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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.)
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"...A captivating look at the fine line between good and evil. The Pawn is not to be missed."--Ann Tatlock, author of Every Secret Thing -- Ann Tatlock, author of Every Secret Thing
"Steven James combines 21st-century high-tech law enforcement techniques with 18th-century Sherlockian deduction to craft an exciting, suspense-filled story."--Dr. Kim Rossmo, Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation, Texas State University -- Dr. Kim Rossmo, Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation, Texas State University --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
I was excited to find a well-reviewed writer whose mysteries are narrated by the great Richard Ferrone. Read morePublished 18 days ago by KC Jayhawk
Yet another excellent Steven James novel. Even though I liked the story it did get a little hokey toward the end with all of the Jim Jones conspiracy theory stuff. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Animal
Okay, first I want to make a couple of caveats of my "violence/sexual content" ratings up there.
1. Sexual issues are implied but never described. Read more
This was a great crime mystery book because I cared about the characters and really wanted the bad guy to get caught. Read morePublished 1 month ago by N. DeVore
For years, like so many of you, when I wanted to read a book it was a trip to the bookstore or a search through Amazon to find a book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Phil
Good and evil, humanity's eternal struggle. Steven James has captured that struggle; not only in the main plot of the crime-thriller that pulled me in to this magnificent novel,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Timothy Marvin Coplin
I've heard rumors that they're making this a TV show, which would seem to fit. The novel reads like a Criminal Minds episode written by Ted Dekker, but ultimately was not... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Benjamin G.