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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 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.

©2009 Tom Lowe (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 05-07-17

Great suspense thriller!

The 24th Letter, which refers to Ω [Omega] the 24th and final letter in the Greek alphabet, is the second novel in the 8 novel (so far) Sean O'Brien mystery/thriller series by Tom Lowe. I previously reviewed novels 1 and 8 in the series. O'Brien is a retired Miami homicide detective. This novel uses a tried and true method of building suspense: desperately searching for the actual killer when the innocent man convicted of the crime is only hours from execution. O'Brien arrested and testified against the innocent man on death row 11 years ago. Michael David Axtell narrates this entire series perfectly.

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another great book by Tom lowe

really enjoyed this book .I listen while I sew and really liked it.I am going to download another Tom Lowe book.

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  • Debby
  • Maine, United States
  • 04-03-18

Excellent

What did you love best about The 24th Letter?

I loved searching for the clues and what they meant along with Sean O'Brien. Many clues you solve but then you discover an even deeper layer to that solved clue that adds that "aha" moment. I love the reoccurring characters in the series and Sean's dog.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. It does keep your interest and you hate to stop it even when you know you have to go to bed.

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Ridiculous

I guess Tom Lowe is a pretty good writer, but he doesn't care if he is at all realistic.This book just doesn't represent how things really work .The only character I cared about was the dog.

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Not bad, just off

I am not quite sure what isn't meshing between me and these stories. They seem illogical at times, similar to the kinds of problems typically found in TV or movies. I like the way the author and narrator handle most of the non Sean O'Brian characters. I have a disconnect with Sean. His quick finds of material other cops have missed and his disregard for all of the laws he is breaking also get under my skin. A lot of the problem may be that I am used to 400 page books with a similar amount of goings on, so those authors had a lot more space for character development.

I already own the next 2 books in the series. I hope the author finds the zone for these stories. The first in the series had some mysticism in it and this one relies more on miss direction and plot twists. They both seem to benefit from the authors knowledge of crime, but sometimes he strays from letting the story cover the issue and has a character, out of character, explain it to the reader.

A decent action romp, if you don't let the little problems get to you, but not the kind of book I tell my friends to check out.

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