Deep Six, a novel by D.P. Lyle is published by Oceanview Publishing. It is due for release in July 2016. I received this ARC from NetGalley in return for an honest review.
‘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.’ (Courtesy of Goodreads)
Deep Six is a term I was unfamiliar with so the first thing I did when I received my copy of this novel was to check it out. The best definition comes courtesy of the Urban Dictionary and it means ‘To hide or dispose of something in such a way that it will be extremely difficult or impossible to find or recover, even for the person doing the hiding. Get rid of. Nautical in origin, it comes from a call indicating a depth of six fathoms (over ten meters), a depth from which recovery of an item tossed overboard would be very difficult’
Deep Six is a novel based on the character Jake Longly. He is an ex-professional baseball player who is now the proud owner of a beach shack and a vintage 1965 Mustang. He spends his days picking up pretty girls and drinking Tequila.
His father, on the other hand, is a private investigator. Ray Longly is ex FBI and a retired lawyer and now has his own PI firm, Longly Investigations.
His father doesn’t have much respect for the life that Jake leads and is always trying to get him to do some investigating for him. It is in one of these jobs that Jake finds himself involved with some very tough people.
Jake is investigating a ‘Bread & Butter’ case of adultery when he unwittingly finds himself in the middle of a homocide case. The victim is Barbara Plummer, the woman at the centre of his adultery case. Along the way he picks up his latest girlfriend, Nicole, who appears to be a bit different from his usual type. She is beautiful but she has no fear and soon becomes his accomplice in discovering the truth.
The story weaves in & out among criminals from the lowest to the highest levels. Jake & Nicole soon develop more than just a fun relationship as they soon become targets of a Ukranian crime boss.
With the assistance of the police, his father and his friend ‘Pancake’, the truth is soon uncovered. Victor Borkov, the Ukranian mobster, is not a man to be messed around. He is a man well used to getting what he wants, so when Jake & Nicole get in his way, he intends on taking no prisoners.
Deep Six is a novel written from a very male point of view. All the characters are as expected. The women are all beautiful. The men are all studs, as Jake himself said ‘No point in arguing with her. I mean she had all those girly parts that make guys, even a stud like me, do stupid stuff.’
It is an action packed romp of a crime book. The plotline is as expected but as a book it does draw you in. You want to see does Jake become a better man. Does he save the day? The race to the finish keeps you with the book.
I rate it 3* stars and I would like to thank NetGalley & Oceanview Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read & review this ARC.
Til next time.