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Jake Longly #3

COMING MAY 21, 2019

In SUNSHINE STATE, Jake Longly and girlfriend Nicole Jamison are confronted with the most bizarre case yet. Serial killer Billy Wayne Baker now denies that two of the seven murders he confessed to doing are actually his work. An anonymous benefactor, who believes Billy Wayne’s denials, hires Longly Investigations to prove Billy Wayne right. Yet, Billy Wayne confessed. Not only did he have the motive, means, and opportunity, but also DNA connects him to each murder.

Jake, Nicole, Ray, and Pancake travel to the small Gulf coast town of Pine Key, where three of the murders occurred. The local police, the FBI, and the state prosecutor and crime lab each did their jobs, uncovered overwhelming evidence of Billy Wayne’s guilt, and even extracted a full confession. Is Billy Wayne simply trying to tweak the system, garner another fifteen minutes of fame? Is it all a game to him? But, if he’s being truthful, is there a killer out there getting away with murder? Who? Why? Most importantly, how?

Nothing is as it seems in the Sunshine State.


A serial killer hires PIs Jake & Nicole to prove he didn't commit two of his many murders. It's another ingenious story from D.P. Lyle, told with his trademark cleverness, intelligence, and wickedly sexy sense of fun--Lee Goldberg, #1 New York Times bestselling author of TRUE FICTION

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“. . . medical specialist Lyle provides suitably gossipy small-town atmosphere, straightforward plotting, a likable, wisecracking hero, and, of course, solid forensics . . .”—Kirkus Reviews

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Sunshine State sizzles with just the right mix of action and mystery, a rollicking roller-coaster ride on a track lined with thrills and spills. The return of Jake Longley and Nicole Jamison crackles with pitch-perfect dialogue and Doug Lyle's traditional textbook plotting. While a bit darker than the previous entries in the series, Lyle sprinkles in enough light to make this a devilishly entertaining thriller that is not to be missed.— Jon Land, USA Today bestselling author of the Caitlin Strong series and Murder, She Wrote series

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D.P. Lyle is a master.
Sunshine State has more laughs and sideways moments in each chapter than you’re likely to find in an entire novel by anyone else. The smartest, funniest thriller I’ve read in years.

Jake Longly, a modern Lew Archer, with enough experience to know better but with a big enough heart to still get himself into trouble, is a character who would be right at home in the pages of novels by Carl Hiaasen, Elmore Leonard or Tim Dorsey. But, he’s also a true original—smart, funny and self-aware—someone you’d love to grab a beer with, assuming he doesn’t get killed first.

This series is the most fun in print today.—Tim Maleeny, bestselling author of Stealing The Dragon and JUMP

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The release of a new DP Lyle book is a highlight of any
year, and SUNSHINE STATE is his best yet! This is one of those rare novels where everything in your life stops untilyou read through to the end. Jake Longly rocks!--John Gilstrap, author of the Jonathan Grave Thriller Series. 

© Douglas Lyle 2015