The 7th Victim (Karen Vail Series #1)

The 7th Victim (Karen Vail Series #1)

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ISBN-13: 9781593154943
Publisher: Hachette Books
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)

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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The 7th Victim (Karen Vail Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
rkoback More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book! I couldn't stop reading it once I started. This is definitely a must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
cmwilson101 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
FBI profiler Karen Vail hunts down a serial killer, while battling an abusive ex-husband and dealing with an elderly parent. The story sounds good .... but .... I really disliked the heroine, who is pushy and arrogant, and just could not suspend disbelief over all the personal connections she has to a case that she is assigned to investigate. Publisher Weekly summarized this book best with "Though Jacobson's research into the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit is evident, he overloads his story with too much information and unbelievable coincidences."***spoiler alert***The unbelievable coincidences include: the profiler's birth mother being one of the serial killer victims, her birth father being the suspected killer, and her separated-at-birth twin sister being the ultimate killer (though the profile naming a male killer was correct, because the sister has multiple personalities)....
ark76 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Fans of Criminal Minds will enjoy this mystery thriller about FBI profiler Karen Vail, a recurring character in Jacobson's books. Unlike Criminal Minds, Vail works more independently than the team in the TV show although there is enough interaction with the task force team to develop the characters and become interested in the drama in their personal lives.Karen is searching for a serial killer, dubbed the Dead Eyes killer, who pretends to be an FBI agent. All of this she is trying to balance a custody battle involving abuse and a budding romance. The balance between a mystery, Vail's personal life, the FBI team and some city politics keeps the reader involved and not wanting to sleep until the book is finished.
TheSolitaryBookworm on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book was a a great book, hands down. I definitely enjoyed how Jacobson pictured a detailed crime scene, how he built each character in the story and how he twisted the plot in every possible way.When I started reading the book, I was instantly hooked. I couldn't put it down until I finished it. It was definitely worth my time. I just wished Jacobson built Karen's (main character) as strong as she should be being a profiler. I just thought that the character was somewhat week or lacking as how I had pictured her.The story definitely had it's low points, and I don't want to go into details to not give out spoilers but the low points of the book is just 1% of the whole novel. Had an unexpected twist. When I thought I knew how the story would end, Jacobson injected brilliant twist to the plot that can make think twice. I can say all in all that it is a great book to read, worth buying and definitely worth sharing to others. Because of this great read, I may have to check for Jacobson's first and second novel.This book is definitely for the thrill seekers, murder mystery fanatics and the curious minds of people who are fascinated with criminal profiling.
DBower on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I love detective/police mysteries and picked this book up for my kindle. I finished it in a single sitting and immediately picked up the second book (Crush) and the third (Velocity). Mr. Jacobson has become an author that I have on my watch list for new books.
GAVAlady on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The story kept me interested, but the ending was difficult for me to accept. Some of the characters were not well developed.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing 8 months ago
FBI Profiler Karen Vail is on the case of a serial killer who follows a ritualistic routine in his violent and gruesome murders of young brunettes. Karen also has some personality clashes with members of the squad and troubles in her personal life. She is recently divorced from a bitter, angry man and her son does not want to visit at his father's home anymore. She also must finally deal with the fact that her mother's Alzheimer's has reached the point where she needs constant supervision. This murder case is taught and tense. The writing is gripping and it is evident the author has done his research. The characters are incredibly real and the plot is intense. Jacobson pulls no punches and twists and turns the plot until the reader is shocked with the ending results. Plus the author stuns the reader by solving the mystery just a little too far away from the end of the book making the reader wonder what could possibly happen next but this is where he then throws in his penultimate twist. I dare any reader to figure out "whodunit" before the final reveal.One of the best stand-alones in this genre that I've read in quite some time. If you enjoy psychological suspense thrillers I can't recommend this book more highly. I am certainly intrigued enough by Jacobson's work here to go back and read his two previous books, False Accusations and The Hunted, and look forward to his next book.
acorley84 More than 1 year ago
The 7th Victim - Devouring Psychological Thriller For a more in depth review, please visit my blog, Chorley Chronicals! 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!
DaleneH More than 1 year ago
I chose to read this book as it was selected from my Kindle Shelf Post. While I had been told by others to read this book and series, I had never actually committed myself until now. I enjoyed this book for the most part. While I enjoy mystery thrillers and have read several similar books in the past, this book just didn’t pull me quickly through it. I’m not sure why. It was a fairly slow and heavy read. I enjoyed the main character Karen Vail. As a profiler and woman, she is up against a lot in her job. However, throughout this book she has more obstacles than one could ever think. At one point, I was against liking this book. There was so much that had happened to Karen that it was just not real to me. Yes, I know it’s fiction, but wow the overload. I kept going on, just barely turning page by page. I’m glad I did because it really did set up where the story was going. There is a lot that happens to her, and maybe not all of it needed, but I did enjoy the story. There are a lot of typical things she has to deal with such as being the female in a male dominated career, especially the specialized job as profiler. While some of the men are supportive, she has many that are not. Quite a hurdle to overcome. However, she does it well and when she is with these men, she does not wallow in her problems. I did like that about the story. Wayne Rudnick is not a main character. He only appears in one chapter. However, he made me laugh. What a great character portrayed as a head of his unit. Very knowledgeable, but definitely knows how to have fun. He provided my LOL moment of the book. What to Read Next?Another similar type read, but which I thought was quite a bit better is The Pawn by Steven James. The main character is more of a geographical analyzer and also solving serial murders. There is a lot of personal relationship situations with the main character and his step-daughter. Very well woven story. This is just the first of his series.
NookWormKP More than 1 year ago
Fast paced, well written and an awesome twist! VERY entertaining
SkatesNYC More than 1 year ago
however, some parts of the book were slow and unrealistic...but overall, not bad
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bookjunkieTX More than 1 year ago
What a thrill. Keeps you up until it's done
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NocturneKing More than 1 year ago
I downloaded this to my nook awhile ago and for some reason or another kept putting it off and read some other books i had downloaded some were good, some were bad, and a few were great this book being one of them.I read the first few chapters and it had me hooked i found myself blazing through this book because of the story as well as the characters.It has been one of the best books that i have read on my nook and i most definitely recommend it without any hesitation whatsoever.