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Spectrum lands on “Best of 2014” list

Spectrum Named to Suspense Magazine’s “Best of 2014” List!

Spectrum by Alan JacobsonTerrific news! We were just informed that Alan Jacobson’s new novel, Spectrum (released November 2014) has been named to Suspense Magazine’s “Best of 2014” list.

A Note from Alan:

Spectrum was a great deal of fun to write because it gave me an opportunity to explore Karen Vail’s character in new ways. It’s also an excellent entry point into the Vail series because it goes back in time to Vail’s first day on the job as an NYPD beat cop and moves forward through time to the present as she tracks a serial killer who’s terrorized Manhattan for decades.

Spectrum also put me back on the streets of New York City and Queens, where I was born and raised. I knew where the skeletons were buried, so to speak, including the secrets the city has tucked away from the public. As usual, I take the reader behind the scenes to places he/she would never get a chance to go.

Spectrum has been called “Epic,” “shocking,” “ambitious,” and “exceptional.” I have no argument with any of these adjectives 🙂 Reviews of Spectrum can be found here.

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.

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.)