Alan Jacobson is an award-winning and bestselling author of numerous mystery, suspense, thriller, and action novels most notably the Karen Vail novels and the OPSIG Team Black series. His novels have made numerous "Top 10 Best Books of the Year" lists and five have been optioned by Hollywood.
His latest novel, The Lost Girl begins a brand new series in which FBI Agent Loren Ryder—squares off against fixer Mickey Keller after he attempts to take any hope for a return to a normal life from her sister-in-law who suffered the tragic loss of her husband and young daughter in a deadly accident. In the words of Rizzoli and Isles’ creator Tess Gerritsen, “Jacobson expertly ratchets up the tension and shows us that the most courageous heroes are those with everything to lose.”
Jacobson's two decades of research and training with the FBI's profiling unit, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the US Marshals Service, Scotland Yard, SWAT, and branches of the US military have helped shape the stories he tells and the characters that populate his novels. His debut novel False Accusations, was a product of what he’d learned in a blood splatter class he audited at the California DOJ’s Criminalists Institute. His main series character, FBI Profiler Karen Vail, was culled from several years of work with the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit and tracks unintentionally closely to the real female FBI profiler, with whom Alan has worked for more than fifteen years. The San Francisco Chronicle stated that "Alan Jacobson researches his books like a good newspaper reporter, and then pushes the envelope into reality more thoroughly than the typical crime novel could ever allow."
Jacobson did not set out to become a professional writer, instead studying to become a chiropractor and opening his own practice in California. However, an injury to his hand led him to retire and sell his practice. He jokes with Modern Signed Books podcast host Roger Nichols, “Now I crack spines of a different sort.”
Jacobson grew up in Queens, New York and attended Junior High during the “forced integration” busing experiment. Though he admits his experiences were not filled with youthful exuberance, he learned many significant life lessons, particularly from his English teacher, Louis Brill. Had he not been a part of this busing experiment (that ultimately failed miserably), he would not have had Mr. Brill and would never have discovered his love for English.
VJ Books is proud to announce that Alan Jacobson has selected Norwood Press to publish limited hardcover editions of his books starting with his novels Inmate 1577 and Hard Target which were released in 2012.
You can find a signed copy of The Lost Girl and a collection of other Alan Jacobson signed books below.