Crush (Karen Vail Series #2)

Crush (Karen Vail Series #2)

by Alan Jacobson


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In the USA Today –bestselling author’s “addictive second Karen Vail thriller,” the FBI profiler tracks a serial killer through California wine country ( Publishers Weekly ).

In this follow-up to the standout bestseller The 7th Victim , Karen Vail ventures to Napa Valley, where a serial killer has been crushing his victims’ windpipes and leaving their bodies in caves. But when the Crush Killer learns that an FBI profiler has joined the Major Crimes Task Force, the newfound attention emboldens him, and he sets in motion a plan that wreaks havoc on the town—as well as the task force. Although a sudden break in the case helps Vail zero in on the identity of the killer, she senses that something isn’t right. If she doesn’t figure it out in time, the consequences will be dire.

In a rousing climax that leaves readers breathless, and which Publishers Weekly termed a “shockeroo ending,” Vail must pick up the pieces—and clean up the carnage left behind by the Crush Killer.

Meticulously researched during years of work with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, this high-velocity thriller from national bestselling author Alan Jacobson features the kind of edge-of-your-seat ending that inspired Nelson DeMille to call Jacobson “a hell of a writer.”
Crush is the first installment of a two-part story that concludes with Velocity , book three in the Karen Vail Series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781497692077
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media LLC
Publication date: 03/03/2015
Series: Karen Vail Novels Series , #2
Pages: 566
Sales rank: 843,101
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 4.90(d)

About 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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Crush 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1407 reviews.
pinkCricket More than 1 year ago
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".
KK_NH More than 1 year ago
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.
DeborahMO More than 1 year ago
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.
Shema More than 1 year ago
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.
lovesbooksLM More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
suuuu More than 1 year ago
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.
Heather Bash More than 1 year ago
darn just when it got really exciting it ended with a cliffhanger!
michbobcat- More than 1 year ago
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.
prissy58 More than 1 year ago
oh no not another slasher novel i give up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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..
Todd Willis More than 1 year ago
bad writing..specifically cheesey dialogue...horrible ending
CharlieWA More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Phyllis_M More than 1 year ago
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!
jeniquest More than 1 year ago
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.
nyxstar More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
gettin_picky More than 1 year ago
The main character is really hard to connect with, she is abraisive and has a huge ego. She feels the need to correct everyone on everything even if it doesn't matter. Most of the time I just want her to shut up. There is one part where she says "psychopaths, who don't feel any anger at all, are not necessarily angry at the vitcim. They're angry at someone else.." There is entirely to much descrition of things that don't really matter which made me feel like I was reading a steamy romance novel instead of a mystery/thriller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the plot is good, even though i have no idea why the author felt the need to show of his knowledge that he learned in a travel guide about the winecountry. really not relevant. What really annoyed me was that you have to buy the next book to find out the end of this book. not cool.
nicwitted More than 1 year ago
This book is 391 pages, and several times while reading, I had to put it down or skip through because the explanations of technical forensic things was just too lengthy. Some parts are just a little unbelievable - like how she got on the case to begin with. And some of the characters just lacked depth. Maybe it's because I haven't read the first book, but I really only enjoyed small parts of it. It wasn't the non-stop thriller other reviewers made it out to be. For the intellectual reader who wants depth and believability, this one's not for you. Also, I'm a stickler for grammar, and this book had a plethora of typos and mismatched sentences. Just my opinion, but for a free book, it wasn't bad.
Kentucky-Kitten More than 1 year ago
I downloaded this free book and 1 week later I'm only on page 60. I agree, not a "can't put down" book.
AvidReader1012 More than 1 year ago
This book is one that you can read at lunch and put down and not worry about picking back up until the next lunch. It's not one of those that you "just can't put down." Don't get me wrong, it's decent reading, but the plot just drags and the main character is just oblivious. Glad it was free...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have done so many of these. Just bare with me on this. So, somehow, I have managed to get dumped, get left, and now break boy's heart. Yes, I told him I wanted to stop. I told him I didn't want him to talk to me. If I hadn't, I would become the weak girl I really am and collapse into his arms. No one held me like he did. It's over now. I guess he didn't know I loved him as much as he had managed to love me. Though in all honesty, I probably loved him more. I told him I would choose someone else over him. I was upset at the time. So I said some things I didn't mean. My question is; Did I make the right choice? Or worst mistake of my life? I never know. Peaople said he was bad and we weren't good together. They said he was a cheater. A player. And that he was only using me as a toy. If I was just a toy? Why did he make me feel so loved? I never thought that when we were together, but now I see. He really loved me. Now, I may have just lost the only person I have left in this world, all over my own emotional-rollarcoaster.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty sure he knows...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No one. I think.