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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,044 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Jacobson Narrator: Tish Hicks Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tqwana | 2/17/2014

    " Sometimes the writing didn't build the suspense like it should. And really, Karen seems like an amateur sometimes. Shouldn't and be better at her job or something?? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie Liddiard | 2/15/2014

    " Loved this one. It ended leaving you hanging. I was literally left with mouth hung open. So of course I had to start the third book - Velocity. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 2/6/2014

    " Boring. Not worth the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 **Danielle** Kindle Lover | 1/29/2014

    " Wow is all I can say. Cant wait for the next book because Im nosey like that.. Even though it is not my preferred genere I really enjoyed the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 1/13/2014

    " A seriel killer is loose in the California wine country...Napa. I recognized Sonoma in Alan's book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 1/5/2014

    " read the first book, 7th victim. that is where i met agent karenvai. this book picks up another case with a very good cliff hanger.( it is picked up with next book velocity, which i now bought ) was suspenseful but thought it could of been sped up to it ending a little faster.. stil give it 3 stars "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sharonm | 1/5/2014

    " Ok, I give up. I read about 2/3 of this book, and it took me weeks to do it. I couldn't find anything much in the characters to care about, the setting wasn't much developed, and there was very little about wine (except for cops having a glass when they went to the vinyards, which seemed highly unlikely to me). It's time to cut my losses and read something that will engage me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 12/28/2013

    " If you like Alex Kava's ~ Maggie O'Dell you will love this, helps if you read the first book in the series first though as there are quite a few references to the first book (The 7th Victim). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Boles | 5/31/2013

    " Not quite as good as the first in the series, but i still stayed engaged and has ahard time putting it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 3/28/2013

    " Karen Vail and her companion go to CA wine country for a vacation...and find bodies. She joins the team investigating the murders while her companion tours wineries. The ending leaves you waiting for the next volume in this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ilaria | 3/23/2013

    " bad ending. it should have been clear that this book was not going to end and that it belongs to a trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/6/2013

    " Damn cliffhanger!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy VanBramer Yobst | 12/16/2012

    " I loved this book, other than the fact that the end did leave you completely hanging. But I enjoyed the writing so much that I will buy and read the next one for sure! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 10/1/2012

    " Looking forward to seeing what happens next! Great read while I was working out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathi Olsen | 7/16/2012

    " Pretty good read, but I would prefer a book with the loose ends tied up rather than as a tease to buy the next one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy Petrullo | 12/10/2011

    " Not the best book I've read. I did like the setting in zNapa Valley. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda | 9/11/2011

    " Another detective murder mystery. Worth reading if this is one of your favorite genres. If not, don't bother. It is one of a series with Detective Karen Vail. I've read them and an feel the same about them all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 6/20/2011

    " great read. I couldn't put it down. It follows immediately after the story Crush and does not disappoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dale | 2/28/2011

    " worth being made to read it after Crush. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanna | 2/28/2011

    " OMG such an awesome book. This whole series was very good to read! I kept wanting to read more! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 2/22/2011

    " The last in the series was just as good as the other two. Hard to put down once you start them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 2/21/2011

    " I enjoyed this book better than Crush BUT my favorite is the 7th Victim. I like Karen and her short temper, she keep it going all the way through. Great going Jacobson "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Breia | 2/1/2011

    " A must-read after Crush. I enjoyed this but have the same problems with the writing as the first two books. The story line in the series is fast paced with a lot of twists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 1/12/2011

    " Not bad, but not nearly as good as the first one - The 7th Victim. You do have to read Crush before you even begin this one since Crush leads into it without taking a breath! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 12/21/2010

    " They just keep you enthralled until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 12/7/2010

    " This was by far the best of the Karen Vail series. I enjoyed this story more than the others, I feel like the author is realling getting into the swing of writing Karen and I've enjoyed the growth in the character for this installment.

    I'm interested to see if there will be a next! "

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About the Author
Author Alan Jacobson

Alan Jacobson is the international bestselling author of several critically acclaimed novels. In order to take readers behind the scenes to places they might never go, Jacobson has embedded himself in many federal agencies, including spending several years working with two senior profilers at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s vaunted Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico, where he edited four published FBI research papers on serial offenders, attended numerous FBI training courses, worked with the head firearms instructor at the academy, and received ongoing personalized instruction on serial killers. He has also worked with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the US Marshals Service, the New York Police Department, SWAT teams, local bomb squads, branches of the US military, chief superintendents and detective sergeants at Scotland Yard, criminals, armorers, helicopter pilots, chief executive officers, historians, and Special Forces operators. Jacobson has been interviewed extensively on television and radio, including on CNN, NPR, and multiple ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox network affiliates.

About the Narrator

Tish Hicks is an accomplished voice-over artist and narrator. Her voice can be heard in commercials for Subaru, Pop-Secrets, and others. Among her audiobook narrations are the Taylor’s Arch trilogy by Jody Lynn Nye and Start Shooting by Charlie Newton.