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Monday, October 6, 2014

Book Review: Spectrum by Alan Jacobson

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Open Road Media via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

This new mystery is coming out TOMORROW and I urge everyone to pick it up!

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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.

 I tried to get through this book in one sitting, but couldn't quite do it! That ended up being a good thing, as the anticipation for the last 4 chapters really had me chomping to find time to read and finish the book, to see if the Hades killer would be found and what would happened to Vail and Robby! This is the first book in the Vail series I have read (it's number 6) and I can guarantee that I am going back and reading the rest of the books in the series! Jacobson's experience makes this book ring true in literally EVERY aspect- from the profiling, to the law enforcement slang, to the NY locales. Everything makes the story. Add some great characters, including a 'take no guff' female cop in Vail, a story that goes back and forth in time giving you clues and red herrings, and you have a book that you can not literally put down! You might be stunned at the ending, as Jacobson is great with his sleight of hand, and things are not always what they seem! I never felt like I had missed anything from the previous books- Jacobson gives you enough facts that you don't feel left out of any inside nuances. In fact, I'd say you could pick up the series from this book! This is THE mystery of the month and you need to check out this series, if you haven't already! If you have, and left, come back with this book- you'll be glad you did!

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.

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