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Alan Jacobson

While researching his debut novel, "False Accusations," at the Department of Justice's crime lab, Alan Jacobson met FBI Special Agent Mark Safarik, who was awaiting promotion to the FBI's Behavioral Analysis 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 20-year immersion in the world of serial killers, rapists, bombers and arsonists.

After numerous trips to the Behavioral Analysis Unit and countless hours of conversations with Agent Safarik and his partner, Special Agent Mary Ellen O'Toole, Jacobson went on to edit four published FBI research papers on serial offenders, attend numerous FBI training courses, shot submachine guns with the head firearms instructor at the Academy, and parsed serial killer interviews with Agent Safarik.

Seven years into his hands-on education, Jacobson 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. Agent O'Toole contributed prescient insight into what Vail's experience would be like as a woman going up against violent male killers—and what her experience was like as a woman trying to fit into the all-male profiling unit.

Jacobson is the author of a dozen mystery, suspense, and thriller novels, several of which have been optioned by Hollywood, awarded “best of the year,” and published in a dozen foreign countries. His new book is the fourth installment in the OPSIG Team Black series, "Dark Side of the Moon" (named one of the the best novels of the year by The Strand Magazine). He can be reached through his website,, on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Scheduled events:
They Put the Thrill in Thriller
Gregg Hurwitz, Alan Jacobson and Matthew Quirk are known for stories that are bigger, characters that are stronger and challenges that are ever - more dangerous than your garden variety thriller. Keep your head down as they discuss how they use action to build suspense.

Integrated Learning Center Room 120 (Seats 300, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Mystery / Thrillers
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Gregg Hurwitz, Alan Jacobson, Matthew Quirk
Moderator: John Strader
Alan Jacobson
Book Signing

Clues Unlimited, Booth #480 (Seats 1)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm
Mystery / Thrillers

Author: Alan Jacobson
Licensed to Thrill
James Benn, Gregg Hurwitz and Alan Jacobson are know for providing non-stop action and suspense? Where do they find the energy to think of these things?!

Student Union Tucson Room (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Mystery / Thrillers
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: James Benn, Gregg Hurwitz, Alan Jacobson
Moderator: James Cornell

Dark Side of the Moon
Mystery / Thrillers
Open Road
June 2018
ISBN 9781504050098
490 pages
$19.99, INSTORE
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The OPSIG team must literally leave Earth to save it in this "thriller ride of a lifetime" from the USA Today-bestselling author of The Lost Codex (Gayle Lynds). More/less

The Lost Codex
Mystery / Thrillers
Open Road Media
November 2015
ISBN 9781504003636
428 pages
$17.99, INSTORE
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"In 930 CE, a revered group of scholars pen the first sanctioned Bible, planting the seed from which other major religions will grow. More/less

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