Crush and Velocity by Alan Jacobson
Crush and Velocity, two books originally intended to be one (very long) novel, are now reunited, as national bestselling author Alan Jacobson originally intended when he conceived of the groundbreaking story
In FBI profiler Karen Vail’s second adventure after the standout bestseller The 7th Victim
, Vail finds herself in the Napa Valley, where a serial killer has been crushing his victims’ windpipes and leaving their bodies in caves and vineyards. But when the Crush Killer learns that an FBI profiler has joined the Major Crimes Task Force, the newfound attention emboldens him, and he engages Vail in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Although a sudden break in the case helps her zero in on the identity of the killer, she senses that something isn’t right. Will she figure it out before it’s too late? In a rousing climax that has left readers breathless (and that Publishers Weekly
termed “a shockeroo”), Vail must pick up the pieces—and the carnage left behind by the Crush Killer.Velocity
begins the moment Crush
ends, with Vail having lost something dear to her and possessing a single-minded fixation on finding who was responsible—and making them pay. As the task force, reeling from their loss, attempts to regroup, Vail discovers that they had made vital mistakes on the Crush Killer case—errors that have had dire consequences. After being ordered to return to Washington, Vail enlists the services of a covert “black” government operative, Hector DeSantos, to assist her in tracking down those behind the evil she and her task force have been grappling with.
But what Vail and DeSantos learn places her in the crosshairs of criminals more dangerous than any she has ever faced. And along the way, startling revelations emerge that will forever change Karen Vail—as well as those close to her.
Researched meticulously with over three dozen experts in multiple disciplines and with government access that required clearance from a congressional subcommittee, Crush
take you behind closed doors into a world most people do not know exists.
were optioned by Hollywood, and Velocity
was named one of the “Top 5 Best Books of the Year” by Library Journal
“Plenty of bark and bite, sizzle and emotion . . . a tangled tale of delightful intrigue. Well done.” —Steve Berry, New York Times
rocks from the opening page to the jarring conclusion.” —Steve Martini, New York Times
“Karen Vail is one tough character. Crush
will keep you reading late into the night.” —Kathy Reichs, New York Times
–bestselling author and creator of TV show Bones
“A smart, stylish whodunnit with lots of surprises, and a finish with all the punch of a blockbuster Cabernet.” —Andrew Gross, New York Times
“From the first page, Velocity
is as relentless as a bullet. Karen Vail is my kind of hero and Alan Jacobson is my kind of writer!” —Michael Connelly, New York Times
“Jacobson writes with a sure hand, a strong voice, and fine eye for detail.” —Ridley Pearson, New York Times
“Jacobson captures the complexity of the mission faced by DEA, the threat posed to our country, and the constant danger our agents face battling members of international drug trafficking organizations. As someone who devoted his career to carrying out that mission, I can say first-hand that Velocity
hits the target. Jacobson’s acquired a new fan.” —Michael Upchurch, supervisory special agent, Drug Enforcement Administration (retired)
“Jacobson breathes life into the killer in a way that made my heart pound—and I do this for a living.” —Mary Ellen O’Toole, senior FBI profiler and supervisory special agent (retired)
“Fans of James Patterson, Michael Connelly, and Patricia Cornwell will drink deeply of this intoxicating tale.” —Booklist
“Jacobson has . . . written a full-throttle thriller that will keep readers hooked to the very end.” —San Francisco Book Review
“Sizzles with nonstop action and startling details. Refreshingly real, Karen doesn’t let her tough ‘take no prisoners’ attitude stand in the way of following her heart. [It’s `a] dizzy nail-biter.” —Publishers Weekly
is a rare and exquisite vintage of the genre, a thriller with heart and soul to go with its proverbial muscle.” —Providence Sunday Journal
“This book was a fantastic read! There were many moments where Jacobson took me on a ride I thought I was prepared for. He kept me guessing at every turn and made me need to know the truth. What a magnificent book! Read it!” —Suspense Magazine
Alan Jacobson is the national bestselling author of several critically acclaimed novels. 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.
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