Item description for The Pawn (Bowers Files V1) by Steven James...
Overview FBI agent Patrick Bowers has been called to Asheville, North Carolina to help in the investigation of a serial killer who targets young women and leaves a chess piece behind, suspecting that the muderer has ties to the Jonestown cult and possibly to the current state governor.
Publishers Description Special Agent Patrick Bowers had only met one man who made him truly afraid. Until now. When he's called to North Carolina to consult on the case of an area serial killer, he finds himself in a deadly game. Cunning and lethal, the killer is always one step ahead of the law, and he's about to strike again. It will take all of Bowers's instincts and training to stop this man who calls himself the Illusionist. And just when the pieces start to come together, Bowers realizes they're not quite adding up. Can he unravel the pattern and save the next victim? Or will the Illusionist win the game by taking one of his opponent's pieces? Thrilling, chilling, and impossible to put down, The Pawn will hold suspense lovers in its iron grip until the very last page.
From Publishers Weekly In this riveting thriller, the first of a planned trilogy, James (Story) introduces FBI agent Patrick Bowers. His professional specialty is environmental criminology, which attempts to track lawbreakers by analyzing the significance of the time and place at which the crime occurred. When corpses of young women start turning up near Asheville, N.C., Bowers is called in. The killer's MO is to tie a yellow ribbon in his victims' hair and leave a chess piece somewhere on the scene. Bowers begins to suspect that the governor of North Carolina, rumored to be the next Republican presidential contender, is somehow connected to the murders, and that a cult with links to Jonestown might also be involved. Making matters trickier, the special agent supervising Bowers turns out to be a longtime colleague with whom Bowers has some bad blood. Bowers, a recent widower with a surly teenage stepdaughter to raise, tries to keep his grief and parental confusion at bay so that he can focus on the case as the killer targets more innocent women. Christian faith makes a subtle appearance in the story and appears to be a theme that will be developed in future installments. A gripping plot and brisk pacing will win James some fans eager for his next offering.(Sept.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Pawn (Bowers Files V1) by Steven James has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Retailing - 09/03/2007 page 18
CBA Retailers - 10/01/2007 page 60
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.53" Width: 5.48" Height: 1.16" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
Series Bowers Files
Series Number 1
ISBN 0800732405 ISBN13 9780800732400
Availability 0 units.
More About Steven James
Steven James is the national bestselling author of a dozen novels, including the critically acclaimed thrillers Every Crooked Path, Checkmate, The King, Opening Moves, and The Queen. He has won three Christy Awards for best suspense and was a finalist for an International Thriller Award. His thriller The Bishop was named Suspense Magazine's book of the year. Publishers Weekly calls him "[a] master storyteller at the peak of his game." He has a master's degree in storytelling and has taught writing and creative communication around the world.
Steven James currently resides in the state of Tennessee.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Pawn (Bowers Files V1)?
THE PAWN May 11, 2010
I WOULD RECOMMEND THE SHIPPER AS BOOK WAS RECEIVED QUICKLY AND IN THE CONDITION THEY HAD
MENTIONED IN UNDER THE CONDITIONS OF BOOK.
I ENJOYED THIS BOOK AND AS I HAVE TO GET UP EARLY CANNOT STAY UP TOO LATE AT NIGHT TO FINISH
IT. SO THE SUSPENSE TO FIND OUT THE ENDING TAKES ME LONGER. I ALSO ENJOY THERE IS NO DETAILED
SEX WHICH TAKES AWAY FROM THE MYSTERY AND THE SUSPENSE.
Good Book What more do you want? May 2, 2010
I got this book as a Kindle Freebie. Thanks! It was a really good book. Full of action and suspense. I usually tire of detective drama but this was really good about a serial killer and a FBI agent. Lots of twist and turns. About FBI agent who can't get along w/his step daughter and is trying to build a relationship but his job keeps him away from home. His wife of less a 1 year is deceased and he has a tender side. The illusionist is constantly on his case and his boss that gives him grief. I will read the next book in the series. The Rook.
The Pawn is gripping Apr 29, 2010
Do you like thrillers? Murder mysteries? The first chapter made me put the book back on the shelf. Freaked me OUT. I almost walked out. But I'm glad I went back to the shelf and grabbed it to take home.
I won't give it away. Suffice it to say there are chess pieces involved. And I put it down and walked away several times near the end of the book because it was too tense and I couldn't stand to find out what was going to happen next. I was afraid of what was going to happen next. *breathe*
It's a very good book. The writing's a little sloppy in the beginning (after the first chapter). But it picked up pace and held me to the end. Ended well. And for those of you who won't read Christian fiction, it's not a "Christian" book. Just a really good book.
Love the characters Mar 23, 2010
I'm always excited to find a new author or better yet, a new series. I discovered it by downloading the promotional free kindle book and would happily pay for the book. This detective series has in Patrick Bowers a character with a history as interesting as the mystery itself. His background is revealed to us in little pieces, much like the clues of the mystery. As a single father to a rebelious teenager trying to balance a professional life with parenting, Patrick is a character that both male and female readers would relate to. James reminds me of Baldacci. I expect quite a bit from this author.
Fresh Air In The Genre Mar 21, 2010
I enjoy thrillers and I am always looking for new authors and charactors because it seems sometimes there is a lack of something I find new or interesting. Some of the books I have read all seem to have run together recently.
This book is not one of them and is a stand-out read if you like thrillers (think of the better Alex Cross books in that series for instance.) Alex Cross here is Patrick Bowers who is working on tracking down a serial killer.
Some parts of the book are graphic and disturbing, but really nothing more extreme than what you often see in these types of books. The plot weaves through Bowers personal life and issues and are coupled with some various issues that affect the invesigation, including the potential of who may be involved with the killings.
Though some of these things (if not most) are things that are similar to other books, James puts it all together will a well written book that is a page turner with enough twists and turns to keep you hooked.
Well done with nods/influences that are made the writer's own.