Thursday, July 14, 2011

Book Review: Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath


  • Whiskey Sour

  • By: J.A. Konrath

  • Pub. Date: June 2004

  • Publisher: Hyperion

  • Format: Hardcover , 284pp  

  • Series: Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Series #1   

  • ISBN-13: 9781401300876

  • ISBN: 1401300871

  • Source: library

  • Synopsis:

    Lieutenant Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels is having a bad week. Her live-in boyfriend has left her for his personal trainer, chronic insomnia has caused her to max 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 its 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.

    My Review:

    One day I was talking to a friend about Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series and my friend recommended the Jack Daniels series by Konrath. Because I want to talk to my friends about books, I rushed online and requested a copy from my library right away to give the series a try. While not as light and humorous as the Plum series, I really enjoyed this first book in the Jack Daniels series.

    Jacqueline (Jack) Daniels is a cop who has dedicated her life to her work, to the ruin of her personal life. She wants justice to be served and the world to be right. Her life gets even more difficult when a serial killer shows up and with a plan to go after Jack.

    The point of view switches between Jack and the Gingerbread Man (the murderer). The characters that Jack surrounds herself by are interesting and funny. My two favorite were Herb, her partner, and Phineas Troutt, an ex-convict who she meets in a bar to play pool.  While not as laugh-out-loud funny as the Stephanie Plum series, I was often amused by these secondary characters. While in the Gingerbread Man's head, though, nothing was funny. He was a very creepy and disturbing character. He reminded me a lot of Dr. H.H. Holmes from The Devil in the White City, which I had just finished reading before starting this book. They are both sociopaths, although Holmes was a real man whereas the Gingerbread Man is, thankfully, a work of fiction.

    My favorite quote: "No one likes an asshole, Jack, until you have to move your bowels" page 101

    I've requested the next several books in this series from the library and I look forward to learning more about Jack and her friends.

    My Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

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