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Dirty Martini - A Thriller (Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Mysteries Book 4) by [Konrath, J.A., Kilborn, Jack]
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Konrath's fourth drink-inspired mystery to feature Lt. Jacqueline Jack Daniels (after 2006's Rusty Nail) is a particularly potent mix of equal parts mirth and mayhem with a dash of sex and a twist (or two) of plot. When an extortionist prefaces his demands for a payoff from the city of Chicago by spreading enough botulism toxin to cause more than 30 deaths, Jack's previous successes and her resultant celebrity are enough to put her in charge of the case. The poisoner has more tricks up his sleeve and unleashes an almost unimaginable arsenal of toxins. Despite a horrific death count, Konrath infuses plenty of humor. Best of all, he gives the reader ample opportunities to stay abreast of or even ahead of his sleuth, but it will take a clever reader to unravel the subtle clues embedded in the story. Konrath's latest should be taken straight, no chaser needed. (July)
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Chicago homicide cop Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels returns in this hard-edged thriller. Someone who calls himself the Chemist is poisoning food in the city's grocery stores and restaurants. When the Chemist demands $2 million to stop the killings, the superintendent of detectives puts Jack in charge of the case—because fast-talking Jack has plenty of experience dealing with serial killers, having gone up against three of them already (most recently in Rusty Nail, 2006). Like Jeffrey Deaver, Konrath ratchets up the suspense until readers don't dare stop flipping the pages; the characters are sharply drawn; and the dialogue sounds like real (though funny) people talking (a decided improvement over some of the earlier volumes in the series). Also like Deaver, Konrath clearly understands the importance of creating a believable, interesting villain. A solid success for those who like to mix comedy and grit. Pitt, David

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By Toni Osborne TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 30 2014
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Book 4, in the “Jack” Daniels Mystery series

I am fast becoming a huge fan of this series. As in the previous novels, the story unfolds at a good clip, kept me on the edge of my seat with nail biting action, subtle suspense and a page turning thrill ride till the very last page. If you haven’t read the previous installments no need to worry, you will not get lost in the back story the little there is is well balanced to put everyone at easy and be comfortable with the characters and their interaction.

As far as I can see each story focuses on the moment rather than continuing in an episodic storytelling style. The pacing is fast, steady and never slows down. No breathing space between the hectic episodes. This is one heck of a story expertly plotted and wonderfully told. Jack’s story is told in the first person and glimpses into the villain through a third-person present tense narrative. Mr. Konrath writes the perfect bad guys, who are fun to hate and Jack is a perfect blend of tough and soft. Her partner Herb and her nemesis Harry McGlade join her in this fourth and greatest case….so far.

This is one freaky and shocking story and here is the synopsis:

Chicago homicide detective “Jack” Daniels faces her toughest adversary yet: someone who calls himself the Chemist is poisoning the city’s food supply. But that’s just the start of what he has planned, something big-really big aiming to kill fifty thousand people in the single biggest act of terrorism the US has ever seen. Can Jack stop him — and decide whether to accept boyfriend Latham’s surprise proposal — without destroying her reputation, her sanity and everything she holds dear?”
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I enjoyed the book, it moved along quickly. The story line was plausible. Some of the characters were a little too cheesy. Some parts could have been developed more while others left put. Not my favourite story.
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While the book subject is not funny...everything else is. The dialogue is very funny...laughing out loud funny. Jack Daniels is once again at her best. Can't wait to continue the series.
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Moves along quite well; maintains interest. Perhaps reaching the end of her saga. Fourteen
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but not great July 28 2013
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I gave this a three star, just as easy could have been a two. Most of the errors in printing, etc., mentioned by others have been corrected in the edition I just downloaded. It is hard to review this book because this author loves gory details in murder! Way too much in my opinion. I love a good mystery, and this really is not one, just a nut cake who is mad at police and decides to get even by poisoning as many as possible, and if others get in the way are simply collateral damage. He (she?) starts poisoning people using very ingenious methods, I must admit, and the author certainly has done his homework on the different kinds, hundreds, I assume in the plant world. There are plenty of 'gory' details in the form of very descriptive ill people and it seems the more the merrier! We know the baddie will get caught in the end, and the cop, despite trials and tribulations will come through and survive, thus the so-called "edge of your seat" situations seem simply contrived. The information about her father, and her boy friend is included to add background to the protagonist, and to add pages to the book. If you like the books I suppose this adds depth to the character will encourage you to read the others. I found myself skipping a couple of chapters just past the half way point, the story took too long to tell.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Less graphically violent, but more of the same Dec 13 2015
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I read the first two books and didn't like them. Serial killer, hates women, graphically violent. And I didn't care much for the protagonist. She improved in this book. But we didn't spend a lot of time in her wishy washy angsty head. I skipped book three. Because it again was about a violet serial killer. But the author said in book four he was dropping the violent sexual serial killer theme. which I appreciated. But all of Konrath's villains are the same Hannibal Lecter types. The humor that was in the first book was missing from this one. So far the books are very much the same. Heartless killing, a super intelligent crazy, going after Jack, her family and friends in danger, Harry very important to the outcome, There is no real mystery or plot twists in these books. Who the killer is and why they are killing isn't important. It's just about Jack figuring it out and bringing them down. I started reading the Jack daniels series after reading the Code name Chandler series, which was five stars for me.
4.0 out of 5 stars Laugh Out Loud Funny and Well Executed Aug. 1 2013
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I am so embarrassed. I read more than 50 pages of this book, thinking I was reading another entertaining if gruesome crime mystery. But I started to get annoyed: how could J.A. Konrath believe that we could believe that this woman Jack was so smart, lucky, and yet such an airhead, lurching from one dire or emotional situation to the next? When she went into a cleaning frenzy in her home after her boyfriend was poisoned at the dinner table, I was almost angry. Oh, sure, she dons a spacesuit a friend just happens to own and goes into a booby-trapped home that has killed several poison experts without being killed herself. What a waste of time, so over the top and unbelievable! ... And then I got it -- that's the point! Konrath has done such a fine job of melding humor and exaggeration with real crime possibilities and details that I almost missed a great read. From then on, I just sat back and enjoyed every page, marveling at how well he told the exciting story and mixed in just enough frenzy (but not so much as to be silly). The plot, characters, and actions were consistent and thoroughly enjoyable. On to start the Jack Daniels series at the beginning!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A somewhat engrossing police procedural June 28 2014
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Here is the plot -- someone has an ax to grind against a particular category of people and is committing serial crimes in order to kill as many of them as possible -- a pretty standard plot for both crime books and crime TV shows. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels, the main character of the book and the lead detective on the case, is trying hard to balance complications in her personal life with the demands of her job and the hazards of this particular case. Her close encounters with both the perp and with death are genuinely engrossing to read as you get to each one, but taken as a whole there are maybe too many to be believable. I would categorize this as a good summer/vacation read, when you're looking to pass the time rather than create lifelong literary memories, and will probably read others in the series if they come to hand. The only thing I really didn't like about the book was that when the motive for the perp's crimes was finally revealed, it did not seem logical to me that he would choose that particular method of criminal act. I say that mainly based on years of watching "Criminal Minds" where part of the process is finding the trigger that sets off the crime spree. In this case, the trigger and the specific type of crimes that were committed were not logically connected.

This is the fourth in a series featuring this group of characters, but they are all fully introduced and their relationships clearly explained -- it is not necessary to read the other three books first.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back in Chicago with another tamperer - first the Tylenol Killer and now the Chemist Feb. 24 2013
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"Dirty Martini" is the fourth book in the Lieutenant Jack Daniels' mystery/thriller series, coming after Whiskey Sour; Bloody Mary; and Rusty Nail.

Compared to the other books in the series, this one seems downright low-key. Even though a poisoner is tampering with food, etc. all over Chicago, there's not the blood and guts and gore that was so exciting in the first three books (okay, maybe I'm warped but I enjoyed those first three books - a lot).

I enjoyed this offering, too. It was just different. The pace was a little slower. There was less humor and more plot. Our favorite characters from the past books were fleshed out a bit more and that's a good thing. Editing could have used a bit more work.

This wasn't my favorite book of the series but it still was well worth reading.