“Can a leopard change its spots? Can a 'good' person become 'bad', or is someone who commits heinous acts inherently evil by nature? Such questions are woven into each and every one of Steven James' books -- as the characters inquire of their own conscience, while they carrying out their sleuthing. The issue is most poignant in this installment because unlike all other chess pieces (after which all the titles of James' book are titled), the bishop remains either on black or white squares throughout the game -- 'good' or 'evil'.
Such introspection / contemplation aside, this is yet another compelling read from this author: the staging and pulling off of perfect crimes. So many threads, such intricate details, all seamlessly woven, as only a master story teller can accomplish.”
“Loved it! Absolutely smashing! Brilliant plot twists around every corner.”Chanel wrote this review Thursday, May 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I am currently reading this story and am almost into the concluding pages. It is a page turner all the way through and am seriously making the time to reach the conclusion.”Gerry C. wrote this review Saturday, March 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another good book from the Patrick Bower's series”Avid Reader N AZ wrote this review Sunday, March 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very good. Love this series. ”Tina Powers wrote this review Wednesday, February 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Patrick Bowers series is a well written police procedural type book. Serial killers are in high demand throughout the series. Bowers' daughter forever gets herself in trouble.”Sonya J. Rogers-Blyden wrote this review Saturday, June 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another great read. Kept me guessing back and forth. ”Jan K wrote this review Monday, February 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“THE BISHOP, book four in the Patrick Bowers Thriller series, continued the pace of the previous three, while upping the ante with intensity and an even darker undertone, if that is possible. We meet the murderous duo on the very first page, and follow them through their bizarre and psychotic killing spree. While trying to piece together the clues Bowers unearths, I found myself swaying from one possible suspect to another. With so many twists and turns, red herrings and rabbit trails, I wasn’t able to guess one of the assailants at all, while the other one seemed unfathomable but never far from thought.
The relationship between Bowers and his step-daughter, Tessa, continued to mature even though Tessa connected with her biological father. With all the pretenses Tessa has shown, it was great to see her feelings for Bowers deepen. Her wit and intelligence moved her past the bratty teenager stage into the realm of being a great sparing opponent for Patrick. Their growing bond made their characters so rich and attractive.
Though Patrick continues to fumble through his relationships with the opposite sex, I tried not to hold that against Steven James. I’ve yet to read a novel from a male author that could deliver the romance women are looking for. But then again, all is forgiven when a writer can deliver such an intense and tightly woven thriller.
Onto THE QUEEN, the fifth installment
“Patrick Bowers series”Nan B wrote this review Sunday, July 17, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Like his other books you don't know the end until you get there. These are definitely thrillers. It is hard to put down because there are twists and turns all the time. I don't usually like this genre but these books are riveting. Marion Public Library has the first one on CD”Mary Sprague wrote this review Wednesday, March 16, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No