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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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ISBN-10:  0800732405
ISBN-13:  978-0800732400
Author:  Steven James
Publisher:  Revell
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review by . September 20, 2009
Serial killer, copycat killer, torture-killer psychopath, politician with a past, CSI, profiling, corrupt local police, CIA coverup, Jonestown massacre, terrorist-style revenge, "catch-me-if-you-can" game between killer and cops, childhood abuse, adolescent cutting, detective trying to overcome grief of wife's recent death and connect with step-daughter he barely knows, new love interest for said detective: Steven James freights all these plot elements into "The Pawn." The amazing part is he keeps …
review by . September 12, 2009
"The Pawn" is a well-written, heart-pounding, fast-paced forensic/detective thriller. The novel had a somewhat bleak tone. The crimes and crime scenes were very chilling, though not particularly graphic (i.e. he gives you just enough to let your imagination fill in all the gory, horrifying details). Combined with the high tension level, I'd strongly suggest you think twice about reading this novel right before going to bed.    The characters were interesting and complex, and …
review by . April 16, 2008
The Illusionist, as he calls himself, has already brutally killed and mutilated six beautiful young women in North Carolina and has already identified victim seven. He's left virtually no clues and always seems to be one step ahead of authorities. Even consultant Special Agent Patrick Bowers has underestimated the Illusionist. Will Bowers be able to piece together the clues in time to keep another woman from falling victim to this calculated killer?    Wow! The Pawn is a great …
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