Nothing is easy in The Big Easy
PI Jake Longly and Nicole Jamison head to New Orleans at the behest of Nicole’s uncle, movie producer Charles Balfour, when his megastar, A-list actor Kirk Ford, awakens in his hotel bed with the body of Kristi Guidry, a local college coed.
Ford, in the Big Easy for a location shoot, remembers little of the evening and nothing of the murder. And, to make matters worse, Kristi is the niece of a local mafioso-type who will do whatever is necessary to avenge her death. Balfour is losing money every day the filming is stalled—he needs his actor cleared, and quickly.
Surrounded by glitzy Hollywood stars and intimidated by seedy underworld characters, Jake and Nicole encounter nothing but obstacles. Something isn’t right. The facts don’t fit. Who would want Kristi dead? Why frame Kirk for the murder? Everyone has an opinion, including Kristi’s friends and ex-boyfriend, the local homicide detectives, and a fortune-teller.
The clock is ticking as Jake and Nicole struggle to decipher who’s lying, who’s telling the truth, and exactly who schemed to murder Kristi Guidry.
Perfect for fans of Carl Hiaasen and Janet Evanovich
While all of the novels in the Jake Longly Thriller Series stand on their own and can be read in any order, the publication sequence is:
The OC (coming October 2021)
Fans of TV adventure shows offering constant danger will best appreciate Lyle's predictable second novel featuring former major-league pitcher Jake Longly (after 2016's Deep Six). When Jake hears that Kirk Ford, the lead in the blockbuster Space Quest movie franchise, has been arrested after 19-year-old Kristi Guidry was found strangled in the actor's bed, he quips, "I really hate it when that happens." That flip attitude makes empathizing with Jake an uphill slog. Kristi's death comes just a week after Jake and his girlfriend, Nicole Jemison, survived a deadly encounter with some thugs aboard a yacht off the Alabama coast, because Jake was able to fight back by throwing two baseballs that he just happened to be carrying. Jake and Nicole look into Kristi's murder on behalf of his father, Ray, who runs a PI firm. Meanwhile, the dead girl's gangster uncle, who has a hook in the local DA's office, complicates their efforts. The solution, telegraphed early on, will surprise few readers.)\n