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Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign Reaches 84% Funding Within the First Two Weeks for Norwood Press and Bestselling Author Alan Jacobson’s thriller novel, SPECTRUM.

Spectrum by Alan Jacobson

Norwood Press (an imprint of VJ Books) and national bestselling author Alan Jacobson launch Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to publish the sixth book in the Karen Vail series — SPECTRUM. After just 11 days, the campaign is already funded 84%.

Alan Jacobson, the national bestselling author of nine critically acclaimed thrillers, and independent publisher, Norwood Press (an imprint of online bookstore VJ Books) are creating the hardcover publication of Alan’s next book in the popular Karen Vail series, SPECTRUM, through the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.

“One of the things I love about working with Norwood Press — aside from the best-in-class product they publish — is John Hutchinson’s ability to think outside of the box and try new things. This is extraordinarily rare in the world of publishing,” said Mr. Jacobson. “The 2013 No Way Out Kickstarter project (funded 104% ) was a prime example, and now, reaching over 80% funding for SPECTRUM, within the first two weeks of launching, Norwood Press continues to blaze new trails. This could radically change the way publishers-and authors-reach their readers.”

The campaign goal is $11,999 which funds the publication of SPECTRUM. Backers are offered unique rewards, such as “early bird” specials, signed editions of SPECTRUM, signed editions of other Alan Jacobson novels, and more. The project will run through July 17, 2014, and pledge amounts range from $30 for the signed Kickstarter edition of SPECTRUM to the $10,000 I’M YOUR BIGGEST FAN option where you and a guest fly to Wine Country (Napa Valley) California for an all-expense paid Get-Away Weekend. That package includes US domestic airfare for two, hotel accommodations for two nights, airport transfers, and an elegant dinner with Alan Jacobson and Norwood Press publishers. As a bonus, that winner will receive The Alan Jacobson / Norwood Press Collection including four books: the signed Kickstarter edition of SPECTRUM (with your name listed as a supporting sponsor), and signed hardcover editions of INMATE 1577, HARD TARGET, and NO WAY OUT.

“Both Virginia and I read the advance copy of SPECTRUM. The story is absolutely riveting as we join Vail, fresh from the police academy, and follow her as she becomes the FBI Profiler that we have come to love and respect,” says John Hutchinson.


New York City: home to world-renowned museums, theater, restaurants, iconic sports franchises. Central Park. Wall Street. And an infamous serial killer who’s terrorized The Big Apple for decades. The year is 1995 and the NYPD has just graduated a promising new patrol officer named Karen Vail. The rookie’s first day on the job is anything but uneventful, however, when she finds herself at the crime scene of a young woman murdered in an unusual manner. Vail is unsure of what she’s looking at or what it means—but it’s a case that will weigh on her mind for nearly twenty years. As the years pass, Vail’s career takes unexpected twists and turns—as does the case that’s come to be known as “Hades.” Now a skilled FBI Profiler, will Vail be in a better position to catch the killer? Or will Hades prove to be Karen Vail’s hell on earth? The character who has captivated readers worldwide—and who won the praise of literary giants Michael Connelly, James Patterson, and Nelson DeMille—returns in a story that captures the experiences that shaped the revered profiler and made her the top cop she is today.

Praise for SPECTRUM and Alan Jacobson

“Compelling and crisp, Spectrum satisfies the reader on every level. A pleasure to read.” — Richard North Patterson, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

“During my 40 years with the NYPD, I knew the streets of New York and the challenges a detective faces solving crimes in the big city. Alan Jacobson’s Spectrum put me back on the street by bringing a gritty realism and noirish perspective only a fellow New Yorker can provide. Spectrum’s authenticity enhances a riveting, well-told story.” — Captain Edward Mamet, Commander of Detectives, NYPD (Ret.)

NO WAY OUT was named to Suspense Magazine and The Strand Magazine’s “Best of 2013” Lists.

Bestselling author Michael Connelly calls Karen Vail “My kind of hero.”

“A hell of a lady: tough, smart, funny, and very believable.” – Nelson DeMille