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September 29, 2014

SPECTRUM by Alan Jacobsen


The Karen Vail Series
Book 6
Alan Jacobsen

(from Amazon)
New York City: home to world-renowned museums, theater, restaurants, iconic sports franchises. Central Park. Wall Street. And an infamous serial killer who’s terrorized the Big Apple for decades.

The year is 1995 and the NYPD has just graduated a promising new patrol officer named Karen Vail. The rookie’s first day on the job is anything but easy when she finds herself at the crime scene of a young woman murdered in an unusual manner. Vail is unsure of what she’s looking at or what it means—but it’s a case that will weigh on her mind for nearly twenty years.

As the years pass, Vail’s career takes unexpected twists and turns—as does the case that’s come to be known as Hades. Now a skilled FBI profiler, will Vail be in a better position to catch the killer? Or will Hades prove to be Karen Vail’s hell on earth?

The character who has captivated readers worldwide—and who won the praise of literary giants Michael Connelly, James Patterson, and Nelson DeMille—returns in a story that captures the experiences that shaped the revered profiler and made her the top cop she is today.
  • File Size: 1219 KB,  Print Length: 438 pages,  Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (October 7, 2014),  Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English,  ASIN: B00M8PV3Q0


171422Alan Jacobson is a national bestselling author. 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.

I haven't read any of the first books in the series.  The first book is THE 7TH VICTIM (The Karen Vail Series, 1).  This book is the 6th in the series and for those readers who have not read any of the other books, it is a good starting place for the series.  The author wrote the book in such a way that you don't need to read the previous books first. The author tells how Vail got her start in police work and FBI.   The author added little bits and pieces to the book that go back to the earlier books.this 6th book is about a serial killer that has been chased for 20 years by Vail.  A lot of the book is police procedural.  The reader will be kept turning the pages as her book gets more and more suspenseful.  You couldn't help but be attached to the story to the very end.  Hard to put down.  The author wrote an easy paced book even though it was filled with suspense, mystery and thriller elements,.  Karen Vail, being the main character and being a woman interested me because usually the main character in police procedural books are men.  Women need to be placed in these roles more often.  She has been trained well and has some good gut instincts.  You won't want to let go of this book until you are done and then you will want to read the first books in the series.

I was given a complimentary copy of SPECTRUM from the author Alan Jacobsen for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.  

I would give this book 4 STARS. 

The Kindle version is not available for review on Amazon until Oct. 7th.
The book is not listed on Barnes and Noble yet.

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