Black River

Sean O’Brien series, book #6


When an old man sees an unidentified Civil War photograph of a woman in the newspaper, he begins a desperate search for a 160-year-old painting that he believes will match the image of the enigmatic woman in the photograph, and if it does, it will prove that his great, great grandfather did not run from battle.
After the old man hires Sean O’Brien to find the mysterious painting, O’Brien discovers it’s linked to a secret letter and map that will lead to a trapdoor where a hidden key to the most horrific war on U.S. soil lies buried in mud at the bottom of a river.
It’s also linked to a new murder, and there are those who will stop at nothing to keep the information hidden because to bring it to the surface will re-write American history.


“I have enjoyed all of the Sean O’Brien books, but Black River is my favorite, so far. The plot is complex with several surprises. I could not put the book down during the last third of the narrative.”

– Ron Head (Amazon reviewer)

“Mix buried treasure, murder and international intrigue and you get a little flavor of what’s in store in Tom Lowe’s Black River. The story moves quickly – the writing is straightforward and the action is hot and heavy. Lowe’s writing style hooks you from the first page and doesn’t let go – – his style is reminiscent of Michael Connelly.”

– Ron Chicaferro (Goodreads reviewer)

“I love Tom Lowe’s books and can’t wait to read his next one. From the characters: his dog Max, his fishing buddy Nick Cronus, and his friend Dave ex CIA agent – you will bond with all of them. A search for a missing painting from the Civil War will unlock murder and international intrigue which will keep you from putting this book down.”

– Barbara Widtfeldt (Amazon reviewer)