In this series prequel, as a killer commits grisly crimes reminiscent of those of Jeffrey Dahmer, homicide detective Patrick Bowers finds his true calling in the FBI.
THE INSIDE SCOOP
As I acknowledge in the note to the reader at the beginning of the book, this story gave me nightmares. It contains three of the most frightening scenes I’ve ever written—the barn scene, the treehouse scene, and Patrick’s nightmare of the cocoon.
Since this story intersects with actual crimes that occurred (including my own father being targeted by two brutal killers who were thankfully captured before they could shoot him), this story is perhaps the most personally gripping and chilling novel I’ve ever written.
While I was researching the novel, a detective in Wisconsin took me into the evidence room to show me the boxes of items that were still kept there and the guns that the killers had with them that they would have used against my father.
Although I wrote The Pawn before any of my other novels, Opening Moves takes place first in the series. So, if you enjoy reading prequels first, start here with the series.READ AN EXCERPT
Winner of the Christian Manifesto’s Lime Award in Crime, Mystery, and Legal
RT Book Reviews Best Inspirational Suspense Finalist
“Full of twists and enjoyable surprise, Opening Moves is a blisteringly fast and riveting read.”
“With a multi-dimensional quality, Steven James writes with a confident, assured ease. Just good, old-fashioned, gimmick free storytelling that pushes the envelope to the edge and beyond."
“This is suspense writing at its best!”
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“Prepare yourself for a horror of a ride, edge of your seat thriller of thrillers. A quick, pulsing read with sinister philosophical implications, a touch of faith, and a cast of dedicated pursuers of outlandish evil.”
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“Join James in this fast-moving, intense thriller that has as many demented twists and turns as the crimes themselves to its unforeseen conclusion.”
“Opening Moves is a high octane thriller . . . taking the reader through a journey that is both horrifying and suspenseful.”