Thriller: Rusty Nail, by J. A. Konrath

Rusty Nail is my first foray into the world of  Lt. Jack (short for Jaqueline) Daniels, a forty-something police detective who cares about her job. She recently nabbed the uber-sadistic Gingerbread Man serial killer, but some recent developments are giving Jack a sense of deja-vu. Someone is delivering horrific snuff videos to her door, complete with personal taunts and death threats. Others who had been involved in the Gingerbread investigation feature prominently in these sick flicks.

What I liked:

Jack. She’s a good, honest cop and a strong woman. Sure, she has her problems, but who doesn’t?

The basic plot.

The attempt at humor and levity, although some of it fell rather flat.

The Chicago setting.

Mr. Whiskers, Jack’s adopted cat.

The final battle.

What I disliked:

Some of the characters descended into the realm of caricature.

The sickening  details of torture, which were heavily overdone to the point of becoming gratuitous.

Final rating: Just OK. Will have to check out another in the series before deciding one way or the other on this series.

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