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Stunned. That’s what this book did to me. It stunned me. And it made my heart ache.
Every Crooked Path is the most difficult Steven James book I’ve read. Judging from the author’s note in the first pages, it’s also the hardest one he’s ever written. The fact that it is an almost 600-page book dealing with crimes involving child predators makes it naturally very hard to read, and yet Steven James said that while he had an incredibly hard time writing it, he knew it needed to be written. And honestly, it needs to be read. We live in a world filled with increasing evil, and it’s just all too easy to ignore that in favor of living in bliss. But it doesn’t work that way.
As Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
And that, I believe, is why this book needed to be written and why it needs to be read. We just can’t afford to ignore the evil surrounding us. This world cannot survive us living in blindness to evil.
Every Crooked Path tells the story of FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers as he’s on the path of child abductors, molesters, killers. It seems that the more he discovers in this case, the less he actually knows… because things keep getting more complex. Trusting people becomes a deadly risk.
On a lighter note, Patrick spends his free time getting to know Christie and her daughter, Tessa… which I really liked. It added another dimension to this story that I hadn’t realized was coming, as (prior to beginning reading) I had thought this book was chronologically taking place closer to the time Opening Moves ended.
Having pondered for the past several days, I’ve decided to compare this one with vegetables being eaten by a child. The stereotypical picture. They don’t want to eat their vegetables… and yet they need to.
There was one word in this book that I didn’t expect to find in a Steven James book; I think it’s a reflection of how intense this kind of crime is, how it rips at our hearts and tears up everything inside us knowing that this stuff is happening.
Honestly, this is a very good book; it’s just difficult to read. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me.