The 7th Victim by Alan Jacobson is the first book in the new “Karen Vail” thriller series. Publisher: Vanguard Press, September 2008

The Dead Eyes killer lurks in the backyard of the FBI’s famed Behavioral Analysis Unit. His brutal murders, unlike any others previously encountered, confound the local task force, despite the gifted skills of Special Agent Karen Vail, the first female ever promoted to the profiling unit. But along with her keen insight, she brings considerable personal and professional baggage—both of which threaten to derail their investigation.

As the Dead Eyes killer grows bolder by the unit’s inability to stop him, Vail discovers that the seventh victim holds the key to all that stirs this killer … the key that will unlock secrets too painful for Vail to bear. Secrets that threaten to destroy her that could bring down her storied and promising career. For Karen Vail, the truth rests at the heart of a lie. And uncovering it might just get her killed.

Meticulously researched during seven years of study with the FBI’s legendary profiling unit, bestselling author Alan Jacobson brings dramatic realism and unprecedented accuracy to his pages as he takes readers behind the scenes of the FBI Academy.

The 7th Victim is a terrifying and memorable work of psychological suspense with rich believable characters and a chilling, intricate plot that will keep you guessing until the end.

Trying to deal with personal issues while on the job is what faces Karen Vail as she profiles the serial killer that is running amok in town. As she gets closer to the identity of the killer, long held secrets threatens her life. This was a thrilling ride full of actions and non-stop page turning. My rating: 4.5 stars

*new-to-me author

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