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Truck Stop

(Serial Killers 0.2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,265 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Before the events of Jack Kilborn's epic horror novel AFRAID...

Before the events of J.A. Konrath's critically acclaimed thrillers FUZZY NAVEL and CHERRY BOMB...

Before the events of Jack Kilborn's and Blake Crouch's #1 Amazon Kindle bestseller SERIAL...

Three hunters of humans meet for the ultimate showdown at the TRUCK STOP.

Taylor is a recreational killer, with dozens of
Kindle Edition, 87 pages
Published July 4th 2009
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Jul 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: serial-killers, 2010
Truck Stop is a straightforward serial killer yarn that doesn't introduce anything new to the genre, but nice introduction to Taylor, the digit-loving special ops character from Kilborn's Afraid.

I think the "beware" and "not for the faint of heart" from the Amazon product description are a little over-the-top. The first chapter in Kilborn's Afraid should have these warnings, but not Truck Stop. Sal's and Maggie's death in the opening chapter of Afraid is one of the most well-written,
Brenda Seaberg
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved this book, creepy, creepy! Jack Kilborn is becoming one of my favorite authors. My only complaint about this one is that it seems to stop abruptly. I realize it's kind of a prequel to another of his that I read, but I still wanted it to continue. Still, I have to say it was a good read.
Alondra Miller
3 Stars

Jack was definitely the star of this sh*t show. The so-called serial killers did not even creep me out, except in the way that the school loser creeps you out when he sizes you up.... *shudders*... You know the ones; mouth-breathers, nasally, weird creeps who like watching their sister undress.... those guys.

Anyway, I can see that the Jack Daniels series will be entertaining.
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-have
Serial Killers and truck stops just seem to go together. There's
something about these latenite sleazy islands off the interstates that
attracts the worst of our society. Two of the nastiest serial killers ever
dreamed up meet by off chance. Jack Daniels, the famed police
lieutenant, stops in at the truck stop for some coffee. As you might
have guessed, it's getting mighty crowded there and with that much
adrenalin flowing, something's bound to happen and does. A good
solid thriller from the
Laura Thomas
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
My mother warned me about truck stops. Never, ever stop at one alone. Especially at night. You never know what evil stalks them.

Truck Stop will show you just what haunts them. There’s not just one serial killer biding their time, waiting for their next delicious victim. Imagine them plotting together, working together, and trying to one up each other.

In walks a woman. A homicide cop who thinks she knows all about serial killers. She’s minding her own business and stops in for a cup of java to
Apr 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
I stumbled on this in my usual unplanned way. I have been following the current dispute over ebook pricing and the battle now enjoined between Amazon, Apple, and the Big Six (minus 1). Konrath has a blog called A Newbies Guide to Publishing in which he documents his anti-DRM approach to digital publishing. It' worth a read. Anyway, he has brought out several of his backlist and short stories as inexpensive digital books and Truck Stop, really a short novella, was my first. It's a confrontation ...more
David Dalton
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Some very sick puppies featured here.
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Brilliant short story,there are parts of this book i think i will remember for a long time.My only gripe it was just a little too short i wanted more.
Britt Echols
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
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Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Short, but a brill read, worth a read and I'll definitely be getting some more books by J.A. Konrath in the future!
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Anything with Jack Daniels in it is worth checking out. This could definitely be a stand alone read but I think fans of the Jack Daniels series will appreciate it more.
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gory,bloody and rich in maniacal behaviors. This short story has taken horror to a new level.
A. Jr.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Nice quick launch into the other novels. Jack Daniels is more than a great cop, she's bad... Well worth the read!
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I downloaded this on Kindle, I did not realize it was a short story. Never the less, I enjoyed it as I normally do other JA Konrath reads. Definitely dark & a bit kinky.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: scary-reads
This is a short story so it is a really quick read. Twisted, suspenseful, and decent.
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
A novella about two serial killers and a homicide detective that all meet at a truck stop.
Catrina Magee
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I'll admit I enjoy these novellas less than the bigger named novels if only for the fact that I need some good with my bad.
I liked this one in particular a bit more because my favorite detective makes her bright appearance and at the end she outsmarts Taylor and Donaldson, both who disgust me in different ways, and manages to make an escape while also saving a hostage.
It's one thing to watch the behind the scenes of these maniacs where some get killed and some get away, but I'll freely admit
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Truck Stop is a culmination of all that is evil and perverse. Perennial killers Taylor and Donaldson, two corrupt souls find solace in a demented embrace at a roadside tuck stop. The initial victim; a prostitute whose body is seen as little more than a piece of meat ripe for dismemberment and consumption before the predators set their sights on police officer Jack Daniels. However, you could say, they bit off more than they could chew in underestimating Daniels’ survival instinct and hardened ...more
Kathy Jenkins
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So far, all of J. A. Konrath's books have been guilty pleasures for me, but they are not for the squeamish. I love thriller's and these are such fast reads. They keep the pace moving. I discovered J. A. Konrath when searching for low cost books for my kindle. Now, I'm afraid I've spent a fortune buying as many of his books as I can. I have enough reading for the rest of the year.

From Amazon:

Before the events of Jack Kilborn's epic horror novel AFRAID...

Before the events of J.A. Konrath's
Jiny S
Jul 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
While on her way to rendezvous with her fiancee, Latham, for a much-deserved vacation police Lt. Jack Daniels finds herself hopelessly lost on a dark rural highway. Before she loses cell phone reception Latham tells her that she has driven at least 3 hours in the wrong direction and Jack manages to tell him that she is nearing a truck stop known as Murray's. Needing some strong coffee, food and a restroom Jack pulls into the truck stop parking lot never realizing that she might never leave it ...more
Sep 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
What if, in a unassuming truckstop, two serial killers meet and decide to "compare notes"? The result is a heart pounding electrifying ride into a dark abyss of debauchery and evil.

I came to this book out of order - I was originally recommended by a friend to read Serial (which I loved) and from there I learnt about Truckstop. I wish in hindsight I had the ability to go back and start them again, only for the full experience. Serial is such a visceral, gut wrenching, cringe-worthy experience
Mercy Walker
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this horror thriller pretty late at night. I didn’t expect to finish it right then, if ever. And though I about threw up and stopped reading after the first “appetizer,” I soldiered on. To my utter happiness a fantastic character showed up—Lieutenant Jack Daniels—and I just couldn’t stop reading. Thank god it was only a novella.

The serial killers—yes, there are two, and it’s kinda like a first date of sorts—were sick as hell, yet unnervingly interesting. And I was horrified to
Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it

Three hunters of humans meet for the ultimate showdown at the TRUCK STOP.

Taylor is a recreational killer, with dozens of gristly murders under his belt. He pulls into a busy Wisconsin truck stop at midnight, trolling for the next to die.

Chicago Homicide cop Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels is a long way from home, driving to meet her boyfriend for a well-earned vacation. She pulls into the truck stop for a quick cup of coffee and stumbles into her worst nightmare.

Jack's no stranger to dealing with

Jan 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Decided to take a break from my (ahem) "serious reading" to read something fun and twisted. I was in a twisted mood today for Monday, March 1. Just started it but the first page is super. Will report back later with the gory details.....

This is kind of an in-between the books Jack Daniels short story. It happens after Latham gets food poisoning and is the prequel to the short story "Serial". It is a quick read (15 minutes maybe) but is still really good. If you are a "Jack Junkie" you will want
Dec 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
A very short and very stupid read. This is badly made gore porn, to use a charitable term.

I love myself some serial killer yarns, part of the reason the whole genre is entrancing is because you get to spend some time in a monster's mind. This moronic excuse for a book dispenses off with all such niceties, sounding for the most part as a high schooler shooting jizz over the first dirty phone call he made.

I repeat, this book is incredibly duh. Don't even pick it up to get your reading flow going.
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I just started reading J.A. Konrath so I decided to read this short story. Man, oh man!! Just when I thought I heard or read some of the sick things humans do to each other, I get another rude awakening. This story involves 2 psychos and Jack Daniels (my she-ro). Jack is on her way to meet her fiance when she stops to grab something to eat, unaware there are 2 killers sitting next to her, or knowing what they have been doing and plan on doing with her. ***READER BEWARE*** You must have a strong ...more
Feb 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
I agree with another reviewer that this short story is too short. I liked where the story was going but I felt like it just ended. As in the story was moving along and then woosh, that's it. And, though I enjoyed the story, especially because it was less than 2 bucks on Kindle, I really dislike when I think there will be more to the story and it turns out to be excerpts from like four other books. Gross.

On a bright (and sick?) note, I find myself liking the horror (though there isn't as much in
Melissa J.
May 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
This was a pretty good quick read that I finished in a single sitting one afternoon. There are some parts that were a bit too graphic for me and turned my stomach, but overall it wasn't a terrible book. I am giving two stars, just because 3 is "liked it" and I am not sure that I can rate it that. The plot was fairly creative and it did leave me wanting to read more from the author. There are just some parts that were a bit "creepy".
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
I loved this short story. It was a quick read that kept me entertained the entire time. I especially liked the ending because it seemed to tie everything together. That's one thing that Jack Kilborn does that I adore...he makes sure to build up each character to such an extent that he can carry them on into another story. After you've read several of the short stories and his can see how they are all intertwined in a way. Great read!
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Jack Kilborn is pen name for writer J.A. Konrath. The Kilborn name denotes his horror novels; the Konrath name his thrillers.

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