Two arresting bestsellers. One low price.
Crush and Velocity, two books originally intended to be one (very long) novel, are now reunited, as national bestselling author Alan Jacobson originally intended when he conceived of the groundbreaking story.
In FBI Profiler Karen Vail’s second adventure after the standout bestseller The 7th Victim, Vail finds herself in the Napa Valley where a serial killer has been crushing his victims’ windpipes and leaving their bodies in caves and vineyards. But when the Crush Killer learns that an FBI profiler has joined the Major Crimes Task Force, the newfound attention emboldens him, and he engages Vail in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Although a sudden break in the case helps her zero in on the identity of the killer, she senses that something isn’t right. Will she figure it out before it’s too late? In a rousing climax that has left readers breathless (and which Publisher’s Weekly termed “a shockeroo” ending), Vail must pick up the pieces—and the carnage left behind by the Crush Killer.
Velocity begins the moment Crush ends, with Vail having lost something dear to her and possessing a single-minded fixation to find who was responsible—and make them pay. As the task force, reeling from their loss, attempts to regroup, Vail discovers that they had made vital mistakes on the Crush Killer case—errors that have had dire consequences. After being ordered to return to Washington, Vail enlists the services of a covert “black” government operative, Hector DeSantos, to assist her in tracking down those behind the evil she and her task force have been grappling with.
But what Vail and DeSantos learn places her in the crosshairs of criminals more dangerous than any she has ever faced. And along the way, startling revelations emerge that will forever change Karen Vail—as well as those close to her.
Researched meticulously with over three dozen experts in multiple disciplines and with government access that required clearance from a Congressional subcommittee, Crush and Velocity take you behind closed doors into a world most people don’t know exists.
Both Crush and Velocity were optioned by Hollywood and Velocity was named one of the year’s Top 5 Best Books of the Year (Library Journal).
“Plenty of bark and bite, sizzle and emotion…a tangled tale of delightful intrigue. Well done.”
–Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author
“Crush rocks from the opening page to the jarring conclusion.”
–Steve Martini, New York Times bestselling author
“Karen Vail is one tough character. Crush will keep you reading late into the night.”
–Kathy Reichs, New York Times bestselling author & creator of TV show “Bones”
“A smart, stylish whodunnit with lots of surprises, and a finish with all the punch of a blockbuster Cabernet.”
–Andrew Gross, New York Times bestselling author
“From the first page, Velocity is as relentless as a bullet. Karen Vail is my kind of hero and Alan Jacobson is my kind of writer!”
–Michael Connelly, New York Times Bestselling Author
“Jacobson writes with a sure hand, a strong voice, and fine eye for detail.”
-Ridley Pearson, New York Times Bestselling Author
“Jacobson captures the complexity of the mission faced by DEA, the threat posed to our country, and the constant danger our agents face battling members of international drug trafficking organizations. As someone who devoted his career to carrying out that mission, I can say first-hand that Velocity hits the target. Jacobson’s acquired a new fan.”
-Supervisory Special Agent Michael Upchurch, Drug Enforcement Administration (ret)
“Jacobson breathes life into the killer in a way that made my heart pound—and I do this for a living.”
–Mary Ellen O’Toole, Senior FBI Profiler and Supervisory Special Agent (ret.)
“Fans of James Patterson, Michael Connelly, and Patricia Cornwell will drink deeply of this intoxicating tale.”