m not some dumb Islamic fundamentalist. I’m a venture capitalist. I’m investing in fear and death. Pay me or I’ll branch out.” Many of the victims are involved with the police department and die as the result of traps set to kill th...more
Nick Kelly
Author J.A. Konrath knows exactly what he’s doing.

With three great rounds under his belt already, Konrath steps up to the tee box the way Tiger Woods does on a Sunday, and hits the longest, straightest drive anyone could expect. Dirty Martini is the fourth installment in the Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels detective series. The Chicago Homicide Detective has previously gone toe-to-toe with serial killers, psychopaths and revenge artists. This time around, she’s matching wits with a serial poisoner ca...more
Oct 09, 2013 Jen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
No one thinks twice about picking up a few items at the grocery store, buying a candy bar from a vending machine, or eating out at a restaurant, but in Chicago, no food supplier is immune to “the chemist”. He’s made it his mission to poison and kill as many people as possible, specifically cops. Police Lieutenant Jacqueline Daniels needs all her resources to stay on top of this case. Only her long-time partner Herb just transferred from homicide to robbery leaving Jack to babysit a
rooky. To mak...more
With a name like "Dirty Martini" and a female protagonist named Jack Daniels, could be fun, right?

Well, it was fun enough. I might even read another one. I was a couple chapters in when I read a paragraph about Jack's sexual thoughts about her boyfriend and thought “oh, this author must be a dude.”

It may be wrong of me to assume off the bat that a female protagonist means a female author, but that’s what I do. A glance at the cover didn’t help, since the author is J.A. something. But a visit to...more
Homicide Lieutenant Jacqueline ?Jack? Daniels is in some serious trouble. Her boyfriend wants to get married. Her partner wants to transfer to another department. Her dead father may not be dead after all. And a brilliant sociopath known as the Chemist is poisoning Chicago's food supply, killing hundreds of people. Jack is put in charge of the case. But how do you catch someone who is always in disguise, who ingeniously spreads toxins in restaurants, grocery stores, and fast-food places without...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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