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Crush: A Karen Vail Novel | [Alan Jacobson]

Crush: A Karen Vail Novel

Heroine and renowned FBI profiler Karen Vail returns in an explosive thriller set against the backdrop of California's wine country. Hoping to find solace from the demons that haunt her, Vail makes her first trip to the Napa Valley. But shortly after arriving, a victim is found in the deepest reaches of an exclusive wine cave, the work of an extraordinarily unpredictable serial killer.
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Publisher's Summary

Fresh off the most challenging case of her career, The 7th Victim heroine and renowned FBI profiler Karen Vail returns in an explosive thriller set against the backdrop of California's wine country.

Hoping to find solace from the demons that haunt her, Vail makes her first trip to the Napa Valley. But shortly after arriving, a victim is found in the deepest reaches of an exclusive wine cave, the work of an extraordinarily unpredictable serial killer. From the outset, Vail is frustrated by her inability to profile the offender - until she realizes why: the Behavioral Analysis Unit has not previously encountered a killer like him.

As Vail and the task force work around the clock to identify and locate him, they're caught in a web knotted with secretive organizations, a decades-long feud between prominent wine families, and widespread corruption that leads Vail to wonder whom, if anyone, she can trust. Meanwhile, as the victim count rises, Vail can't shake the gnawing sense that something isn't right.

With the killer's actions threatening the Napa Valley's multi-billion dollar industry, the stakes have never been greater, and the race to find the killer never more urgent.

And through it all, a surprise lurks...one that Karen Vail never sees coming.

Meticulously researched during years of work with the FBI profiling unit and extensive interviews with wine industry professionals, best-selling author Alan Jacobson delivers a high-velocity thriller featuring the kind of edge-of-your-seat ending that inspired Nelson DeMille to call him "a hell of a writer".

©2009 Alan Jacobson; (P)2009 Phoenix Books, Inc

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    Jeri Bellingham, WA, USA 09-20-09
    Jeri Bellingham, WA, USA 09-20-09 Member Since 2007
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    where are the rest of the series?? I'm dying for the follow up. Karen Vale is a great character with a bad temper and an inability to step away from the job.

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    Roger N. Bryan 09-09-09
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    "This is the FBI's Best?"

    This is the first Karen Vail novel that I've listened to -- and it's going to be my last. The story is OK (not great) and I'm enjoying it only because I lived for a number of years in the Napa Valley. The reader, too, is OK. But Karen Vail! -- how did the FBI ever hire such an irrational, dysfunctional, dim-bulb? The woman's a disaster with barely enough sense to use a Blackberry -- she certainly shouldn't be trusted with firearms. And a note to the reader -- it's St. HelEEna not Helen-ah.

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    Winnie Saint Louis, MO, United States 11-11-12
    Winnie Saint Louis, MO, United States 11-11-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Terrible ending!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I never write reviews, this is the first and probably last one. We're all entitled to our own option and it takes all kinds to make the world go around, but.... I can put up with a dysfunctional, aren't we all to some degree, main character. But, a book that doesn't end because the author wants to sell the next book makes me furious!!


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    Amazon Customer 08-22-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Looking forward to the next one"

    I liked the 7th Victim enough to give this one & try...and now I am regretting being out of credits so I can't get the third book right away. Yes, the main character is flawed, but aren't we all? I find her to be more enjoyable by not being perfect.
    I agree the narrator can be a little flat at times but still the storyline is good.
    I found this to be a good listen overall & eagerly await getting the next one.

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    Bob Maryland, USA 09-25-10
    Bob Maryland, USA 09-25-10 Member Since 2005

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    "Better than the 7th vic..."

    This book held my interest more than the 7th victim. Not saying much. Also the narrator left me wandering whom was speaking almost all of the characters sounded alike. I just had finished a Scott Brick narration, boy what a difference. The book was OK until the end, many authors seem to blow the ending. Such as Dean Koontz, The Husband. Well this book was not that bad, but a close 3rd.

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