The Darkness Of Evil
by Alan Jacobson brings back FBI profiler Karen Vail in a
unique story. He clicks into the curiosity of many who question
how does a serial killer’s family not know, and what
is it like to be related to one?
The plot begins when Jasmine Marcks, the daughter of a serial
killer, writes a book about her life experiences After receiving
a threatening letter from her father, she must cancel her
book tour. Her testimony about some bloody duct tape and other
items helped to put her father in prison with a life sentence
and no chance of parole Vail goes to visit Marks there to
evaluate how much of a threat he is to Jasmine. Shortly thereafter,
the murderer, Roscoe Lee Marcks, escapes from prison to seek
revenge on his daughter. Vail, the local police, and the US
Marshals must all work together to find him before he achieves
noted, “I always do a lot of research, speaking with
my go to experts, FBI Supervisory Special Agents and retired
senior FBI profilers, Mark Safarik and Mary Ellen O’Toole.
I also talked with some US Marshals about the escapes of convicts.
They happen more often than not, but we only hear about the
ones that succeed. When you talk to the different agencies;
you find how they compete with other law enforcement organizations
in terms of budget. They always complain how the FBI is viewed
as the favorite child. Pretty much what was written in the
book is true, about the rivalry and competition. As they begin
to work together on a case there is some friction, but in
the course of working it they bridge relationships and find
a way to work together.”
Interestingly, in almost all of his books, people learn about
facts of the different agencies. In this novel, Jacobson uses
realistic scenarios to make the plot believable. The escape
of Roscoe will remind readers of the ex-prison worker, Joyce
Mitchell, who aided two killers in escaping in upstate New
York. The author also shows how Vail, a tough and seasoned
profiler, must re-examine the case she inherited as a rookie,
putting forth a different set of eyes.
book has a riveting story with many twists and turns. It explores
a subject matter from a different angle that allows the reader
to have an original storyline.