This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Deep Six by D.P. Lyle
Genres: Crime, Mystery
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Format: ARC, E-book
Purchase at: Amazon ◊ Barnes & Noble
Ex-professional baseball player Jake Longly adamantly refuses to work for his father, wanting no part of Ray’s PI world. He prefers to hang out at his beachfront bar and chase bikinis along the sugary beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. But Ray could be persuasive, so Jake finds himself staking out the home of wealthy Barbara Plummer, a suspected adulteress. The mission seems simple enough—hang around, take a few pictures, sip a little bourbon. Except Barbara gets herself murdered right under Jake’s nose.
When Jake launches into an investigation of his target’s homicide, he quickly runs afoul of Ukrainian mobster Victor Borkov. Aided by his new girlfriend Nicole Jemison and Tommy “Pancake” Jeffers, his behemoth employee with crazy computer skills, Jake tries to peel away the layers of the crime. The deeper the intrepid trio delves, the more murders start to pile up, leading them to Borkov’s massive yacht—where they just might be deep-sixed.
The story starts with the main character Jake Longly on a stakeout, when his psychotic ex-girlfriend decides that he must be stalking her and smashes two of his vehicles windows in. Nice start to the book. Jake and his father, Ray, have a strained relationship and Jake only decided to help out Ray because this request came with a ‘please’ attached to it. Thinking this is going to be an easy assignment, take a few pictures, maybe make a video, Jake is shocked to find out that the target of their investigation is murdered.
With his sidekick Nicole, a woman he just met and has become romantically involved with, Jake and his father are tasked with trying to find the murderer of their clients dead wife. The mystery of who done it will take Jake down a few rabbit holes but all leads back to Victor Borkov and his group of merry men. Trying to prove that Victor was behind the murder is going to take a lot of effort as every witness to his motives is coming up dead.
The story is written in first person with alternative perspectives. You do get a sense of the characters but they are lacking in as much depth as I like to see in character development. The story itself is interesting but there are no surprises. You know what is going to happen, you are just not sure exactly how it will play out. The characters are walking stereotypes told from a definitely male perspective but the style of writing is acceptable within its genre. There is plenty of action to be had, some humor, and the ending is fast paced. The baseball experience that was built into the main character is also applied in an interesting way. If you are looking for an easy crime and mystery read then give this book a try.
*Thank you to Oceanview Publishing & NetGalley for this ARC of Deep Six*