The 7th Victim (Karen Vail Series #1)

The 7th Victim (Karen Vail Series #1)

by Alan Jacobson


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Introducing FBI profiler Karen Vail, who crosses paths with a Virginia serial killer in the first in the bestselling series.
Special Agent Karen Vail “is a knockout, tough and brilliant” (Tess Gerritsen). As lead profiler for the FBI, Vail is spearheading the task force investigation into a serial killer known as “Dead Eyes,” who’s been terrorizing Fairfax County, Virginia.
What separates this psychopath from the others is a peculiar savagery, and an intimate knowledge of the FBI’s detailed strategy of pursuit. What separates Vail from her peers is a life that has made her hard and uncompromising. Recently divorced from an abusive husband, and in the throes of an ugly custody battle, she’s also helpless against her mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s. But little by little, as Vail’s personal baggage begins to consume her, the investigation threatens to derail.
Now she’s weighing her last hope on a controversial profile. It suggests that the one key to solving the case lies with the seventh victim. But that key will also unlock secrets that could destroy Vail’s career, and expose a truth that even she might not be strong enough to survive.
In compiling his research for The 7th Victim , Alan Jacobson was allowed wide-ranging access to the FBI’s behavioral profiling unit over several years. Named one of the top five books of the year by Library Journal , it’s “a quantum leap in terror and suspense . . . A masterpiece” ( New York Times –bestselling author James Rollins).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781497692046
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media LLC
Publication date: 03/03/2015
Series: Karen Vail Novels Series , #1
Pages: 572
Sales rank: 662,645
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 4.30(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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7th Victim 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1206 reviews.
RDG58 More than 1 year ago
Alan is on the same plateau as John Grisham. Hard to put the book down. It was very easy to get to know the characters by his thorough description of each. The story was gripping and very descriptive. I am looking forward to reading his next novel, Velocity.
pinkCricket More than 1 year ago
WOW!This book sucked me in from the very first page.Found myself up until 3:00 in the morning for 2 nights because I could not put it down.Everytime I thought I knew what was going to happen next I was wrong.It kept my attention til the very end with some unexpected twist thrown in for good measure.For a free book this is worth every second of your time.Was a little sad to be done with the book!This is one of those books I felt was glued to my hands,I did not want to put it down!
lovemynookFL More than 1 year ago
This book had so much going on that it was like several mysteries rolled into one. But it all came together at the end to make a very satisfying thriller.
bobertpope More than 1 year ago
Alan really pushed the limit in the most boring book since the dictionary. After reading the first chapter I wished that I was the first victim.
redhddgrl More than 1 year ago
downloaded another one by Alan Jacobson. I don't like his style or his storylines.
mln63 More than 1 year ago
I got this on a free Friday so I am not complaing. I had a lot of problems with the characters in this book. The main character is the most selfish mother I have ever read about. Her son is in a coma so she has to get away, with her future boyfriend, to her mother's house, who is getting senile. She then finds out she her real mother makes her a relative to the killer she is trying to capture. That is just the beginning of a whole lot of unbelivable plot twists they want us to believe,
EG_John More than 1 year ago
To make fiction work, one must suspend disbelief. I know this. I go into every novel hoping to be entertained and I don't spend a lot of time picking apart the "inaccurate" details of the story. But this book had me saying, "Oh, come on!" entirely too much. The lead character, while trying to profile a serial killer, had SEVEN personal tragedies. The "surprising" tie-ins between characters piled on, one after another. Just when I couldn't take any more, the author actually surprised me with the ending. This helped to make me feel like I hadn't wasted my 400+ pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Kept me guessing at every turn
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The headline says it all. There is far to much discussion of profiling and other law enforcement procedures. Great plot, but just too much info. Should have been 100 pages less.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first by this author and I really liked this book.
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Enjoyed the read
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This book was very good and alot of things was going on. I was surprised that a at the end they all came togather. This book had 431 pages.
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