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The 7th Victim (Karen Vail, #1) de Alan…
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The 7th Victim (Karen Vail, #1) (2008 original; edició 2008)

de Alan Jacobson

Sèrie: Karen Vail (1)

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Introducing FBI profiler Karen Vail, who crosses paths with a Virginia serial killer in the first in the bestselling series.   Special Agent Karen Vail "is a knockout, tough and brilliant" (Tess Gerritsen). As lead profiler for the FBI, Vail is spearheading the task force investigation into a serial killer known as "Dead Eyes," who's been terrorizing Fairfax County, Virginia.   What separates this psychopath from the others is a peculiar savagery, and an intimate knowledge of the FBI's detailed strategy of pursuit. What separates Vail from her peers is a life that has made her hard and uncompromising. Recently divorced from an abusive husband, and in the throes of an ugly custody battle, she's also helpless against her mother's struggle with Alzheimer's. But little by little, as Vail's personal baggage begins to consume her, the investigation threatens to derail.   Now she's weighing her last hope on a controversial profile. It suggests that the one key to solving the case lies with the seventh victim. But that key will also unlock secrets that could destroy Vail's career, and expose a truth that even she might not be strong enough to survive.   In compiling his research for The 7th Victim, Alan Jacobson was allowed wide-ranging access to the FBI's behavioral profiling unit over several years. Named one of the top five books of the year by Library Journal, it's "a quantum leap in terror and suspense . . . A masterpiece" (New York Times-bestselling author James Rollins).  … (més)
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Títol:The 7th Victim (Karen Vail, #1)
Autors:Alan Jacobson
Informació:Vanguard Press, Kindle Edition, 433 pages
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The 7th Victim de Alan Jacobson (2008)

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Es mostren 1-5 de 15 (següent | mostra-les totes)
So poorly written and so many illogical moments that I could only stand about 100 pages. ( )
  KAzevedo | Jul 30, 2021 |
I loved this book! ( )
  Carole0220 | Mar 21, 2020 |
The 7th Victim by Alan Jacobson started off feeling a bit like an episode of Criminal Minds as the main character is an FBI profiler who works for the BAU. However, as the story continued I started to realize that this woman was in no way capable of being a member of such a prestigious group. Her credibility is basically nil as she rants and raves at the office while dealing with a lot of drama in her personal life. To say the drama was overdone would be to put it mildly. (There isn't an area of her life where she isn't faltering in some way and the obvious course of action to fix said problem never seems to occur to her.) Our main character, Karen Vail, has been trying to find the Dead Eyes Killer for several weeks with virtually no leads. The killer's signature is gruesome and the bodies keep piling up but she's too wrapped up in her own life to really spend a lot of time working the case efficiently. (And then it's further complicated by her relationship with the members of her task force.) I don't want to spoil the ending but it was so ridiculous that it really sealed the lid on the coffin for me. I didn't like the main character, I didn't like the plot, and the killer reveal was dumb. 0/10 do not recommend

Adding insult to injury, this is the first in a series. That's a no for me. ( )
  AliceaP | Mar 6, 2020 |
The 7th Victim is a page-turner, introducing FBI agent Karen Vail. With a stunning twist of an ending that will satisfy even the most discerning thriller reader; recommended for those who like the Women’s Murder Club series.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Mar 5, 2020 |
Book on CD read by Lila Wellesley

One thing I can’t stand in a thriller/mystery is a hero or heroine who behaves stupidly. The reader is supposed to believe that Karen Vail, FBI profiler, will: 1) marry a total scumbag despite her training in psychology; 2) talk to the cops when she knows she should keep her mouth shut and ask for an attorney; 3) stay on the task force despite the threat of domestic violence case against her; 4) continue working when her child lies comatose in an ICU (even going out of town a couple of times). Also, Jacobson did some shameless stealing from Thomas Harris’s [Silence of the Lambs] . And then there are the subplots that go nowhere. As for the narration – Wellesley mostly has just one voice; except for one “Southern black” character, everyone sounds the same, making it difficult to distinguish who is speaking when there is a two-(or even three-)way conversation.

Still, it’s fast-paced (a must for this genre); there is a somewhat plausible love interest; and Vail does work hard to get herself out of most the messes she puts herself in, vs relying on a nearby strong male. So I still give it 2 stars. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 19, 2016 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 15 (següent | mostra-les totes)
In Jacobson's tepid third thriller (after Hunted and False Accusations), FBI profiler Karen Vail is obsessed with bringing to justice the Dead Eyes Killer, who's gruesomely slain several women in Virginia. The action alternates between Karen's attempts to unravel the clues left behind at the crime scenes and glimpses of the Dead Eyes Killer himself as he stalks future victims. A messy divorce and custody battle threaten to distract Karen, as do her tentative relationship with a local detective and disturbing revelations about her family history. The author fails to put a fresh spin on any of the genre's cliches--the serial killer who taunts law enforcement, the FBI agent with an implausible connection to the case, the chaotic crime scene that contains clues only the hero can crack. Though Jacobson's research into the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit is evident, he overloads his story with too much information and unbelievable coincidences.
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Introducing FBI profiler Karen Vail, who crosses paths with a Virginia serial killer in the first in the bestselling series.   Special Agent Karen Vail "is a knockout, tough and brilliant" (Tess Gerritsen). As lead profiler for the FBI, Vail is spearheading the task force investigation into a serial killer known as "Dead Eyes," who's been terrorizing Fairfax County, Virginia.   What separates this psychopath from the others is a peculiar savagery, and an intimate knowledge of the FBI's detailed strategy of pursuit. What separates Vail from her peers is a life that has made her hard and uncompromising. Recently divorced from an abusive husband, and in the throes of an ugly custody battle, she's also helpless against her mother's struggle with Alzheimer's. But little by little, as Vail's personal baggage begins to consume her, the investigation threatens to derail.   Now she's weighing her last hope on a controversial profile. It suggests that the one key to solving the case lies with the seventh victim. But that key will also unlock secrets that could destroy Vail's career, and expose a truth that even she might not be strong enough to survive.   In compiling his research for The 7th Victim, Alan Jacobson was allowed wide-ranging access to the FBI's behavioral profiling unit over several years. Named one of the top five books of the year by Library Journal, it's "a quantum leap in terror and suspense . . . A masterpiece" (New York Times-bestselling author James Rollins).  

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