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Every Deadly Kiss

(The Bowers Files: The New York Years #2)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  604 ratings  ·  84 reviews
FBI special agent Patrick Bowers grapples with a baffling series of murders in Detroit—and discovers a terror plot with roots that stretch back centuries.
Called in by an ex-girlfriend to consult on a case, Patrick encounters the work of a killer who displays a stunning degree of ruthlessness. Bowers is shocked to find that the slayings are linked not just to his own his
Kindle Edition, 575 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by Berkley
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Kathy The book can stand on its own. However it's a lot more fun when you know the history and the characters. I have grown quite fond of Patrick Bowers.…moreThe book can stand on its own. However it's a lot more fun when you know the history and the characters. I have grown quite fond of Patrick Bowers.(less)

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Linda Strong
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it

Bodies of young women have been found in abandoned houses in Detroit. Patrick is called in to consult .... by his ex-girlfriend of many years ago. They're both wondering if the sparks will fly, especially as Patrick is unsure where his future lies with current girlfriend, Christy.

Seemingly, there are different crimes being committed .... the bodies in Detroit, a meeting with a known terrorist, and his ex-girlfriend's history of being abducted by a stalker. A germ warfare specialist is found dead
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Another twisted and engaging suspense novel in the Bowers Files Series. While I missed having secondary character Tessa play a larger role, it was nice to have her at least a part of the novel. Loved the cliff hanger ending.
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Well, that was disappointing. The cops made too many mistakes that trained FBI on average wouldn’t. And these were supposed top people in their field. The whole take my phone and gun has been overused in this series. Why Sharon wouldn’t fire off a text or keep her phone when their was no immediate threat baffled me? No one figured out Canyon was murdered??? How could a guy infected with a virus/disease know down to the second when he would be contagious??? Everyone’s body chemistry is different. ...more
Steven James has a way of introducing the most creepiest and evil serial killers/culprits in a way that I actually sometimes can say, intrigues me vs disgust. Enough detail to show the creepy but not enough to have nightmares.

The plot had me captivating and Steven James is one author who keeps surprising me when he reveals his hand. I had no idea who was the partner and when the partner was introduced, with flashbacks, I was totally left blindsided and want to see what happens next NOW!

Steve Jam
Kelly Bridgewater
Steven James is my go-to thriller author. Every book he has written has captured my attention and drew me into the story instantly. I'm excited that there is another installment of the Patrick Bowers' files, and I couldn't wait to read it. Every Deadly Kiss might be the first book by James that I don't brag to my friends about. It didn't hit the mark for me.

First, I enjoyed returning to Patrick Bowers and watching his life interact with Christie and Tessa as he juggles his work life. This deepe
Vicki Elia
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
1 1/2 Stars for the thriller plots only

This book is a mess -- two divergent antagonists with deadly intentions: a bioterror plot & a serial killer. Eventually they converge. However, the protagonist, Bowers, is all tied up in a romantic dilemma which contaminates the thriller story lines including the protagonist's ability to do his job.

A hint to writers -- Make a choice. You are either writing a thriller or a romance novel. When you try to do both, they're both awful.

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Every Deadly Kiss is the newest Patrick Bowers book, which is my all-time favorite series, and the book I've been most looking forward to releasing this year; so, suffice it to say, I had exceedingly high expectations for this book when I started it and Every Deadly Kiss surpassed them all.

From the first chapter my attention was grabbed and whenever I had to put the book down my mind would keep thinking about the story and trying to figure things out. The plot was intricate, but not so much that
Cara Putman
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic book for suspense lovers and fan of the Patrick Bower Files.
William Jr.
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Twisted Plan A. No plan B. You'll love this. I really enjoyed it. ...more
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jeanie

Every Deadly Kiss
The Bowers Files: The New York Years, Book #2
By Steven James
ISBN 9781101991572
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Brought to you by OBS Reviewer: Jeanie


FBI special agent Patrick Bowers grapples with a baffling series of murders in Detroit—and discovers a terror plot with roots that stretch back centuries.

Called in by an ex-girlfriend to consult on a case, Patrick encounters the work of a killer who displays a stunning degree of
Julie Graves
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
I think I'm all caught up now with this series. In this 10th book of the Bowers Files(but actually book 2 or 3 if you count OPENING MOVES as book 1 in the prequel to the series), Patrick has gone to Detroit to investigate a series of murders. He and Christie are on rocky ground at the moment because Pat has issues with saying, "I love you" and is uncertain of his feelings for her. In Detroit he is working with an ex-girlfriend. When Christie finds out you can imagine how well that goes over!

Jun 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Book two in the Patrick Bowers New York series is a definite step backwards in this author's long running series. Far too preachy to suit my tastes. Although this one ran over 560 pages paperback like the previous entry, this one needed major editing unlike, "Every Crooked Path". This one ran anywhere from 150-200 pages too too long. The characters introduced from previous book had no growth or fleshing out stronger. The conclusion does set up an interesting plot for the third book of series. Th ...more
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
It's not the best of the Bowers series but it was good. There were times when I wondered if there was a bit of ghost writing going on... just some incongruities with James' otherwise tight and taught writing. But the plot was the typical Gordian Knot with some cliff-hanging loose ends that promise more to come. Two things that bothered me most were the dropped (or did I miss a resolution) issue of moving out of New York to follow Christie, and the timeliness of the plot topic. These books are su ...more
Lizzy Bueckert
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was exciting from the first page to the last! Loved it!
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Definitely my least favorite of the series. There was just way too much going on and the characters made uncharacteristically poor choices throughout the story. Hopefully the series gets back to form in the next book.
Jackie Rogers
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Steven James is a storyteller. A really great storyteller. Have read all his books and each one outdoes the one before. This one has a serial killer. terrorists, and an old lover. Patrick Bowers, our main character is at his best FBI solving as he continues to be in hot water in his work as well as his personal life. This novel pulls one in a the beginning and doesn't let go until the end. Constant adventure and excitement. If you havn't read Mr, James yet, get with it. No disappointment. ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Steven James has yet to disappoint me with one of the Patrick Bowers series. The last 50 pages wouldn't let go. Suspense until the end and openings for more stories during this earlier time period in the character's life. Can't wait for more but appreciate that he takes his time and writes an awesome story rather then spitting them out monthly like another of his peers. ...more
Trevor Rogers
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Not the Best in the Bowers Series

I was slightly disappointed at how the story developed - it didn't flow as well as previous books in the series. The two storylines didn't gel particularly well and the overall plot was a little far-fetched. Not bad - but not my favorite.
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My favorite author didn't disapoint! I listened to the audio book and I love the narrator for all of Steven James books. They go perfectly together. ...more
David Carniglia
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Angela Kay
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I love this author, and I love the Patrick Bowers series. It’s been a few years since I randomly picked up the second book of The Bowers Files, and ever since then, I anxiously await for more writings from Steven James. Especially when Patrick Bowers is the star of the hour.

Every Deadly Kiss is the second prequel to the series. First, a quick back story for those of you mystery fans who shamefully have not picked up James’ books. We first meet FBI Spec
Jessica Higgins
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you have never read a Steven James novel, I suggest you start now with this one. It will keep you up at night and have you looking twice and double locking the doors.

FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers is back and ready to solve a series of murders taking place in Detroit. Not only are there murders to be solved, there is also a terrorist plot that is more than a century old making it one of the toughest cases Patrick has ever had to tackle. When Patrick is called in by his old girlfriend to hel
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: obs
This is a fabulous read for those who enjoy suspenseful novels. It is the first I've read by this author and I will be reading more in the future. Steven James brings together characters and events centered in Detroit, a city that is shrinking year by year. There is much more crime there than in most major cities, allowing the thousands of vacant homes and commercial buildings to be used by those who have no good intentions.

Patrick Bowers is a special FBI agent who profiles unique serial offende
Michelle Arredondo
I needed a fast paced read for the weekend...didn't get it...but I can explain. Every Deadly Kiss is book #2 in The Bower Files that is I believe a sub-series of a bigger series (Patrick Bower Files). I am not sure...I have never read those books and I think I might be missing something with that. A very intense Mystery/Suspense/Spies & Politics read. I don't read enough of books such as this and have been wanting to try and find a series to start with...I chose The Bower Files.

I actually had a
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
On a scale of cotton candy to Brussels sprouts, Every Deadly Kiss by Steven James is sweet and spicy barbecued chicken. At first taste, the set up is sweet and prepared, but the slow burn that makes you reach for water and only further ignites the fire keeps the intensity building. This flavor and meat will stick.

Patrick Bowers faces a complicated case when an ex-girlfriend asks him to consult on a series of killings, which becomes more involved by the appearance of a known terrorist and Patrick
Another story with Patrick Bowers, though this one, the tenth overall, challenges expectations with its unusual blend of two major story arcs - one involving a former child star turned FBI agent (and her horrifying backstory - you'll probably never look at any child star the same way again after reading this book!), the other, a fairly reluctant jihadist, one who doesn't 100% subscribe to the same warped ideology as do his comrades, and armed with a very deadly, and very unique, weapon indeed. S ...more
Edward Arrington
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story is quite a thriller with lots of intense action, suspense, intrigue, mystery, and hair-raising, nail-biting drama. A book of this length would typically take me three or four days but I had trouble putting it down, especially in the last 100 pages. The one disappointing thing for me was the smattering of profanity. I have read every book in The Patrick Bowers Files series and enjoyed them immensely. Even in the most difficult scenes as Patrick Bowers and his fellow law enforcement offi ...more
Me, during the final 40 pages: who the fuck is Gaviola????

It's been a while since I've read the first book in this prequel series so I honestly didn't remember much. Apart from Pat's relationship with Christie and her daughter Tessa and that there was some semi-villain called Blake... but that's about it. I have no idea who Gaviola is and I probably should. Sorry, Steven.

Actual Rating: 3.8 stars

Not the best book in the series, but still very entertaining and compelling. I absolutely love James'
Sarah Frobisher
James brings complexity and intrigue to his latest Patrick Bowers thriller; layering plot lines and unfolding characters in a way that keeps readers on the edge through the very end. The details give readers just the right amount of description and suspense- not too much to be completely gruesome, but clear enough to let readers know the horror of what is occurring. The story lines are believable and James does an impeccable job of taking two seemingly different paths and converging them in a gr ...more
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I really enjoy the authors writing style, he pulls you into the book from the very beginning and you don't want to put the book down. It kept me on the edge of my seat reading from cover to cover. All the characters are ...more
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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, was a finalist for an International Book Award in the sci-fi category.

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