JA Konrath Newsletter

Joe Konrath here.

Rum Runner My ninth Jack Daniels book, RUM RUNNER, is being released on March 25th. The ebook is available for pre-order on Amazon.com here.

Please pick up a copy. If you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription, you'll be able to read it for free.

BOOK DESCRIPTION: Twenty years ago, a young cop named Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels arrested one of the most sadistic killers she'd ever encountered. She has since retired from the Chicago Police Department in order to raise her toddler daughter.

But old grudges never die. They fester until the right opportunity comes along.

While on vacation in the Wisconsin north woods, Jack learns—too late—that her old adversary is out of prison. He has revenge on his mind. And he's bringing an army with him.

Outnumbered, outgunned, and cut off from the outside world, Jack Daniels is about to learn the meaning of last stand.

Joe sez: Here's a quick Q & A about what I've been up to lately. RUM RUNNER is the 9th Jack Daniels novel, and I'm really excited about it. This is the next book in the series after STIRRED, which was released over five years ago.

I apologize for taking so long.

Q: Will RUM RUNNER be available in print?

Joe sez: Yes. A paper version, and an audio version, will be released after the ebook. These take longer to create. Rather than delay the ebook launch and release everything at once, I'm going to release them when they're ready.

Q: Will RUM RUNNER be available on Nook or Kobo or iTunes?

Joe sez: Not at the moment. For now, it will be an exclusive Amazon release. Remember, if you don't have a Kindle, you can still read RUM RUNNER using kindle apps for your computer, phone, or tablet.

Last Call Q: What happened to LAST CALL?

Joe sez: LAST CALL will be coming out this spring.

Q: You said that two years ago!

Joe sez: Again, apologies. LAST CALL takes place right after RUM RUNNER. I've already written more than half of it, but I wanted to tell the story in RUM RUNNER first, for a variety of reasons.

Q: What reasons?

Joe sez: It will make sense when you read RUM RUNNER. This book sets up the events of LAST CALL.

Q: Will Blake Crouch be writing LAST CALL with you?

Joe sez: Blake is currently working on a new TV series, and he's crazy busy. But he's given me permission to go at it alone.

Q: So which supporting players are in RUM RUNNER?

Joe sez: A lot of them. Besides Jack and her guy, Phin, there are her ex-partners Harry and Herb, and Tom Manowski.

Q: Who's Tom Mankowski?

Webcam Joe sez: Tom is a Chicago Homicide Detective who used to work with Jack. He was in my novels THE LIST and HAUNTED HOUSE. He's also the hero in my upcoming horror novel WEBCAM, which will be released a few days after RUM RUNNER.

In fact, RUM RUNNER and WEBCAM happen during the same timeframe. So Tom is in Jack's book, and Jack is in Tom's book. I hope readers will have as much fun reading that gimmick as I did writing it.

Q: So both stories take place at the exact same time?

Joe sez: Yes. But there aren't any spoilers, and readers don't have to read both stories to enjoy either one.

Naturally, I'd like everyone to read both of them. But you can read RUM RUNNER without having to read WEBCAM, and vice-versa.

However, if you read them both, you'll find that they enhance each other. Sort of like a TV crossover.

Q: Is WEBCAM available as a preorder?

Joe sez: Not yet. But it will be, soon. When it is, I'll send another newsletter.

Q: Is LAST CALL going to be the last Jack Daniels novel?

Joe sez: It's great to visit Jack again after so long. I'll hopefully get another Jack novel done by the end of the year. I have some fun ideas.

Q: What order should the books be read in?

Joe sez: For the long answer, look for my free ebook called J.A. KONRATH BOOKS IN ORDER. It has various chronologically ordered lists for my books, or if you're really adventurous, a complete list of my novels and short stories. It's only 99¢, or free if you're a Prime member. There is also a free PDF or Kindle file download on my website.

Short answer, read Jack Daniels in this order:

#8—STIRRED (with Blake Crouch)
#10—LAST CALL (coming soon)
PREQUEL #3—LADY 52 (with Jude Hardin)

Q: I've heard rumors about sequels to some of your earlier books, like ORIGIN and THE LIST. Is this going to happen?

Joe sez: Yes! I'm also finally going to finish the Timecaster trilogy, and I have a new horror novel called THE GREYS that will come out in the fall. If you'd like to see a sneak preview of some covers, check out my website.

Thanks, and good reading!


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