He hid the old pencil-drawn map for 40 years.
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 1935. 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. He follows veiled tracks that lead him farther into the woods where an evil from the past intersects with a frightening presence to form a volatile trap with only one way out.
THE BUTTERFLY FOREST is available from Audible
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. The novels in his Sean O’Brien mystery/thriller series include: A False Dawn, The 24th Letter, and The Butterfly Forest. The Black Bullet is next, followed by a stand-alone novel, Gravity. Tom is a sailor and SCUBA diver. He lives in Florida.