Book Review: Shaken by J.A. Konrath

J.A. Konrath
AmazonEncore, February 22, 2011
ISBN 9781935597216
Trade Paperback

Jack Daniels used to be a Chicago cop, and worked Homicide for a while.  Now she’s a P.I., working with a guy she detested when she was on the force.  She still knows lots of people who are still cops, and this comes in quite handy during Shaken.

Jack is, as Shaken opens, hog-tied in a storage locker.  She knows who her captor is, and that her death is scheduled to be very soon, but also drawn-out and incredibly painful.  Not a position she is very happy about.

Shaken shifts back and forth over the last twenty-five years, chronicling Jackie’s career on and off the force.  This method of story-telling serves at several purposes in Shaken: it builds suspense and tension, it connects Jackie’s current crisis to situations in her past, and it also enables the reader to understand why Jackie is Jackie.

Konrath has written a very good thriller; unfortunately for readers, it is the penultimate Jack Daniels novel.  Konrath does give readers a complete listing of his works at the end of Shaken; he is prolific and one can only hope that another series is in the works.

Reviewed by P.J. Coldren, February 2011.