While researching his debut novel, "False Accusations," at the Department of Justice's crime lab, Alan Jacobson met FBI agent Mark Safarik, who was awaiting promotion to the FBI's Behavioral Analysis (profiling) Unit--the one popularized by TV's Criminal Minds. They hit it off, stayed in touch, and Agent Safarik invited him out to Quantico to tour the FBI Academy and profiling unit. Thus began his immersion in the world of serial killers, rapists, bombers and arsonists.
Seven years later, his education had reached critical mass: I'd made numerous trips to the Behavioral Analysis Unit, had countless hours of conversations with Agent Safarik and his partner, Agent Mary Ellen O'Toole; he'd edited four published FBI research papers on serial offenders and attended numerous FBI training courses; he'd shot submachine guns with the head firearms instructor at the Academy; and he'd parsed serial killer interviews with Agent Safarik. He felt that he owned the material well enough to use this knowledge and experience in writing his third novel, the first featuring FBI Profiler Karen Vail. In addition, Agent O'Toole provided prescient insight into what Vail's experience would be like as a woman going up against violent male killers.
Jacobson is the author of several mystery novels including "False Accusations," "The Hunted," "The 7th Victim," "Crush" and "Velocity." His new book is "Dark Side of the Moon."