The 7th Victim (Karen Vail Series #1)

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"The Dead Eyes killer lurks in the backyard of the FBI's famed Behavioral Analysis Unit. His brutal murders, unlike any others previously encountered, confound the local task force, despite the gifted skills of Special Agent Karen Vail, the first female ever promoted to the profiling unit. But along with her keen insight, she brings considerable personal and professional baggage - both of which threaten to derail their investigation." As the Dead Eyes killer grows bolder by the unit's inability to stop him, Vail discovers that the seventh victim
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Overview

"The Dead Eyes killer lurks in the backyard of the FBI's famed Behavioral Analysis Unit. His brutal murders, unlike any others previously encountered, confound the local task force, despite the gifted skills of Special Agent Karen Vail, the first female ever promoted to the profiling unit. But along with her keen insight, she brings considerable personal and professional baggage - both of which threaten to derail their investigation." As the Dead Eyes killer grows bolder by the unit's inability to stop him, Vail discovers that the seventh victim holds the key to all that stirs this killer ... the key that will unlock secrets too painful for Vail to beat. Secrets that threaten to destroy her, that could bring down her storied and promising career. For Karen Vail, the truth rests at the heart of a lie. And uncovering it might just get her killed.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In Jacobson's tepid third thriller (after Hunted and False Accusations), FBI profiler Karen Vail is obsessed with bringing to justice the Dead Eyes Killer, who's gruesomely slain several women in Virginia. The action alternates between Karen's attempts to unravel the clues left behind at the crime scenes and glimpses of the Dead Eyes Killer himself as he stalks future victims. A messy divorce and custody battle threaten to distract Karen, as do her tentative relationship with a local detective and disturbing revelations about her family history. The author fails to put a fresh spin on any of the genre's clichés-the serial killer who taunts law enforcement, the FBI agent with an implausible connection to the case, the chaotic crime scene that contains clues only the hero can crack. Though Jacobson's research into the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit is evident, he overloads his story with too much information and unbelievable coincidences. 5-city author tour. (Nov.)

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Library Journal

In Jacobson's (The Hunted) enthralling and fast-paced thriller, FBI agent Karen Vail must ID a deranged serial killer while grappling with an abusive ex-husband, a custody battle for her teenage son, and the expected professional conflicts. The story reaches an incredulous conclusion but should keep suspense fans pleased. Actress/voice-over artist Lila Wellesley's expert, steady reading sustains the tension. Recommended for mystery and suspense collections in public libraries. [The Vanguard hc, recently optioned for film, was "strongly recommended for all popular fiction collections," LJ9/15/08.-Ed.]
—Phillip Oliver

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593154943
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press
  • Publication date: 9/23/2008
  • Series: Karen Vail Series , #1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 331,425
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Jacobson

Alan Jacobson received his bachelor of arts degree in English writing from Queens College of the City of New York, and his doctorate from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in San Jose, California. He has extensive experience testifying as an expert witness, which has exposed him to the many strengths and weaknesses of the judicial system. His previous novels include The Hunted and False Accusations. Alan lives in northern California.
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  • Posted October 29, 2010

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    I was the Victim!!!

    Alan really pushed the limit in the most boring book since the dictionary. After reading the first chapter I wished that I was the first victim.

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2010

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    Quite a book!

    This book had so much going on that it was like several mysteries rolled into one. But it all came together at the end to make a very satisfying thriller.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2012

    Written extremely well. A great read.

    Alan is on the same plateau as John Grisham. Hard to put the book down. It was very easy to get to know the characters by his thorough description of each. The story was gripping and very descriptive. I am looking forward to reading his next novel, Velocity.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2009

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    I love it!

    I absolutely love this book! I couldn't stop reading it once I started. This is definitely a must read!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2008

    fans will enjoy this enthralling entertaining thriller

    She is an FBI profiler assigned to the Behavioral Analysis Unit and after dealing with a bank robbery, Karen Vail goes straight to the house of the victim of the Dead Eyes Killer. This brutal psychopath earned the moniker by putting steak knives into the eyes of the women he mutilated. This maniac eviscerates his female prey and uses their left hands as paint brushes to paint murals with their blood.-------------- The latest victim is his fourth Vail is part of a task force trying to end his spree before another deceased disfigured corpse surfaces. She is also having problems with her soon to be ex husband and their son Jonathan, who refuses to live with him insisting he is an abusive drunk. When she tries to talk to her ex, he knocks her unconscious. The next time they meet, she uses him as a punching bag, ending up in jail. After being released, her boss puts her on paid suspension pending the outcome of her assault trial. Jonathan ends up in a coma and Vail believes her spouse pushed him leading to his hitting his head. Still dealing with that trauma, she soon learns her mother is her aunt they get into a fight. A disgruntled former FBI agent insists Vail should be considered a suspect in the Dead Eyes serial killer case as she has a record of violence and the murderer seems to have insider information. Vail knows she must is riding on her finding the killer. ----------- Although some serial killer fanatics will insist Vail¿s personal problems are overwhelming especially the mama segue, fans will enjoy this enthralling entertaining thriller because her issues realistically intrude on her investigation. The author makes this work into a one sitting read mainly due to the complex stubborn yet vulnerable (though her son) heroine. Alan Jacobson provides a chilling police procedural as the heroine¿s personal life infringes on her professional life.---------- Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2010

    For sure recommend

    WOW!This book sucked me in from the very first page.Found myself up until 3:00 in the morning for 2 nights because I could not put it down.Everytime I thought I knew what was going to happen next I was wrong.It kept my attention til the very end with some unexpected twist thrown in for good measure.For a free book this is worth every second of your time.Was a little sad to be done with the book!This is one of those books I felt was glued to my hands,I did not want to put it down!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2008

    Suspenseful Murder Plot Puts You On Edge

    The 7th Victim is a masterpiece! Having read every James Patterson and several Jonathan Kellerman, JD Robb and other spy/murder novels, the 7th Victim ranks up there at the top. Super character development for the lead profiler, Karen. Lots of suspense, turns and twists, and non-stop action --- very difficult to put down. Jacobson has succeeded in creating an unsettling and suspenseful edge throughout the book --- everything that could go wrong, did go wrong for Karen until it righted itself at the very end. So many family twists that we got to know the whole family intimately by the end, like peeling back an onion, it was done layer by layer - surprise! I can see the quality attention to detail about profiling, SWAT teams, with the appropriate language and procedures. All genuine and seemed realistic. Very enjoyable and I can see how it could be a great movie! I also reread The Hunted and enjoyed it again!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    Love it

    A new favorite author!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

    didn't like this and i don't know why I

    downloaded another one by Alan Jacobson. I don't like his style or his storylines.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2011

    started out good, crummy ending

    This book started out well, the first 1/2 to 3/4 were very entertaining. The end was lame, a dissapointing twist from left field.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2011

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    A Lot of Chance Meetings

    I got this on a free Friday so I am not complaing. I had a lot of problems with the characters in this book. The main character is the most selfish mother I have ever read about. Her son is in a coma so she has to get away, with her future boyfriend, to her mother's house, who is getting senile. She then finds out she her real mother makes her a relative to the killer she is trying to capture. That is just the beginning of a whole lot of unbelivable plot twists they want us to believe,

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2010

    Check it out

    I liked the book, lots of twist and turns, exciting ending.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2010

    OH, COME ON!

    To make fiction work, one must suspend disbelief. I know this. I go into every novel hoping to be entertained and I don't spend a lot of time picking apart the "inaccurate" details of the story. But this book had me saying, "Oh, come on!" entirely too much. The lead character, while trying to profile a serial killer, had SEVEN personal tragedies. The "surprising" tie-ins between characters piled on, one after another. Just when I couldn't take any more, the author actually surprised me with the ending. This helped to make me feel like I hadn't wasted my 400+ pages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2010

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    very well written

    this book overall was great. the end i thought could have been better but it was still good. would recommend it to people who like to keep guessing.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2010

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    Great Book

    This was one of the best thrillers I have read in a long time. It was very suspenseful, the characters are very realistic, and the shocking twists and turns lead up to a fantastic end! Immediately purchased "Crush", Book 2 in the series...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Wow

    What a thrill. Keeps you up until it's done

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2014

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    The 7th Victim - Devouring Psychological Thriller For a more in

    The 7th Victim - Devouring Psychological Thriller

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    I was actually looking for Mary Burton's "The Seventh Victim" and came across this book and said what the heck, I am going to give it a try, and I am certainly glad that I did! This was such an exciting and suspenseful thriller full of information, twists and turns, that kept me on the edge of my seat, and reading late into the night just to finish it!




    The narrator, Lila Wellesley, did a great job of reading The 7th Victim, and seemed to be a good fit for Karen Vail. 




    As with any strong female character, I instantly fell in love with Special Agent Karen Vail, a Profiler with the Behavior Analysis Unit of the FBI! She is the very first female Profiler introduced to the group, and many of the other characters do not feel that she belongs there, so she really had to work hard to earn her place on the team, and she did! There was a diverse group of characters that kept you interested throughout the story!




    I felt that Alan Jacobson really knew his stuff when he wrote The 7th Victim. He was very informative in his writing, which seems to help at least me, get a bigger and better picture of what he is actually writing about! It makes it easier for me to escape within the story and feel like I know what is going on! The story was very dramatic and full of psychological suspense, chilling, and leaves you guessing clear to the very end!




    Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and will continue with the Karen Vail series, and will check out Crush to see if I want to go any further. If it is anything like this book, this will be one of my new favorite series without a shadow of a doubt!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    Wa

    Enjoyed the read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    This book was very good

    This book was very good and alot of things was going on. I was surprised that a at the end they all came togather. This book had 431 pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    Click on me

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