The 24th Letter (Sean O'Brien series #2) - Tom Lowe [Mystery/Thriller]
-This book was originally published by Minotaur in 2010.
-Book #1 - A False Dawn was posted as Free on Aug. 6 by Nightbird.
When Father John Callahan hears the confession of a frightened prison inmate, he learns that a man facing lethal injection is innocent. The lead investigator on the case, his friend Sean O’Brien, is still haunted by the case. The 24th letter in the Greek alphabet—Omega—may provide the key to uncovering the killer’s identity.
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.
"The fast pace and physical smack-downs in The 24th Letter will be perfect for fans of TV's 24."
"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