Lieutenant Jacqueline (Jack) Daniels is back, and this time she has to solve one of her goriest cases ever. Someone is running around Chicago dismembering women, and the spare body parts are winding up at the local morgue.
In addition to the headaches of the job, she also has to deal with her mother showing up to live with her, as well as the reappearance of her ex-husband, right when she'd thought she was making progress in a relationship with a new boyfriend.
Along with her binge-eating partner Herb, who's on a failing quest to find the perfect diet, we see Jack track down and convict one of the scariest serial killers in recent memory--but not before she becomes a target of his wrath, as well.
Every once in awhile I have to step away from the romance genre and read something different, cleanse my literary palette. One author I've recently discovered in the last few months, though he's been around for awhile, is J.A. Konrath. He lives in the Chicago area, and in fact I can remember being at a nearby B&N store and seeing him doing a booksigning, though I didn't stop to see what was going on. Looking back, I really wish I would have. Fortunately, he has a new book coming out this summer, so I'll have to see if he's doing any local signings - I'll definitely be going if he is.
What I find interesting about his series is that the protagonist is a woman, Detective Jacqueline Daniels, a.k.a. Jack Daniels. She's tough but not hard, good at her job but not perfect. J.A. doesn't make her really bitter or over the top. She's just very human. Sometimes the goings-on have me cracking up (as in the recent shenanigans of demon cat Mr. Friskers), and other times it turns my stomach. But I'm never bored reading these books, and having just finished this one, the 2nd book, I'm already anxious to read the next one. However I'm going to wait because I already have 2 trillion other books waiting for my undivided attention, and I'm probably thinking I should get started on those right now.
What non-romance book/series have you enjoyed?
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