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, www.alanjacobson.com, on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.