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Rusty Nail (Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels #3)

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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  3,749 ratings  ·  319 reviews
Lee Child, David Morrell, and M.J. Rose all agree: Jack Daniels is the one to watch! Anthony Award finalist J.A. Konrath's latest novel featuring the feisty female police detective serves up another thrillerLt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels of the Chicago Police Department is back, and once again she's up to her Armani in murder. Someone is sending Jack snuff videos. The victi ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published July 5th 2006 by Hyperion (first published June 28th 2006)
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Alazzar
First thing’s first: Joe Konrath is a very engaging writer. He knows how to keep your attention. He knows how to keep things flowing quickly.

Unfortunately, I’m finding that he also knows how to piss me off.

It was almost a year ago that I read Bloody Mary , the previous book in the Jack Daniels series. I seem to recall liking it quite a bit.

I liked Rusty Nail as well, for similar reasons: Konrath kept me very interested in the plot, and he kept things movin’. But the book also annoyed me because
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Leise Chadwick
Just curious… is anyone aware of a scientific study having been conducted to determine the number of calories burned by reading Rusty Nail, A Jack Daniels Mystery? I am convinced that the calories in the Oreo cookies I consumed during the final pages were immediately obliterated. I think I’m on to something here: The Jack Daniels Diet!

OMGosh! No one is left unscathed in this novel, not even the rat that ran off with… you’ll have to read the novel yourself to find the answer. There are so many tw
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Margaret
I liked the character well enough & the writing but for me the light-hearted approach clashed horribly with the slasher the serial killer motif and the trail of millions of corpses. OK the body count is not quite into 7 digits but it is ridiculously high and the cops are just not all that bothered. I won't be reading any more (unless I forget of course with my spectacularly poor aged memory!) because I don't much like gruesome serial killer stuff. I prefer my detective novels baddies to prod ...more
Patricia


Rusty Nail
J. A. Konrath
Hyperion, 2006, 292 pps.
ISBN 1-4013-0088-X


Rusty Nail as described by the author is 1 oz Scotch and 1 oz Drambuie that should go down pretty smooth. Most people think of a rusty nail as something to be avoided since stepping on one can cause a lot of pain as well as infection. Rusty nails are used in this book but not in a manner that any sane person could imagine.

Lt. Jack Daniels is back and her life is already like 40 miles of bad road. Her mother is in a coma and has bee
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David
About halfway through Rusty Nail, our heroine, Jack Daniels, has the duh moment. You know --the moment when a character says aloud what you the reader are thinking. You know-- that moment towards the end of Die Hard 2 when John McLane's wife asks John, "Why Does this keep happening to us?" Konrath addresses this very cleverly when Daniels wonders to herself if they hand out her address and other vital information in seriel killer school. This is a result as the third novel in this series it seem ...more
Steve Vernon

Detective Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels has a problem. It isn’t just that her boss wants her fired. It isn’t just that her overweight partner Herb might be facing colonic cancer. It isn’t that the actress her ex-boyfriend cast to play her in the television he produces is about a baker’s dozen too many dress sizes large for the role. It isn’t that her mother is in a coma and her mother’s cat, Mr. Friskers, is determined to hamstring Jack in both of her ankles. It isn’t any of things problems. It seem
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Randee Baty
GRAPHIC VIOLENCE WARNING. Ok, you have been warned. I was warned by the author (thanks Mr. Konrath, I really do appreciate it!) that this book has the most graphic violence in the series. Having been warned, I was able to blip over sections where that violence occurred. It was pretty easy to see them coming. So why would I even read a book with stuff I don’t like in it? Well, I really wanted to know what happens to Jack. I was starting to get fairly invested in her after the first two books, and ...more
Kimberly Hicks
Apr 16, 2014 Kimberly Hicks rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mature readers
Recommended to Kimberly by: Bookbub
Shelves: read-on-kindle
Woooooow! The Jack Daniels series never disappoints! The question is what didn't poor Jack have to endure in this third installment of the series?

One thing she learned, just when she thought an old case was closed, it rears its ugly head again to live and breath life. Lieut. Daniels closed the Gingerbread Man case, right? Well, if you thought the psychotic killer was dead, new videotaped murders began popping up on Jack's desk faster than she was able to draw her firearm. People who were instrum
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Tracy
I can't believe I got this series for free. Well...I think I may have paid for one of them. Anyway I have loved them so much that I did purchase them on audio. Jack is a single cop pushing...well getting up there and all she has lived her life for is her career. Her mom is in a coma because the Gingerbread Man put her there. In Bloody Mary Jack has to take down the psycho killer, the Gingerbread Man to stop his lunatic tactics.

Jack is so over this case until...wait, McGlade gets married?! This
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Jennifer
Another enjoyable mystery in the Jack Daniels series. I have been listening to these in the car and while I walk and knit on the treadmill and it really makes my dull comute and my dull treadmill ... dare I say fun?!? Naw. I can't go that far. But it does improve it a few degrees.

In this one Jack faces a case that seems to be linked to her early case of the psycho killer "The Gingerbread Man". The case takes a lot of strange and gruesome twists on the road to "who done it". Meanwhile Jack grapp
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Judie
Police Lieutenant Jack (Jacqueline) Daniels is back on the trail of a sociopathic mass murderer with connections to the gingerbread man from WHISKEY SOUR. She isn’t sure if it is the same person or a copycat. She does know that the victims are primarily people she knew, people connected to the previous case.
The plot has many twists and turns as well as more gory details than I am willing to read. (I skipped those segments.) It also has suspense and humor and kept my interest. One funny scene h
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Angela
Three books in, and yeah, a bit on the typical side for a Daniels' mystery (annoyances with Harry, another psycho going after Daniels personally), but still fun and enjoyable.

Liked how the emotional angst was toned down from the last book. There was some, but not so much it was distracting. When the job needed her, Daniels was focussed on it, and in her down time was when she thought about personal matters. Herb...wow, that poor guy can't catch a break. Maybe he'll start genuinely trying to eat
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Hannah
Truly awesome stuff; don't let the cheerful-looking cover fool you into thinking that this'll be yet another novel featuring a fashionable, sassy P.I. that is more about her personal love life than an actual mystery. "Rusty Nail" will satisfy even the most jaded fan of the crime genre, and it definitely satisfied this first time reader of J. A. Konrath's books.

One look at the cover and I thought I was going to be reading something along the lines of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, but I
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Mike (the Paladin)
Well, I've been through 3 of these now and I came closer to dropping the rating on this one than any of the others. Don't worry, I'll say why later. I have a record of saying I like books pretty well and then doing several paragraphs on what I don't like.

Still what I do like and the reason I'm saying with somewhat mediocre 3 star rating is I like the character. Konrath has in his books several things that drive me up the wall, annoy me, and even do what my mom would have called "putting me off"
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David
What a book! I had heard about the Jack Whiskey series and believe this is the second (forgive me if I'm wrong on this) in the series. This is a very chilling and gory sleuth story and we follow Jacqueline Daniels as she tries to unravel a series of very brutal murders similar to ones perpetuated by the Gingerbread Man - a character from a previous episode in the series. Even though this book was part of a series, I enjoyed it for what it was and didn't feel I missed much by not reading earlier ...more
LJ
RUSTY NAIL (Police Procedural-Chicago-Cont) – Poor
Konrath, J.A. – 3rd in series
Hyperion, 2006 – Hardcover
*** The friends of and people know to Chicago Lt. Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels are being targeted for torture and murder by someone connected by the convicted “Gingerman” serial killer.
*** I really did enjoy Konrath’s first two books. But this one left me with a hangover. I love the characters of Jack and her partner Herb, and the humor in the writing. I did get tired of constant description of
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Ami
2.5 stars
The third book in Jack Daniels series bring another psychopath/serial killer related to The Gingerbread Man from book #1. Wow, really, a whole family of psycho?!? Despite the fast-pace (yes, it IS fast-paced, since I finish this within several hours), the serial killer thing is repetitive.

Harry doesn't change his obnoxious way (his mouth starts to bore me). The only humor I find is from the two FBI agents, who I find as stupidly refreshing *grin*. Oh, and the return of Phin, the only c
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Yvonne
Damn..... This book caught my attention from the very first page, and was so intense that I could not put this book down.
Jack Daniels has her hands full... Her love life sucks, her partner is in the hospital facing surgery, her mother is in a coma, Harry's back to drive her crazy, and she's stuck with the cat from Hell. To top it all off, someone is out there killing people
That has helped Jack with a past crime. Now this person(s) after her. I absolutely love this character and can't wait to st
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Meka
Definitely more gruesome than Whiskey Sour & Bloody Mary but still has the comedic banter that relieves the seriousness of the crimes.
Holly made a face and shoved my shoulder. "That's not true."
"It's true. He also emasculated himself."
She mouthed the word emasculated, and then said, "He cut his own dick off?"
I nodded. "He lost his luggage, and both carry-ons."
I didn't like all aspects of Rusty Nail and had to take breaks in between reading because of the appalling nature of the crimes; how
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Greta Watson
J.A. Konrath is one of the most engaging fiction writers that I've stumbled across lately. His writing is fast paced. He draws the scenes and characters beautifully without being too wordy. His plots are not easily predictable. I've listened to 4 of his books in audiobook format. Narrated by Dick Hill and Sue Breck, the characters really come to life. How Dick Hill can do 2 - 3 male characters with Chicago accents and make each one unique is a testament to his talent as a reader. Breck is equall ...more
Bebe
I was a bit surprised that I hadn't run into this series before, given my predilection for tough but sassy women cops & PIs, for lack of a better phrase.

Rusty Nail is my first foray into the world of Lt. Jack (short for Jaqueline) Daniels, a forty-something police detective who cares about her job. She recently nabbed the uber-sadistic Gingerbread Man serial killer, but some recent developments are giving Jack a sense of deja-vu. Someone is delivering horrific snuff videos to her door, compl
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aPriL eVoLvEs (ex-Groot)
'Rusty Nail' is book number three in a series featuring Detective Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels, Chicago Violent Crimes. It is not standalone, in my humble opinion. Almost every person and plot situation is related in some fashion to the previous two books in the series. If you intend to begin with this book - please don't.

As usual, a serial killer is loose and killing off people in unusually horrific ways. As usual, Jack and her partner, Detective First Class Herb Benedict are on the case, particul
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Matt Allen
Rusty Nail shows a return toward the elite fun of the original in the Jack Daniels series, but it's still shy of pushing into great territory.

Again, as with its predecessor, Bloody Mary, Konrath feels the need to preface the book with a little TMI in the form of an Inside the Actors Studio type introduction. I was halfway through it before I realized I was repeating my mistake of reading the oversharing intro before the second book. At the very least, if it has to be there (and it probably doesn
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Mylene
Apr 28, 2013 Mylene rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Konrath/Kilborn, Strand, and Crouch fans
Shelves: kilborn-konrath
BEST FEMALE VILLAIN EVER!!!

Loved this third installment of the Daniels' books. Konrath once again brings back all our favorite supporting characters. Looking forward to see if Alex somehow escapes and takes on Jack again in a later installment. My only complaint is that Jack should drop the wimpy Latham and pick up with Phineas. Starting the 4th installment immediately.
Chelsealuv Krigbaum
The 3rd book to this series and I think the most gruesome story. I don't mind reading murder mystery books but this book boarders on to much for me. I'm going to read the next book but if it continues with the same story line I think it will be my last and I will have to put an end to me and Jack Daniels. But I will miss the Mean as Hell cat though.
Zig Sleipnir
The third book in the Lt Jack (Jacqueline) Daniel series, and the one that introduces the psychotic killer Alex Kork. The recurring cast of central characters, which include the delightfully evil cat Mr Friskers, combined with the quirky sense of humor that permeates throughout, make this series an exciting and fun read.
Toni Osborne
Book 3, in the Jack Daniels Mystery

This is a direct sequel to “Bloody Mary” it starts where the plots left off with the investigation into a cult that practices mutilation and posts them as snuff films.

It is evident right from the start that this would have a gory story with plenty of graphic details and enough creepiness to let our imagination do its work. There is enough horror described here to turn our stomach but thank goodness for the cleverness in the way Mr. Konrath has melded humor int
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Jerry
We were disappointed with “Nail”, Konrath’s third in the homicide Lt. (Ms.) Jack Daniels set, and our fourth reading in this booklist. Unfortunately, it was nearly a copy of “Whiskey Sour”, with the villains offspring from that book merely repeating virtually the same plot. Moreover, like Janet Evanovich’s later Stephanie Plum novels, you just can’t keep reusing running gags and predictable jibes to add humor – it’s bad enough to hear a joke we’ve already heard, but even worse to see it coming i ...more
Alice
I have to say that I've turned the corner on Harry as a character. This one made me kinda dig him. All it took was for Holly to be introduced. (view spoiler)
Angela
I love this series!

I love this series!

Jack Daniels is a fantastic female character, tough,tenacious, funny, with just the right amount of vulnerability. I will continue to work my way through all of these books!
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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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