Saturday, January 8, 2011

THE BISHOP by Steven James

Steven James' novels are smart thrillers with tight writing, engaging characters, intelligent twists, and stories that never let up. In The Bishop, the fourth installment of the Patrick Bowers series, James introduces his first female serial killer as half of a diabolical murdering duo and explores the notion that there is no honor among the cutthroat.

FBI special Agent Patrick Bowers is back, using his understanding of time and place to track down the killers. But they always seem multiple steps ahead, cross contaminating the crime scenes and disguising the ultimate game. With Washington DC as a backdrop and the inclusion of political and scientific aspects, nothing is ever as it seems.

As with his previous books in the series, James allows his characters to struggle with the line between good and evil, darkness and light, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Although the killer's actions are never glorified, the murders are gruesome and disturbing, so readers of tame Amish books beware.

With compelling side stories and links back to his previous works, James creates a story with multiple layers that will stay with you long after you close the book. An excerpt is available.

5 out of 5

1 comment:

  1. "Readers of tame Amish books beware" - That made me laugh out loud!

    I admit--you have me intrigued about this series!!

    By the way, this is a really wonderful book review site! I am very impressed!!