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Shot of Tequila (Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels #6.5)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  1,451 ratings  ·  112 reviews
Several million bucks, stolen from the mob...

All caught on video, with no chance of redemption...

Now one man must face the entire Chicago Outfit, a group of hardened Mafia enforcers, a psychotic bookie, the most dangerous hitman on earth, and Detective Jacqueline Daniels...

His name is Tequila. And he likes
Kindle Edition, 270 pages
Published April 12th 2009
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Sharon Michael
I liked this very much, liked the introduction to Jack Daniels as the detective and found the 'bad guy' character likeable/interesting as well.

Plot typically mob/bad guys with one of the bad guys being framed by another of the bad guys and his life goes downhill from there, but he is capable of coping. I found the interaction between the two protagonists interesting, female cop shut out by male colleagues and the bad guy avenging himself on his mob employers.

Breakneck speed action, bloody and no
This is a good solid thriller from Konrath.

The main character is Tequila Abernathy, who stands accused of stealing money from his boss. Events take a tragic turn for Tequila and he vows to find out who really stole the money and exact revenge on those responsible. This book includes the first appearance of Jack Daniels who is the cop on his trail.

There's plenty of action, a likeable but flawed central character and plenty of baddies. A really enjoyable straightforward read.
T.W. Barton
This is the only book I ever had to force my self to stop reading in bed because my pulse was pumping so fast I would never get to sleep. It is like main lining adrenaline.

They say short people have no reason well don't let Tequila hear you say that because in this book short people got reason!

I have to say I am surprised by some of the negative reviews on Amazon. They seem to be about the content and less about the story line or writing. One reviewer said they quit after 20 pages. Hardly the ba
Joe Hempel
I started reading Serial Killers Uncut by JA Konrath and Blake Crouch, and while reading, I decided that when there was a section that said "This book takes place after these events" I decided to read the book, then go back to Serial Killers.

This was the first book mentioned in the Serial Killers Uncut.

I'll be honest I was expecting to hate Tequila, I was expecting him to be sinister, horrible, and terrible.

I was wrong...I think most people would have done the same brutal acts as he did to prote
T. B.
Truth be told, I was somewhat skeptical when first picking up (i.e. downloading) Shot of Tequila by J.A. Konrath. Just like so many people, I have been following his blog for about a year now but had never read any of his books. Yes, he has made a living off of his sizable list of novels and whatnot, but that doesn’t mean he’s a good writer. Look at Stephanie Meyers (in my most humble of opinions). Making money does not mean you are good at the craft, just fortuitous, coming along at the correct ...more
A pulp style thriller fest first and police procedural second. A SHOT OF TEQUILA reads like classic Elmore Leonard; punchy dialogue, endearing and humours characters, breakneck storytelling, and crafty plotting. The lead character in Tequila is a one man wrecking ball condensed in an unassuming yet hardened small stature. A former Olympic gymnast and now hired gun, Tequila is pitted against his employer, Marty the Maniac, after being framed for stealing a Super Bowl payday. Welcome to a world of ...more
A shot of Tequila is an interesting romp about an anti-hero named Tequilla who lives by his own moral code and a cop named Jack Daniels chasing him. The fast paced book is a quick read and well plotted. There is very little backstory and mostly it's a revenge novel. If you're looking for a quick and easy, linear shoot em up and kill the bad guys book, this will work for you. I haven't read other JA Konrath books, but I know this one was pretty good. Just don't expect in depth characters, flashba ...more
Violence alert! I’ve read Konrath’s Jack Daniels series, so I know he can sling blood and gore with the best of them. This is without a doubt the most unrelentingly vicious book I’ve read by him—particularly the pit bull scene. Don’t read it if you have a sensitive stomach. I can swallow almost anything, but I found myself doing the girly “eeeuuuuww!” hand flap more than once.
Amber Adamchuk
Wow... I am really glad that I emailed Konrath and asked him what order his books were to be read in and went backwards (yep all the list miss this book) This is the first of the Jack Daniels books. And truly worth reading! In this book you start to feel for the "bad guy" and want to help him in his journey of revenge! Also proves that even the little guy can kick a$$, and have Heart.
Stephanie Wolf
Sometime you choose a book from the way the cover looks, sometimes it’s the title. In this case, the title caught my attention. In addition, the mystery genre added to it.

Mobsters, crime bosses, loan sharks-the type of people you don’t double cross. Tequila worked for them, collecting monies due. Super Bowl is always a big pay day. Who would dare to rob the boss of the biggest take of the year? The butterfly tattoo on Tequila’s hand would make one think it’s Tequila, but he was somewhere else, o
I've read most of the Jack Daniels series and enjoyed most of them. Although they're pretty brutal, the mix of quirky characters, humor, and edge-of-your-seat thrills interests me. Shot of Tequila fits the bill, except it's missing much of the humor. Once in a while, Jack's partner, Herb, will show signs of the combination of quick wit and bumbling personality of the future fat man (in this prequel, he is gaunt). The tortured title character of Tequila is a nice feature. I'd like to see him agai ...more
Karen Fowler
Just finished reading Shot of Tequila by the big Indie man himself, J.A. Konrath. This is probably the third or fourth book of his that I’ve read, and while I really enjoyed his other works for their originality and concepts, this book was the best one yet. I can’t put my finger on why… Maybe it felt more polished/ complete, or maybe it was the fast-paced, notched-up tension Konrath managed to hold throughout most of the novel.

Or perhaps it was the way Konrath managed to get me rooting for a car
William Bentrim
Shot of Tequila by J.A. Konrath

Any one who considers themselves vertically challenged should read this book. I have been known to say dynamite comes in small packages and Konrath proves that point in this novel of mob mayhem. Tequila, a emotionally stunted, vertically challenged leg breaker finds himself facing tragedy and growth in this excellent crime thriller.

Tequila is a complex character that defies the conventional hero persona. He is likeable for several reasons but from my point of view
3.5 Stars

I was initially interested in the “Jack Daniels” series and grabbed this as an introduction to the character that has a supporting role.

The main character here, Tequila, does collection work for Chicago bookie and racketeer Marty The Maniac, whose name fits. For a man of only 5-foot 5-inches, Tequila has trained himself to be a deadly weapon, physically skilled, quick and devoid of emotion. This is a complex character I really enjoyed reading about. Despite his line of work, he doesn’t
I first became aware of Shot of Tequila: A Jack Daniels Thriller when the blog "Pixel of Ink" identified it as a free selection of note for Kindle.

I am so glad that they did, and further I am glad that I got it and read it. While free is always a fantastic price point for a delicious gem, I really do want to be able to give money to J.A. Konrath for doing such a good job; I will purchase the rest of the Jack Daniels series.

Shot of Tequila is a straight up thriller. It comes right out of the summ
If you’re looking for a trip into the arena of pulp fiction featuring a diminutive anti-hero and a tough young female Chicago Homicide Detective, look no further than SHOT OF TEQUILA by J.A.Konrath. This is one of those hard boiled pieces of action noir filled with callous and remorseless mob guys, a protagonist sporting the unlikely name of Tequila Abernathy who is trying to stay one step ahead of the “baddies” while being pursued by a cop named Jack Daniels. While the names may sound a little ...more
Nick Kelly
Callbacks. We’ve all seen them used effectively in film, writing, even comedy acts. The creator/author/writer plants a seed early on and then circles back to a seemingly insignificant fact later on. This is the trademark of great mystery writers. It’s a gem for series writers, and it’s even used by musicians from time to time.

Imagine being a writer and getting a chance to revisit your old work, and to add a new element that creates a callback to everything you’ve done in the last seven years. Th
Jun 24, 2012 Luke rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: crime
A slightly convoluted path led me to Shot of Tequila. I first encountered author J. A. Konrath at his excellent blog. I promptly purchased The Newbie's Guide to Publishing (Everything A Writer Needs To Know), Konrath's blog-compilation in Kindle format. Some excerpts from his Jack Daniels mysteries in the Newbie's Guide caught my eye and I bought and read Whiskey Sour (A Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Mystery), the first novel in that series, in paperback. After positively rating Whiskey Sour, Shot o ...more
Shot of Tequila takes place in the early 1990s, and is both an homage to and a re-envisioning of classic action novels by authors like Mickey Spillane, Ross MacDonald, Donald Westlake, and Elmore Leonard, but with a more modern twist.

The breakneck action is intercut with scenes featuring Konrath's series hero Jack Daniels, here as a supporting character chasing the main protagonist.

Edge-of-your-seat suspense, non-stop action, and dark humor punctuate this heist novel/fugitive-on-the-run thriller
Mar 25, 2012 Jex rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: kindle
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I don't normally read books of this variety but the book description caught my attention as I was looking through free books for the kindle. As I began reading I was sucked into the world of Tequila, a mob lackie/gymnast, and Jack Daniels, a detective out to catch the bad guy. J.A. Konrath's fight descriptions painted a perfect picture of every move. You could see the artistic fight moves, feel the agony of the characters as pain hit, and almost hear the ...more
John Falch
A teaser: Damn, I thought that dog was never going to die!

That said, Konrath’s Shot of Tequila is a thrilling book. All other thrillers should bow down to it. It is that thrilling. The basic premise is about a mob debt collector, Tequila, who is framed for the theft of a million dollars in Superbowl bets. Genuine mayhem ensues, and the novel moves at a breathless pace as Tequila runs for his life, and later, comes back for revenge. This book is not for little old ladies; gun shots, stab wounds a
Candice Mckinney
Tequila Abernathy is the main character in Shot of Tequila but it is also a Jack Daniel's book. Tequila is a good guy who has been working for gangsters as a collector. He is set up for a robbery by another collector and has to fight for his life to escape captivity so he can check on his sister who he takes care of. Jack Daniels and her thin partner Herb are on the case. This is interesting because it takes place while Jack is still married.

This is a very fast paced ganster style book. Like all
Jacqueline King

Shot of Tequila was a quick, fun read, with the usual hilarious memes, gun-totting action and body count usually associated with a Konrath hit. Add the bonus of Detective Jack Daniels and partner Herb and you've got gold. When I first heard Tequila (of the Codename: Chandler series fame) was getting his own story, I can't say I was intrigued. Though entertaining enough, he was hardly a main character worthy of a detailed back story. I stand corrected. Tequila's life was hell on wheels, and his t
I thought this was a great book. I love how J.A. Konrath writes. He moves effortlessly back and forth in time and it's so amusing if you've read most of his books. I loved skinny Herb and how he explains who was actually to blame for his future self. I missed Susie Breck and Dick Hill. They mastered the accent so well that it was like not having Jack there at all. If you want to read this book because you love the larger than life characters from the Jack Daniels series, know that they are bare ...more
This was a very good book. It completely sucks you in to the story. It made me anxious for what might happen next, & at the same time fearful of what might happen next. 60% of my way through it, I had to stop reading it for a few days, I couldn't take it. if you like suspense, you will definitely enjoy this book.

... so Joe Konrath is one of my top authors AND the Jack Daniels series is of course right up there as well. That being said, I was excited to finally read this one, but as I got into the story, I found nothing familiar of the previous books. Herb was thin. Jack was a supporting actor. No Harry. No Mr Friskers. pffft
The story did keep my attention and I liked it. But I was destracted by what I thought should be there, and wasn't. I missed the old gang. As I neared the end, I
This is one of Joe's early never published books that he has free on his site. It introduces Jack Daniels who shows up in subsequent novels and Tequila, the protagonist. Joe writes suspense/horror/humor all in the same story and does it well. I am not sure why none of his first 8 books were accepted by publishers other than they are obviously out of touch, probably why they are either fading from the publishing scene or morphing into something new that is more successful. Meanwhile Joe is raking ...more
Jonathan Senior
As a huge fan of the Jack Daniels series, this was really good. An early story with a new character, Tequila, a debt-collector with a good heart. Violent, funny -- and yes, gory! LOVED IT. Read the early books too...
Outrageous and fantastic, I loved "Shot of Tequila". If you like your action over the top, your heart stopped, and then ripped out and stepped on, you will love this book. Some very light editing issues but overall I highly suggest this author.
David Ketelsen
I've read several of the Jack Daniels mysteries before and enjoyed them. However this book, Shot of Tequila, written earlier in JA Konrath's career before he created the Jack Daniels character, is even better. The central character in this book is Tequila, a debt collector for a loan shark named Marty the Maniac, and he's riveting. A former Olympic gymnast who now inflicts mayhem on deadbeats so he can pay for private school for his old sister with Downs Syndrome, Tequila is both appealing and s ...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
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