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The Knight

(The Patrick Bowers Files #3)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  4,225 ratings  ·  270 reviews
In The Knight, the third installment in the bestselling series of thrillers featuring FBI criminologist Patrick Bowers, the stakes have never been higher.

Agent Bowers is used to tracking the country's most dangerous killers, but now it looks like a killer is tracking him. When he realizes the murderer is using clues from an ancient manuscript as a blueprint for his crimes,
Paperback, 492 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published January 1st 2009)
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Suspense with a tiny touch of romance. I have to say that Steven James books are well written with complex characters. But each one in this series seems to get more gruesome and creepy. Definitely the type of book that could leave a reader with nightmares. I believe I will leave the others to possibly read next year.
Julie Graves
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
Patrick Bowers is in his home state of Colorado trying to locate a serial killer that likes to depict stories in his killings. Several people have died and it looks like Pat is on the killers list to play a leading roll.

At the same time he is working the case in Colorado Patrick is having to fly back to Chicago to testify in the retrial of one of his most infamous foes. Richard Devin Basque was one of the first serial killers that Patrick put away. Unfortunately Pat made a mistake while arrestin
Janna Ryan
Aug 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Whoa! If ever there was a book written that is just itching to be made into a movie - it is definitely "The Knight" by Steven James. Without even reading books #1 and #2 in the Patrick Bowers Thriller series I would say that this could be the next great trilogy of movies!

I am literally sitting on the edge of my bed, my eyes skimming the pages as fast as possible because the writing is so tight and intense that I fear I'm going to miss something! Is the killer going to succeed before Pat gets th
May 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"The Knight" is probably my favorite book in The Patrick Bowers Series so far. The story concept it so unique - a killer telling what he is going to do next through a medieval manuscript and then doing it. Although you'd think it would be easy to stop him, it's so not!

In this story Tessa (Patrick's Stepdaughter) finds a box in Patrick's closet (while packing his stuff) that is filled with her dead mother's momentos. One of those momentos is a key...but what does it go to? And how will it affect
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Quick review:

Cover: Fitting
Rating: R
Thumbs Up: 4.5
Overall: Entertaining
Characters: Well Written
Plot: A killer with a story to tell
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Patrick

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
This installment was better than the last and brought me to what I expected after reading the first. This author knows how to multilayer a story to keep your interest throughout.

For a full review and yummy pic, see my blog post at:
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers, mysteries
I LOVED this book! It is one of the best thrillers I have read in a long time! I've read his first two books and they were good, but this was AMAZING! I thought the story was perfect, enjoyed the side story with what was going on with his step daughter Tessa, the villain was creepy and his murders were incredibly creepy (and graphic...) and ingenious! Wow probably the most creative yet gruesome murders I have read about yet. Seriously I don't want to give spoilers so I will just say this book wa ...more
Ron Wroblewski
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steven-james
Another thrilling Steven James novel - tracking down a serial killer in Denver who bases his kills on Medieval novels. Parts are gruesome. Again, Patrick's life is in danger. And there are twists and turns. A great writer. ...more
J.S. Bailey
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Seriously. That's the conclusion I've gathered from reading Steven James's books.

In The Knight, a serial killer who calls himself Giovanni murders people in specific ways to match grisly deaths that were portrayed in a book dating from the 14th century. A lot of the book is told from Giovanni's point of view. Since I've read two other James books I knew that Giovanni was going to be someone whom the main characters were already acquainted with, and I was right. I had my suspicions
Imagine my surprise after reading all the Patrick Bower series by Steven James and in wanting to write a review of the books, to discover that this series is labeled as being published by a Christian publisher, as well as authored by a Christian...ergo, the Patrick Bowers series is labeled Christian Fiction. I'll tell you this, as an atheist, I didn't have a clue (not even a suspicion) of this throughout my reading of these novels.

Now, now, I am not implying that good Christian fiction doesn't e
Nov 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I have a confession, long time ago as a college student I loved to read true life crime stories and all Stephen King books. Some of them being "difficult" to read. So before I review this book I want to pass along what I was told myself (but be sure to read my opinion about the book below):

*A word of caution: this book is considered "gritty, chilling and intense". It contains graphic descriptions of disturbing crime scenes. While not for the faint of heart, the series has been described as "susp
Jun 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Although I quite enjoy this third book in the Patrick Bowers series (I remember just LOVING the other two), I felt that there were just too many loose threads and unanswered questions at the end of this one for it to merit more stars. I'm not sure if the author is planning on addressing these in the fourth book "The Bishop," but is seemed to me that they should have been attended to while the details were still fresh in the reader's mind.

Nevertheless, the chase was still a thrill with so many u
I read this book over two years ago, but I loved rereading it. I never got bored, at all, because it was a reread - which is sometimes possible. I couldn't remember who the culprit was or how the story ended, but while reading different things did seem familiar.

The story is about Patrick Bowers and in this one some characters from his past play a role. The ending is a real shocker, I didn't see it coming at all.

I definitely can see myself reading this book again in a few years, the book is tha
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such an intense book! And not for the faint of heart. If you like Criminal Minds then you'll enjoy this book. ...more
maria helena
Read it in one sitting during a flight. Loved the characters (especially Tessa) and the plot with lots of twists I did not see coming.
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A good well developed read.
W. Lattimore
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Steven James continues to knock it out of the park. While I think that the author could have done more to establish a relationship between protagonist and antagonist, this was overall a very good read. On to "The Bishop." ...more
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thriller/Suspense; 3rd in the Patrick Bowers series. Let me just say that Steven James does not disappoint. The plot was excellent and I was surprised at the big plot twist. Although I am not a huge fan of the whole romantic entanglement parts, I do really enjoy the exploration of the relationship between Patrick and his step-daughter. The narrator was very good and one of my favorite things about this series is that I always learn from his stories. Definitely continuing the series--highly recom ...more
Victor Gentile
Jul 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing

I had the privilege of interviewing Steven James, on our radio show “Kingdom Highlights”, for his new book, The Knight, the third book in his series on Patrick Bowers published by Revell. If you haven’t read the first two books you have missed a great treat. Steven James writes like Alfred Hitchcock directed, with incredible tense scenes that have way more going on in them then meets the first run through. Let me tell you right away this book is 492 pages of roller coaster intense ride. Don’t st
Pamela Walter
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
From my blog:

So, maybe not an official review. I don't really read them, so I don't know what needs to be in them, but if you are looking for a great mystery series, with adrenaline pumping twists and turns. GET THIS BOOK. Actually, get The Pawn, The Rook and THEN GET THIS BOOK.

With this latest story Steven James as solidified himself as my favorite author ever, and as the granddaughter of a large used bookstore owner, who loves to read. I've read A LOT of books!

Steven James has a way of writng
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This was an easy four star plus book. I am not to terribly loose with throwing out five stars but I almost did for this book. This one goes to at least a 4.5 rating. Patrick Bowers is called in on an investigation of a serial killer operating in the greater Denver area. But it comes down to who is really hunting who. His step daughter Tessa in an adjacent story line is struggling with who she is and Patrick himself is having some personal issues of his own. This all combines to add a real human ...more
Paul Penney
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Too much of this book was wasted words. There was a lot of drama that had absolutely nothing to do with the killer and was meaningless to the storyline. Warning: this is not a book for male readers. All the soap-opera-type garbage with the lead characters daughter reading her mother's diary was painful to read and I skimmed most of it to get back to the actual story. There were also some dry courtroom scenes. The action and ending were decent, but this book could have been shorter. I devour most ...more
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Knight was just as thrilling and suspenseful the second time around as when I first read it 3 (almost 4) years ago. The plot was very interesting and the ending was intense! It was intriguing how the killer was following an ancient manuscript as his template for the crimes he committed -- and pretty much foretold what he planned on doing next. Very creepy!

As with the previous books, Tessa was my favorite character. I just loved how cheeky she was and that she wasn't afraid to speak her mind.
Caitlyn Santi
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was another great suspense read by Steven James! I really enjoyed it, I'm not sure that I loved it quite as much as the first two books mainly because there was one part of the killer's arsenal of weapons that personally didn't like (I don't want to spoil anything, but if you want to know what it was, and why I didn't like it feel free to message me!)
It was such a treat to immerse myself in the lives of these characters again, I love Patrick, Tessa is awesome, Ralph is absolutely hilarious,
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pre-2020-read
I love reading about Bowers and the cases that he works on. He brings so much more to the table. The entire cast of characters allows deep questions to be explored, mainly because they are exploring them themselves. I really enjoyed this one, as I suspected I would. Once again, Patrick must confront the dark side of himself but this time I think he finds a truer response. Again, Tess has to deal with her own things, but together they are able to find firmer ground as a family. The villain in thi ...more
Nov 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good read. An element or two disappointed me or felt contrived, but it was nothing that detracted from the overall reading experience. Steven James definitely has cornered the market on crime thrillers, and I always get deeply embedded in the story and irritated with real life for interrupting the read. :-D
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Never gets old. This is just as good the 3rd or 4th time. Fantastic author!
Lee Montgomery
This series is a bit gory in spots but I'm liking the characters.
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Don't know how he does it but you are on the edge of your seat beginning to end. I highly recommend this series headed to the bishop next ...more
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite, 2018
Not sure how I came across author Steven James, but I'm glad I did.

One can never have to many authors. I ❤ me some books!!!

Now about this one, I understand that it's a series. But, I came in on this one; The Knight.

It didn't take long to see why the Bower series are such a HIT.

This book was LIT. It starts out with a murder and continues to escalate from there.

What sick individual is committing these horrific murders?

I'll tell you who, someone that is very very diabolical. Just evil to the core.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another wild ride with Patrick Bowers!!! I love how Steven James keeps me on the edge of my seat.....perfectly executed thriller!!!
This is another exceptional psychological thriller in the series! I usually get bored a little by book 3 in a series & take a break.....not with the Patrick Bowers series!!!
FBI agent Patrick Bowers is used to tracking the most deranged (and dangerous) killers, but now it looks like a killer is tracking him.....the murderer is using clues from a medieval manuscript a
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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

Other books in the series

The Patrick Bowers Files (7 books)
  • The Pawn (The Patrick Bowers Files, #1)
  • The Rook (The Patrick Bowers Files, #2)
  • The Bishop (The Patrick Bowers Files, #4)
  • The Queen (Patrick Bowers Files, #5)
  • The King (Patrick Bowers Files, #6)
  • Checkmate (Patrick Bowers, #7)

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