“Deep Six” by D.P. Lyle features an interesting group of individuals who live, work and mostly play along the Gulf Coast. They like partying, drinking, driving classic cars, and having fun. Jake Longly is an ex-baseball player who owns Captain Rocky’s Surf and Turf, while his father Ray runs a P. I. firm, Longly Investigations. The book is primarily written as Jake’s first person narrative so the action is mostly dialogue driven, and most of the characters are seen from Jake’s point of view.
To help his dad (really just to keep his dad off his back) Jake takes an “easy” adultery assignment, but what a surprise, things do not go well. On the stakeout, he finds himself the recipient of the wrath of his ex-wife Tammy in front of whose house his car is parked. The police are not too happy about Jake or the situation.
“I’m on the job. For Longly Investigations.” “Ray Longly?” “Correct.” “You work for him?” “He’s my father.” “That explains a lot.”
When Jake and his new friend Nicole finally get back to the job, spy bags in hand, it is discovered that yes, Barbara Plummer is cheating, and with Jake’s ex-wife Tammy’s, new husband. And just when things can’t possibly get more complicated, Barbara Plummer ends up dead. Lies, deception, and more lies are entangled so much that it is hard to find answers. Even Jake finds himself in the cross-hairs of a crime boss.
“Deep Six” was not a trauma-inducing edge-of-the-seat thriller, but was a quick, fun book to read, considering there was a murder after all. The characters are not dark, somber, or even excessively thoughtful, just fun — lots of liquor and lasses, cars and crime. I received a copy of “Deep Six” from Oceanview Publishing, D. P. Lyle, and NetGalley to review. It was an entertaining book, and I enjoyed reading it.