MYSTERY

Sunshine State

Oceanview. (Jake Longly, Bk. 3). May 2019. 354p. ISBN 9781608093366. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781608093373. M
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In Lyle's third "Jake Longly" story (Deep Six; A-List), Jake, former major league fastballer and now sometime PI for his father's detective firm, and girlfriend Nicole pursue a bizarre case. Convicted mass murderer Billy Wayne Baker wants his crimes reexamined, claiming he didn't kill seven women, only five, even though he confessed to all the killings. He cheerfully admits he's a murderer but doesn't want his record besmirched. Nicole and Jake head to the small Gulf Coast town of Pine Key, FL. Three killings occurred there, not one, Billy Wayne's modus operandi was to kill once, then move on. So who might have murdered the other two, and how can they get people to talk? Working for Billy Wayne won't do it. Enter Nicole's Uncle Charles, TV producer. The PIs arrive in town posing as an advance team for a proposed television documentary on the lives of the victims, not the murderer. Here Jake proves his worth: people like talking to him, and he and Nicole need them to talk. That and the 80-mile-an-hour remnant of Jake's formerly 100-mile-an-hour fastball are Jake's strengths: both of which he uses to his advantage in this loosey-goosey detective story.
VERDICT This attractive PI thriller should appeal to lovers of detective fiction.

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