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

    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