The 7th Victim (Karen Vail Series #1)

The 7th Victim (Karen Vail Series #1)

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by Alan Jacobson
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 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.

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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“As one of the founding fathers of the FBI profiling unit, I can unequivocally state that The Seventh Victim sets a new standard for serial killer novels. Like Silence of the Lambs did twenty years ago, The Seventh Victim redefines the genre and brings it into the twenty-first century. With meticulous research and dead-on accuracy, Alan Jacobson has not only written a gripping, twisting thriller, he’s created a must-read book.” —Robert Ressler, world renowned FBI profiler (retired), founder of the FBI’s VICAP (Violent Criminal Apprehension Program), recognized “father” of serial killer research, international lecturer, and bestselling author

“There are thrillers which you read once, then throw away. Alan Jacobson has written a book that is fast paced and intense and will make sure you’ll read it over and over again. A masterful work—dark, creepy, yet at the same time you won’t be able to put it down.” —The Strand Magazine

“[The 7th Victim] has all the ingredients for a best-selling psychological thriller: strong female lead, multifaceted serial killer, compelling plot, and just enough secrets and surprises to keep the adrenaline racing.” —School Library Journal

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616851675
Publisher:
Vanguard Press
Publication date:
09/23/2008
Series:
Karen Vail Series, #1
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Alan Jacobson is the national bestselling author of several critically acclaimed novels. In order to take readers behind the scenes to places they might never go, Jacobson has embedded himself in many federal agencies, including spending several years working with two senior profilers at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s vaunted Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico. During that time, Jacobson edited four published FBI research papers on serial offenders, attended numerous FBI training courses, worked with the head firearms instructor at the academy, and received ongoing personalized instruction on serial killers—which continues to this day. He has also worked with high-ranking members of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the US Marshals Service, the New York Police Department, SWAT teams, local bomb squads, branches of the US military, chief superintendents and detective sergeants at Scotland Yard, criminals, armorers, helicopter pilots, chief executive officers, historians, and Special Forces operators. These experiences have helped him to create gripping, realistic stories and characters. His series protagonist, FBI profiler Karen Vail, resonates with both female and male readers, and writers such as Nelson DeMille, James Patterson, and Michael Connelly have called Vail one of the most compelling heroes in suspense fiction.

Jacobson’s books have been published internationally, and several have been optioned for film and television. A number have been named to Best of the Year lists.

Jacobson has been interviewed extensively on television and radio, including on CNN, NPR, and multiple ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox network affiliates.

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