Friday, July 27, 2007
My review of Dirty Martini by J.A. Konrath is up today at TCM Reviews. I'm posting it here, too.
By J.A. Konrath
With the fourth Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels mystery, J.A. Konrath continues to balance paralyzing fear with sardonic wit. He mixes it up just right for a thrill-a-minute roller coaster of a ride.
In Dirty Martini, the terror is turned up a notch as Homicide Lieutenant Jack Daniels tries to catch a killer known as the Chemist, who is poisoning the city of Chicago. Jack’s bumpy personal life is a struggle all by itself. From her boyfriend’s surprise proposal, to learning that the father she thought was dead may actually be alive, to her partner’s unexpected announcement that he wants to transfer to a different department.
Time is a ticking bomb as Jack fights to find this crazed lunatic, all the while trying to keep her own world from falling apart. Being the tough, smart cop that she is, Jack faces her evils head on.
I’ve kept up with this whole series—with all the lights on of course—and am always ready for another round. If you have a thirst for fast-paced suspense and laugh-out-loud humor, Konrath is your man. He nails it every time.