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

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  1,939 Ratings  ·  137 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 like
Kindle Edition, 270 pages
Published April 12th 2009
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Tonya Smith
I love it as well as all the others in this series. can't wait to get the rest of this series.
Apr 11, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
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
Mar 12, 2014 T.W. Barton rated it it was amazing
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
Sharon Michael
Jan 06, 2012 Sharon Michael rated it it was amazing
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
T. B.
Aug 12, 2010 T. B. rated it really liked it
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
Dec 28, 2011 Josh rated it really liked it
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
Joe Hempel
Sep 01, 2011 Joe Hempel rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 10, 2012 T rated it it was amazing
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
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
I can't believe how much I love the way this writer writes the Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels series. They’re just plain fun to read. I can’t get enough and I’m like being an addict trying not to suck each book down without stopping to breathe.
JA Konrath creates situations so hard and dark you have no choice but to notice the ugly humor in the situations and that's not an easy feat to achieve. Each character is interesting, ugly, necessary, and funny as hell. This time, we predominately follow a har
Amber Adamchuk
Oct 27, 2010 Amber Adamchuk rated it really liked it
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.
Janet Windeguth
Nov 23, 2010 Janet Windeguth rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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.
Jan 04, 2017 wayne rated it it was amazing
breath taking

I read Dirty Martin and was impressed. So I read Rusty Nail and wanted more. I just finished Shot of Tequila and it is definitely the best of the three. Think I will have another drink!
Jan 22, 2017 Pam rated it it was ok
Bland, full of tropes and stereotypes, and utterly predictable. Style is not unique -- just like every other pop-mystery writer out there. Reads like someone's fiction-wrting workshop submission.
Robert Berry
Jan 19, 2017 Robert Berry rated it really liked it
good read with jack dan
D. Krauss
Dec 21, 2016 D. Krauss rated it really liked it
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Nick Kelly
Jul 29, 2010 Nick Kelly rated it it was amazing
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 really liked it
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
Josh Smith
Feb 22, 2016 Josh Smith rated it liked it
Tequila, a debt collector for the mob, is framed for a million dollar heist and he has to figure out how he was setup and how to get back at the people who are threatening his livelihood.

The premise was interesting and it was nice to have everything shown predominantly through the eyes of the outlaws. Oftentimes books bounce back and forth between the good guys and the bad guys, building suspense as the cops close in on the robbers. This was was mostly showing the perceived bad guy in a not so
Oct 22, 2016 Jerry rated it really liked it
Fresh on the heels of finishing Thomas Perry’s “Butcher’s Boy” trilogy, we just polished off this Konrath novel with an amazingly similar theme. Originally a novel written when the author was unpublished, with literally hundreds of rejection notices piling up, “Tequila” introduces Lt. Jack Daniels in this book ironically now appearing after six prior successful entries in the Chicago PD homicide officer Ms. Daniels popular series. As a reader of these six, we’ve previously dubbed these stories a ...more
Mari (Smut Duchess)
4.25 ****
Jun 11, 2013 Jen rated it it was amazing
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
Mark Kamleiter
Sep 11, 2016 Mark Kamleiter rated it really liked it
Konrath always produces an interesting, fun read. In Shot of Tequila the reader sees the story mostly from the point of view of Tequila, a gangbanger and outlaw. Jack Daniels is following a trail of bodies. And the bodies are piling up as Tequila (a "debt collector" for a sociopath bookie) has to deal with a sudden War of suspicion, betrayal, and anger rips the gang apart. A curious "relationship" between Jackie and Tequila develops across a pile of bodies, as Jackie tries to bring justice down ...more
Feb 26, 2013 Wendy rated it liked it
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
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
William Bentrim
Feb 28, 2013 William Bentrim rated it it was amazing
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
Karen Fowler
Jan 02, 2012 Karen Fowler rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 16, 2015 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 27, 2014 Karolyn rated it liked it
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
Stephanie Wolf
Feb 15, 2015 Stephanie Wolf rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, suspense
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
Dec 27, 2011 Jex rated it liked it
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
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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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