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Title:
No way out
Author:
Jacobson, Alan, 1961-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Open Road Integrated Media, [2013]
Physical Description:
412 pages ; 23 cm.
Summary:
When a powerful firebomb destroys part of an art gallery in an exclusive London district, FBI Profiler Karen Vail is dispatched to England to work with Scotland Yard. But Vail soon discovers that at the heart of the bombing lies a 440-year-old manuscript that holds clues to England's past -- with content so explosive that a group of political radicals is bent on destroying it at all costs.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781497655362
Format :
Book

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FBI agent Karen Vail is on assignment in the United Kingdom in this "outstanding thriller" by the author of The 7th Victim ( Library Journal , starred review).

When a potent firebomb destroys part of an art gallery in an exclusive London district, FBI profiler Karen Vail is dispatched to England to work with Scotland Yard on drafting a threat assessment to head off future attacks. But Vail soon discovers that at the heart of the bombing lies a four-hundred-forty-year-old manuscript that holds clues to England's past--with dramatic political and social implications. The manuscript's content is so explosive that a group of political radicals is bent on destroying it at all costs.

Or is it the work of someone else? The trail leads Vail to a notorious fugitive who has escaped law enforcement for decades, and who appears to be planning a major attack on London and the United States. When Hector DeSantos, banished from the US Department of Defense and now a rogue covert operative, turns up in England and takes actions that threaten Vail's life, she finds herself on the run from the British security service, Scotland Yard, and a group of internationally trained assassins--all determined to silence her . . . all tightening the net to ensure that she's got no way out.

With his trademark spirited dialogue, page-turning scenes, and well-drawn characters, national bestselling author Alan Jacobson ("My kind of writer," says Michael Connelly) has once again crafted an intelligent, twisting thriller destined to be talked about long after the last page has been turned.


Author Notes

Alan Jacobson's first novel, False Accusations (Pocket Books) was a national bestseller in paperback. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English Writing form Queens College of the City of New York, and his doctorate from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in San Jose, California. He achieved prominence as an Agreed Medical Examiner, and was subsequently appointed to the position of Qualified Medical Evaluator by the State of California. He has extensive experience testifying as an expert witness, which has exposed him to the many strengths and weaknesses of the judicial system. Dr. Jacobson lives in Northern California.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Apparently not intended as a parody, Jacobson's fifth Karen Vail novel (after 2011's Inmate 1277) is as hilarious as it is absurd. FBI profiler Vail is called from an assignment in Spain to Britain to lend her steadfastly provincial talents to the British. What begins as a simple effort to keep academic extremists from destroying a newly discovered manuscript that threatens to topple Shakespeare from his pedestal rapidly transforms into an action-filled and largely unsanctioned counterterrorist effort to capture a notorious merchant of death. Reduced to supporting status to Operational Support Intelligence Group's two-fisted man of action Hector DeSantos, Vail is dragged along in an adventure that will take her and her ally across Britain in pursuit of WMDs that they are convinced their opponent possesses. A profiler inexplicably trapped in a thriller novel, Vail doesn't get many opportunities to showcase the talents the reader is assured she has. Instead, we are treated to the madcap rampage of a counterterrorist named DeSantos, a man convinced that any action he takes, from brutalizing prisoners to assassinating a high-ranking British politician, is justified or at least excused by his goals. The result is a testosterone-filled, plausibility-uninhibited paean to the shadowy agencies working to undermine rule of law in the name of a nebulous and ill-defined security. Agent: Joel Gotler, IPG Literary Agency. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

FBI profiler Karen Vail can't catch a break. After her last case (detailed in Inmate 1577), she is needed in England to solve the bombing of a London art gallery. Scotland Yard doesn't want her help, and Vail needs a success to get back in the good graces of her superiors. A cursory examination of the explosion site reveals the existence of a secret manuscript that could change the history of the written word forever. Then someone she knows and trusts appears to have become a traitor. Verdict Vail is a terrific character, and throwing her into a foreign environment without her usual allies invigorates the plot and the series. Jacobson also knows how to throw in plot twists that are shocking but logical at the same time. Fans who have tired of James Patterson may enjoy discovering this author with this outstanding thriller.-Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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