What I liked: The characters in this first of a series are top notch. Patrick Bowers is an FBI agent and I thought was a profiler. He's not, Bowers is interested in a new type of profiling, environmental criminology. All facets of the killing are taken into account not just the killer's profile.
Bowers is endearing and struggling with the loss of his wife. They hadn't been married very long but I got the idea they were extremely close. Upon the death of his wife, Bowers finds himself with a teenage step-daughter who he barely knows. They are both going through their grief but separately. Neither is reaching out to the other.
The Pawn just drew me in and wouldn't let me go. Based on the synopsis, I thought I'd be reading an okay book and it was okay but Mr James' characters made it a great read. I'm not just talking the good guys here, the bad guy(s) were just as cleverly developed as the good guys. They were all superb! I especially enjoyed Tess, Bowers' step-daughter.
I did not figure everything out as I sometimes can do. They were many twists and turns and I loved them all.
What I didn't like: There are spots you think The Pawn is moving too slowly but keep reading. Everything is relevant and will make sense. I thought a couple of times, the author got lost in providing all the information but he placed it just right!
At Amazon, The Pawn is $7.19 and the Kindle version is $3.99. At B & N, the paperback is $7.99 and the Nook book is $6.49. Well worth the price in my opinion.