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They are the very best at what they do. Peerless. Unmatched. Only fate could bring two such extraordinary people togetheror the depraved manipulations of a homicidal criminal who takes lives for the sheer pleasure of watching his victims die. Luther Kite is a monster among monsters, growing increasingly bored with his kills. So he sets his sights on the one adversary who can They are the very best at what they do. Peerless. Unmatched. Only fate could bring two such extraordinary people together—or the depraved manipulations of a homicidal criminal who takes lives for the sheer pleasure of watching his victims die. Luther Kite is a monster among monsters, growing increasingly bored with his kills. So he sets his sights on the one adversary who can offer him a true challenge: Lt. Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels, the best homicide detective to ever come out of the Chicago PD. Jack has brought the city’s most notorious criminals to their knees. But now she may die on hers, in a specially crafted hell Luther Kite has been building for years. Trapped in a nightmare from which none have escaped, Jack has never been so close to death...nor had so much to live for. Fast-paced, suspenseful, and darkly comic, Stirred brings J.A. Konrath’s Jack Daniels series and Blake Crouch’s Luther Kite series to a riveting, heart-stopping conclusion!


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They are the very best at what they do. Peerless. Unmatched. Only fate could bring two such extraordinary people togetheror the depraved manipulations of a homicidal criminal who takes lives for the sheer pleasure of watching his victims die. Luther Kite is a monster among monsters, growing increasingly bored with his kills. So he sets his sights on the one adversary who can They are the very best at what they do. Peerless. Unmatched. Only fate could bring two such extraordinary people together—or the depraved manipulations of a homicidal criminal who takes lives for the sheer pleasure of watching his victims die. Luther Kite is a monster among monsters, growing increasingly bored with his kills. So he sets his sights on the one adversary who can offer him a true challenge: Lt. Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels, the best homicide detective to ever come out of the Chicago PD. Jack has brought the city’s most notorious criminals to their knees. But now she may die on hers, in a specially crafted hell Luther Kite has been building for years. Trapped in a nightmare from which none have escaped, Jack has never been so close to death...nor had so much to live for. Fast-paced, suspenseful, and darkly comic, Stirred brings J.A. Konrath’s Jack Daniels series and Blake Crouch’s Luther Kite series to a riveting, heart-stopping conclusion!

30 review for Stirred

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mort

    Hell YEAH! The next time I am at the dentist and need to go to my happy place... - Pardon the segue, but I feel the need to share this. When I thought about how I am going to start this review, my original idea was: The next time I have to go for a prostate exam and have to go to the happy place in my head... But then I thought that most of my Goodreads friends are female, and statistically they tend to skip the mandatory prostate exam altogether, they might not be able to relate to the fear most Hell YEAH! The next time I am at the dentist and need to go to my happy place... - Pardon the segue, but I feel the need to share this. When I thought about how I am going to start this review, my original idea was: The next time I have to go for a prostate exam and have to go to the happy place in my head... But then I thought that most of my Goodreads friends are female, and statistically they tend to skip the mandatory prostate exam altogether, they might not be able to relate to the fear most men have watching any medical person snap on a latex glove while sitting there bare-assed. It's a fear that pierces the core of your very being, making your sphincter constrict like it was sucking on a lemon. Think I'm joking? This is a direct quote: "You need to relax, sir, you are pinching my finger..." Oh, the horror! At least the nightmares are getting better - I'm down to only one or two a night. - I know, much too drama-queen. Where was I...right, the happy place in my mind is where I am after finishing this book. Konrath's heroine - Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels - and Crouch's villain - Luther Kite - come together in this smashing book by two brilliant writers. Here's what you can expect: Retired Jack Daniels is more than eight months pregnant and suffers from preeclampsia - for those of you who don't know this medical term, you either have a penis or are much too young to read these kinds of books. She is difficult and hormonal - no, I have also impregnated a woman, so I will not throw the inappropriate line in there of: How can you tell? - but most of all she is scared. At 48, the idea of becoming a parent is nearly as scary as the bad guys she has chased throughout her career. Luther Kite is back, as promised at the end of the previous JD novel SHAKEN, and he's coming for Jack and her baby, leaving a trail of dead bodies in his wake to send her the message. Will her friends, Herb, Phin and Harry - for the sake of argument, let's call him a friend, okay? - be able to protect her or will Luther be able to drag her down to the nine circles of Hell - As in, Dante, The Divine Comedy - and do whatever his twisted mind can come up with? And then there is the unlikely unknown of the messed up killers Lucy and Donaldson - from SERIAL UNCUT - who are barely hanging on to their lives, but team up to hunt down a common enemy. Will this truly be the end of Jack Daniels and Luther Kite, as the authors planned? ---------------------------------------------------------------- Here are my thoughts on this novel: If you allow yourself to get on the bus, to truly give into their storytelling and allow some unlikely (yet still plausible) scenarios to ensue, you won't be able to stop yourself from loving this book. The ride is truly amazing. As always, the funniest scene in the book is when Mr. Friskers and Harry McGlade are in the same room. And Harry, as rude, offensive and irritating as usual, will be relatable in some scenes - that in itself is some brilliant writing! And Luther Kite - independently wealthy, charming when he needs to be and absolutely without remorse - have shades of my ultimate villain: Dr. Hannibal Lector. I refuse to criticize this story - it did everything I wanted it to do, was brilliantly entertaining and over too soon. What in the world more would you need? Remember, though, you will love the Jack Daniels series more if read in order, but it can be read as stand-alone. Recommend to EVERYBODY!!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Monnie

    All the books featuring Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels are extremely well written and hold your attention with a grip that just won't let go, but I must admit my fed-up-with-violence quotient finally got pushed over the edge about halfway through this one and I almost didn't finish it. Although the authors left the door open for more, Stirred supposedly is the last of the series, and I can't say I'm all that sorry. Lest you think I'm opposed to blood-and-guts gore, far from it; it's just that I'm All the books featuring Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels are extremely well written and hold your attention with a grip that just won't let go, but I must admit my fed-up-with-violence quotient finally got pushed over the edge about halfway through this one and I almost didn't finish it. Although the authors left the door open for more, Stirred supposedly is the last of the series, and I can't say I'm all that sorry. Lest you think I'm opposed to blood-and-guts gore, far from it; it's just that I'm totally unable to believe any human being - no matter what kind of good shape they're in - would be able to withstand such extreme physical and mental atrocities and keep on going without, as I said in a review of an earlier book, spending months in rehab. On top of that, many of the methods of torture described are hard to believe as well. That said, authors Konrath and Crouch promise future books featuring familiar characters from the Daniels series (I won't reveal which ones lest I spoil things for those who haven't yet read Stirred), and yes, I'll certainly give them a try. As an aside, one very neat feature of the Kindle version of this book is that although it can stand alone, mentions of characters from previous books include handy links where you can read who they are. Ah, the wonders of technology!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I didnt enjoy this one as much as usual. It had less humour and I didnt like the story line. I didn’t enjoy this one as much as usual. It had less humour and I didn’t like the story line.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    A finale to the Jack Daniels series created by Konrath and a finale to the Luther Kite and Andrew Z Thomas by Blake Crouch. I have yet to read any previous books from the series, with a newly found guilt. Whiskey sour, the beginning of The Jack Daniels Detective series, has been gathering some undue dust on the shelf and after reading the end line of her career in this novel I only wished to have had a sample of her detective work in upholding the law. The mind of Luther kite is some what one A finale to the Jack Daniels series created by Konrath and a finale to the Luther Kite and Andrew Z Thomas by Blake Crouch. I have yet to read any previous books from the series, with a newly found guilt. Whiskey sour, the beginning of The Jack Daniel’s Detective series, has been gathering some undue dust on the shelf and after reading the end line of her career in this novel I only wished to have had a sample of her detective work in upholding the law. The mind of Luther kite is some what one that one could visit again after reading this story, via previous novels. Knowledge of past novels in the series is not a must to enjoy this thrill ride but would further enjoy the experience. Since The pairing of the villain Hannibal Lecter and FBI agent Clarice Starling, the healthy duo of heroine and villain has been often repeated but never really matched, but in this novel the two authors have created a good competition . The villain is one screwed up one to say the least he thrives on watching his prey wither in pain bit by bit and suffer a slow death. He does not want Jack to die immediately but watch her suffer slowly and has set some traps in this story that really surpasses many serial killer/crime novels. The authors have used all the new modern age media, one being the kindle and location points instead of page numbers in clues to crimes. The villain is obsessed with Dante’s Inferno and constructs his methods of torture around its levels of hell. This story was thoroughly enjoyable to read and really all the cliche terms can be used like page turning, thrill ride and a high octane read. Review also here

  5. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    I rarely read a 500-page book in one day, but this one was that good! It examines the levels of hell, and how people in our time might be assigned to them. Lots of plot twists! This two-author book was extremely well-written and was definitely thrilling!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Super serial killers versus super cops---an epic battle and the perfect ending to this series. Lots of twists and turns and action.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Jack takes a serious trip to the dark side with this book. The antagonist is about as bad as one can get. He's got his kill-on for just about every single character in the book with the exception of Jack. He wants to leave her for last. It's fairly brutal, but true to Konrath's earlier work in this series, readers are spared explicit exposure to gorry descriptors. That said, there is a whole lot of killing done in truly creative and dastardly ways. The sequence in the killer's funhouse goes on a Jack takes a serious trip to the dark side with this book. The antagonist is about as bad as one can get. He's got his kill-on for just about every single character in the book with the exception of Jack. He wants to leave her for last. It's fairly brutal, but true to Konrath's earlier work in this series, readers are spared explicit exposure to gorry descriptors. That said, there is a whole lot of killing done in truly creative and dastardly ways. The sequence in the killer's funhouse goes on a little longer than I would have liked, but the twist at the end makes both Jack and the reader look at the gathered evidence in an entirely new perspective. Everything we knew from page one shifts and alters what we thought we knew about the killer and his motives. This results in a creative twist that made for an interesting conclusion.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly A. Bettes

    It would be cliché to say that Stirred is Konrath & Crouch at their best. After all, when arent they at their best? But this is one of their best collaborations, possibly their best to date. The way they brought in all their characters, both villains and heroes, and wove them all together in one story is simply amazing. The fact that it worked so well is a testament to both their writing abilities and their working relationship. Add in the interactive element, and you have a real masterpiece It would be cliché to say that Stirred is Konrath & Crouch at their best. After all, when aren’t they at their best? But this is one of their best collaborations, possibly their best to date. The way they brought in all their characters, both villains and heroes, and wove them all together in one story is simply amazing. The fact that it worked so well is a testament to both their writing abilities and their working relationship. Add in the interactive element, and you have a real masterpiece here. (They made the story interactive for those who haven’t read their previous works and are unfamiliar with the characters. The reader is able to click on the name of the character during their first appearance, and will be able to learn about them. However, if you have never read anything by either author, you will still be able to keep up. The authors have done such a wonderful job of answering any questions a new reader would have without the reader even knowing they’re being given back story. And there’s a couple little treats along the way for faithful readers.) Stirred was a great read, full of surprises. With tension and suspense, humor (who doesn’t love Harry McGlade?), and drama, there’s something here for everyone. These two have knocked it out of the park again.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mihir

    Review originally at Fantasy Book Critic OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Stirred is a book for which both authors have been building up anticipation for their reading audience. The first collaboration between both these authors was Serial which was a download bonanza, and was the stepping stone in regards to the unification of their individual written worlds. Following in that direction, the authors soon expanded their collaborative efforts with Serial Uncut, Killers, Birds of Prey, etc All of these books Review originally at Fantasy Book Critic OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Stirred is a book for which both authors have been building up anticipation for their reading audience. The first collaboration between both these authors was “Serial” which was a download bonanza, and was the stepping stone in regards to the unification of their individual written worlds. Following in that direction, the authors soon expanded their collaborative efforts with Serial Uncut, Killers, Birds of Prey, etc… All of these books along with newer material were combined into a single volume called Serial Killers Uncut, which was a huge success as well as loved by the fans. I especially liked the book and was waiting to see how it would end in Stirred as I also read Shaken the penultimate book in the Jack Daniels series. Before starting on with the review for Stirred, I’ll do a brief overview of Shaken before proceeding to the review. Shaken was released earlier this year and is the seventh book in the Jack Daniels series, what was especially special about this book was that it had qualities of a prequel and sequel bundled smoothly within. The story has three distinct threads featuring Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels in three different time periods of her life, the first time period is set twenty years ago, the second timeline being focused on events three years ago and lastly the third plot is set in present day. The focus of the story was on Mr. K, a killer of note and one who has refined his methods over decades. The three timelines showcase Jack struggles with him in these various time-periods. The best part about the book is its ending and how it ties into this book, via the presence of Luther Kite who has set his sights on Jack as he sees her as his ultimate competitor via bonds of alpha predators. There’s also a tie-in to this book via several chapters from Serial Killers Uncut as Luther, Donaldson & Lucy return and are worse for the wear. The story begins with Jack who is now nearly eight and half months pregnant, this however hasn’t necessarily dulled her senses and she is now even more alert. Due to reasons revealed in the climax of Shaken, Jack’s friends and everyone around her is hyper alert for the presence of Luther Kite and his plans. The biggest problem is while Jack is about to deliver, she just plain refuses to accept her physiological condition thereby further endangering her own life as well as that of her baby. Luther on the other hand has been rather inspired by Dante and his most famous work and goes about his enigmatic ways to recreate the nine circles of hell in an abandoned are of the country as well targeting several other individuals to raise the stakes of his grand plan. Thus begins the final chapter in the worlds of Jack Daniels and Luther Kite, wherein only one predator can survive and for that to happen the other must be terminated as that is the only way to survive. This book while building upon the two previous titles does its absolute best to out thrill both the previous titles. This book is supposedly the end to not just one but two series of two different authors. Not only does it raise the stakes twice over but it also raises the question how effectively two authors can jointly write a saga and manage to make their numero uno character come out on top. As a fan of the Jack Daniels series, it was hard to imagine what fate would befall her however in the back of my mind, I knew J.A. Konrath planned to write a series about Jack’s grandson thereby ruining the surprise a bit but knowing the author’s deviousness and previous book plots, it could have very well turned out that Jack could still be dead and her baby might survive. This book’s strongest point is in its visceral twists and turns, Luther Kite strongly moulds the story alongside his devious plan that causes Jack and her friends but the readers as well to rack their brains as to what might be his ultimate aim. This aspect along with the plot’s express pace is what makes this book an excellent thriller as well as one of the best serial killer titles. The authors have to be lauded for their ingenuity in coming up with all the twists for this tale and also for planning the ultimate twist in the climax of this story. I had raised a question in regards to a certain plot occurrence in Serial Killers Uncut, which was severely contradicted by events taking place in Shaken. I had raised this query in my review and also asked Blake Crouch for clarification, to which he had replied that everything will be revealed in Stirred and to my surprise it was. The contradiction plays perfectly into the massive twist planned by the authors and kudos to them for planning and executing it. All in all this I couldn't put down the book once I started it and as far as thrillers go, this is what every thriller aims for. As for as any negative points to this book, I couldn't find many. Some readers might take umbrage with some of the twists as well as some of the things which occur might be near impossible for a nearly full term woman to do all of which Jack Daniels does. But if we start questioning too much into these events, the thriller aspect might just fall apart completely. I think that while such issues can be detrimental to the story they can’t be completely ignored. Take the book for what it is, a thriller book featuring serial killers of the most depraved kind and a cop who hunts them at the expense of her own life as well as that of her near & dear ones. It’s not a medical manual about what severely pregnant females can and cannot do. CONCLUSION: A fitting finale to two series and with more action and intrigue packed in it to satisfy the most veteran readers. Stirred brings a strong, emotionally satisfying end to a saga of various characters with almost no room for ennui of any kind. Once again J.A. Konrath & Blake Crouch effectively show why they can be counted upon in the future to write plots mixing cerebral & visceral thrills and to thoroughly entertain their fans.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    One word. Horrific (and not in a good way). Everyone who knows me knows I absolutely abhor cliff hangers. They leave me feeling cheated. Having said that, I cannot stress how much I wish the Jack Daniel's series had ended with the previous book's cliff hanger. I really wanted to like this book. The first half of the book I still don't know why it was there. The only thing I can come up with is it was a marketing experience. I mean what else can it be when two main characters go for a long One word. Horrific (and not in a good way). Everyone who knows me knows I absolutely abhor cliff hangers. They leave me feeling cheated. Having said that, I cannot stress how much I wish the Jack Daniel's series had ended with the previous book's cliff hanger. I really wanted to like this book. The first half of the book I still don't know why it was there. The only thing I can come up with is it was a marketing experience. I mean what else can it be when two main characters go for a long (chapter long) drive and their discussion is limited to a rehash of the plot of one of the previous books? The authors clearly chose to ignore the 'make every word count' writing rule. Telling a fresh story was ignored also although the repetition of previous story element was later explained. After 50% it got better and I kept telling myself the book should have started here. Of course that was about the time I started not being able to ignore how disjointed the writing was and the lack of flow or maybe even plot. Shaken flowed in a consistent pattern with the time and POV jumps. This one didn't. The next third of the book just seemed like random jumps from one horrific, deprived situation to the next without editing for depth, pacing and rhythm. Maybe it is my fault, because I re-read the previous books in the JD series before reading this. This was not the Jack character I've grown to love in the series. This was a wooden imitation that up until the birth I had trouble recognizing. You know something is off in characterization when Lucy and Donaldson are the only characters you can empathize with! Once we got to the birth scene the story got much better. I was really hoping the quality of the last 10% of the book would raise the rating...then the sledge hammer came down. When you get a two page long explanation during the climax scene all I could do was grimace and shake my head while I tried to figure it out. 2.75/5 stars. I'm worried that the author has slipped from being hungry and writing quality stories to coasting on his laurels.

  11. 5 out of 5

    John

    I'm going to go with a solid average for this book. The story was interesting, and the plot/set-up of the villain was creative in a twisted kind of way. It kept me turning pages to see what was going to happen next. On the down side, the main character, Jack Daniels, is not a sympathetic protagonist. She's really quite unpleasant and selfish most of the time. Now to be fair, this is not even close to the beginning of this series, so perhaps the other novels would have fleshed her out more, so I'm going to go with a solid average for this book. The story was interesting, and the plot/set-up of the villain was creative in a twisted kind of way. It kept me turning pages to see what was going to happen next. On the down side, the main character, Jack Daniels, is not a sympathetic protagonist. She's really quite unpleasant and selfish most of the time. Now to be fair, this is not even close to the beginning of this series, so perhaps the other novels would have fleshed her out more, so that I wasn't so put off by her. Also, while I have only the two data points of my wife's pregnancies, I found the level of activity from Jack completely unbelievable for a 38 week pregnant woman. Finally, I have to wonder if the author has some sort of product placement deal in place for this novel. It's kind of like how despite 95% of computer users using a PC, every computer in movies is a Mac. Off the top of my head I remember beer, cars and phones being called particular brands/models. And it happened often enough that it got annoying and had to be on purpose. In favor of the books in this series, they are generally about $3 for the Kindle edition, and so it could be a nice escape for the price. That being said, it'll be quite a while before I feel like reading any more of the Jack Daniels series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Darcia Helle

    This book combines fast-paced action, humor, madness, and edge-of-your-seat, jaw-clenching suspense. It's like driving by a bad accident. You know you shouldn't stare at the gore but you can't help yourself. Jack Daniels is at her best here. She's tough, angry, stubborn, and determined, while doing her best to beat back her softer side. Her sidekick Harry McGlade keeps us chuckling in the midst of the horror. And Luther Kite remains my favorite, twisted psychopath. The pace is relentless and you This book combines fast-paced action, humor, madness, and edge-of-your-seat, jaw-clenching suspense. It's like driving by a bad accident. You know you shouldn't stare at the gore but you can't help yourself. Jack Daniels is at her best here. She's tough, angry, stubborn, and determined, while doing her best to beat back her softer side. Her sidekick Harry McGlade keeps us chuckling in the midst of the horror. And Luther Kite remains my favorite, twisted psychopath. The pace is relentless and you won't want to put this one down for long - maybe just to breathe now and then. Konrath and Crouch are a formidable writing team, and Stirred allows them both to shine.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Wandaful

    Brilliant..!!! Hilariously funny one minute, disgustingly gory and scary as hell the next Full of characters you love to hate, and characters you just hate to love RIPPER story, totally engrossing,(with emphasis on the GROSS), and full of mega laugh out loud (aka LOL) moments... Many brilliant plots along the way and hilarious dialogue to die for..!!!... Literally... Plus a twist at the end that no one will see coming One of the best books I have read this year Another masterpiece from Konrath (and Brilliant..!!! Hilariously funny one minute, disgustingly gory and scary as hell the next Full of characters you love to hate, and characters you just hate to love RIPPER story, totally engrossing,(with emphasis on the GROSS), and full of mega laugh out loud (aka LOL) moments... Many brilliant plots along the way and hilarious dialogue to die for..!!!... Literally... Plus a twist at the end that no one will see coming One of the best books I have read this year Another masterpiece from Konrath (and Blake Crouch) 6 of out 5 and then some

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mylene

    Sob..... I don't want to be finished! I liked this last chapter of the Daniels/Kite/Thomas saga but I didn't love it. Some parts worked (Donaldson and Lucy, and the fake Luther Kite with the circles of hell), while others didn't (the cemetery scene was lame, and Jack is shown as more lucky than good). As a whole, Konrath and Crouch rock! Someone who likes police procedurals, strong older women characters, horror, and memorable villains needs to read Konrath and Crouch. I, for one, am a big fan!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    John

    Overall - 4.5 stars Story - 4 stars Narration - 5 stars I started this series on book 8 because I got it as a daily deal or something, but I don't think it'll make a big difference. This book was quite exciting and fast paced. If the other books in this series are as good, then I'd rate the J.A. Konrath books third after the John Sandford and Craig Johnson books on my favorite detective series list.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    I thought NO ONE could write about Jack Daniels like J.A. Konrath. This latest installment has proved me WRONG. Blake Crouch did a wonderful job with this story - it was impossible to tell who wrote what. Another gritty, gory romp with Jack Daniels and company. I felt like I was at a super creepy family reunion. Thanks for bringing back Mr. Friskers and for adding Duffy the Basset Hound. Well done, Gentlemen!! I will remain a fan of Jack Daniels forever.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bart Hopkins

    3.5 Stars My least favorite of the Jack Daniels series, primarily because of how unrealistic I found one aspect of this story to be. I won't give it away, but it was there, bothering me a little bit, throughout the entire novel. While there were good scenes and good writing otherwise, it was that one angle that kept tickling my brain in an uncomfortable way. Meh, whatever. All that being said, I've mostly enjoyed the series, and I'll move on to the next soon.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shorty

    Angela Dawe and Phil Gigante narrated this audiobook.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    Wow. Konrath and Crouch pull out all the stops on this fusion of their serial killer novels with Konrath's Jack Daniels series. It's totally over the top at times, but yet, like a car wreck on the shoulder of the highway, I couldn't look away. I had to keep reading. I haven't read a lot of Jack Daniels mysteries, maybe three, and I've enjoyed them. There's a certain competency, a workman-like quality to the stories and the writing, that I really admire. I like her as a character, too. She's sort Wow. Konrath and Crouch pull out all the stops on this fusion of their serial killer novels with Konrath's Jack Daniels series. It's totally over the top at times, but yet, like a car wreck on the shoulder of the highway, I couldn't look away. I had to keep reading. I haven't read a lot of Jack Daniels mysteries, maybe three, and I've enjoyed them. There's a certain competency, a workman-like quality to the stories and the writing, that I really admire. I like her as a character, too. She's sort of a guy in a woman's body. Too cool, in a way. Unconcerned with a lot of things that one might expect a woman to be concerned with. Like one fantasy of a guy about how his ideal woman should be. Far from perfect, yes, but in some ways more a guy than a girl. Not very realistic, perhaps, but totally fun in this context. This book takes Jack and her friends, and pits them against serial killer extraordinaire Luther Kite. He's a bad dude, part Lector and part Michael Myers, in this book. Undefeatable, almost, and so darned smart! Again, totally "fun" in this context. It was another book I just had to read until I got to the end. How was Jack going to best this guy? And what about all these other bad guys (and girls) creeping out of the woodwork? I compare it to reading Richard Laymon. I've read a lot of his stuff, and there also, there's a certain competence in the writing, but the stories are mostly car wrecks. Don't exactly find them to be great, but I can't look away! This was better than most of those. Perhaps 4 stars is too high. But 3 is a little low for me. This was, for me, better than average. 3.5 might be about right. I used to rate Laymon's books on an internet site called the Book and Candle pub, and gave most of them 7's. I like this one more than those. 7.5 on a scale of 1 to 10. I'll probably be working my way through Konrath's, Crouch's and their other names' (like Kilborn) novels on my Kindle. Sometimes you just want some mindless entertainment. This worked for me

  20. 5 out of 5

    Debbi Mack

    STIRRED finds (retired) Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels (formerly) of the Chicago Police Department seated not-so-comfortably in the ER with her significant other, Phin, a bank robber-turned-nice guy. Apparently. Jack is, not to put too fine a point on it, preggers out to here. Eight and half months into pregnancy and suffering from preeclampsia. As in pre-eclampsia. Eclampsia being a condition that could kill her and/or her unborn child. So. Not. Cool. Mid-examination, Jack learns that a STIRRED finds (retired) Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels (formerly) of the Chicago Police Department seated not-so-comfortably in the ER with her significant other, Phin, a bank robber-turned-nice guy. Apparently. Jack is, not to put too fine a point on it, preggers out to here. Eight and half months into pregnancy and suffering from preeclampsia. As in pre-eclampsia. Eclampsia being a condition that could kill her and/or her unborn child. So. Not. Cool. Mid-examination, Jack learns that a sociopath named Luther Kite -- a man she both hates and fears more than anyone else on earth -- has killed someone in the most spectacular way. Well, what's a little eclampsia when a maniac is out there, maybe after your ass? Jack hops off the table, pulls her clothes on (maybe), runs out the freaking door and catches a ride with her reluctant chauffeur/business partner Harry McGlade straight to the crime scene. And learns that Luther left a message inside the body for Jack. Turns out this message is a clue to the next murder. Because there is a next murder. It's all part of huge game (involving Dante's Divine Comedy and the nine circles of hell) that Luther's devised for Jack, who's so stubborn/determined/scared/idiotic/take your pick that she just has to be the one to apprehend this man. Even though eclampsia is nothing to sneeze at. It's a freaking serious condition that requires bed rest or you could seriously kill yourself. Honest! Thing about thrillers is that they are big concept stories. And one concept here is the amazing, sometimes awful capacity for people to survive ordeals. Read the entire review at http://thebookgrrl.blogspot.com/2011/...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jerry B

    Apparently we are in the minority in downgrading this novel for over-the-top brutality, torture, and horrible killings an unwelcome trend being seen in other recent crime thrillers as well. First of all, we were angry during the first 50 pages or so, having read the previous seven Jack Daniels tales in which she was a Chicago PD Homicide Lieutenant. Suddenly she is a private eye, partnered with goofball Harry McGlade, and pregnant (!) by boyfriend Phin Troutt, who last we knew was a month or so Apparently we are in the minority in downgrading this novel for over-the-top brutality, torture, and horrible killings – an unwelcome trend being seen in other recent crime thrillers as well. First of all, we were angry during the first 50 pages or so, having read the previous seven Jack Daniels tales in which she was a Chicago PD Homicide Lieutenant. Suddenly she is a private eye, partnered with goofball Harry McGlade, and pregnant (!) by boyfriend Phin Troutt, who last we knew was a month or so from dying and self-medicating with cocaine, vodka, and heroine – and all this without one word of explanation or back story?!?! What a rip-off for fans. Secondly, the book brings together Jack plus her former cop buddies versus villain Luther Kite, “leading man” of co-author Blake Crouch’s three-book set about a psychopath killer/monster who in “Stirred” spends years practically erecting a city in which to entrap Jack and crew in order to terrorize them eventually all to death. While there was indeed quite the helping of suspense, the whole thing was so far-fetched and barbaric, with the cops so needlessly fooled at every turn, we were insulted to have wasted our time on it. Fortunately the 504 pages billed are more like only about 300 with actual words on them. There are three more books now in the Daniels set, but we’re wondering now whether to proceed.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth Funk

    This book was one of the worst that I have read in a very long time. I understand that two authors were trying to wrap their respective series and this book did indeed read like two different books. I do not like having to bounce back and forth to try to figure out what was going on since I never read the Luther Kite series, nor did I read the series where Lucy and Donaldson came from. Two sets of serial killers chasing one retired detective...the Jack Daniels series really should have ended This book was one of the worst that I have read in a very long time. I understand that two authors were trying to wrap their respective series and this book did indeed read like two different books. I do not like having to bounce back and forth to try to figure out what was going on since I never read the Luther Kite series, nor did I read the series where Lucy and Donaldson came from. Two sets of serial killers chasing one retired detective...the Jack Daniels series really should have ended when Jack quit the police force. The series went about 2 books longer than it should have.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    A fitting conclusion to the Jack Daniels series. I hadn't read the series by Blake Crouch but I intend to. It was a perfect blending of the two series. Gruesome and exciting beyond anything I could imagine. I liked the way all the loose ends were "tied up" if they really were. I will be sad to not have Jack Daniels in my reading world anymore. Guess I will have to do an occasional reread. I would definitely recommend this series for fans of horror/thriller mysteries. This one has it all, a A fitting conclusion to the Jack Daniels series. I hadn't read the series by Blake Crouch but I intend to. It was a perfect blending of the two series. Gruesome and exciting beyond anything I could imagine. I liked the way all the loose ends were "tied up" if they really were. I will be sad to not have Jack Daniels in my reading world anymore. Guess I will have to do an occasional reread. I would definitely recommend this series for fans of horror/thriller mysteries. This one has it all, a likeable set of heroes,graphic detailed situations and just the right amount of humor thrown in.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I read this one as a conclusion to the Blake Crouch (Luther Kite) series. In that regard, I was thrilled! I really didn't know much of anything about Jack then, but have since begun her series. I can't rate on the JD series because of this, so this rating reflects my opinion of the conclusion of the Luther Kite series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chris Bowsman

    I'm a huge Konrath/Kilborn and Crouch fan, and went into this one with ridiculously high expectations. They under promised and over delivered. Everything that's great about the Jack Daniels stuff and the serial killer books is here in spades. Very highly recommended.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    I was a little afraid that this wouldn't be as good as say Serial, but I'm so glad I was wrong. I devoured this book. It had the humour I was expecting and some surprises. Pretty gross as expected so not for people that are squimish.

  27. 5 out of 5

    WendyB

    Take a deep breath and read this... in fact, take many deep breaths and keep reminding yourself it's only a novel. The best and most twisted Jack Daniels' story yet.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    Irritatingly extreme; formulaic X 10.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Elayne

    WOW!! Brilliant...and as always from these two authors..thought provoking! I can only say, to anyone who likes a thriller with a lot of creepiness, read this book and all those preceding it!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)

    OH. MY. GOD. What a freaking incredible roller coaster of a ride. A showdown between Jack and Luther? YES! And I am SO GLAD that I read Blake Crouch's Andrew Thomas series before this so that I could have some background on him and Luther. The only thing that irritated me about this was the beginning when Jack kept saying Phin was trying to control her by trying to get her to a hospital. Uh, no. You have a freaking possible fatal medical condition. Geez. But anyway, after getting past the first OH. MY. GOD. What a freaking incredible roller coaster of a ride. A showdown between Jack and Luther? YES! And I am SO GLAD that I read Blake Crouch's Andrew Thomas series before this so that I could have some background on him and Luther. The only thing that irritated me about this was the beginning when Jack kept saying Phin was trying to control her by trying to get her to a hospital. Uh, no. You have a freaking possible fatal medical condition. Geez. But anyway, after getting past the first few chapters of that nonsense, it gets crazy wild and intense and it was amazing. The ending was hella good. Seriously. Great twists and a great thrill.

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