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The 24th Letter (Sean O'Brien) [Kindle Edition]

Tom Lowe
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (397 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A priest hears the confession of a frightened prison inmate, and he learns that a man facing lethal injection in 84 hours is innocent. The lead investigator on the high-profile case was his old friend Sean O’Brien. And now O'Brien has a chance to right a horrible wrong. But he has less than 84 hours to uncover clues to a crime that sent an innocent man to death row.

Appeals have expired and the man will be executed in unless O’Brien can find evidence that points to the real killer. The 24th letter in the Greek alphabet—Omega—may provide the key to uncovering the killer’s identity.

Evidence may not lie, but evil does, and when the original killer comes out of his lair, O'Brien is in a race to save two lives - the man on death row and his own.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Lowe's heated follow-up to 2009's A False Dawn catapults former Miami homicide detective Sean O'Brien into a desperate race to save the life of a man he helped send to death row. The near-death confession of prison inmate Sam Spelling comes just 84 hours before Charlie Williams is scheduled to die for the murder of his girlfriend, Alexandria Cole. Spelling names the killer and the location of the murder weapon in a written confession that never reaches O'Brien. Meanwhile, Cole's killer tries to cover his tracks with fresh murders. O'Brien enlists the help of an FBI friend, a couple of former police colleagues, and a renowned defense attorney, but basically is on his own against a wily opponent. As the clock ticks, O'Brien must break a few heads and many laws as well as try to decipher a mysterious if contrived clue, an omega (the 24th letter of the Greek alphabet), to the killer's identity. (Mar.)
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"The 24th Letter is very well written with a dark tone.  It's a cross between James Lee Burke, James MacDonald and Lee Child."
- Sons of Spade Mystery Review

"The  24th Letter is so good it ought to be required reading on every adrenaline-addicted, mystery-thriller reader's must-read list."
 - Book Loons Review

"If you like Michael Connelly and his character Harry Bosch, you have to read The 24th Letter."
-Vero Beach Book Center

"The fast pace and physical smack-downs in The 24th Letter will be perfect for fans of TV's 24."
-Kirkus Review

"If you like Michael Connelly and his character Harry Bosch you have to read The 24th Letter. I found myself just totally getting involved with the book and the characters...I could not WAIT to get to the end. TERRIFIC storytelling, and a page turner that you will remember!"

- David English, David's Booktalk Radio Show

"Warning: don't start reading Tom Lowe's new novel, The 24th Letter during a half-hour lunch break unless you have a very understanding boss.   Lowe's straight-forward, fast-paced writing style is addictive."
- Sue Merrel, Grand Rapids Press

Product Details

  • File Size: 541 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475128126
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kingsbridge; 2 edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QOZ120
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,323 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good storyline - very difficult to read July 19, 2012
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After struggling through this book I felt compelled to write this review basically for the author's sake. The storyline/character was good but it was such a struggle trying to figure out some of the words that it made it a challenge to read. Not only were there spelling errors but some of the words didn't make sense.

That said, I did buy the first book and the second book - will I buy the third - not sure. I would definitely invest in a good editor who can edit your books before they are published. It would definitely be to your advantage.
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104 of 115 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where is the proofreader? May 30, 2012
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Trying to get through the typos and mistakes is so annoying. I can't understand why these self published authors can't shell out for a proofreader. Has anyone ever heard of the word "consciousnesses" as in "he lost consciousnesses"? How about the character Johnson telling his wife they'll go to Florida when they're already in Florida? Or how about the DOC guard wearing black "books" on his feet? Have only read 20% of the book so far and am not sure I can take much more of it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Editor needed March 25, 2013
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The synopsis made me think this would be an enjoyable read; it was not. There were too many typographical errors and misuse of words, e.g. champaign for champagne, that just frustrated me. On top of that, the story would not end; everytime I thought it would end, there was a plot twist. I ended up feeling tired. I would not recommend this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Errors April 30, 2012
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This was a good book. Not great, but good. The typos and formatting errors were very distracting and it was hard to have a consistent read when you have to stop and figure out what the word was supposed to be, or to ignore the repeating of words. The beginning half of the book was a little slow, but the last half went very fast. The conclusion to the book came very fast! There were plenty of twists and turns to keep me interested. Overall, good book for free.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The 24th letter/kindle version April 30, 2012
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Good story...the worst editing I have ever seen. Many, many, sentences were edited, then rewritten incorrectly into the kindle version...many misspelled words. I don't know what the hardcover version looked like, but the many errors made the story look cheaply done.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs Editor November 30, 2012
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I'm only about a third of the way through this book and like the story but had to put it down because the errors are so distracting. i probably will finish it tho because I am enjoying the story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable April 4, 2013
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Non-existent editing, too many mistakes and word omissions to count. The plot was predictable, the events were unrealistic.
The only redeeming thing was that the good guys won, another unrealistic outcome.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I've read the other 2 books in this series and they weren't nearly as convoluted and poorly written. That's a shame, because I liked the story overall, but there were too many errors (grammatical, plot, typos) to recommend anyone buying, or even obtaining, this for free.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I give it 5 stars
My brother recommended that I read it. I found it to be a real page turner.
Published 3 days ago by Mary R. Doherty
5.0 out of 5 stars A good mystery
Loved every minutes of this book so many twists and turns, a pretty good read.
Published 5 days ago by Mrs. Seema M. Alwi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Thriller
Keeps you guessing to the end. Hard to put down.
Published 6 days ago by lea3729
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read
Unfortunately, there are a lot of typos - disrupts the flow. I guess it's just one of those things that irritate me. Can't wait to read the next one.
Published 7 days ago by Lisa Weeks-Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
I love the way Tom Lowe gets right into the story line at the beginning - no waiting around to see if you are going to like it or not. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Vickie
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
Tom Lowe is a very good write. I enjoyed the book very much and recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries that don't give away too much.
Published 10 days ago by JuJu
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Didn't see that ending! Great book!
Published 13 days ago by Trina
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that good
This murder-mystery features a foolhardy and somewhat unintelligent main character squaring off against an under-characterized super-villain. Read more
Published 14 days ago by morehumanthanhuman
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't want to put this one down
Read this one twice. Loved the suspense and fast moving story.
Published 16 days ago by sugarw
4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid book
After his first book Tom Lowe had set a very high standard for himself, this book was only good, while his first book was great. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Bill Swann
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More About the Author

Tom Lowe's latest mystery/thriller novel is BLOOD OF CAIN. It marks the fifth book in the Sean O'Brien series.

A FALSE DAWN was Tom's first published novel. It was followed by THE 24TH LETTER. The third book in the series was THE BUTTERFLY FOREST. The fourth book released was THE BLACK BULLET.

The next book to be published featuring Sean O'Brien is BLACK RIVER. It will be released in 2014. A stand-alone novel, DESTINY, will be released in 2014.

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.

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