Wednesday, January 12, 2011
CBR III Review #10-15: Jack Daniels Series by J.A. Konrath
CBR III Review #10: Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath
A lot of mystery novels read like watching a CSI show. It is very formulaic and there is a consistent lack of character development. The Jack Daniel series doesn't offer much more that is different, but J.A. Konrath has a wicked sense of humor and it makes the books fun to read. Whiskey Sour would be one in a million mystery/crime fiction novels if it didn't have the humor as a strong backbone for the novel. However, the dialogue can sometimes come across as too witty. It almost has a Joss Whedon ring to it.
One of the best descriptions for this novel I ran across was, "Suspense, with humor, and just a dash of gratuitous violence."
CBR III Review #11: Bloody Mary by J.A. Konrath
Part of the novel deals with Jack Daniel's personal life which include: her boyfriend Latham, the reappearance of her ex husband, her ailing mother who refuses to accept the limitations that come with age, and her partner who appears to be going through a midlife crisis.
There are some great twist in the novel and it kept it from feeling too predictable, but it's really once again J.A. Konrath's humor that saves the novel.
CBR III Review #12: Rusty Nail by J.A. Konrath
Det. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels receives an anonymous snuff film and it looks like it can only be the work of the notorious, and very dead, Gingerbread Man. Her hunt for the supposed copycat answers the question: "What kind of family does a depraved serial killer come from?". It turns out in this case the apple didn't fall too far from the tree. The level of depravity that is uncovered makes me wonder a bit about Konrath's own sanity.
CBR III Review #13: Dirty Martini by by J.A. Konrath
Between chasing down a terrorist and trying to keep the City of Chicago calm she has to deal with the fact that her boyfriend has proposed. To complicate matters even more she finds out her long-deceased father isn't all that dead after all.
At this point either you really enjoy Konrath's sense of humor and writing style or you hate it.
CBR III Review #14: Fuzzy Navel by J.A. Konrath
This novel is unique because the storyline takes place in a small 8 hour window, but you wont be disappointed because it pacts in the action and emotion. However, I will warn you that this novel feels the most cartoonish out of the bunch and often times I had a hard time following who was shooting at who and why. This wasn't my favorite novel of the series but it kept me entertained.
CBR III Review #15: Cherry Bomb by J.A. Konrath
If you made it to the end of Fuzzy Navel by J.A. Konrath it's pretty much an obligation to read his newest addition to he Jack Daniel series. There isn't much I can say about this novel without giving out the ending to Konrath's previous installment.
I can say this novel may have the highest body count of his Jack Daniel novels and the deaths are anything but routine and boring. I will put out a warning to those who have masculine body parts, because there is a scene that even made me cringe. This novel was darker than the others in the series, but it wasn't without Konrath's signature sarcasm.