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Spectrum by Alan Jacobson

Spectrum by Alan Jacobson

Book Review by Russell Ilg

 

Spectrum by Alan JacobsonAlan Jacobson has taken the FBI Profiler Karen Vail series to a whole new level in Spectrum (Open Road, $17.99, 438 pages). Jacobson rewinds the revered profiler back to the beginning, when Karen Vail begins her law enforcement career as a patrol officer just out of the NYPD’s academy. Her natural instincts are shown in their raw form, giving us a glimpse of what’s to come and demonstrating that she needs the kind of polishing and refinement that only years of experience and street knowledge can provide. Vail’s academy instructors see great promise in the young recruit and offer her a taste of detective work by temporarily teaming her with veteran detective sergeant Carmine Russo. Officer Vail’s first crime scene, that of a woman who has been murdered in a strange manner, not only gives Vail a taste of homicide but it sets in motion a 20 year pursuit of a serial killer who’s been terrorizing Manhattan.

The many years Jacobson spent with the FBI to learn everything he could, more so than just about any other author, enables him to know the ins and outs of FBI operations. He maintains contact with the profilers even today, some 20 years later, and this translates to the believability we’ve come to expect from an Alan Jacobson novel. In Spectrum, he takes this knowledge and research approach to New York City, where he worked closely with several NYPD chiefs, captains, detectives, and patrol officers to stage some nail-biting scenes that look at Manhattan in a way that only Jacobson can.

As Vail shoots up the ranks of the NYPD, we see the cases that shaped her and the spark that ultimately leads her to becoming the profiler we’ve ridden along with all these years (and novels). But not all goes according to plan, and adversity both in her professional and personal lives nearly derails both her career and her marriage. And of course, dogging her all this time is a serial murder case that stumps the department, and her.

When a teaching session exposes her to behavioral analysis, a different approach to police work, Vail is more than intrigued. She gets to know one of the profilers who spoke at the conference (one of the real FBI profilers that Jacobson has known for 20 years, “playing” himself in the novel), which becomes significant later in the story.

Spectrum spans forty years, as part of the novel revolves around a Greek immigrant family in Astoria, Queens, during the early seventies and eighties. Jacobson does a terrific job of historically putting us in the past as we follow the challenges and travails that plague this family. The Greek subplot dovetails not only with what’s happening in Vail’s career, but the present, when everything comes to a head in some very exciting and thrilling scenes—another Jacobson trademark.

In Spectrum, Alan Jacobson takes us back in time to the roots of Karen Vail in a way that brings more life to her not only as a cop but as a person. While we know who she is in the present day, Spectrum shows us how she got there through the events and misfortunes that made her the driven FBI agent we’ve come to know. Spectrum is rare in that it’s an excellent entry point for readers new to the Karen Vail series, but also serves as a perfect sixth installment. It’s not just one of Jacobson’s finest novels to date, but one that must have been his hardest to write. He does it so well that it has taken him to new heights as the best of the best in suspense fiction.

Alan Jacobson Kickstarter Campaign for Spectrum Now 84% Funded

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.

About SPECTRUM

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

Norwood Press to Publish SPECTRUM by Alan Jacobson

Norwood Press to Publish Thriller SPECTRUM by Award-Winning Author Alan Jacobson

Spectrum by Alan Jacobson

John Hutchinson, Norwood Press Executive Publisher, announced that they have secured the hardcover rights to Alan Jacobson’s latest Karen Vail thriller, SPECTRUM.

Norwood Press previously published three other Jacobson titles, INMATE 1577, HARD TARGET, and NO WAY OUT.

“Both Virginia and I recently read an 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 Hutchinson. He continues, “This is our fourth book with Alan, and his sixth in the Vail series. He really hit this one out of the park – fans of Karen Vail will be very pleased! We get to follow her through her career from her start as a NYC beat cop all the way to the present, as she is haunted by a crime scene she witnessed her first day on the force.”

Last year Norwood Press successfully used the crowd funding platform Kickstarter to launch NO WAY OUT, and they are considering a similar process for SPECTRUM.

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

Praise for Alan Jacobson and NO WAY OUT and SPECTRUM:

“Jacobson has written the thriller of the year—fast plot, incredible character development, and chilling atmosphere. No Way Out has everything you can ask for in a thriller, plus the bonus of reading a book which you’ll re-read and which will never turn up in a second hand bookstore.”
—The Strand Magazine

“The complexity of the plot mixed with the well-researched setting and Vail’s signature style, make for a fast-paced, thrilling read where Jacobson offers you the best ticket in town. No Way Out is explosive!”
—The Suspense Magazine

“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.)

Library Journal Review for No Way Out by Alan Jacobson

No Way Out by Alan Jacobson – Library Journal Review

No Way Out by Alan JacobsonFBI profiler Karen Vail can’t catch a break. After her last case (detailed in Inmate 1577), she is needed in England to solve the bombing of a London art gallery. Scotland Yard doesn’t want her help, and Vail needs a success to get back in the good graces of her superiors. A cursory examination of the explosion site reveals the existence of a secret manuscript that could change the history of the written word forever. Then someone she knows and trusts appears to have become a traitor.

Verdict – Vail is a terrific character, and throwing her into a foreign environment without her usual allies invigorates the plot and the series. Alan Jacobson also knows how to throw in plot twists that are shocking but logical at the same time. Fans who have tired of James Patterson may enjoy discovering this author with this outstanding thriller.—Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L.

“Vail is a terrific character and…Jacobson knows how to throw in plot twists that are shocking but logical…(in) this outstanding thriller.” – Library Journal

“Plot twists that are shocking but logical…Outstanding thriller.”– Library Journal

“Outstanding thriller.”– Library Journal

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