No Way Out

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When a potent firebomb destroys part of an art gallery in an exclusive London district, FBI profiler Karen Vail is dispatched to England to work with Scotland Yard on drafting a threat assessment to head off future attacks. But Vail soon discovers that at the heart of the bombing lies a four-hundred-forty-year-old manuscript that holds clues to England’s past—with dramatic political and social implications. The manuscript’s content is so ...

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When a potent firebomb destroys part of an art gallery in an exclusive London district, FBI profiler Karen Vail is dispatched to England to work with Scotland Yard on drafting a threat assessment to head off future attacks. But Vail soon discovers that at the heart of the bombing lies a four-hundred-forty-year-old manuscript that holds clues to England’s past—with dramatic political and social implications. The manuscript’s content is so explosive that a group of political radicals is bent on destroying it at all costs.

Or is it the work of someone else? The trail leads Vail to a notorious fugitive who has escaped law enforcement for decades, and who appears to be planning a major attack on London and the United States. When Hector DeSantos, banished from the US Department of Defense and now a rogue covert operative, turns up in England and takes actions that threaten Vail’s life, she finds herself on the run from the British security service, Scotland Yard, and a group of internationally trained assassins—all determined to silence her . . . all tightening the net to ensure that she’s got no way out.

With his trademark spirited dialogue, page-turning scenes, and well-drawn characters, national bestselling author Alan Jacobson (“My kind of writer,” says Michael Connelly) has once again crafted an intelligent, twisting thriller destined to be talked about long after the last page has been turned.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/07/2013
Apparently not intended as a parody, Jacobson's fifth Karen Vail novel (after 2011's Inmate 1277) is as hilarious as it is absurd. FBI profiler Vail is called from an assignment in Spain to Britain to lend her steadfastly provincial talents to the British. What begins as a simple effort to keep academic extremists from destroying a newly discovered manuscript that threatens to topple Shakespeare from his pedestal rapidly transforms into an action-filled and largely unsanctioned counterterrorist effort to capture a notorious merchant of death. Reduced to supporting status to Operational Support Intelligence Group's two-fisted man of action Hector DeSantos, Vail is dragged along in an adventure that will take her and her ally across Britain in pursuit of WMDs that they are convinced their opponent possesses. A profiler inexplicably trapped in a thriller novel, Vail doesn't get many opportunities to showcase the talents the reader is assured she has. Instead, we are treated to the madcap rampage of a counterterrorist named DeSantos, a man convinced that any action he takes, from brutalizing prisoners to assassinating a high-ranking British politician, is justified or at least excused by his goals. The result is a testosterone-filled, plausibility-uninhibited paean to the shadowy agencies working to undermine rule of law in the name of a nebulous and ill-defined security. Agent: Joel Gotler, IPG Literary Agency. (Sept.)
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“Vail is a terrific character and . . . Jacobson knows how to throw in plot twists that are shocking but logical . . . [in] this outstanding thriller.” —Library Journal, starred review

“FBI agent Karen Vail is one of thrillerdom’s feistiest heroines, and No Way Out gives her the most original problem yet: who’s willing to kill to save Shakespeare’s reputation? Jacobson mixes rocket-paced suspense with fascinating history in this thrill ride of a book.” —Joseph Finder, New York Times–bestselling author

“Alan Jacobson is a wonderfully vivid writer, with a sharp, dark eye for detail. No Way Out captures the vagaries of English society with humor, while not breaking stride from what is a thrilling and uniquely British story.” —Peter James, international bestselling author

“Jacobson has written the thriller of the year—fast plot, incredible character development, and chilling atmosphere. No Way Out has everything you can ask for in a thriller, plus the bonus of reading a book which you’ll re-read and which will never turn up in a second hand bookstore.” —Andrew Gulli, managing editor, the Strand Magazine

“What fun to read! . . . Don’t say you weren’t warned.” —New York Journal of Books 

“Alan Jacobson’s newest installment in the popular Karen Vail series is a riveting jaunt across the pond. The complexity of the plot mixed with the well-researched setting and Vail’s signature style, make for a fast-paced, thrilling read where Jacobson offers you the best ticket in town. No Way Out is explosive!” —Suspense Magazine

No Way Out is the latest in the Karen Vail series. Karen is out of her usual serial killer profiling arena, and deep in black ops and terrorists with DeSantos. The two characters, though different in their approach, are after the same goal . . . stop a ricin attack in the UK. I liked the interaction between the two main characters and the complexity of operating without official sanctions. Another good addition to the Karen Vail series.” —LibraryThing
New York Times Bestselling Author - Joseph Finder
"FBI agent Karen Vail is one of thrillerdom's feistiest heroines, and NO WAY OUT gives her the most original problem yet: who's willing to kill to save Shakespeare's reputation? Jacobson mixes rocket-paced suspense with fascinating history in this thrill ride of a book."
Internationally Bestselling Author - Peter James
"Alan Jacobson is a wonderfully vivid writer, with a sharp, dark eye for detail. No Way Out captures the vagaries of English society with humor, while not breaking stride from what is a thrilling and uniquely British story.”
The Strand Magazine - Andrew F. Gulli
"Jacobson has written the thriller of the year—fast plot, incredible character development, and chilling atmosphere. No Way Out has everything you can ask for in a thriller, plus the bonus of reading a book which you'll re-read and which will never turn up in a second hand bookstore."
New York Journal of Books - Kathleen Hennrikus
“. . . what fun to read! . . . Don’t say you weren’t warned.”
Suspense Magazine - Shannon Raab
"Alan Jacobson’s newest installment in the popular Karen Vail series is a riveting jaunt across the pond. The complexity of the plot mixed with the well-researched setting and Vail’s signature style, make for a fast-paced, thrilling read where Jacobson offers you the best ticket in town. “No Way Out” is explosive!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781624670848
  • Publisher: Premier Digital Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/17/2013
  • Pages: 526
  • Sales rank: 498,743
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Jacobson

Alan Jacobson is the national bestselling author of the critically acclaimed thrillers False AccusationsThe HuntedThe 7th VictimCrushVelocity, and Inmate 1577. Jacobson’s years of extensive research and training with law enforcement have influenced him both personally and professionally and have helped shape the stories he tells and the diverse characters that populate his novels. Jacobson’s books have sold internationally and his Karen Vail series has been optioned for television.

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  • Posted May 21, 2014

    Just suspend belief and run with the story.  Love the Karen Vail

    Just suspend belief and run with the story.  Love the Karen Vail series!  Great beach read!!

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  • Posted February 11, 2014

    Highly Recommend this book and all Alan Jacobson's books, a MUST Read

    Alan Jackson has done it again. I loved this book, a new twist for gent Karen Vale. Would like to see more like this. However I do also like when she tracks serial killers. I recommend his books to everyone.

    Anita from PA

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  • Posted January 17, 2014

    I rarely start a book and don't finish, but this book is excepti

    I rarely start a book and don't finish, but this book is exceptionally bad.  The main character, a "brilliant"
    FBI agent, is too stupid to understand that "way out" means "exit".  There may be a plot buried under
    all the jingoism, but I didn't ever find it.  Right-wing conspiracy theorists will love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    Loved it

    Another great read. Can't wait for the next one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    No Way Out ¿ A Karen Vail Novel = EXCELLENT

    Mystery/suspense author, Alan Jacobson, transports us into the shadowy international world of terrorism, thanks to some very strong characters – led by FBI Profiler Karen Vail. Mr. Jacobson weaves an intense story of shocking revelations and the never-ending moral dilemma of whether the ends justify the means. England and Spain are rich environments in this fast-paced tale with Karen Vail often challenged with whom to trust vs. following her gut instincts. Add to this some veteran characters (ex., Hector DeSantos; Aaron “Uzi” Uziel) and we begin to see the importance of trust, quick thinking and the ultimate in teamwork. Many times I was placed directly in the action, leaving me breathless and wanting to resolve some tough questions along the way. In my opinion, No Way Out is an excellent book, full of high-energy action, well-placed humor and an admirable red-headed heroine (and heroes) for our times! Believe me, we WANT someone like Karen Vail and her associates – on our side.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    I Love Karen Vail, you will as well !

    I Love Karen Vail, you will as well !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    I just finished No Way Out on my Kindle. Once again, I don't kn

    I just finished No Way Out on my Kindle. Once again, I don't know how Alan does it. I'm convinced his writing must be a God-given gift. His writing paints pictures in my mind with words that are like watching a marathon of episodes of 24! Only READING is much better since my mind gets to choose the colors, faces & scenery. Karen Vail & Co. got very close this time to being GONE FOR GOOD. I loved the description of the Osprey and the USNS New York. They were so detailed I felt like I was on the deck of the ship watching them wobble in for a landing. Pilots have a saying, "If you can walk away from it, it was a GOOD landing." I just can't imagine the amount of research it took to write this one.
    I found myself planning my work day around having time to read. At the beach, at the coffee shop, at home.....and then like a good movie I was disappointed when it was over. I'm looking forward to the next book.

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

    Recommended

    Enjoyed this book very much. Great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Another Winner

    I've read all of Alan Jacobson's books and loved them all. The Karen Vail series in particular. I was hooked from the first book in the series and always eagerly await the next. The twists, the true to life details are both things that make the books in this series winners! No Way Out has become my new favorite, can't wait for Alan's next book.

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  • Posted October 8, 2013

    I'm a big fan of Alan Jacobson, the Karen Vail series in particu

    I'm a big fan of Alan Jacobson, the Karen Vail series in particular.  No Way Out has become my new favorite in the series. The details and the twists in this book make it a must read. It truly is a fascinating thriller. I'm now anxiously awaiting Alan's next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    I have read many Alan Jacobson novels, and is Karen Vail series

    I have read many Alan Jacobson novels, and is Karen Vail series will hook you right from the start. One of the best things about Jacobson's writing, is the great detail in each story.  You can tell that the man does his homework before beginning a novel. He makes sure you feel like your are right there, in the story, with the characters. I love the character of Karen Vail, as well as all of the supporting characters helping her out  of trouble (or even sometimes getting her into trouble).  If you purchase this book, No Way Out, you will not be disappointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    The Karen Vail series is one that draws you in to get to know th

    The Karen Vail series is one that draws you in to get to know the characters. You are rooting for her while at the same time you are wanting to kick her butt!!! No Way Out is a very dramatic fast paced book that teaches you so many of the nuances that come into play while fighting crime. It's almost so well researched you feel like it's a true story account of an actual event. There is an element of right/wrong that makes the reader think about choices and what they would do in that type of situation. It is an excellent read and very well worth the purchase, you will want to read it more than once.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    I love the Karen Vail character and the stories created around h

    I love the Karen Vail character and the stories created around her. There was never a good time for me to put down this book. I did not want to stop and I didn't. From beginning to end I was engaged and entranced. I was exhausted the next day, but I managed to smile as I daydreamed about the story. I could not stop thinking about the book. There was no way out of No Way Out.

    This week I am so sad to learn Tom Clancy passed away. This fact makes me even more thankful for this wonderful series. I can't wait for the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    Wild ride

    So hapoy to have a new Karen Vail story to add to my collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    Love this book

    Love this book

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  • Posted September 23, 2013

    Karen Vail has become one of my favorite heroines. Her brassy to

    Karen Vail has become one of my favorite heroines. Her brassy tough persona alienates her from many of her colleagues, yet that's exactly what keeps her alive, and above all--a fantastic protagonist. No Way Out delivers a knockout punch as it takes the reader inside the world's most sophisticated and secretive organizations and exposes their strengths and shortcomings.

    Alan Jacobson's novels demonstrate how meticulous and thorough his research is. No Way Out is no exception. The techniques, the lingo, even the British mannerisms and customs are spot on. And the premise of the story is so controversial that one wonders how Alan ever came up with it.

    The tale travels down a myriad of paths , which doesn't allow the reader much time to figure out who the bad guys are. No Way Out is a brilliant whodunit, packed with excitement and plenty of action. Alan Jacobson has become known as one of the best thriller writers for a reason--his stories deliver.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    I stayed up until 3a.m.!! But, I just had to go to sleep! I just

    I stayed up until 3a.m.!! But, I just had to go to sleep! I just now finished it, here in Tucson, AZ! Great book! Really good characters!
    I loved Karen Vail, Hector DeSantos and Reid! Not giving anything away - after passing the details on the manuscript - the book
     kicked into high gear and was extremely fast moving, edge of your seat, thriller!!! I loved the repartee between Hector "GQ" and
     Karen! This book would definitely make a great movie as well! You did a great job, Alan, as always! Congratulations!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    No Way out No Way Out is a fact paced action thriller as with al

    No Way out No Way Out is a fact paced action thriller as with all of the other Karen Vail books.  The main character Karen has evolved and has gone international.  The story line involves FBI, CIA and the British equivalent saving Britain from a terrorist attack.  The story is told at a fast pace with action in every chapter. No Way Out is truly a good name for the book because Karen and her partner DeSantos seem to get deeper and deeper into trouble with No Way Out until the very end.
    When I pick up an Alan Jacobson book, nothing gets done until I finish the book.  I cannot wait for the next Karen Vail book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    Whether you are a longtime Alan Jacobson fan or you are new to h

    Whether you are a longtime Alan Jacobson fan or you are new to his writing, No Way Out will keep you on the edge of your seat, racing through the novel to keep up with the action.

    Jacobson’s unique ability to endow readers with a fly-on-the-wall perspective inserts them directly into the action, which leaps off the page so brilliantly they will think they are wearing 3D glasses.

    In No Way Out Jacobson teams gutsy FBI profiler Karen Vail with rough-and-tumble covert operative Hector DeSantos to interdict a group of international conspirators who are planning mass murder on an unprecedented scale.

    Warning: Once you pick up this book, you probably won’t be able to put it down. It’s that good—a terrific story full of breathtaking action, memorable characters, witty dialogue, painterly descriptions, intricate plot, and touching moments.

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  • Posted September 17, 2013

      No Way Out By Alan Jacobson Reviewed by Russell Ilg   No Way


     
    No Way Out
    By Alan Jacobson
    Reviewed by Russell Ilg
     
    No Way Out is the latest and greatest installment of the FBI Profiler Karen Vail series. In this best novel of the year contender, Karen is taken out of her comfort zone and sent to England to help Scotland Yard with a threat assessment. On the surface, it looks to be a quick in-and-out job. But this simple case takes on a life of its own that soon becomes a much more complex, challenging, and dangerous matter that puts her in a tough position: there appears to be No Way Out for her—and, quite literally, getting home may never happen. There is nothing you can do to get ready for what lurks around the corners in this thriller. It’s fresh and original, and even makes you think—about our history, about personal and governmental security, even about enhanced interrogation.
     
    All of Alan Jacobson’s novels are two-read books for me, and No Way Out was no exception. It starts off with a bang and the pacing is exceptional. The twists and turns occur so rapidly, and frequently, that I found myself reading faster and faster because I had to know what was going to happen next. As with Jacobson’s other novels, I galloped along with its breakneck pace, and after reaching the end, I took a day to absorb it all. I then started reading it again, from page one, to find all the small things that I missed the first time. I find it a great way to enjoy Jacobson’s books. 
     
    As with all the Karen Vail novels, this is by far one of the best reads of the year and stands head and shoulders above the crowded field of new releases this fall. No Way Out will have you reading way longer than you had planned, well into the night. One of the reasons is Karen Vail. Not only do we respect her as a gifted profiler, but she feels “real” to the reader. She’s not perfect as an individual or as a law enforcement officer, but she possesses a dogged tenacity that compels her to get to the heart of what’s going on. It’s this quality that makes her so good at what she does as she forges her way forward, looking for a way to get to the bottom of the hardest cases that come her way.
     
    And just what is going on in No Way Out? Jacobson covers so much ground that it’d be impossible to recap the story, certainly without giving away key plot elements, because everything in this book builds on itself. Simply stated, it starts off with the find of a rare manuscript—one over 400 years old—that has significance to world history. More than that I won’t say. But before you know it, there’s a full-blown catastrophe afoot, and Karen Vail, and her covert operative friend, Hector DeSantos, have to sort it out. Will they? And will they do it in time? Equally important, who can be trusted?
     
    Alan Jacobson is one of the very rare authors that writes what I have started to refer to as “fact fiction,” where the novel is based on real places, capturing the way the local people really live and act, which makes the setting come alive. There is only one way Jacobson can do this and that is by spending a huge amount of time in the area to learn all he can about the place and its local culture, with the help and support of the police and other major agencies. You know that the areas where his novels take you are all real because he has been there and walked the streets and talked with people in each location. The result is that you learn how things really happen, whether it be a prison in the US or some country in Europe. There are very few authors who take the time, expense and effort to do this, and it adds levels of depth to the characters, setting, and dialogue that can’t otherwise exist. That’s one thing that makes No Way Out, set in England and featuring the clash of British and American cultures, a standout thriller.
     
    No Way Out is a must read for all thriller fans, by far one of the most exciting novels of the fall and the perfect book to take on vacation. You will not read a better book this year.

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