News & Reviews
JA Konrath spins another liquor soaked tale in ‘Fuzzy Navel’
Longtime novelist JA Konrath,
an Anthony and Macavity Award finalist, told WORD’N’BASS.com that he
decided to throw in some new angles with the latest installation of his
Jack Daniels mystery "Fuzzy Navel" (Hyperion). "Lately I've been
reading a lot of thrillers that seem to have forgotten how to thrill,"
Konrath said. "So I tried to do a book that begins with a bang and just
keeps picking up speed, like a bobsled, or a runaway train."
follows Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels of the Chicago Police
Department as she battles a group of vigilantes on a murderous spree
who have decided to take down a cop and the people she cares about.
Like many of Konrath’s prior novels, Fuzzy Navel is best suited for
readers who like their mysteries with a shot of humor -- and maybe a
shot of gin.
JA Konrath decided to do things differently with his fifth Lt.
Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels thriller, released in hardcover back in July.
Fuzzy Navel has some interesting structural changes that condense time
and space. Instead of chapters, Konrath begins sections with a time
stamp. The whole book takes place in an eight hour period, and every
minute is accounted for.
"I began with a really bad situation, then made it worse," said
Konrath. "A criminal from Jack's past breaks into her house, waiting
for her to return. Meanwhile, Jack is working a sniper case, where
three vigilantes are shooting up Chicago. The snipers follow her home,
and now Jack is trapped in the house with a psycho, and she can't get
away because her house is surrounded by more psychos."
Clocking in at 271 pages, Konrath’s tight pacing and time-stamp
approach instead of chapter pauses encourages the reader to
devour Fuzzy Navel in one sitting. Toss in a shocking ending, some bad
jokes, and a bit of insane violence, and JA may have indeed written a
runaway train of a novel, perfect to read on the beach or right before
If you're a mystery fan, check it out. And if you're a writer, be sure
to stop by his website.
Konrath is giving away a 750 page e-book crammed full of everything
he's learned about writing and publishing. It's free, and so are five
other e-books, including the first Jack Daniels book, "Whiskey Sour."
JA Konrath authored four previous Jack Daniels mysteries: Dirty
Martini, Rusty Nail, Bloody Mary, and Whiskey Sour. He lives
suburbs of Chicago.
Back to News & Reviews Home