By J. A. Konrath (compact-disc audiobook)
“Dirty Martini” is the fourth in J.A. Konrath’s series featuring Lieutenant Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels.
In this humorous thriller, Jack is assigned to track down a serial killer nicknamed “The Chemist” because of the variety of deadly toxins he uses to carry out his horrendous crimes. He manages to evade detection by poisoning his victims using elaborate disguises and a different toxin each time. The Chemist has already killed 30 people in Chicago, randomly targeting his victims in restaurants, supermarkets, bars and fast-food places.
Chicago homicide Lt. Jack Daniels has developed quite a reputation in the police department. She has solved more crimes that involve serial killers than just about anyone one else in the department. However, this case has come at a bad time for her. Jack’s boyfriend, Latham, surprises her with a marriage proposal but she isn’t sure that she is ready for this next step in their relationship; she discovers a letter belonging to her mother that reveals her father, whom she has thought long deceased, really isn’t dead after all; and her partner of several years has asked to be transferred to another unit.
The case hits really close to home when Jack’s boyfriend is poisoned with food meant for her. The Chemist demands $2 million dollars in cash and insists that Jack deliver it or he will kill thousands of people. Latham lies in the hospital close to death as Jack races against time to track the killer who continues to taunt her and the police department.
Narrators Susie Breck and Dick Hill bring the characters to life in this entertaining, suspenseful, and fast-paced audiobook. The library also owns the print version of “Dirty Martini.”
By Carol O’Connell (compact-disc audiobook)
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Achievements (July 20)
The following people were recognized in the Joplin Globe for the following achievements.
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