Spectrum Named to Suspense Magazine's "Best of 2014" List!
Terrific news! We were just informed that Alan Jacobson's new novel, Spectrum
(released November 2014) has been named to Suspense Magazine’s “Best of 2014” list.A Note from Alan
Spectrum was a great deal of fun to write because it gave me an opportunity to explore Karen Vail’s character in new ways. It’s also an excellent entry point into the Vail series because it goes back in time to Vail’s first day on the job as an NYPD beat cop and moves forward through time to the present as she tracks a serial killer who’s terrorized Manhattan for decades.
Spectrum also put me back on the streets of New York City and Queens, where I was born and raised. I knew where the skeletons were buried, so to speak, including the secrets the city has tucked away from the public. As usual, I take the reader behind the scenes to places he/she would never get a chance to go.
Spectrum has been called “Epic,” “shocking,” “ambitious,” and “exceptional.” I have no argument with any of these adjectives :-) Reviews of Spectrum can be found here
Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign Reaches 84% Funding Within the
First Two Weeks for Norwood Press and Bestselling Author Alan Jacobson's
thriller novel, SPECTRUM.
Norwood Press (an imprint of VJ Books) and national bestselling author Alan Jacobson launch Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to publish the sixth book in the Karen Vail series — SPECTRUM. After just 11 days, the campaign is already funded 84%.
the national bestselling author of nine critically acclaimed thrillers,
and independent publisher, Norwood Press (an imprint of online
bookstore VJ Books) are creating the hardcover publication of Alan's
next book in the popular Karen Vail series,
SPECTRUM, through the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.
of the things I love about working with Norwood Press — aside from the
best-in-class product they publish — is John Hutchinson's ability to
think outside of the box and try new things. This is extraordinarily
rare in the world of publishing,” said Mr. Jacobson. “The 2013 No Way
Out Kickstarter project (funded 104% ) was a prime example, and now,
reaching over 80% funding for SPECTRUM, within the first two weeks of
launching, Norwood Press continues to blaze new trails. This could
radically change the way publishers-and authors-reach their readers."
campaign goal is $11,999 which funds the publication of SPECTRUM.
Backers are offered unique rewards, such as "early bird" specials,
signed editions of SPECTRUM, signed editions of other Alan Jacobson
novels, and more. The project will run through July 17, 2014, and pledge
amounts range from $30 for the signed Kickstarter edition of SPECTRUM
to the $10,000 I'M YOUR BIGGEST FAN option where you and a guest fly to
Wine Country (Napa Valley) California for an all-expense paid Get-Away
Weekend. That package includes US domestic airfare for two, hotel
accommodations for two nights, airport transfers, and an elegant dinner
with Alan Jacobson and Norwood Press publishers. As a bonus, that winner
will receive The Alan Jacobson / Norwood Press Collection including
four books: the signed Kickstarter edition of SPECTRUM (with your name
listed as a supporting sponsor), and signed hardcover editions of
INMATE 1577, HARD TARGET, and NO WAY OUT.
Virginia and I read the advance copy of SPECTRUM. The story is
absolutely riveting as we join Vail, fresh from the police academy, and
follow her as she becomes the FBI Profiler that we have come to love and
respect,” says John Hutchinson.
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 uneventful,
however, 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.
Praise for SPECTRUM and Alan Jacobson
“Compelling and crisp, Spectrum satisfies the reader on every level. A pleasure to read.” —
Richard North Patterson, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
my 40 years with the NYPD, I knew the streets of New York and the
challenges a detective faces solving crimes in the big city. Alan
Jacobson’s Spectrum put me back on the street by bringing a gritty
realism and noirish perspective only a fellow New Yorker can provide.
Spectrum’s authenticity enhances a riveting, well-told story.” — Captain
Edward Mamet, Commander of Detectives, NYPD (Ret.)
NO WAY OUT was named to Suspense Magazine and The Strand Magazine's "Best of 2013" Lists.
Michael Connelly calls Karen Vail "My kind of hero."
"A hell of a lady: tough, smart, funny, and very believable." -
Norwood Press to Publish Thriller SPECTRUM by Award-Winning Author Alan Jacobson
John Hutchinson, Norwood Press Executive Publisher, announced that they have secured the hardcover rights to Alan Jacobson’s latest Karen Vail thriller, SPECTRUM.
Norwood Press previously published three other Jacobson titles, INMATE 1577, HARD TARGET, and NO WAY OUT.
“Both Virginia and I recently read an advance copy of SPECTRUM. The story is absolutely riveting as we join Vail, fresh from the police academy, and follow her as she becomes the FBI Profiler that we have come to love and respect,” says Hutchinson. He continues, “This is our fourth book with Alan, and his sixth in the Vail series. He really hit this one out of the park – fans of Karen Vail will be very pleased! We get to follow her through her career from her start as a NYC beat cop all the way to the present, as she is haunted by a crime scene she witnessed her first day on the force.”
Last year Norwood Press successfully used the crowd funding platform Kickstarter to launch NO WAY OUT, and they are considering a similar process for SPECTRUM.
NO WAY OUT was named to The Suspense Magazine and The Strand Magazine's "Best of 2013" Lists.