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Jake Longly #1

Amazon #1 Bestseller



2017 Shamus Award Nominee
(Best First PI Novel Category)

INDIES 2016 Book of the Year Award, Finalist

2016, USA Today Best Book Award, Finalist (Thriller Category)

Suspense Magazine’s Best of 2016 (Thriller/Suspense Category)

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We all know Lyle’s erudition and expertise - but who knew he was this funny?--Lee Child, NY Times Best Selling Author

Corruption, vendettas, cartel killers, oh my!  Deep Six puts the fun back into late night reading with this fast-paced romp through murder and mayhem.  Prepare to flip the pages--Lisa Gardner, NY Times Best-selling Author

Mix Pulp Fiction with a great mystery, add a dash of humor, stir lightly and you’ll have a perfect combination that is “DEEP SIX.”—Suspense Magazine 

Jake and his love interest Nicole are the Nick and Norah of this generation—Sons of Spade Review

I hate D.P. Lyle. He’s already the smartest, most generous, hardest working son of a bitch I know. Now, with Deep Six, he’s also one of the finest writers. His wistfully dogged, romance-challenged, wisecracking hero Jake Longly calls to mind James Crumley’s C.W. Sughrue, and I can’t think of higher praise. The story is paced like a lightning strike aimed directly at the human heart. How the hell does he do that? Read this smart, wickedly funny, extraordinary book. Then you can hate the author as much as I do--David Corbett, Bestselling Author

D.P. Lyle returns in superb form in Deep Six. Smart, wickedly funny, expertly constructed and deftly executed, Lyle is at the top of his game as he takes his readers on a romp on the Gulf Coast that goes down as smoothly as a cold beer on a hot day at a bar next to the beach. Jake Longly is a character worth rooting for, and Lyle's fans will be cheering for an encore. Find a comfortable chair and plan to stay up late to enjoy the ride. Highly recommended--Sheldon Siegel. NY Times Best Selling Author of the Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez novels.

In Deep Six, gifted storyteller D.P. Lyle has crafted yet another winner.  A comedic thriller that weaves through the Gulf Coast with wild abandon.  This book has it all, memorable characters, a stunning plot, and as always, Lyle's impeccable sense of place. Bravo!--Philip Donlay, best-selling author of the Donovan Nash series

Readers will love Jake Longley – ex-big league ballplayer, beach bar owner and reluctant PI, and the sharply defined ensemble of characters in Deep Six is just as outstanding. Page turning action and knock out dialogue from a master craftsman and story teller. I devoured this one!--Robert Dugoni, #1 Amazon and New York Times Best Selling Author of My Sister’s Grave 

D P Lyle’s latest thriller, DEEP SIX, is the first in a new series and already I’m looking forward to the next installment.  Set in Florida’s sultry west coast and peppered with quirky yet expertly-drawn characters, DEEP SIX is a fast-paced thrill ride that’s laugh-out-loud funny interspersed with white-knuckle suspense.  Readers of Nelson DeMille’s John Corey series will love Jake Longley.  D P Lyle’s latest, DEEP SIX, has it all:  white-knuckle suspense, humor, and a wise-cracking hero that makes for a fun and thoroughly entertaining read--Linda Castillo best-selling author of the Kate Burkholder series

A true page turner, smart and stylish, with crisp prose and a cast of colorful characters who show both humor and grit. Twists and turns a plenty, Deep Six is a terrific read!--Daniel Palmer, author of DeliriousHelplessStolen, and Desperate

Kudos to D.P. Lyle for the fastball pitch of a new series. Jake Longly, retired Major Leaguer and reluctant P.I., is a new voice in the thriller scene. With sharp dialogue and remarkable characters, Deep Six is something Elmore Leonard would be proud of--Terri Nolan, author of the award nominated Birdie Keane series.

D. P. Lyle never ceases to amaze with his his ever-expanding range of genres. DEEP SIX is a delightful combo of quirky characters, dizzying plot twists, and some of the juiciest dialog I've ever read. Pick up a copy and lighten up your day. Then look forward to the movie version that is bound to follow.Vladimir Lange, author FATAL MEMORIES


Kingdom Books Review:

Great New PI Mystery from D.P. Lyle, DEEP SIX, an Alabama Case

With a publisher name like Oceanview, it's easy to suspect the new detective title from D.P. Lyle might be set in Florida -- but no, even better, it's on Alabama's Gulf Coast and it's a lively investigation laced with both humor and danger.

And expertise! D.P. Lyle isn't just an award-winning author of crime fiction. He's also a forensics expert consulting for the top TV crime shows and is the expert I'd most like to know was coming to a crime-novel dinner party, because he's quick to correct the scenes and the reasoning. In other words, his firearms and 'tec services make sense. Thank goodness!

But who knew (from that background) that he could also be so entertaining? Well, the truth is, although I take note of his forensic pointers regularly, this is the first time I've read one of his crime novels ... and I'm going to have to gather up some of the others soon. There are already three series (see Lyle's website) and DEEP SIX launches the fourth.

Jake Longly is a former pro baseball player, and the last thing he wants to do is work in the family business, private investigations, for his dad Ray. But he's not above taking an occasional surveillance job for a bit of cash flow. Unfortunately, checking on a possible womanizer for his father's caseload puts Jake into the neighborhood of his suspicious and assaultive ex, who's good with a baseball bat. Escape from the situation takes Jake and his classic car directly into the circle of a gorgeous beach bunny, Nicole, who turns out to also be a very smart script writer -- and eager to assist in "surveilling" while also, umm, taking part in adult activities with Jake.

Add a Ukrainian mobster, a high-money land grab, and some deft legal and risk-taking twists, and it looks like Jake Longly could get hooked on the adventurous side of his dad's PI business, after all. That is, if he and Nicole can survive!

With a quick pace, great scenes, and "murder and mayhem" right and left, DEEP SIX promises a lively new series ahead for D.P. Lyle and Oceanview. Add it to the summer reading stack, for sure!

Providence Journal—Jon Land

D.P. Lyle enters the rarified crime noir world of James W. Hall, and even the legendary John D. MacDonald, in his splendid "Deep Six.”

The book’s hero, or antihero depending on your perspective, is ex-big league baseball player Jake Longly, who’s happy to loiter away his pension running a restaurant perched on the Gulf Stream. That is until his, by comparison, board stiff father lures Jake into doing a job for his private security and detective agency, surveilling a friend’s allegedly cheating wife. Things in these kind of crime tales never go as expected and Lyle’s latest is no exception, as the body count starts rising along with the stakes.

Lyle’s work has always been polished and professional, but "Deep Six" takes him to new heights as both a craftsman and storyteller. Superb in all respects.

Coupondipity Review:

I have a deep, dark secret. When I’m reading a book, in many cases, I will read the characters’ dialogue out loud to see what it sounds like in “real life”. Don’t judge me. And I have to tell you, the dialogue often sounds ridiculous when you speak it out loud. I usually exclaim into the room (when nobody’s around so they don’t haul me off to the loony bin), “Nobody talks like that! She should say this…”. And then I rewrite the character’s dialogue on the fly and I must say, it’s a lot more believable.

But guess what?! That didn’t happen in Deep Six! Not because I didn’t give in to my wild compulsion to start acting out the characters, but because Lyle’s dialogue is real, gritty, and oftentimes humorous.

Here’s the thing: Jake Longly is an ex pro baseball player with only a few things on his mind (I’ll let you guess). In his spare time, he owns a dive bar where he seems to eat and drink a lot of the profit. But Jake’s daddy, a private investigator, sometimes hires Jake to help with a case. Mostly because owning a dive bar and chasing women isn’t daddy’s idea of what a responsible offspring should be doing.

Jake and his new girlfriend (whom he met when his ex-wife bashed in his car windows with a baseball bat) are on a stakeout for daddy, and the object gets herself murdered, seemingly in front of their very eyes. Daddy is not going to be amused by this turn of events. And you’ve probably guessed by now that some very bad guys think Jake has not only witnessed the murder but will likely sing like a canary if pressed. With girlfriend Nicole, and his sidekick ‘Pancake’ (you oughtta read any book if there’s a character named Pancake!), Jake finds himself in some fairly dicey situations.

There are a lot of twists, turns and unexpected happenings, and Lyle describes everything clearly and with a lot of humor, which I tend to really enjoy.

If you’re looking for a great summer read, this one ticks all the boxes!

Bookloons Review:

Jake Longly, ex-professional baseball player, does not want to work for his Private Eye father. He prefers owning and running a beachfront bar, which allows him to live the life he enjoys – hanging out and chasing bikinis.

Even so, he is in the process of helping his father by staking out a private home. He is to watch the client's wife's activities, as her husband feels she must be cheating on him. While Jake is calmly sitting minding someone else's business, his raging ex-wife attacks his antique car, breaking two original windows with a five iron. As he leaves the scene, it starts to rain and he must get this 1965 Mustang garaged or the interior will be harmed by the water coming in the two broken windows.

A kind – and gorgeous – neighbor offers him the use of her garage. Of course, things proceed as you might expect. Jake is never one to turn down a good thing. And the cheating wife doesn't make out too well. In fact, she is murdered. This, shortly after Jake and his new acquaintance see Jake's ex-wife's husband leave the bedroom in question!

Jake and Nicole Jamison (new girlfriend) work to solve the murder. They fall under the radar of a Ukrainian mobster, Victor Borkov. There are layers to this crime of murder that it takes a good part of a book to delve into. The final scene on Borkov's massive yacht is one to remember.

Deep Six by D. P. Lyle is the first of a new series. In his other life, Lyle is an M.D.. He has worked on many TV scripts and is a forensic consultant for crime novelists.

Booklist Review

Lyle debuts a new series starring Jake Longly, former baseball player, now reluctant PI working for his father. Assigned to watch a wealthy woman believed to be having an affair, he quickly learns that her paramour is Jake’s own ex-wife’s new husband. Then the woman is murdered, and Jake, who has a mouth that speaks before his brain has time to think, finds himself in deep trouble. Readers who enjoy smart- mouthed PIs like Robert Crais’ Elvis Cole will want to watch this series develop--Jeff Ayers 

University Chronicle 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. 

The Big Thrill Review:

Fans of D.P. Lyle’s darker, more noirish work may suddenly feel like they’re on the butt end of a badly written punchline, but Lyle’s new book is no laughing matter. Actually, that’s a lie. It’s funny as hell.

DEEP SIX is a comedic thriller. No joke.

DEEP SIX centers on ex-professional baseball player Jake Longly who, despite much protest, gets sucked into doing a gig for his dad’s PI business. He’s just supposed to hang around, snap off a few shots of the suspected adulteress, and report back to pops. Easy peasy. That is, until his target gets herself killed.

An investigation into her death leads Jake and his cohorts—new girlfriend, Nicole Jemison and computer genius Tommy Jeffers—deep into a crime where murder and mayhem run rampant along the sugary beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama.

While the plot absolutely lends itself to comedic relief, Lyle’s true talent shines in the development of his characters—from the loveable Jake whose foot is found in his mouth more often than not, to his tough-as-nails, sarcastic girlfriend, Nicole, the perfect partner-in-crime. Together, they’re a hoot—Dawn Ius


Jake Longley and his fastball only lasted two years in the majors before he blew out his arm. Now he owns a restaurant along the Gulf of Mexico beaches in the Florida panhandle. His dad, Ray, is a Private Investigator and occasionally sucks Jake in to work for him. As Jake is on a stakeout for his dad, his vintage Mustang is whacked with a five iron by his ex-wife. She thinks Jake is spying on her. That isn't the case, but it causes quite a scene in this posh neighborhood and the police get involved.

Nicole Jamison takes in all the action with Jake and his ex from just down the road, and then pulls along-side Jake when things die down. She offers him a ride; they hit it off real well and end up at Nicole's place for the evening. Nicole talks her way into becoming Jake's partner in this investigation. Ray sends Jake and Nicole out on a night mission to find out who's doing his client's wife. Their surveillance is successful, but what a find! This could get messy fast. However, before Jake can get the video to Ray, the client's wife is found dead in their home.

Now this simple investigation takes a real left turn. Both men involved in this adultery/murder hire Ray to find the real killer and bring him to justice. As one lead in the case sends them to another, their suspects and witnesses begin falling like flies. Will Jake and Nicole also get deep sixed in the process?

This is my first adventure with author D. P. Lyle, but it won't be my last. DEEP SIX is an incredible thriller that has a "smashing" start and will hold you captivated to the end. The investigation takes many unexpected twists and turns along the way. The bad guys are a mixed bag, ranging from some low-life thugs to a Ukrainian crime boss. The good guys are a duke's mixture as well. The dialogue is injected with a lot of humor and dry wit. Hang on to your hats for this excursion up and down the gulf coast with Jake and Nicole. DEEP SIX is one compelling adventure and crime thriller you do not want to miss!


Doug Lyle is off to a roaring start—with both laughter and sales. This is a funny book as well as a gripping thriller. Dr. Lyle has proven that a practicing cardiologist can be funny. His character Jake Longly is that combination of tough, cool, and quirky. But when he teams up with his new squeeze, Nicole Jamison, they have a tough time staying out of harm’s way as they become a two-for-one P.I. team. With a cast of wonderful characters, both good and bad, and a few really scary, you do not want to miss this romp. So get that order in soon for DEEP SIX by D. P. Lyle


With “Deep Six,” D.P. Lyle has written a mystery reminiscent of the Spencer series written by the late, great Robert B. Parker and continued today by the impressive Ace Atkins. Mix pulp fiction with a great mystery and a dash of humor, stir lightly and you’ll have a perfect combination that is “Deep Six.”

Ex-big league pitcher, now bar owner, Jake Longly, is moonlighting for his father’s PI firm, Ray Longly Investigations. While staking out a possible cheating wife in his old neighborhood, Jake’s ex-wife mistakenly thinks he’s stalking her and takes out her anger with a golf club, smashing the windows of his prize Mustang. This unfortunate event leads to a much more fortunate one: the meeting of the stunning, Nicole; a woman who is as smart and sassy as she is beautiful. The investigation soon takes a turn for the worse when the party being investigated is murdered.

Lyle has written a mystery where the main character is surrounded by a great cast of misfits who work together in a style as smooth as the running of his vintage Mustang. But, are they in over their heads when they realize they’re up against drug cartels and villains who value money more than human life?

Grab a cold beverage, sit back, and enjoy a great read. D.P. Lyle has hit a homerun with “Deep Six”!

Reviewed by J.M. LeDuc, author of “Painted Beauty,” published by Suspense Publishing, an imprint of Suspense Magazine


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 Jamison 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.

In "Deep Six", author D. P. Lyle has once again written a consistently compelling novel that will riveting his reader's total attention from beginning to end. This is the stuff from which block-buster movies are made!

While unreservedly recommended for community library Mystery/Thriller Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading list that "Deep Six" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).


You would expect this to be a forensic heavy mystery as it is written by forensic expert D.P. Lyle. Well, it's not, not in any way. In fact, the procedures and bond between the main PI's and the cops sounds a bit unrealistic really. So, don't hesitate to read this one if you dislike stuff like the Scarpatta books or hate shows like Bones.

Jake Longly used to be a baseball player. Now he runs a beach bar and sometimes does some work for his dad, Ray who's a very succesful private eye. When he stakes out a woman living near his ex-wife he gets his car windows smashed in and meets a new love interest who turns out to be quite the amateur investigator herself. When the woman he was staking out gets killed Jake is compelled to investigate. Things get dangerous when he gets involved with a Ukrainian mobster who has a nice yacht and a trophy girlfriend.

There's a nice feel to this story, a bit breezy but still hardboiled enough. Sometimes there's a POV switch from first to third person, shining some light on the other characters. Personally, I didn't care for these switches. In my opinion they messed with the pacing too much and didn't add enough of to the story.I loved the fun banter between the characters and Jake and his love interest Nicole are the Nick and Norah of this generation.


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