The Pawn by Steven James

Word Lily review

The Pawn by Steven James, book 1 of the Patrick Bowers Files (Revell, 2007), 432 pages

FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers is called to North Carolina to consult on a serial killer case. The guy calls himself The Illusionist, and he’s one of the toughest Bower has ever been up against. On top of that, turmoil from his personal life — his wife died of cancer, leaving him with a teenage stepdaughter he hasn’t really figured out how to communicate with yet — keeps breaking in on his thoughts.

I’ve heard so much great buzz about this series (mainly from Deborah and Tami, I think) over the last couple years, and I’m glad I finally got around to starting it.

Patrick Bowers, our protagonist, is a coffee snob, a man grieving the loss of his wife. His specialty is environmental criminology, which at times reminded me of Numb3rs.

The story is well-written and gripping.

I enjoyed it so much I immediately picked up the second book in the series, The Rook.

Really an excellent read.

Rating: 4.25 stars

About the author
Steven James (@SJamesAuthor) lives in Tennessee with his wife and three daughters. When he’s not writing or speaking, he’s rock climbing, playing disc golf or slipping away to a matinee.

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3 responses to “The Pawn by Steven James

  1. Glad to hear it lived up to your expectations!

  2. I haven’t heard of this – thanks for the review.

  3. I actually had some time to pop around to blogs this morning and am taking full advantage of catching up with many I enjoy. I find it funny you are chatting about this book as it just caught my eye at the book store the other day. I paused but did not purchase and your thoughts here make me think I made an error in judgement and may have to go back 🙂

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