Review

Fuzzy Navel: A Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Mystery

by J.A. Konrath

J.
A. Konrath has served up another round of the Long Island Iced Tea
of mysteries: one part murder, two parts mayhem, with a generous
splash of humor and garnished with some of the most interesting
characters in current fiction. FUZZY NAVEL combines all the
ingredients that I'm addicted to, and I can't wait to read the next
one because he leaves us dangling with a crazy cliffhanger
here.

Among his many occupations, Konrath teaches writing. It would be
wonderful if he could pass on his gifts and inspire other authors
to follow his recipe for writing books that cannot be put down,
that make you laugh out loud and that have you biting your nails
all at the same time. FUZZY NAVEL has many of the same elements
that first drew me to the series, but there has been a noticeable
polish to this work. While there is still more action than any sane
person would choose, there is also some restraint. Konrath is not
playing gross out just for the sake of shock value. He has found a
way to write a tighter story without losing any of the delicious
flavors.

The cast of characters that propel this suspenseful story include
many who we have met before, including Jack's mom Mary, her portly
partner Herb, her fiancé Latham, and her not-so-favorite P.I.
Harry McGlade. Added to the mix are three snipers who start out to
avenge the rape of one's wife by killing three sex offenders
simultaneously. The wife's perpetrator would be among them, thus
avenging her while diverting suspicion away from the husband. It
seemed like a good idea at the time, but things go horribly wrong
when one of the vigilantes finds that sniping at cops is just as
much fun as sniping at perverts.

While Jack and Herb are being called from one sniper shooting scene
to another, a vicious killer is preparing revenge on Jack. Alex
Kork, who Jack had disfigured and arrested, has escaped from prison
and will not stop until she accomplishes her goal. Her plan is to
hurt Jack by torturing her and her loved ones in ways that only a
psychotic mind could imagine.

Suspense builds as Alex tricks Jack into rushing home. Meanwhile,
the snipers evade the police and follow the "lady cop" who got a
look at one of them and could identify him. Everything hits the fan
at Jack and Mary's new home in the peaceful suburbs.

In this exciting novel there is no doubt who the bad guys are or
about what they have in store for Jack. Short chapters take the
reader from one character's perspective to another's. We get to
know exactly what Alex is planning, what each of the snipers is
thinking and how Jack plans to protect herself and her loved ones
from the terrors at hand.

Through all the life-threatening violence, Konrath is able to
lighten the tension as Harry cracks wise and Jack demonstrates the
skills that show just why she was able to become a police
lieutenant. Basic values and character keep those under siege going
against all odds. They never give up on themselves or each other.
The non-stop action provides the thrills of “ER,” the
endurance of “Survivor,” the aggressiveness of
“Rage in the Cage” and the humor of “NYPD
Blue.” FUZZY NAVEL is definitely one you'll have trouble
putting down.

Fuzzy Navel: A Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Mystery
by J.A. Konrath

  • Publication Date: July 8, 2008
  • Genres: Fiction, Mystery
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • ISBN-10: 1401302807
  • ISBN-13: 9781401302801