"Absorbing crime thriller"
Forty-six years old Lieutenant Jacqueline (Jack) Daniels
of the Chicago police department heads the Violent Crimes
Unit. She's dedicated to the job, but that cost her when
her husband left her because she paid more attention to
work than to him. She has lived with Don for six months
but he dumps her for his personal trainer because she
doesn't spend enough quality time with him. Jack suffers
from a bad case of chronic insomnia but that still doesn't
prevent her from putting many hours in on the job.
Jack knows with the discovery of the first victim,
strangled to death and tortured post-mortem, that she has
a serial killer. He calls himself the Gingerbread Man and
wants media attention. His next victim is tortured for
hours before he finally kills her and as with the previous
fatality leaves the victim in the garbage can with her
arse pointing out. Two FBI agents arrive to help then
profile the killer but they act more like Abbot and
Costello then government investigators. The Gingerbread
Man intends to make Jack his final victim in a duet dance
to the death.
The protagonist makes this book a cut above the best in
the saturated sub-genre. She is mature, with a wry wit
and a delightful sense of humor. She knows her life is
lacking balance but she doesn't feel sorry for herself.
Instead, she takes the advice of her partner and joins a
dating service. Her ability to lead her unit and walk the
streets with them makes her a popular and respected
superior. This is a first class, totally absorbing crime
thriller written by an author who will go far in her field
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 3, 2004
Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels is having a bad week.
Her live-in boyfriend has left her for his personal
trainer, chronic insomnia has caused her to max out her
credit cards with late-night home shopping purchases, and a
frightening killer who calls himself "The Gingerbread Man"
is dumping mutilated bodies in her district.
Between avoiding the FBI and its moronic profiling
computer, joining a dating service, mixing it up with
street thugs, and parrying the advances of an uncouth PI,
Jack and her binge-eating partner, Herb, must catch the
maniac before he kills again...and Jack is next on his
Whiskey Sour is full of laugh-out-loud humor and edge-of-
your-seat suspense, and it introduces a fun, fully drawn
heroine in the grand tradition of Kinsey Millhone,
Stephanie Plum, and Kay Scarpetta.