Every Crooked Path

"Full of secrets and mind games" — RT Book Reviews

A mysterious suicide and a series of abductions draw Patrick into a web of intrigue involving an international conspiracy where no one is who they appear to be and the stakes have never been higher.

Dark, probing, and chilling, Every Crooked Path takes an unflinching look at the world of today’s cybercrimes and delves into a parent’s worst nightmare as it launches a new chapter of Patrick Bowers thrillers.



Throughout the chess series, I’d never told any of the stories about Patrick Bowers’ years in NYC. When my publisher approached me about doing more Bowers books, I thought it would be an excellent time to explore those stories.

Since Every Crooked Path deals with a topic close to my heart (protecting our children), it became a very personal story and, I believe, one of my most important novels.

This book challenged me in so many ways (through the online chat conversations and the diversity of points of view) that I think I grew as an author more while writing this book than any other book in years.

If you haven’t read any of the other Patrick Bowers novels, this is a great place to start



“True to James’ style, the plot is full of secrets and mind games that are entertaining and thought-provoking.”

—RT Book Reviews, 4.5 stars

“Every Crooked Path is a surprisingly quick read with short chapters, snappy dialogue, and tautly written action scenes.”

—Killer Nashville

"Steven James juggles what should be some pretty challenging themes with ease, while making his story so thrilling, you won’t want to put it down."

—My Bookish Ways

“Another suspenseful page-turner by Steven James!”

—Sojourner: Between Worlds

“Every Crooked Path captured my attention from the first page.”

—Creating Justice One Suspense at a Time

“James’ still writes with great clarity, and each of his characters, no matter which side of the law they fall on, are so well developed that you come away from the pages feeling as though you KNOW these people, and somehow, they touch the essence of your heart.”

—Window to my World