Crush by Alan Jacobson
Karen Vail Novel #2 (Karen Vail Series)

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Fresh off the most challenging case of her career, The 7th Victim heroine and renowned FBI profiler Karen Vail returns in an explosive thriller set against the backdrop of California’s wine country.

Hoping to find solace from the demons that haunt her, Vail makes her first trip to the Napa Valley. But shortly after arriving, a victim is found in the deepest reaches of an exclusive wine cave, the work of an extraordinarily unpredictable serial killer. From the outset, Vail is frustrated by her inability to profile the offender—until she realizes why: the Behavioral Analysis Unit has not previously encountered a killer like him.

As Vail and the task force work around the clock to identify and locate him, they’re caught in a web knotted with secretive organizations, a decades-long feud between prominent wine families, and widespread corruption that leads Vail to wonder whom, if anyone, she can trust. Meanwhile, as the victim count rises, Vail can't shake the gnawing sense that something isn't right.

With the killer’s actions threatening the Napa Valley’s multi-billion dollar industry, the stakes have never been greater, and the race to find the killer never more urgent.

And through it all, a surprise lurks…one that Karen Vail never sees coming.

Meticulously researched during years of work with the FBI profiling unit and extensive interviews with wine industry professionals, bestselling author Alan Jacobson delivers a high-velocity thriller featuring the kind of edge-of-your-seat ending that inspired Nelson DeMille to call him "a hell of a writer."


About Alan Jacobson

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Alan Jacobson is the National Bestselling Author of the critically acclaimed thrillers False Accusations, The Hunted, The 7th Victim, Crush, Velocity, and Inmate 1577. Alan's novels have made numerous ?Best Books of the Year? lists, including the Top 10 for The Strand Magazine, Library Journal, Suspense Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times. Alan's eighteen years of research and training with law enforcement have influenced him both personally and professionally, and have helped shape the stories he tells and the diverse characters that populate his novels. His books have sold internationally, and two of his novels are currently under development in Hollywood. As part of his work with the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit, Alan coauthored a personal safety booklet with senior FBI Profiler Mark Safarik that they are providing free on Alan's website,
Published July 1, 2014 by Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller. 550 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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In Jacobson's addictive second Karen Vail thriller (after The 7th Victim ), a serial killer spoils the FBI profiler's romantic Napa Valley vacation with

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CRUSH is Alan Jacobson’s second book in his Karen Vail.

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Crush is by far as great, if not the best, thriller I have had the honor to read this year.

Aug 06 2009 | Read Full Review of Crush: Karen Vail Novel #2 (K...

Vail slung her purse over her shoulder so it rested on her back,.

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