The guards never found it.
After 40 years in San Quentin, Luke Palmer leaves with a state-issued suit, 100 dollars to buy a bus ticket and a map that will lead to a promise and into the heart of a dark forest.
"The Butterfly Forest is a high octane thriller that is part mystery, part love story and full bore great storytelling that you'll think about days after you've left the woods."
- John Davenport (Orlando, FL)
College graduate student Molly Monroe is about to release rare butterflies not far from where the FBI used 4,000 bullets in a shootout to kill Ma Barker and one of her gangster sons in 1936. Molly snaps a picture that will frame something she never sees coming.
Sean O'Brien does see something -- a predator. Between the sea of cars in a Walmart parking lot. Walking quickly. Stalking two women.
As O'Brien tries to prevent the abduction, he opens the door to a new relationship. And he opens a dark door to a horror that is secluded within the forest. Bodies are discovered, and police think an old man is responsible. O'Brien believes it may be something else, something hidden deep in the forest. To prove it, he's forced to find it. He follows veiled tracks that lead him farther into the woods where an evil from the past intersects with a frightening presence to from a volatile trap with only one way out.
- Anthony B. Thomas (Louisville, KY)
If you like the works of writers like Lee Child, Robert Crais, James Lee Burke and Michael Connelly, you'll enjoy Tom Lowe's THE BUTTERFLY FOREST.
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About the Author
Tom Lowe is an award-winning documentary writer/director whose films air nationwide on PBS. As he writes his novels, Tom draws from his travels around the world and his background as a print and broadcast journalist. He worked fifteen years in television news and did freelance stories for CNN. Tom is a sailor and SCUBA diver. He lives in Florida.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This story starts from several angles. Molly and Mark are in the Ocala National Forest in Florida to release rare butterflies. While they are there, they get the creepy feeling that they are being watch so they leave. Former detective Sean O’Brien is in the parking lot of Wal-Mart when he stops the abduction of a mother and daughter but gets suspicious when the attacker has a strange tattoo of a woman with black wings. You also meet Luke Palmer. He was recently released from San Quentin. He has a map to the treasure left behind during Ma Barker’s time. Everything revolves around the Ocala National Forest. Molly and Mark have stumbled into the wrong corner on their hunt for the Coontie plants for the butterflies. Sean is called to investigate a murder in the forest. Luke’s treasure map takes him to the forest also. But there is more going on than just these three incidents. This is my first Sean O’Brien story. I thought it was well done. I loved the imagery. I felt like I was right in the forest with everyone else. I really liked the idea of the bad guys and why they were there. I really liked Sean. He has so many skills and so much knowledge but is very realistic. This is a good story. This is a good mystery that many will like. Now I need to get the first two books in the series and catch up. I was giving a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest opinion.
This was the first Sean O'Brien book I've read and I really enjoyed it. I'm looking for his next book! It was a quick read,fast paced book!
How to brew a mystery? Mix the toxic ingredients of a dense jungle, murder, drug dealing, and hidden loot. Season with an active bombing range, a marina full of unconventional characters, and a foiled abduction at the local Walmart parking lot. Garnish with pagan rituals performed by latter day hippies. Blend in Florida heat. What do you have? Tom Lowe’s The Butterfly Forest. Former cop Sean O’Brien wades through a sweaty Florida maelstrom to save the life of a newfound love. O’Brian, a Gulf War vet, must not only solve crime, but cross police lines to prevent further loss of life. His efforts put him in the crosshairs of a vicious international criminal. Mystery readers, have a taste of Tom Lowe’s The Butterfly Forest, but don’t be surprised if this mystery leaves you hungry for more of his work.