The Bishop

A Patrick Bowers Thriller

series: Bowers Files, The

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The game is on.

FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers's cutting-edge skills are about to be pushed to the limit. When a young woman is found brutally murdered in Washington DC, her killers continue a spree of perfect crimes in the Northeast. But with nothing to link them to each other, Agent Bowers faces his most difficult case yet--even as his personal life begins to crumble around him.

The Bishop is a gripping, adrenaline-laced story for readers who are tired of timid thrillers. Strap on your seat belt and get ready for a wild ride.


"James writes smart, taut, high-octane thrillers. But be warned--his books are not for the timid. The endings blow me away every time."--Mitch Galin, producer, Stephen King's The Stand and Frank Herbert's Dune

"Move over Alex Cross, there's a new FBI special agent in DC, Patrick Bowers. Steven James joins the ranks of James Patterson in his spine-tingling thriller The Bishop. Horrifying villains, diabolical murders, and rapid-fire twists make this gripping novel impossible to put down. You'll think about these characters long after you read the last page. Patterson fans are going to love Steven James."--Kathleen Antrim, bestselling author, Capital Offense

"Steven James's The Bishop should come with a warning: Don't start reading unless you're prepared to finish this book in a single sitting. An intense, intelligent thriller with characters as real as your next-door neighbors, The Bishop goes beyond the exploration of good and evil to what it means to be human. Riveting!"--Karen Dionne, International Thriller Writers website chair; managing editor, The Big Thrill

"The Bishop--full of plot twists, nightmarish villains, and family conflicts--kept me turning pages on a red-eye all the way from New York City to Amsterdam. Steven James tells stories that grab you by the collar and don't let go."--Norb Vonnegut, author, Top Producer; editor,

"Steven James locks you in a thrill ride, with no brakes. He sets the new standard in suspense writing."--Suspense Magazine

"Every time I read a novel by Steven James, I want to climb a ladder into his mind and dig around in the uncommonly rich soil from which springs Patrick Bowers. Incredible."--Ann Tatlock, award-winning author

"Forget what you know. Steven James turns everything upside-down in The Bishop. This is thriller writing at its absolute best."

"Breakneck speed doesn't even begin to describe the pace of The Bishop. It isn't just a great book--it's a crime scene on steroids. He puts the reader on a race track with twists you don't see coming you're halfway through them. Absolutely brilliant."--Jeff Buick, bestselling author of Bloodline

"As thrilling and unexpected as any five-star action movie. James delivers a new take on crime and the criminal mind that's both eye-opening and heart-pounding. A high-energy read that delivers a jolt to the senses again and again."--John Tinker, Emmy award-winning writer

The Author

  1. Steven James
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    Steven James

    Critically acclaimed author Steven James has written more than thirty books, including Placebo, Singularity, and the bestselling Bowers Files thriller series. He is a contributing editor to Writer's Digest. Steven lives in Tennessee with...

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"This is a fine thriller, featuring a strong, compassionate protagonist and a couple of pretty scary villains. James, an accomplished writer, clearly knows how to spin a yarn . . . this novel is fresh and exciting."--Booklist

"As thrilling and unexpected as any five-star action movie . . . James delivers a new take on crime and the criminal mind that's both eye-opening and heart-pounding . . . A high-energy read that delivers a jolt to the senses again and again."--John Tinker, Emmy award-winning writer

"Exhilarating."--Mysterious Reviews

"Brilliant."--Ann Tatlock, Christy Award-winning author

"An exceptional psychological thriller."--Bookshelf Review

"Seriously intense."--Pop Culture Tuesday

"A wild ride."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Readers will be on the edge of their seats."--Romantic Times top pick

"Steven James has mastered the thriller."--The Suspense Zone

"Suspense thriller writing at its highest level."

"Steven James has absolutely blown me away."--The Christian Manifesto