Opening Moves by Steven James
The Bowers Files (PATRICK BOWERS)

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In The Bowers Files novels, FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers has stopped some of the most vicious serial killers ever imagined. Now, in the fifth exciting installment, author Steven James takes readers back to Bowers’s terrifying beginning.

Milwaukee, 1997. In a city reeling from the crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer, a series of gruesome kidnappings and mutilations draw authorities into a case like nothing they’ve ever seen. Cops think a Dahmer copycat is on the loose.

But Patrick Bowers, working as a homicide detective, suspects this is more than an ode to the infamous cannibal. When he discovers that the shocking acts reference some of the most notorious and macabre killers in our nation’s history, the investigation spirals into a nightmare of manipulation, brutality, and terror.

Wielding groundbreaking investigative techniques, Bowers must now face off with a killer who will stop at nothing to get his message out to the world. Chilling, gritty, and packed with twists and turns, Opening Moves is Steven James’s most heart-pounding novel yet.

About Steven James

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Critically acclaimed author Steven James has written more than thirty books, including Story, A Heart Exposed, and the bestselling Patrick Bowers thriller series. He is considered one of the nation's most innovative storytellers and versatile authors, and is a contributing editor to Writer's Digest. Steven lives in Tennessee with his wife and three daughters.
Published September 4, 2012 by Signet. 512 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Steven James, best-selling author of “The Bowers Files” takes readers back to FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers early years in “Opening Moves” the prequel that releases today, Sept 4th.

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I’m blown away each time I pick up one of James’ novels and Opening Moves is simply another brilliant book by an unbelievably talented storyteller.

Aug 31 2012 | Read Full Review of Opening Moves: The Bowers Fil...

Milwaukee, you’ll recall, was home to serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, and James incorporates prolific – and graphic – references to Dahmer and other ghastly deviants while Bowers leads us on the hunt for his city’s latest sadists.

Oct 02 2012 | Read Full Review of Opening Moves: The Bowers Fil...

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