The Bishop

"Breakneck speed doesn’t even begin to describe the pace.” —JEFF BUICK, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF BLOODLINE

A pair of killers, skilled at staging crimes that frame other people for murder, target Patrick and his team, while a trail of corruption leads to the FBI at its highest level.



While I was writing the Bishop, I was able to tour the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA. So all of the information about the inside of the academy is as accurate as I was able to be without giving any inside information away.

When I began the book, I wanted to have the entire story take place over the course of 52 hours. However, as I worked on it, I realized that this wouldn’t allow me to build up the suspense I wanted to throughout the story.

While writing the climax, I abandoned a rudimentary outline that I had started and wrote it organically, solidifying in my mind the realization that outlining was not for me and would end up wasting my time.

I didn’t know who the bishop would be until I was completing the final chapters of the book.


Awards and Honors

Winner of RT Book Reviews Best Inspirational Suspense

Winner of the Christian Manifesto’s Lime Award for Best Fiction

Winner of the INSPY Award for Mystery/Thriller

Winner of Suspense Magazine’s Book of the Year


“A master storyteller at the peak of his game.”

—Publishers Weekly

“The nail-biting suspense will rivet you.”

—RT Book Reviews

“Horrifying villains, diabolical murders, and rapid-fire twists. Impossible to put down.”

—Kathleen Antrim, bestselling author, Capital Offense

"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 of Top Producer

“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 of Stephen King’s The Stand and Frank Herbert’s Dune

“An intense, intelligent thriller . . . Riveting!”

—Karen Dionne, International Thriller Writers website chair; managing editor, The Big Thrill

“Heart-pounding. As thrilling and unexpected as any five-star action movie.”

—John Tinker, Emmy award-winning writer

“Breakneck speed doesn’t even begin to describe the pace of The Bishop. Absolutely brilliant.”

—Jeff Buick, bestselling author of Bloodline

“James sets the new standard in suspense writing.”

—Suspense Magazine