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The 7th Victim



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The Dead Eyes Killer lurks in the backyard of the famed FBI Profiling Unit. His brutal murders confound the local task force, despite the gifted profiling skills of Special Agent Karen Vail. But along with Vail’s insight and expertise comes considerable personal and professional baggage.

On leave pending a review of her assault on her abusive ex-husband, Vail must battle forces determined to bring her down, as she fights to find Dead Eyes before he murders more young women. But the seventh victim is the key to all that stirs this killer...the key that will unlock secrets perhaps too painful for Vail to bear. These are secrets that threaten to destroy her, secrets that will bring down her storied career. For Karen Vail, the truth rests at the heart of a lie. And uncovering it could get her killed...

With material meticulously researched during seven years of study with the Bureau’s vaunted profiling unit, Alan Jacobson brings refreshing realism and unprecedented accuracy to his pages.

The 7th Victim is a page-turner as only Alan Jacobson can write, with a stunning twist of an ending that will satisfy even the most discerning thriller reader.

Vanguard Press, 9781593154943

Publication Date: September 23, 2008

About the Author

Alan Jacobson is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed thrillers False Accusations and The Hunted. Alan has a degree in English and a doctorate in chiropractic medicine. He achieved prominence as an Agreed Medical Examiner and was subsequently appointed to the position of Qualified Medical Evaluator by the state of California.

Both The 7th Victim and his next thriller, Hard Target, have been optioned for film by a major Hollywood producer. A native New Yorker, Alan migrated to California, where he cracks spines of a different sort.  

Conversation Starters from

  1. Based on what you learned about behavioral analysis (profiling), do you feel it is a valuable law enforcement tool for helping to catch serial offenders?
  2. Were you emotionally engaged in the characters—did you care what happened to Vail? To Jonathan? To Robby and Bledsoe?
  3. What was your favorite scene?
  4. Describe your feelings about the scene in which Vail confronts her biological mother, Senator Eleanor Linwood, about her past.
  5. Is Vail's reaction appropriate and reasonable when she discovers her gun is missing after leaving Deacon's house? What about when Vail goes to Deacon's to pick up Jonathan's book?
  6. Did you like Karen Vail as a character, and would you like to read another novel featuring Karen Vail?
  7. Why do you think the author chose to make Karen Vail a victim of abuse?
  8. What did that tell us about her character in terms of how she deals with other events that happen in the story?
  9. Did the killer's diary entries, written in the first person, put you closer to him?
  10. The film rights to The 7th Victim have been optioned by a major Hollywood producer. What actors/actresses would you cast for the main characters in the movie—Vail; Robby; Bledsoe?