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Hoping to find solace from the demons that haunt her, Vail makes her first trip to the Napa Valley. But shortly after arriving, a victim is found in the deepest reaches of the exclusive wine cave, the work of an extraordinary ...

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Fresh off the most challenging case of her career, The 7th Victim heroine and renowned FBI profiler Karen Vail returns in an explosive thriller set against the backdrop of California’s wine country.
 
Hoping to find solace from the demons that haunt her, Vail makes her first trip to the Napa Valley. But shortly after arriving, a victim is found in the deepest reaches of the exclusive wine cave, the work of an extraordinary unpredictable serial killer. From the outset, Vail is frustrated by her inability to profile the offender-until she realizes why: the Behavioral Analysis Unit has not previously encounter a killer like him.
 
As Vail and the task force work around the clock to identify and locate him, they’re caught in a web of knotted with secretive organizations, a decades-long feud between prominent wine families, and widespread corruption that leads Vail to wonder whom, if anyone, she can trust. Meanwhile, as the victim count rises, Vail can’t shake the gnawing sense that something isn’t right.
 
With the killer’s actions threatening the Napa Valley’s multi-billion dollar industry, the stakes have never been greater, and the race to find the killer never more urgent. And through it all, a surprise lurks… one that Karen Vail never sees coming.

Meticulously researched during years of work wit the FBI profiling unit and extensive interviews with wine industry professionals, bestselling author Alan Jacobson delivers a high velocity thriller featuring the kind of edge-of-your-seat ending that inspired Nelson DeMille to call him “a hell of a writer.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593155964
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Series: Karen Vail Series , #2
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Jacobson

Alan Jacobson received his Bachelor of Arts 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 Crush, The 7th Victim, The Hunted, and False Accusations. He lives in northern California.
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  • Posted November 17, 2009

    WOW!! From an Avid Reader

    I have read all of Alan Jacobson's books and none have been a disappointment. This was another winner. Others have told the synopsis of the story so I won't repeat. If you like well written thrillers that are hard to put down, read this book.(f you haven't read his previous books; read those as well) My only objection is that I will have to wait for his next book to tie up some lose ends but it will be worth the wait.
    Can't understand why his books don't make the best sellers list, he is so much better than most that do.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2010

    Okay, with two major problems

    Overall this could have been a good book, and the first few hundred pages are quite well-written.

    I was distracted by the sudden Microsoft ad starting on page 323, and then the rush to close the case, but leaving giant loose ends on the final page.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2010

    Glad this was free,not worth buying

    After reading 7th Victim by Mr. Jacobson I was so looking forward to buying this book only to see it was now free.However this book was a mess.Not sure if he had a page quota to make but this book condensed down would of made a better read.The last 50 pages are the best part of the book real page turners.At the end you are left with a lot of loose threads but to quote Alan Jacobson on the last page of the book, "Fear not,they will be tied together,neatly trimmed or tucked away in the next Karen Vail novel".

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2011

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    I won't be reading the follow up novel

    I did not care for this book very much. I was really disappointed at the end in which at least two very important issues were not resolved. It was stated at the end that the unanswered issues would be addressed in the next book in the Karen Vail series. I would not have read it if I had known this.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2009

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    CRUSH is a very exciting and chilling thriller.

    After a particular rough case and the take down of a cop killer in front of the White House, FBI profiler Karen Vail is ordered by her boss to take a vacation. She and her boyfriend Detective Robby Hernandez head to Napa Valley.

    While they are inside a wine cave on the Silver Ridge Estate, Karen sees a look of despair on the face of a worker that tells her something is wrong. Showing their credentials, she and Robby are escorted to the site where a woman lies dead with her breasts eviscerated and a toe nail ripped from her right foot. Vail quickly concludes an experienced serial killer performed the ghastly deed. The lead detective Redmond Brix makes it clear to her he does not want her anywhere near his case, but his superior overrules him; Karen joins the task force.

    Another female body with the same M.O. is found followed by a third corpse in the same condition soon afterward, but this body is male. The link between the deceased is that all three were involved in the Georges Valley Wines dispute, but Karen is confused as there are other victims with seemingly no ties. Karen puts her life on the line to capture the killer, but she also seeks answers that tie all the murders together; the only one who can provide them is the killer, who already has cops on his dead list.

    Told from the viewpoints of the protagonist and the antagonist, readers see fascinating perspectives of a predator and a hunter challenging one another. The serial killer stuns readers as John Wayne Mayfield has no remorse when it comes to killing humans; he has hidden strategic goals and objectives that will shock the audience because some of his targets are killed for a specific reason. Karen pushes her way onto the task force because she believes they need a profiler to take down this brilliant psychopath. CRUSH is a very exciting and chilling thriller.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2011

    Book was fine; Author is a dissapointment

    Not a bad book, all in all, and I was likely to read more by this author (he's an easy read, nothing too complicated in his characters and it's a book you can put down and pick up again easily). But then he had to do that ridiculous ending... such a obvious ploy to get me to buy his next book. Guess what... I won't. Get me to buy another book by writing a book with a decent ending that will make me want to read more about the character, not by providing us with such an incomplete product. I really felt like Jacobson disrespected his audience by treating us in such a manner.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2010

    A page turner without resolution.

    As a reader who was invested in this page turning story, well developed plot and characters.................I am angry. I feel cheated, as there was literally NO END to the story. If I had known that ahead of time, I would not have bothered to read 381 pages- just to end up with "NOTHING." Did Alan Jacobson (an otherwise fabulous writer) run out of ideas for further development of his story? Is this a ruse to sell his "Next Book?" I don't know, but I DO know I will not invest my time, and interest in another book of his. Sad. because it was a good read until the "premature ending." Seems self sabatoging to end a wonderful work of art like this.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2010

    Good book but the author did not play fair!

    NOT FAIR! I loved the book but it had no ending. It just left you hanging. You have to buy the third book to get the conclusion to the second book. So, you have to spend $25 to find out why everything happend in the second book. Does not seem to me that the author played fair.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2011

    Rip off!!

    A slow, dull, stumbling work with no logical framework except the for the broadly hinted "big surprise" which would bring it all together. The book ended, however, with the author's note saying we'd have to buy his next book to find out what the "big surpise" is. Rip off!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

    BAD ending

    This book should come with a warning that's it's PART ONE. At least that's what I felt when I read the ending. Way too many loose ends, a few maybe but 99 percent - NO! Otherwise is was an OK free Friday book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2011

    cliffhanger no fair!

    darn just when it got really exciting it ended with a cliffhanger!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

    I couldn't even finish reading

    I suppose I have read worse books but this one was so boring I couldn't get more than 1/4 of the way through. I gave it a chance, but there was no character development and it left me not caring about anyone. A great idea for a story just not well told. Maybe if I had nothing else to read I'd fisish the book but even for a free download, this will end up in the "delete" pile.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2011

    ????/???

    oh no not another slasher novel i give up!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2010

    Book w/o end

    I thought it was a great read....until the end. Apparently, the author couldn't figure out how to end it. Sound like James Patterson? Well, even worse. How disappointing to come to the end and have an incomplete ending to a book...Oh well. I got it for free..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2010

    glad i didnt by this and it was free

    bad writing..specifically cheesey dialogue...horrible ending

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2010

    What a new concept...make us buy another book...don't end the first one.

    Like the comments from Shema this ending really makes me angry as well. It's a well-written book but I want an end to my stories....I don't want to be forced into buying another book to find out what happened in the previous one. Please...leave the cliff-hangers for daytime tv!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2010

    I understand now why it was free

    Mr. Jacobson obviously believes his readers lack the intellectual capacity to understand his stories. His unnecessary lectures to explain terms and procedures interrupt the rhythm of the main story. I had no interest in the explanation of the acronym LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) so that he could use it throughout the book as he did with other acronyms. Most frustrating was the failure to complete the story in the last few pages. Had he not provided another lecture at the end that I should read the next Karen Vail book I would have had no idea of his intent. The story in Crush did not leave me wanting more. His direction to his website was so trite. Then he put a video on his website that equally lacked substance and content. This is my first and last Alan Jacobson book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2010

    Only read this if you are willing to buy his next book

    An Ok serial killer crime book, but the book doesn't really end. You find out who did it but not really the whole why and at the very end--literally the last few pages something happens that is continued in his next book Velocity. I got this as a free friday read, but I feel like it was a ploy to get me to buy the next book--and this book is not really good enough for me to get over my anger and what seems to be a marketing ploy and buy it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2010

    Good Book - But i refuse to buy anything now

    There is nothing more frustrating than reading a book only to find that the author has decided not to end it... Really? If it wasn't on my nook, I'd have thrown the book across the room.

    I will not buy anything from this author.

    That said, the story (beginning and middle at lease) was okay. Decent enough characters, though the main character is a bit too high on herself for my liking.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2010

    Only 1/2 of a book

    Reader beware. . . This "free" book is only half of a book . . . Intended to draw you in and force you to buy "Velocity", the second half of the book. It was only a so-so read. . . Not good enough to strong me into expending my money on the second installment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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