George V. Reilly

Review: The Pawn

The Pawn
Title: The Pawn
Author: Steven James
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Onyx
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 448
Keywords: thriller
Reading period: 13–19 September, 2010

Patrick Bowers PhD is an en­vi­ron­men­tal crim­i­nol­o­gist for the FBI. A serial killer who calls himself the Il­lu­sion­ist is killing women in North Carolina and leading the FBI a merry dance. There’s a major subplot involving another killer and Jonestown. And Bowers’ personal life is com­pli­cat­ed by a sullen teenage step­daugh­ter.

Despite the ludicrous complexity of the plot, it’s an en­ter­tain­ing and relatively thoughtful thriller.

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