New York City: home to world-renowned museums, theater, restaurants, iconic sports franchises. Central Park. Wall Street. And an infamous serial killer who’s terrorized the Big Apple for decades.
The year is 1995 and the NYPD has just graduated a promising new patrol officer named Karen Vail. The rookie’s first day on the job is anything but easy when she finds herself at the crime scene of a young woman murdered in an unusual manner. Vail is unsure of what she’s looking at or what it means—but it’s a case that will weigh on her mind for nearly twenty years.
As the years pass, Vail’s career takes unexpected twists and turns—as does the case that’s come to be known as Hades. Now a skilled FBI profiler, will Vail be in a better position to catch the killer? Or will Hades prove to be Karen Vail’s hell on earth?
The character who has captivated readers worldwide—and who won the praise of literary giants Michael Connelly, James Patterson, and Nelson DeMille—returns in a story that captures the experiences that shaped the revered profiler and made her the top cop she is today.
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This is the first Karen Vail Series that I have read. I was not disappointed! Since the storyline followed her law enforcement career from rookie cop to FBI profiler, I did not feel lost at all. Having never lived in NYC, Alan Jacobson has written this book so realistically that I feel as though I am a local New Yorker. His research into not only the setting and characters, but also the crimes and police work shine through in this terrific novel.
The multiple storylines, which at first seem odd, are woven together so well. I can't say enough about this book. I will be reading the first 5 books in the Karen Vail series very soon!
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
A+ all the way!
I received a complimentary e-copy of Spectrum from NetGalley and Open Road Media Publisher for my honest review.