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Whiskey Sour: A Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels Mystery | [J. A. Konrath]

Whiskey Sour: A Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels Mystery

Between avoiding the FBI and their moronic profiling computer, joining a dating service, mixing it up with street thugs, and parrying the advances of an uncouth PI, Lieutenant Jacqueline Daniels and her binge-eating partner Herb must catch a frightening maniac who calls himself "The Gingerbread Man" before he kills again...and Jack is next on his murder list.
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Publisher's Summary

Lieutenant Jacqueline Daniels is having a bad week. Her live-in boyfriend has left her for his personal trainer, chronic insomnia has maxed out her credit cards with late-night home shopping purchases, and a frightening killer who calls himself "The Gingerbread Man" is dumping mutilated bodies in her district.

Between avoiding the FBI and their moronic profiling computer, joining a dating service, mixing it up with street thugs, and parrying the advances of an uncouth PI, Jack and her binge-eating partner Herb must catch the maniac before he kills again...and Jack is next on his murder list.

Whiskey Sour is full of laugh-out-loud humor and edge-of-your-seat suspense, and it introduces a fun, fully-drawn heroine in the grand tradition of Kinsey Millhone, Stephanie Plum, and Kay Scarpetta.

Crack another case with Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels.

©2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.; ©2005 J.A. Konrath

What the Critics Say

Dual voices add considerable interest to this debut novel....The production's conversations sound more like those of a radio play than a reading, and one gets the feeling that both actors are having fun. This is a fine series opener." (AudioFile)

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    Kari Forestburg, Alberta, Canada 10-31-09
    Kari Forestburg, Alberta, Canada 10-31-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Like the book but GRAPHIC details"

    This is book one in a series about a detective named Jack Daniels (female) who works in the homicide unit of the Chicago Police Force. Some of the chapters are written from the point of view of Jack and then others from the point of view of the serial killer.

    Jack has a partner named Herb who provides some comic relief. The two main characters are likable and I enjoyed the story but the details of the serial murders are VERY GRAPHIC. Before I downloaded the book I had read that in reviews and thought I had heard it all as I have watched shows like Criminal Minds, CSI etc and read some true crime novels but this truly tops those by far. I was listening to this in my car on the way home one night and found myself saying OMG more than once. When I got home I got freaked out just walking by my closet in the dark (if you have read the book you will understand this).
    It makes me wonder what goes on in the mind of the author that he comes up with the murder details that he does - if I was his wife I might be concerned...
    So if you are a little squeamish about some of the things you have seen on tv or movies you might want to think twice before downloading.

    44 of 44 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth B. 09-17-08
    Ruth B. 09-17-08 Member Since 2008
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    "If you like Evonavich you will like this series."

    This is the first book in the series and I am hooked! After listening to this book, I purchased the whole set.

    I like that Jack(Jackie)Daniels is a little older and wiser. She is a 50 something cop with many years under her belt yet can get into some interesting situations.

    The narrator dose a good job with the different voices and is easy to listen to.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Calgary, Alberta, Canada 01-07-09
    Laurie Calgary, Alberta, Canada 01-07-09
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    "Not funny;Warning gory details."

    I had read a previous review indicating that this author was similar to Evanovich so I downloaded the entire series to listen to while traveling.

    Unfortunately, while the stories are good, there are gory details that would come out of the blue and were very disturbing.

    Didn't find anything worth giggling about. Story slow to develop.

    21 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Hoover, AL, United States 06-04-12
    Ed Hoover, AL, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Follow the characters"
    What made the experience of listening to Whiskey Sour the most enjoyable?

    The actors reading the story are excellent. The story is bloody but since in context it does not feel real it did not bother me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them mesh well together


    Any additional comments?

    A great addition to the series

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sherray NewYork, NY, United States 12-06-09
    Sherray NewYork, NY, United States 12-06-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Whiskey Sour"

    This one wasn't as good as the others in this series,but I like Jack's sense of humor and her sweets-addicted partner.It got some chuckles out of me.The way the male and female voices are separated is a nice touch,which makes the book easy to stay into for long periods.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    sandra decatur, TX, United States 02-17-11
    sandra decatur, TX, United States 02-17-11
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    "Good mystery"

    The narration on this is good, although I'm not a fan of Dick Hill, the main character was very good. The mystery was solid, although the ending could have been better done. I'll read more in this series!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia POWELL, WY, United States 02-03-11
    Virginia POWELL, WY, United States 02-03-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Sorry I bought this book"

    I was expecting this to be similar to Evanovich's books. It is not. The very first chapter was so graphically violent that my friend refused to hear any more. I listened to the rest of it, but hated it. Any humor in the book is drowned out by the sadistic killing of the victims.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Michele bend, OR, USA 07-23-12
    Michele bend, OR, USA 07-23-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Gruesome"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrators were so excellent. Problem being the bad guy was so well done it gave me the CREEPS.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Good dialog, the structure was forming nicely..to bad I couldn't stay to hear the end. Nightmares even after stopped after the 3rd chapter.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    brenda hubbard Ellensburg, Wa. United States 07-18-12
    brenda hubbard Ellensburg, Wa. United States 07-18-12 Member Since 2012

    I am a college professor and professional actor, director and playwright. The peformance of the book is as important to me as the writing.

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    "liked and will read more from this author"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It took me a while to get into the readers' style and voices. The voice of the female reader and I think author seemed to old for the character. And sometimes there were two actors reading different parts and then occasionally just one actor reading a part, so I was a bit confused by the style conventions of the production of the story. And the story was interesting, albeit violent and a bit graphic for my tastes about the violence.

    However, in the end, it was so much fun to have a female protagonist who was tough and wry and funny and that made it worthwhile. I enjoyed the Chicago accents and the relationship between the female detective and her partner.


    What three words best describe Susie Breck and Dick Hill ’s voice?

    Susie's voice is tough, edgy and humorous and Dick's voice is oily, creepy and friendly


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. USA 06-28-12
    M. USA 06-28-12

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    "Great Book"

    I am now a fan of Jack Daniels! The story was great, faced paced, kept me on the edge of my seat and the narration was spot on. Lately I have been missing out on good audio books but this was a win win win. I hated for it to end and will follow the series from now on. A must listen it's packed with humor, suspense, and creep serial killing details. LOVE IT

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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