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When a potent firebomb destroys part of an art gallery in an exclusive London district, FBI profiler Karen Vail is dispatched to England to work with Scotland Yard on drafting a threat assessment to head off future attacks. But Vail soon discovers that at the heart of the bombing lies a four-hundred-forty-year-old manuscript that holds clues to England's past-with dramatic political and social implications. The manuscript's content is so explosive that a group of political radicals is bent on destroying it at all costs.Or is it the work of someone else? The trail leads Vail to a notorious fugitive who has escaped law enforcement for decades, and who appears to be planning a major attack on London and the United States. When Hector DeSantos, banished from the US Department of Defense and now a rogue covert operative, turns up in England and takes actions that threaten Vail's life, she finds herself on the run from the British security service, Scotland Yard, and a group of internationally trained assassins-all determined to silence her . . . all tightening the net to ensure that she's got no way out.With his trademark spirited dialogue, page-turning scenes, and well-drawn characters, national bestselling author Alan Jacobson ("My kind of writer," says Michael Connelly) has once again crafted an intelligent, twisting thriller destined to be talked about long after the last page has been turned.
This mystery/thriller/spy novel starts showing itself as a police procedural and then adds the spy quotient and suddenly it is a roller coaster thriller that you do NOT want to put down! You think you know where the story is heading and then it heads off in a different direction. Coincidences occur and suddenly you're back where you started, but are you? Jacobson is the master at combining police procedural and spy thriller, and I love how Karen is a strong female lead, yet a vulnerable character at the same time. She is sarcastic, to the point, but approachable and gets the job done. My previous Vail read was Spectrum, about how she started in law enforcement (and is the latest in the series). This book is book 5 in the series, and she has been flushed out into a character you STILL want to read, from the early days of book 1! I will be getting the rest of the series and I highly recommend you do too! Once you read one of Jacobson's books you'll agree!
About the Author:
Alan 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. Check out his website for more.