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Every Crooked Path

(The Bowers Files: The New York Years #1)

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Who is the Piper? . . .
 
Special Agent Patrick Bowers returns in an electrifying prequel to the Bowers Chess series from critically acclaimed, national bestselling novelist Steven James.
 
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
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Paperback, 608 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Signet
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Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Although I didn't figure out who done it, the book felt total deja vu like as if I've read it before.

It was predictable but not, however, very entertaining and had me at the edge of my seat at times.

Certainly a very good read.

While I like this narrator for this series, I found in this book I got confused a few times while listening. He doesn't vary his voice a lot. So when multiple characters came in speaking and he used one voice for them in an earlier scene that matched a new character speci
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Melanie
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Every Crooked Path is the newest addition in the Patrick Bowers Files and one of the tougher ones for me to read due to the subject matter. While it may have been hard to read, I felt like it was an important story and eye-opening.

As with all of the Bowers' books, I absolutely loved the characters. This glimpse of Tessa with her mom was great, as was seeing Tessa and Patrick connect and get to know each other better. My favorite character, as always, was Tessa. :)

The suspense was phenomenal! I h
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JD Sutter
Oh my goodness! Such mixed feelings about this book. Gonna have to sort through this for a bit...
Aaron
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a tough book to read but a very important topic to touch on. While the story was fiction, the issue was not. This issue has become rampant in the America, and I applaud the author in delicately approaching this topic. Was also a good book that delve into the Patrick Bowers developing relationship with Christine and her daughter Tess.
Victor Gentile
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Steven James in his new book, "Every Crooked Path" published by Signet gives us another adventure with Special Agent Patrick Bowers.

From the back cover: Who is the Piper? . . .

Special Agent Patrick Bowers returns in an electrifying prequel to the Bowers Chess series from critically acclaimed, national bestselling novelist Steven James.

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 a
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Neil
Obviously, this was a fast read for me. It had a good flow to it; the character development was decent; it held my interest throughout the whole book. It was a crazy book; it involves the "darker" side of the Internet and apparently the steps somebody needs to take to access it. Some of the characters introduced in this story had good development over the course of the story. The story also had some twists in it that threw me off; I figured out some of it [when the "clues"/hints were pretty much ...more
Katie
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I hate to be the naysayer, but here it goes...
I read, love, and own the original Bowers files. I love creepy suspense and Steven James fulfills it 100%.
However, I struggled with this book. The suspense was there and I didn't guess the plot twists but I didn't believe the timing. This book is supposed to be before Pawn but it's written like it's set in 2015. Everyone had a cell phone, recorded cops, twitter, tweeting, etc like it's 2015 with all the media interest in police. But Pawn was writ
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Cara Putman
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping but hard subject matter

In classic Agent Bowers style, the plot races with twists and runs. I loved the introduction to Bowers earlier in his story. Be warned though that the subject matter is hard. Diving into the world of child molesters and pornographers is not an easy one.
Ryan Hillis
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Special Agent Patrick Bowers takes down an International Child Abduction Ring!!
Candy
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
gritty as usual. The subject matter was difficult being a parent but James writing style is up to par as usual. He is a fantastic author!!!
Sabrina
This is a twisty crime drama that makes you think and even with a dark subject can skim on those details while still giving you the horror of the crime. The characters are well written and even if you hate some of them you are still interested in what is happening with/to them. The pace is steady and keeps you reading while the action is realistic. It doesn't feel as long as it is because you can get absorbed in reading following the various characters as the constantly cross paths and work toge ...more
Barbara
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
On a scale of cotton candy to Brussels sprouts, Every Crooked Path by Steven James is homemade garlic bread. This hearty side dish fights for center stage and often wins it with the trifecta of flavor: crusty bread, garlic butter, and crisped cheese. Never underestimate the complexity of simple.

Agent Patrick Bowers witnesses a suicide, and as the clues begin to line up, he suspects that the suicide may have to do with a series of child abductions. The dark web holds all the clues. But, Patrick B
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Julie Graves
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
This is book 1 in the New York Years of Patrick Bowers career. He and Christie aren't married, just dating, and he's just forming his relationship with Tessa Christie's 15 year old daughter.



Patrick is working for the FBI on a case of missing children in a child pornography ring. The case takes many twists and turns and Patrick learns that he can't trust everyone. The child porn industry is very lucrative and the people exploiting and kidnapping children will stop at nothing to remain anonymous.
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Barbara
FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers was introduced to the world via the "Chess" series of books, which are terrific. This is a prequel to that series. Bowers is present when a man commits suicide, and this event is linked to a series of child abductions and murders. Bowers also finds himself debating whether or not to settle down with Christie and her teenage daughter, Tessa, in NYC or to move to Omaha, where Christie's been offered a job.

This book shows the early years of Patrick Bowers, and how h
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Rogers Cadenhead
Jun 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: thriller
When my favorite stop on I-95 in North Carolina ceased selling paperbacks because the distributor folded, they offered to sell me the spinrack and the 24 well-thumbed books left on it. I ended up with some thrillers I otherwise would have missed, like this one. I love the rack but wish I'd missed this book. Every Crooked Path is a convoluted novel with slapdash pacing, thin characterization and characters who speak in the same voice -- a trait most excruciating when the protagonist attempts to b ...more
Kahri Lynn
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Steven James does it again, except this time it is even more intense. The intensity comes from the subject matter which I did find difficult to get through, at first. I pushed through and it was definitely worth it. As an avid fan of Patrick Bowers, I love reading these prequels and getting to know him better from the beginning as well as Christy and Raven. I highly recommend this to everyone... you can read it as a stand-alone or in the series. Now on to the next one. I am both dreading and exc ...more
Sheila
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent book as is the case with Mr. James' writing!! I was engaged from the first page, and the book never let me go! As I am a business teacher, this story had me reminding my students to be so careful online. While sometimes these types of stories are hard to read, ignorance is not bliss--we need to be mindful of what goes on so that we can protect our children. I would highly recommend this story!
Jason
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dark, twisty, very good misdirection (I couldn't truly get a good guess on who the culprit was). Seriously dark subject matter with James' trademark exposition on mankind's agathokakological nature (kudos if you get the reference).
The next New York chapter, I'm confident, will be this good.
Marjolein
Definitely one of my faves in this series! Love the bond between Pat and Tessa, great to read how everything started and how both Pat and Tessa are developing. But it's sad to read about Pat and Christie... I love them together but I already know she's going to die...
April Neill
Decent read

I've read all the series but this one I couldn't grasp or relate to all the characters. Too many things going on with too many people. I never felt a connection with anyone.
Caryl
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-challenge
Every Crooked Path will keep you guessing until the end! This book is hard to put down! I've been enjoying this series!

I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library. All views expressed are my honest opinion.
Kathy
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great plot as usual

I loved this book! I love that it kept having me guess to the end! It is a prequel but works!
Rob Johnson
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have never finished a Steven James novel where I wasn’t totally satisfied. This was no different.
Carol
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another excellent book about the Bowers series.
DARRYL BOWLIN
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I made a mistake and read this first- It goes later in the series- start out with Opening Moves
CJ Bowen
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Solid mystery on a sordid theme.
Laura
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fast ride, suspenseful and didn't disappoint.
Krista
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping

This story was terrifying because it is so realistic. Very haunting but yet captivating. I could not put it down.
J.S. Bailey
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Aaaargh, Steven, why do you do this to me?
Salsadancer
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steven-james
In this prequel to the Bowers Chess series, pub 2015, Special Agent Patrick Bowers takes down an International Child Abduction Ring.
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Steven James is a national bestselling novelist whose award-winning, pulse-pounding thrillers continue to gain wide critical acclaim and a growing fan base.

His latest novel, SYNAPSE, a near-future thriller, is set to release on October 8, 2019.

Suspense Magazine, who named Steven’s book EVERY WICKED MAN one of their “Best Books of 2018,” says that he “sets the new standard in suspense writing.” Pu
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