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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (382 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven James Narrator: Richard Ferrone Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Patrick Bowers Files Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781464048456
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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.

Opening Moves is a prequel in the Patrick Bowers Files series.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Opening Moves is a mesmerizing read.”

    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

  • “Clear your schedule and pull up your favorite reading chair…This is suspense writing at its best.”

    RT Book Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jack D. | 2/7/2014

    " This is a prequel. As such I couldn't get enthused. I'm hoping he continues the series and develops the other supporting characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trinity | 2/5/2014

    " It was nice seeing a chunk of Pat's background story. And I fully understand why Steven James had nightmares while he was writing it. I had nightmares just reading it, and I had to put it down a few times to prevent nightmares on other nights. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dcriler | 2/1/2014

    " Great prequel to the Bowers Files. As always, James is at the top of his game. Bring on The King. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scottstack | 1/29/2014

    " I'd say this book wasn't quite as good as the rest in the series. I have a hard time saying exactly why, except maybe that the plot was just a little too twisty. Still a 4 star book though, well worth the read. Fascinating and entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Griffith | 1/14/2014

    " Opening Moves is the best in the series thus far. I can't wait for The King next year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley Elliott Shaw | 1/13/2014

    " I have an obsession with the Patrick Bowers series. I picked up my very first one in a public library and immediately started searching for more. I love Patrick's character and this story was interesting since you get to see who Patrick was before he became a special agent. Steven James writes a great mystery, and it's clear that he does plenty of research into the minds of serial killers before he writes his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim George | 1/12/2014

    " Steven James delivers every time he offers another installment of his Patrick Bowers series and this is no exception. Most series have a way of wearing their welcome thin at some point but not this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/7/2014

    " Amazing! Love this series although this one was disturbing. Use of real criminals and discussion of cannibalism makes it too real. However the story is amazing. You never see the twists coming. It also fits nicely as a prequel to the others in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacquelyn | 12/3/2013

    " This was a hard book to get through. Tough subject matter and Richard Basque is pure evil. It does however, set up the Patrick Bowers series and I love Steven James' writing style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vickie Buenger | 11/10/2013

    " It had to start somewhere, and it's interesting to know the important stuff. . .how Pat started drinking coffee, how he managed to be so young with a Ph.D. and an FBI appointment. Still, I think this was a gratuitous book, guaranteed to sell and fill the gap while we all wait for The King. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 10/12/2013

    " I did not like that this was book #6, when it really should be book #1 of the series. I found myself simply skimming the text since we pretty much knew the outcome from the rest of the series. Still a solid read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evan | 9/1/2013

    " would post the official review right now, but unfortunately, the publisher wants reviewers to wait. All I can say is that the book was awesome! Intense, gripping, disturbing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vi Khong | 8/7/2013

    " Very disturbing - my favorite in the series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Morr | 8/2/2013

    " Explains a lot about the other books in the series. Can't wait for The King to come out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 7/17/2013

    " Look for the review on Fresh Fiction! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 6/17/2013

    " Oh my! Well, if you want to read about some graphic, true, real-life serial cannibal killers, this is your book. It really is quite disturbing at time, but it is still a very compelling story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan Leicht | 12/26/2012

    " Gruesome. "

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About the Author
Author Steven James

Steven James is a critically acclaimed author who has written more than thirty books, including the bestselling Bowers Files series. He is a contributing editor to Writer’s Digest and has taught writing and storytelling principles on three continents. James lives in Tennessee with his wife and three daughters.

About the Narrator

Richard Ferrone has recorded over 150 audiobooks including thrillers, romances, science fiction, and inspirational novels. He has earned an Audie Award and four Audie nominations, including for Best Solo Male Narrator of 2003. He was also recognized as an AudioFile “Voice of the Last Century” and a “Rising and Shining Star.” He has earned nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, including the 2011 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense as well as the 2009 Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy. A science fiction fan, he narrated Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy. He has also narrated works by James Patterson, Walter Mosley, John Sandford, Eric Van Lustbader, and Stuart Woods.