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Opening Moves FBI agent Patrick Bowers' first major murder investigation begins in Milwaukee, 1995. In a city still reeling from the crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer, a woman's body is found with the lungs removed. Local cops think a Dahmer copycat is on the loose. But Patrick Bowers, working as a homicide detective for the Milwaukee Police Department, sees from the timing and location of the crime that this is not a copycat at all, but a killer with an entirely different agenda.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 512
Vendor: Signet
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 0451237765
ISBN-13: 9780451237767
Series: Bowers Files: The Early Years

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In The Bowers Files novels, FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers has stopped some of the most vicious serial killers ever imagined. Now, in the fifth exciting installment, author Steven James takes readers back to Bowers’s terrifying beginning.

Milwaukee, 1997. In a city reeling from the crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer, a series of gruesome kidnappings and mutilations draw authorities into a case like nothing they’ve ever seen. Cops think a Dahmer copycat is on the loose.

But Patrick Bowers, working as a homicide detective, suspects this is more than an ode to the infamous cannibal. When he discovers that the shocking acts reference some of the most notorious and macabre killers in our nation’s history, the investigation spirals into a nightmare of manipulation, brutality, and terror.

Wielding groundbreaking investigative techniques, Bowers must now face off with a killer who will stop at nothing to get his message out to the world. Chilling, gritty, and packed with twists and turns, Opening Moves is Steven James’s most heart-pounding novel yet.

Author Bio

Steven James is the author of more than thirty books, including the critically acclaimed thrillers The Pawn, The Rook, and The Knight. He has a master’s degree in storytelling and has taught writing and creative communication on three continents. When he’s not writing and speaking, you’ll find him trail running, rock climbing, or drinking French roast coffee near his home in eastern Tennessee.

Editorial Reviews

"[A] master storyteller."—Publishers Weekly
 
"Opening Moves is a mesmerizing read. From the first chapter, it sets its hook deep and drags you through a darkly gripping story with relentless power. My conclusion: I need to read more of Steven James." —Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author of The Drop

"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." —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Columbus Affair

"Steven James has created a fast moving thriller with psychological depth and gripping action. Opening Moves is a smart, taut, intense novel of suspense that reads like a cross between Michael Connelly and Thomas Harris…Opening Moves is a blisteringly fast and riveting read." —Mark Greaney, New York Times bestselling author of Ballistic

Author/Artist Review

Author: Steven James
Submitted: November 27, 2012

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I’ve been a full-time author and storyteller since 1996. I love trail running, rock climbing and watching matinees whenever I need a break from a long day of editing.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  About sixteen years ago my father was on the hit list of a killer in Wisconsin. I wanted to explore that story and use it within the context of a fictional thriller to connect fiction with real life and give readers a glimpse into the minds of killers.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I wanted to take readers on a journey to look evil eye-to-eye to better understand what it’s really like and how disturbing it really is. Ultimately, my goal is for readers to be drawn more toward the light and more turned off from the darkness of our world, and in our own souls. But there is also hope. This ended up being my most spiritual book as well as my most disturbing one. The light shines the brightest through the darkest night.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  Opening Moves gave me nightmares. Some of the scenes were just too real, too disturbing. Within the book I never glamorize evil, but the story reminded me of how fallen our world is, how fallen each one of us is—and how much we are in need of a Savior strong enough to rescue us from ourselves.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I love Tosca Lee’s wordsmithing and Ted Dekker’s gift for storytelling.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  Be prepared. Since this book references actual crimes done by serial killers throughout our country’s history, it has some very disturbing images. If you like your thrillers a little less intense, try out my new series beginning with the science thriller Placebo.

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