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General Information

Name:  Joe Konrath  

Pen Name: J A Konrath, Jack Kilborn, Joe Kimball

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1970 in Skokie, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Konrath was born in Skokie and currently resides in Schaumburg.

Biographical and Professional Information

Joe Konrath graduated from Columbia College in Chicago in 1992. His first novel, Whiskey Sour, introduced Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels. The books in this series combine hair-raising scares and suspense with laugh out loud comedy.Joe is also the editor of the hitman anthology ''These Guns For Hire''. His short stories have appeared in more than sixty magazines and collections, and his work has been translated into ten languages. Under the name Jack Kilborn, Joe wrote the horror novels Afraid, Trapped, Endurance, and Draculas.

Published Works

    Written under the pen name - J A Konrath:''Whiskey Sour , Hyperion, 2005Bloody Mary , Hyperion, 2006Rusty Nail , Hyperion , 2007Dirty Martini, Hyperion, 2008Fuzzy Navel, Hyperion, 2008Cherry Bomb, Hyperion, 2009Shaken, Hyperion, 2010Stirred, Hyperion, 2011'Written under the pen name - Jack Kilborn:Afraid, Grand Central Publishing, 2009Trapped, CreateSpace, 2010Endurance, CreateSpace, 2010Draculas, CreateSpace, 2010Written under the pen name - Joe Kimball:'Timecaster'', Ace Books, 2011

Selected Titles At Your Library

Whiskey sour /
ISBN: 078689072X. OCLC Number:

Hyperion,. New York :. ©2004.

Chicago police Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels is having her toughest week ever. Her insomnia is kicking in, her boyfriend Don left her a "Dear John" letter, her aging mother has suffered a fall, her partner Herb Benedict sliced his tongue on a tampered candy bar, and bodies of murdered young women are being found in garbage cans outside area 7-Elevens.

Bloody Mary :
ISBN: 0786890746. OCLC Number:

Hyperion,. New York :. ©2005.

Chicago Police Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels struggles to cope with a turbulent personal life while tracking down a serial killer who is littering the city with pieces of his victims.

Rusty nail :
ISBN: 0786890738. OCLC Number:

Hyperion,. New York :. 2007, ©2006.

Dirty Martini /
ISBN: 0786891254. OCLC Number:

Hyperion ;. New York :. 2008.

Homicide Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels is in some serious trouble. Her boyfriend wants to get married. Her partner wants to transfer to another department. Her dead father may not be dead after all. And a brilliant sociopath known as the Chemist is poisoning Chicago's food supply, killing hundreds of people.

Fuzzy navel /
ISBN: 1401302807. OCLC Number:

Hyperion,. New York :. 2008.

Hoping for a break in light of her fiancé's recuperation from botulism poisoning and a deadly criminal's suicide, Chicago Police Department lieutenant Jacqueline Daniels finds her life thrown back into turmoil by the activities of a band of murderous vigilantes.

Cherry bomb /
ISBN: 0786891335. OCLC Number:

Hyperion,. New York :. ©2009.

The sixth Jack Daniels mystery opens at a funeral. While Jack stands graveside, tears in her eyes, her cell phone rings. It's the killer, escaped maniac Alex Kork, taunting Jack, drawing her ever further into a twisted game of cat and mouse. Because, while Alex is more than willing to kill random victims, Jack is her true prey. But which woman wants revenge more? --From publisher description.

Shaken :
ISBN: 1935597213. OCLC Number:

AmazonEncore,. Las Vegas, NV :. ©2010.

Chicago cop Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels has chased and caught dozens of dangerous criminals over the course of her career, but she's about to meet her match.

Stirred :
ISBN: 1612181465. OCLC Number:

Thomas & Mercer,. Las Vegas, NV :. ©2010.

Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels has seen humanity at its most depraved and terrifying. Luther Kite is humanity at its most depraved and terrifying. He's committed unthinkable acts. Taken human life for the sheer pleasure of it. Each is the best at what they do. Luther wants a challenge, and sets his depraved sights on Jack. But with a baby on the way, Jack is at her most vulnerable.

Afraid /
ISBN: 0446535931. OCLC Number:

Grand Central Pub.,. New York :. ©2009.

A unit of soldiers modified to kill and torture without discrimination is accidentally sent to a small town in Wisconsin. The government sends in a variety of special forces to stop them from destroying the place, but the town's real hope of survival is with "an aging county sheriff, a firefighter, and a single mom."--Page 4 of cover.

Trapped :
ISBN: 1453806024. OCLC Number:

[Joe Konrath],. [Place of publication not identified] :. ©2010.

Six wayward teenagers who'd run into trouble with the law, and their court-appointed guardians, Sara and Martin Randhurst plan to camp for three nights on a small island off of Michigan's upper peninsula. Then Martin told a campfire story about the island's history. Of the old civil war prison hidden in there, and the starving confederate soldiers who resorted to cannibalism to stay alive. Everyone thought it was funny. They even laughed when Martin pretended to be dragged off into the woods. But Martin didn't come back. And neither did Sara when she went in search of him.

Endurance :
ISBN: 1453885684. OCLC Number:

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WELCOME TO THE RUSHMORE INN: The bed and breakfast was hidden in the hills of West Virginia. Wary guests wondered how it could stay in business at such a creepy, remote location. Especially with its bizarre, presidential decor and eccentric proprietor. ONCE YOU CHECK IN...: When the event hotel for the national Iron Woman triathlon accidentally overbooked, competitor Maria was forced to stay at the Rushmore. But after checking into her room, she quickly realized she wasn't alone. First her suitcase wasn't where she put it. Then her cell phone was moved. Finally, she heard an odd creaking under the bed. Confusion quickly turned to fear, and fear to hysteria when she discovered the front door was barred and the windows were bricked over. There was no way out. ...YOU'LL BE DYING TO LEAVE: One year later, four new female athletes have become guests of the Inn. Will they escape the horrors within its walls? Or will they join the many others who have died there, in ways too terrible to imagine? ENDURANCE by Jack Kilborn. Are you brave enough to finish? A Word of Warning: Originally scheduled to be released in paperback in 2010, the publisher read the final version of the manuscript and refused to release it. This is a disturbing, terrifying book. You may think you're brave enough to handle it. But you're probably

Draculas :
ISBN: 1456331183. OCLC Number:

[CreateSpace],. [Charleston, S.C.] :. ©2010.

"Four well-known horror authors [Blake Crouch, Jack Kilborn, Jeff Strand, and F. Paul Wilson] pool their penchants for scares and thrills, and tackle one of the greatest of all legends, with each writer creating a unique character and following them through a vampire outbreak in a secluded hospital. The goal was simple: write the most intense novel they possibly could. Which they did"--Page 4 of cover.

Timecaster /
ISBN: 0441019188. OCLC Number:

Ace Books,. New York :. ©2011.

When he is asked to investigate a possible murder, Talon Avalon, a timecaster and peace officer in the year 2064, uses a special device to view the crime and discovers that someone is trying to frame him using timecasting.


Derringer, EQMM Reader's Choice, and Love is Murder awards.

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