I LOVED this book. It's the first from Steven James... man is he good! And it's the first in a series. Kept me guessing till the very end, I love that it was not predictable, and the excitement was there for almost every page. Here's an Amazon.com Review:
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.
This book kept my interest from page 1. Full of action, keeps one guessing. I particularly liked it because it is a well-written book with no foul language and no graphic sexual situations. Thank you for that!
I loved that the book took enough twists and turns that it kept me guessing and I wasn't able to figure out right away who was the "bad guy". There were a couple of things that I found unbelieveable but just overlooked. On the whole I found the book very good and am going to read The Rook which is the next book in this series but not a continuation of this book.
The Pawn by Steven James is a great book. I had a hard time putting it down. I really like the author's writing style which is fast-paced and keeps your interest. It is refreshing to have a murder mystery without foul language. I am looking forward to reading the other books in the series.
Wow, this may be the best book I've read of it's kind. The interwoven plots were enough to have you biting your nails off, but never left you confused. Every single character was brought to life and jumped off the page...I literally LOST sleep over this book!!!! I'm so tempted to go right to Book #2!! I LOVE Patrick Bowers and I also like how James included some of his personal history, which makes him even more likeable! I can't say enough about this book!!!! If you have the NOOK, it's currently FREE!