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Black River is the 6th novel in the 8 book Sean O'Brien mystery/thriller series by Tom Lowe. This is my 7th review of novels in the series. Sean O'Brien is a 40ish ex-Miami homicide cop who retired when his wife died of ovarian cancer. He is supposedly a commercial fisherman but his real work is as a private detective. This novel concerns murders related to US Civil War memorabilia. In Black River and other novels in the series author Tom Lowe does a great job of building suspense and folding in plot twists certain to surprise the listener. Narration is superb.
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I love the Shaun O’Brien books ever since I read the Butterfly Forest...my first...but this one fell short for me. I generally like the dialogue of the characters but this seemed stilted and unrealistic. There were too many characters (from survivalists, to Indian and British operatives to whatever...that were again, unrealistically connected and it was all just a bit too much. I think Tom Lowe should stick to Shaun solving local murders and such with his wonderful central Florida Deland, Sanford, Ponce Inlet, National Forest characters speaking the way people really speak. Tom, that’s truly enough. Get back to the basics.