THE 7TH VICTIM

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Alan Jacobson

The Dead Eyes killer lurks in the backyard of the FBI’s famed Behavioral Analysis Unit. His brutal murders, unlike any others previously encountered, confound the local task force, despite the gifted skills of Special Agent Karen Vail, the first female ever promoted to the profiling unit. But along with her keen insight, she brings considerable personal and professional baggage—both of which threaten to derail their investigation.

As the Dead Eyes killer grows bolder by their inability to stop him, Vail discovers that the seventh victim holds the key to all that stirs this killer…the key that will unlock secrets too painful for Vail to bear.

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The Dead Eyes killer lurks in the backyard of the FBI’s famed Behavioral Analysis Unit. His brutal murders, unlike any others previously encountered, confound the local task force, despite the gifted skills of Special Agent Karen Vail, the first female ever promoted to the profiling unit. But along with her keen insight, she brings considerable personal and professional baggage—both of which threaten to derail their investigation.

As the Dead Eyes killer grows bolder by their inability to stop him, Vail discovers that the seventh victim holds the key to all that stirs this killer…the key that will unlock secrets too painful for Vail to bear. Secrets that threaten to destroy her, that could bring down her storied and promising career. For Karen Vail, the truth rests at the heart of a lie. And uncovering it might just get her killed…. Meticulously researched during seven years of study with the FBI’s legendary profiling unit, Alan Jacobson brings dramatic realism and unprecedented accuracy to his pages as he takes readers behind the scenes of the FBI Academy.

The 7th Victim is a terrifying and memorable work of psychological suspense, with rich, believable characters and a chilling, intricate plot that will keep you guessing until the end.

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About Alan Jacobson

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Alan Jacobson is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed thrillers False Accusations and The Hunted. Alan has a degree in English and a doctorate in chiropractic medicine. He achieved prominence as an Agreed Medical Examiner and was subsequently appointed to the position of Qualified Medical Evaluator by the state of California.

Both The 7th Victim and his next thriller, Hard Target, have been optioned for film by a major Hollywood producer. A native New Yorker, Alan migrated to California, where he cracks spines of a different sort.

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“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 7thVictim 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

“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