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Steven James is a national bestselling and award-winning author of fourteen pulse-pounding thrillers that continue to gain wide critical acclaim and a ravenous fan base. 

Suspense Magazine, who named James’ book The Bishop their book of the year, says that he “sets the new standard in suspense writing.” Publishers Weekly calls him a “master storyteller at the peak of his game.” And RT Book Reviews promises that, “The nail-biting suspense will rivet you.”

With a Master’s Degree in Storytelling, James has taught writing and storytelling on three continents and has served as one of the Master Craftfest instructors at Thrillerfest, North America’s premier training event for suspense writers.

Respected by some of the top thriller writers in the world, James deftly weaves intense stories of psychological suspense with deep philosophical insights. As Christy Award-Winning novelist Ann Tatlock put it, “Steven James gives us a captivating look at the fine line between good and evil in the human heart.” 

Steven’s groundbreaking, award-winning book on the craft of writing, Story Trumps Structure, is a staple for organic fiction writers. 

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“The writing, pacing and plot lines are impeccable.” 

–Publishers Weekly


 “Opening Moves is a mesmerizing read. From the first chapter, it sets its hook deep and drags you through a darkly gripping story with relentless power. My conclusion: I need to read more of Steven James.” 

–Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author & executive producer of Amazon’s Bosch television series


“James writes smart, taut, high-octane thrillers. But be warned—his books are not for the timid. The endings blow me away every time.” 

–Mitch Galin, producer, Stephen King’s The Stand and Frank Herbert’s Dune


“James delivers first-rate characters, dazzling plot twists, and powers it all with non-stop action.”

–John Tinker, Emmy Award-winning screenplay writer


Checkmate is high tension all the way. James writes with precision and incisiveness. Fast, sharp, and believable. Put it at the top of your list.” 

–John Lutz, Edgar-award winning author of Frenzy and Single White Female (from Columbia Pictures) 


Placebo is an edgy, multi-layered thriller.” 

–RT Reviews, 4.5 stars


“A thought-provoking and thrilling mystery.” 

–New York Journal of Books


 “Steven James combines twenty-first-century, high-tech law enforcement techniques with eighteenth-century Sherlockian deduction.” 

–Dr. Kim Rossmo, Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation (consultant for Numb3rs)


“Page-turning, tightly woven plotting and whiplash pacing.” 

–Library Journal


 “He has absolutely blown me away.” 

–The Christian Manifesto 


“James delivers the caffeinated plot twists and intriguing characterizations that made The Pawn a welcome addition to the suspense genre . . . Fans of CSI and Law & Order will enjoy the police work and forensics, but this jacked-up read feels more like an explosive episode of 24; it’s a wild ride with a shocking conclusion.”

 –Publishers Weekly starred review of The Rook