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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031237917X
  • ASIN: B005Q61JCQ
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (576 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,420,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Lowe's debut offers little suspense or surprise, though well-crafted prose suggests he's capable of better. Ex-Miami homicide cop Sean O'Brien, who's retreated to a house on Florida's St. Johns River, carries the usual baggage for a reluctant hero. His wife died from cancer six months earlier, and his policeman father was shot dead in the line of duty when he was a child. O'Brien calls in the Volusia County police after discovering a severely beaten, dying young woman on the river bank. O'Brien soon finds himself attracted to one investigating officer, Det. Leslie Moore, and at odds with another, Det. Mitchell Slater, who he believes may be covering up for the killer. Predictably, the unidentified woman's slaying may be connected with an unsolved serial murder case O'Brien worked on in Miami. Suspects include some powerful locals possibly involved in sex trafficking. O'Brien could sustain a series if he's attached to less by-the-numbers story lines in the future. Author tour. (Apr.)
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From Booklist

Sean O’Brien’s lifestyle seems at first glance to be the envy of us all. Though barely on the shady side of 40, he has a riverfront cabin home on one of Florida’s (and America’s) signature wilderness waterways, the Saint John’s River. He is also proud possessor of a cabin cruiser birthed practically in the shadow of Ponce Inlet lighthouse. And if that isn’t enough, he has chick-magnet charisma, but he prefers as a companion a gator-bait dachshund by the name of Max. O’Brien is not a moneyed ne’er-do-well. He is instead a widower and a “retired” Miami homicide detective, and, according to Volusia County sheriff’s investigator, he’s a good prospect to take the fall for a string of sex murders, a situation that forces him back to crime solving. Though a bit light on the reality quotient here and there, A False Dawn makes good reading for anyone longing to stumble upon an unpublished John D. MacDonald Florida mystery. This isn’t quite that, but it will do nicely. --Steve Glassman

More About the Author

Tom Lowe's latest mystery/thriller novel is BLACK RIVER. It marks the sixth book in the Sean O'Brien series.

A FALSE DAWN was Tom's first published novel. It was followed by THE 24TH LETTER, THE BUTTERFLY FOREST, THE BLACK BULLET, and BLOOD OF CAIN.

The next book to be published featuring Sean O'Brien is CEMETERY ROAD.

Tom's first stand-alone novel is DESTINY. It will be released early in 2015.

Tom is an award-winning documentary writer/director whose films air nationwide on PBS. As he writes his books, Tom draws from his travels around the world and his background as a print and broadcast journalist. Tom is a sailor and SCUBA diver. He lives in Florida.

Customer Reviews

A well written story with well developed characters.
Shirley
This book is one of the books, that once you start reading it, it is impossible to put it down!
Roger D. Weber
This was a very fast read with lots of twists & turns that keep you on edge until the very end.
Warren J. Schatz

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

61 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Tx Rose on March 13, 2012
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Very good mystery/thriller, featuring a retired cop determined to stop a pathologically evil villain. Action and violence a-plenty, but there are enough peaceful scenes to balance. The author creates a world that involves all the reader's senses - you feel, see, smell all that is going on in the story line. I only wish the 2nd book in the series were available for Kindle! I will go to the trouble to find a paper copy, because I'm that interested in the further development of this hero.

There were some typos and minor flaws with the e-book version, but I read right over them and didn't let it bother me.
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91 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Thomas L. Bruce on June 11, 2009
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Tom Lowe's debut novel A False Dawn is taking the world of mystery fiction by storm. I consider myself a very objective critic but I respectfully disagree with Publishers Weekly's review suggesting that there is "little suspense or surprise." When reading this novel you'll find that Lowe really did his homework. It is my opinion that all the characters he created were assigned quality traits and the story line is anything but austere. That fact is Lowe is a gifted writer; once I picked up the book it was hard to put down and I normally don't enjoy reading fiction. Lowe may lack experience, but he's certainly got no lack of talent; A False Dawn will not disappoint!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By PhotoFox on April 7, 2012
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Tight and compelling tale, a real page turner. With the success of this novel, however, perhaps he'll be able to hire some competent proof readers for his future endeavers. The story hums along and then you start hitting speed bumps like "conscious" vs "conscience", "laugh tract" vs "laugh track", Dan Grant becomes Dan Gant, "liminol" vs "lumimol"... - to name a few. All is rectified in The Butterfly Forest though!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By marie claude favier on January 24, 2013
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unoriginal story, written in a rush and poorly edited : the right to BARE arms ? to VACANT the premises ? to be ADAPT at profanities ?
No talent there, just application of the principles learnt at "Book Writing 101"

This is the second book I have read by this author and my last.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Bazza on November 18, 2012
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Dreadfully written - at a guess dictated to somebody with poor literacy skills, and not proof-read. Not just spelling mistakes, but sometimes completely the wrong word used and bad syntax thrown in.
A pity because the story would have been interesting but the errors kept interrupting the flow of the story and became extremely irritating and causing loss of concentration. Unfortunately the bonus first chapter of the next book included similar errors, so will not be ordered.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By margot hester on April 21, 2009
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The unexpected twists and turns in Lowe's first crime novel, A False Dawn, are indeed reminiscent of John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee series. But then the scene shifts and the plot delves into a Florida Noir nightmare of terrifyingly plausible acts of human trafficking, sexual slavery and body part harvesting. The likeable, widowed, former homicide detective Sean O'Brien, reluctantly tackles some of the most twisted, yet believable evil doers imaginable.

With his appealing daschund sidekick, Max, at his side, O'Brien relentlessly unravels the case of a lifetime, bringing him back from a long period of mourning to new dawn.

Margot Gould, Librarian
Cocoa Beach Public Library
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By bdubya on September 28, 2012
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I'm in the middle of this book and it has definitely kept my attention. But, I just can't believe the grammatical and spelling errors. The more I come across, the less I'm enjoying the read. Would suggest this author have the book re-edited and release a cleaner version.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kevin B. Allen on February 4, 2013
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This was without a doubt, the worst digital book I have ever purchased. There didn't seem to be a paragraph that didn't have a typo, wrong word or mispelling. Whether or not the story was any good, it was almost impossible to read the book and enjoy it.
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