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When Joe Billie stops a grave robber from unearthing a Seminole Indian burial site, Joe becomes the prime suspect in a bizarre murder. For Sean O'Brien, the first challenge is getting Joe to talk about the circumstances surrounding the killing. As Joe faces first-degree murder charges, O'Brien thinks he knows why his old friend is evasive. But proving it will send O'Brien deep into Seminole history to uncover a greedy killer hell-bent on creating a modern-day Trail of Tears.

©2016 Tom Lowe (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Winner of the 2016 Florida Book Award for Popular Fiction

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Tom Lowe writes a spiraling sequence of events...

...That you would never think could come together but somehow he manages to wrap everything up at the end to make one heck of a really good and satisfying book.
In this book Sean O'Brien's friend (a Native American) Joe Billie is accused of murdering a man he has already had a confrontation with in the past. He's arrested and Sean sets about finding the real story and person who is responsible for committing the crime.
The story then becomes very convoluted at this point and many more characters come in to play, including some from Sean's past as a homicide detective in Miami.
As the story unfolds so many motives also are revealed and debunked. Because many of the characters are Native American, their laws also have an impact on the investigation.
The local police do not appreciate Sen's interference and block his efforts at every turn with threats of their own.
This book has a realistic and satisfying conclusion.
Michael David Axtell narrates this as well as the other books in this series. He does an EXCELLENT job.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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O'Brian At His Best

Another great entry from Tom Lowe in Sean O'Brian series with all the regulars including little Max the dachshund. This is the first time I have listened vs reading and found the narration to be excellent.

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ANOTHER 10-STAR HIT!!!

I've run out of words to describe how wonderful, well written and extraordinary narration this whole series offers. Of all the series I've enjoyed here on Audible, this one is #1 on the list and deserves a higher rating that 5 stars. I'm taking a break from the series to see if I'm just biased. Another author, another narrator to break the rhythm and then I'll immediately return. However, I don't believe my option will change. Tom Lowe has a fascinating gift and he has chosen the #1 narrator of all times IMO.

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Very Busy Book

The basic concept of a mob attempting to gain a foothold in Seminole casinos is intriguing by itself. The plot of “Murder of Crows” is much more involved with multiple murders, a frame up, bribery, ancient artifacts, and ancient native medicine. Sean O’Brien races to find evidence to exonerate his friend, Joe Billie. Some evidence drops almost into his lap. He finds other evidence using something like a second sight.

The story is full of cleches in language, situations, and scenes. Also some unlikely details like a Major having a squad, a non-commissioned officer’s position.

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Really enjoyed this book.

Will listen to more in the series. I have book one and will start it now.

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Good Mystery

Loved it! Lots of twist and turns. Good character building. I will look for more by this author.

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Great detective

All the stories in this series are great - well written and good plot- audible is also great

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Story Makes it Hard to Put Down

Very enjoyable, Story stayed interesting all thru the book Narrator was great! Recommend this book.

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excellent story and performance

I enjoyed this story very much it was well put together. I like the characters very much, and the performance was really good. I like the voices the ability to keep characters straight was really awesome thank you

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Indian Medicine Man, Murder and Max

It seems I’ve stumbled onto a GREAT new series . . . and it’s the most recent one. But no worries, I’ve already gone back and bought the first in the series. Set near an eleven-thousand-acre ranch in Florida, the descriptions of the flora and fauna are in a part of the state I’m unfamiliar with, and are breathtaking. The rivers, swamps, drylands and Indian mounds are a far cry from the bustling cities. The book starts out with a tale that takes place in the Florida wilderness in 1835 with the Seminole Chief Osceola, then moves to the current day. When a university professor is found murdered at an ancient burial site, Joe Billie, a Seminole Indian, living off the reservation is arrested and accused of the murder. Calling his old friend, Sean O’Brien, an ex-cop, now private eye, Billie enlists his help in proving his innocence. Thus, begins an interesting ride, onto the Seminole reservation, a visit to the old medicine man, interactions with the tribal police, and a ball of tangled twine that must be unraveled before O’Brien can find the truth. A peace-loving man, Joe Billie, has refused the monies rightfully his from the Indian casino; keeps to himself, works hard and minds his own business. It’s a mystery as to why he has now come under suspicion . . . other than the fact that he happened to be on the same ranch cutting palm fronds when the murder happened. Evidence planted, but why? Also, a fan of the Walt Longmire series, Joe Billie puts me in mind of Henry Standing Bear. The story is rich with detail about Joe Billie’s family and relationships, as well as Sean O’Brien’s past, his little dog, Max and his friendships. Great book!