Chicago cop Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels has chased and caught dozens of dangerous criminals over the course of her career. But she's about to meet her match.
When Jack wakes up in a storage locker, bound and gagged, she knows with chilling certainty who her abductor is.
He's called "Mr. K," and more than two hundred homicides have been attributed to him. His victims have died in the most horrible ways imaginable: he is the essence of evil. Some think he's just an urban legend, but he's very, very real. Jack has tangled with him twice in the past, and both times he managed to slip away.
Now Jack will finally have the chance to confront the maniac she's been hunting for over twenty-five years. Unfortunately, it won't be on her terms. In less than two hours, Mr. K is going to do to Jack what he's done to countless others. And Jack is going to learn that sometimes the good guys don't win...
Crack another case with Jack.
©2011 J.A. Konrath (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” - Dr. Seuss
This book was an uphill battle for me from the beginning. (If I could give half stars it'd be a 2 1/2 - didn't *hate* it - it's better than a 2, but not really on the fence about it either ... it is less than a 3 for me.)
First - it is never easy to adjust to a new narrator well into an established series. It helped to have Dick Hill continuing with many of the established supporting characters. Angela Dawe did a great job, but having Susie Breck's voice firmly established in my head as the voice of Jack made it quite difficult to adjust to Angela Dawe's somewhat softer voiced approach to the character.
Second - I was hopeful about seeing some of Jack's progress and "redemption" after the ending of Cherry Bomb. While this book does technically take place after Cherry Bomb, the format of jumping around within Jack's timeline makes it less than satisfying in this regard. It jumps around A LOT and at least in audio book format it is quite confusing to keep track of when and where we are in the story.
In addition, it feels like ever serial killer in the Konrath world is a mash-up of every real world serial killer out there. First with the Cork family and now with Mr K. Right off the bat in this book I was seeing echoes of the same horrifying bits of violence and MO as has been used previously in the series. No unique signatures or obsessions from killer to killer - just a grab bag of what things seem the scariest and most horrifying thrown into each story.
It also felt like this book was a way to polish up/revise some of Jack's back story and history, perhaps with the intention of redirecting her for future stories. Between the polishing, the jumps in time and the change in narrator, it didn't really feel like I was reading a JD book.
In reading other reviews it seems that folks new to Konrath and Jack Daniels seemed to enjoy it, but fans of the series not so much.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
This was a good story and I liked the past and present day descriptions. These gave this 6 hr listen some depth to the characters without having to have listened to the entire series. Read reviews before purchasing just because you like the readers. I have the A.D. read, Chandler series which was excellent and not goring as this character/series.
I love Harry as he knows no bounds of "it can't get done". I love his revenge in the prison! Bring IT!
I love A.D. and D. H. both are great readers which was why I purchased this book. Too bad this lacked the humor the other reviewers listed.
No more of this author for me even if I love the readers! My stomach is too weak
I wanted to buy Tequila story, but the reviews say too gory!
Yes, it was entertaining and easy to follow.
Yes, it was engrossing.
Yes. They did a great job of bringing the story to life.
Yes, but unfortunately I didn't have the time.
The only way it could have been better is if I hadn't ordered it.
Trashed this one instead of having it published.
No more of her books.
I live the narrator.
I started listening to this and couldn't get very far into the book so it's not fair for me to rate the story...although it did seem very gory....but what I couldn't stand was the male narrator. He slurred his words and sounded like he was drunk and it was so distracting I couldn't get past it. The female narrator was fine but I just couldn't stick with the story because of the male.
I just got this because it was narrated by Dick Hill, but in all honesty it was too gorey for me, at time's it was interesting, but too graphic. I did finish listening to it, just because I wanted to know the ending....I guess you can say it was worth the price, if you like book's like that....
for 5 years has driven 180 miles round trip daily. That is a ton of listening time!
Yes only to continue the series. This book is unlike the rest of the JD books for me. Constant jumping around made it hard to keep up with. First you are in her rookie year, to present day, to 10 years ago. Too much jumping.
unexpected ending but disappointing story
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