Alan Jacobson

Vanguard Press,  October 2010

Renowned FBI profiler Karen Vail returns in Velocity. national bestselling author Alan Jacobson's most explosive thriller to date. Detective Robby Hernandez, Vail's boyfriend, has vanished into the dense air of a Napa Valley evening. There are no clues to his whereabouts, other than a blood stain and tenuous connections to a vicious serial killer operating in the wine country.

As the task force struggles with Robby's disappearance, the killer challenges Vail by boldly leaving his high profile victims in public places. Is this offender somehow responsible for Robby's disappearance? Evidence suggests that he is -- but just when Vail and the task force begin to make progress, the FBI orders Vail to return to Quantico to handle a case of vital importance.

Back in Washington, Vail engages covert government operative Hector DeSantos to determine what happened to Robby. It's a move that backfires when DeSantos's confidential informants lead them into unforeseen dangers, forcing Vail to face off against powerful foes unlike any she's ever encountered, threatening her life, her career . . . all that she holds dear.

In a frantic race against time that takes them from the monuments of Washington, D.C., to the wealthy beach enclaves of San Diego and the bright excesses of Las Vegas, shocking truths emerge -- truths that will forever change Karen Vail.

Hardcover | ISBN: 9781593156213 | Publication Date: October 2010

"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 bestselling author

"Plenty of bark and bite, sizzle and emotion, are accentuated in this tangled tale of delightful intrigue. Well done."
--Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

"Alan Jacobson writes with a firm hand, a strong voice, and fine eye for detail."
--Ridley Pearson, New York Times bestselling author

"Alan Jacobson is a hell of a writer and Karen Vail is a hell of a lady: tough, smart, funny, and very believable."
--Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author

"Karen Vail is as compelling a character as any created by Patricia Cornwell, or yours truly. The 7th Victim is packed with neat surprises."
--James Patterson, New York Times bestselling author

"Jacobson captures the complexity of the mission faced by the 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 firsthand that Velocity hits the target. Jacobson's acquired a new fan."
--Supervisory Special Agent Michael Upchurch. Drug Enforcement Administration (ret.)

"Jacobson breathes life into the killer in a way that made my heart pound -- and I do this for a living."
-Mary Ellen OToole. Senior FBI Profiler and Supervisory Special Agent (ret.)