24 Oct 2010

WHISKEY SOUR.



Lieutenant Jacqueline 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 P.I, Jack and her binge-eating partner, Herb, must catch the maniac before he kills again ..... and Jack is next on his murder list.
....... From the inner front cover.

FIRST SENTENCE: There were four black and whites already at the 7-eleven when I arrived.

MEMORABLE MOMENT: If this weren't such a somber situation, the image of two detectives flashing around pictures of the gingerbread man and asking "have you seen him?" would be pretty funny.

The first in the Lieutenant Jack Daniels series and I loved it.

Just that little bit different, Whiskey Sour was not just a crime caper but also a comedy which, if not exactly laugh out loud, had me quietly chuckling to myself from the start with witty asides such as:

"Sorry to hear about your dad."
He shrugged. "He was seventy, and we always told him fast food would kill him."
"Heart attack?"
"He was hit by a Pizza Express truck."

And this was only page 3.

Fast paced and, at times, full of suspense, this was a novel with an interesting plot but more than that were the wonderful array of truly odd-ball characters - not least of which were my two favourites, Special Agents Daily and Coursey, both of whom made Inspector Closeau of The Pink Panther fame seem highly intelligent.

A real page-turner, I highly recommend  this J.A Konrath novel which I purchased as ex-library stock.

19 comments:

Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY said...

Thanks for sharing it, Tracy.
I love intriguing novels. :)

Happy Sunday!

Big hugs!
B xx

Dorte H said...

Crime caper? Yes, I guessed as much when I saw the name Jack Daniels. That´s the kind of name I could have come up with.

dr.antony said...

J Daniels should have some Jack Daniels before starting the chase.I am going to have a shot or two,and then join Daniels.

Mary said...

Because of your review I just bought it (ebook). Thanks for telling us about it!

Alison said...

Sounds great. I love a book that makes me laugh and is suspenseful.

Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading) said...

Books rarely make me laugh out loud. the most I usually do, is chuckle to myself like you. Except for David Sedaris' books. Those make me scream in laughter he is so funny!

SG said...

Thanks for the nice review. Jack Daniels? Very appropriate name. Is she from Tennessee?

Oddyoddyo13 said...

Haha, it sounded kind of quirky from the synopsis. :)

Great review! I loved the passage you picked out!

Melissa Gill said...

This sounds like it might be a funny read for one of my book clubs. Thanks for the review.

NabilaHazirah said...

Haha! The Pizza express truck was really funny one! :D

xx

R. Ramesh said...

Hi friend..:)

Kelly said...

This sounds funny! I'll put it on my wish list.

Sherry said...

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Alexia561 said...

Sounds like a good one! Haven't read Konrath before, but I love the Pizza Express line! Great review!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I have never heard of this but it sounds funny!

Misha1989 said...

I love the title of the book! Thanks for the review! I will add this to my already expanding TBR

naida said...

This sounds like a great read. I like a book that can make me laugh.
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joemmama said...

I love this series....the other books are just as good!

GMR said...

Sounds like an interesting book....and the nonchalence in the exchange there...too funny. Thanks for sharing!