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The 7th Victim

A Novel
ISBN-10: 1593154941
ISBN-13: 9781593154943
$25.95 US · $27.95 CAN
Rights: US & Canada
Published: September 2008
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The Dead Eyes Killer lurks in the backyard of the famed FBI Profiling Unit. His brutal murders confound the local task force, despite the gifted profiling skills of Special Agent Karen Vail. But along with Vail’s insight and expertise comes considerable personal and professional baggage. On leave pending a review of her assault on her abusive ex-husband, Vail must battle forces determined to bring her down, as she fights to find Dead Eyes before he murders more young women. But the seventh victim is the key to all that stirs this killer…the key that will unlock secrets perhaps too painful for Vail to bear. These are secrets that threaten to destroy her, secrets that will bring down her storied career. For Karen Vail, the truth rests at the heart of a lie. And uncovering it could get her killed… With material meticulously researched during seven years of study with the Bureau’s vaunted profiling unit, Alan Jacobson brings refreshing realism and unprecedented accuracy to his pages. The 7th Victim is a page-turner as only Alan Jacobson can write, with a stunning twist of an ending that will satisfy even the most discerning thriller reader.


“Karen Vail is as compelling a character as any created by Patricia Cornwell, or yours truly. The Seventh Victim is packed with neat surprises.”
-James Patterson, New York Times bestselling author of Double Cross

“Alan Jacobson is a hell of a writer, and his lead character, Karen Vail, is a hell of a lady: tough, smart, funny, and very believable. The Seventh Victim is an impressively researched novel about serial murder packed into a tightly twisting plot. Very scary, and very good. This reads like a Nelson DeMille book. And I should know.”
-Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author of Wild Fire

"I've always been a fan of Alan Jacobson's thrillers, but his latest novel, The 7th Victim , is a quantum leap in terror and suspense. Tautly written and brilliantly executed, here is a masterpiece of horror and murder. Read it with the doors locked and the lights blazing."
-James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Judas Strain

"In the fictional world of criminal profilers, Karen Vail is a knockout, tough and brilliant. In The 7th Victim she truly meets her match, and the twists and turns will astonish you."
—Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Garden

"Alan Jacobson pulls off a winning combination in The 7th Victim — a strong, credible, likable heroine; high-velocity narrative drive; a non-stop, twisting, believable plot; and a satisfying surprise of an ending. Thrillers don't get much more thrilling than this one."
-John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of Betrayal

"Another Jacobson twister. The ending will shock you."
-Stephen J. Cannell, New York Times bestselling author of Three Shirt Deal

“As one of the founding fathers of the FBI profiling unit, I can unequivocally state that The Seventh Victim sets a new standard for serial killer novels. Like Silence of the Lambs did 20 years ago, The Seventh Victim redefines the genre and brings it into the 21st century. With meticulous research and dead-on accuracy, Alan Jacobson has not only written a gripping, twisting thriller, he's created a must-read book.”
-Robert Ressler, world renowned FBI Profiler (ret.)

"There are thrillers which you read once, then throw away. Alan Jacobson has written a book that is fast paced and intense and will make sure you'll read it over and over again. A masterful work — dark, creepy, yet at the same time you won't be able to put it down."
–Andrew F. Gulli, Managing Editor, The Strand Magazine
Alan Jacobson
About Alan Jacobson
Alan Jacobson received his bachelor of arts degree 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 achieved prominence as an agreed medical examiner and was subsequently appointed to the position of qualified medical evaluator by the state of 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 The Hunted and False Accusations . He lives in northern California.

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