The Pawn (The Bowers Files Book #1) 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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Book 1 of 7 in The Bowers Files
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"Steven James combines 21st-century high-tech law enforcement techniques with 18th-century Sherlockian deduction to craft an exciting, suspense-filled story. Dr. Patrick Bowers uses geography and his wits in the pursuit of a calculating, ruthless predator. The Pawn covers a wide range of human experience as its characters fight both internal and external battles for their survival." -- Dr. Kim Rossmo, Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation, Texas State University

"In this riveting thriller.... A gripping plot and brisk pacing will win James some fans eager for his next offering."--Publishers Weekly review

"In his brilliant debut novel, Steven James gives us a captivating look at the fine line between good and evil in the human heart. The Pawn is not to be missed." -- Ann Tatlock, Christy-award winning author 

From the Author

This was my first novel. I'd been writing non-fiction books and wanted to write a mystery or suspense novel. So my publisher asked me to send in fifty pages. They offered me a three-book deal and the Bowers Files began.
I'd originally intended to write a story about a one-armed detective and a guy who snuck into cult compounds to free people for their family members. Neither of those storylines worked.
However, all of the research that I did on cults led me to the Jonestown storyline in The Pawn. While researching the book, I was able to interview one of the three people still alive who had survived the Jonestown massacre. The book is dedicated to his wife and his son, who both died on that tragic day.
People often tell me that the opening scene to this book is one of the most visceral and shocking scenes in all of the Bowers Files. The final twist only came to me after many months of working on the book.
If you love stories with a jaw-dropping twist, check this one out.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great character in Bowers
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