Love triangle—motive for double murder?
First loves are never forgotten. Ever. Certainly not for Tommy "Pancake" Jeffers. His first-kiss, sixth-grade love, Emily, who he has not seen since grammar school, is sliding toward divorce in the artsy Gulf Coast town of Fairhope, Alabama. Longly Investigations has been charged with looking into the finances involved.
When Emily doesn't appear for their nervously anticipated meeting, Pancake's radar goes on high alert. Her body, along with that of Jason––one of two guys she has been dating––is found murdered, execution-style, Pancake calls in Jake, Nicole, and Ray.
Who would have done this? Could it be the soon-to-be ex, who has an ironclad alibi; the other guy Emily was seeing––jealousy being a motive for harm; or do the drugs found in Jason's pocket indicate a drug-related hit? That world yields a host of suspects.
As they peel back the layers of this idyllic community, dark secrets come to light and convoluted motives and methods of murder are revealed.
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)
Retired professional baseball player Jake Longly, the narrator of this entertaining if slight series launch set on Florida's Gulf Coast from Lyle (Stress Factor and two other Dub Walker novels), has agreed to do a little surveillance work for his PI father, Ray. Jake's first assignment is to take pictures of a cheating wife, but things get complicated when she's murdered and her lover turns out to be the new husband of Jake's ex-wife. When Jake, Ray, and Jake's beautiful new girlfriend, screenwriter Nicole Jamison, investigate, they realize that there's a connection to a local crime boss with some shady real estate plans. At times Lyle takes his Gulf Coast twist on Hiaasen and Dorsey too far (a pair of brothers named Darrell and Darnell is a joke that soon wears thin) and the ease with which Nicole falls into bed with Jake is a stretch, but the mix of quirky characters and some brutal acts of violence should offer plenty of grist for fans of the hard-boiled genre.