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Overly predictible but saved by the author's writing...

  • Aug 20, 2010
I had high hopes for Bloody Mary but I fear it has the "curse of book two" (see my previous post). I loved the first book and was amazed at such a great job the author did. Let me say that I didn't hate it, but I was expecting a bit more from it. The storyline was great, but it was SO obvious from the start who the murderer was. I was thinking there was surely going to be a twist or something.

Where it left me all together was Jack's personal life. I felt like we didn't get to see her character develop as much as we should have been able to and we didn't get to see her life progress as much as it should. The mom moving was odd, the suitor even more so. I'm hoping, based on what I've been told, that the 3rd book will be much better. I sure hope so, it's already waiting on me to read it in the next little bit.

Where the book redeems itself is in the author's writing. Mr. Konrath is a true artist. For that reason alone, don't let me sway you from reading this one if you enjoyed Whiskey Sour (and do read that!). I have faith that book 3 is going to be a little more mysterious and we'll get to see Jack moving forward again.

A definite read for those that enjoy this genre.

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Konrath's predictable sequel toWhiskey Sour(2004) is no more original than its predecessor. When two arms, sans body, turn up at a Chicago morgue, Det. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels is surprised to discover that the mysterious limbs are joined by her own handcuffs. The killer appears to have a grudge as well as unsettling access to Jack. The dual narrative alternately follows detective and murderer, leaving little to the imagination, particularly in the realm of gore. The author reveals so much about the crimes and their motivation that the plot loses steam until the fiend is caught (halfway through the novel) and the focus shifts to ensuring that he doesn't walk. The legal finagling is a bit far-fetched, but the battle of wills between the psychopath and the cop keeps the pages turning. And like any hard-boiled detective, Jack has a problematic personal life, juggling two unstable relationships and caring for her ailing mother. Konrath peppers the story with one-liners that are sometimes riotous, often groan-worthy and occasionally inappropriately blasé, but readers with a taste for the twisted should enjoy themselves.
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ISBN-10: 0786890746
ISBN-13: 978-0786890743
Author: J. A. Konrath
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Hyperion
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