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Crush | Alan Jacobson

Barnes and Noble Overview

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 the exclusive wine cave, the work of an extraordinary 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 encounter 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 of 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 wit the FBI profiling unit and extensive interviews with wine industry professionals, bestselling 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.”

Fool me once Alan Jacobson, shame on you… Fool me twice, shame on me. Luckily for me, I don’t think I had paid much for this book… or the first one for that matter. But let’s get something straight, if Karen Vail was a real person… I would have punched her in the FACE soooo many times. lol.

Karen and Robby take a vacation after capturing the Dead Eyes Killer and after Karen’s surgery. They head to a winery and as they go in for a tasting, it comes to the employees attention that they have found a dead body on the premises. Karen, who apparently is always in “work mode,” makes it a point to find out what is going on. To the point of being stupidly pushy and tries relentlessly to get put on the case even though local PD tells them they have no jurisdiction.

And though out those chapters of Vail wanting to get put on the case… stepping on everyone’s toes to “help out.” She forgets the real reason why she is in Napa, which was to spend some quality time with Robby and to not be a part of the world so to speak. Spoiler Alert! [whispers] She doesn’t spend any time with Robby. [stop whisper]

Now don’t get me wrong people, I am all for a strong female character. Really I am, but I don’t like characters that come off as arrogant. Hell I don’t even like people like that in real life… why would I want to read about one? Sorry my friends, but I will not be finishing the Karen Vail Series. It was a series of dead end leads until about the last third of the book, which okay I suppose most books are like that. I don’t know.

I even read reviews on this book of people raving about it. About how great it was… I just don’t get it. Now again, the end of the book was really good. Shit actually happened. But through out the book, it was pretty tame. Jacobson does a great job for book endings though. To the point where I was thinking of getting the third book because the Crush doesn’t actually end. There were a ton of loose ends that had no where to go but into a new book! So bravo for that Mr. Jacobson, forcing us, the readers, to buy the third book to know how the Crush Killer actually ends. [Applause]

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