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The OC

The OC, October 2021
Jake Longly #5
by D.P. Lyle

Oceanview Publishing
Featuring: Jake Longly
304 pages
ISBN: 160809460X
EAN: 9781608094608
Kindle: B08SR7QTVH
Hardcover / e-Book
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"Cyber-sleuthing gets the job done!"

Fresh Fiction Review

The OC
D.P. Lyle

Reviewed by Viki Ferrell
Posted October 2, 2021

Mystery Amateur Sleuth | Thriller Crime

Jake Longly and Nicole Jamison are in Orange County, California to begin filming the movie of Nicole’s new screenplay, Murderwood. Jake met Nicole in Gulf Shore, Alabama, where he owns a restaurant on the beach. Nicole was hanging out and writing at her famous uncle’s beach home there. They have teamed up together on several occasions to help Jake’s dad with his private investigation business.

Jake and Nicole meet up with an old friend of hers, Megan Weatherly, who is a local TV reporter. Megan tells them about some odd texts and emails she is getting from a fan, or maybe a stalker. He’s also sending some unusual gifts to Megan at the station. This doesn’t sit well with Jake, so he calls his best friend Pancake, who works with Jake’s dad Ray Longly in his PI business. As Pancake looks into the texts and emails, he becomes increasingly concerned that this is something more serious than just a fan. Pancake flies to The OC to join Jake and Nicole and look further into the strange messages and gifts that keep coming Megan’s way daily. When the actions of the stalker start to escalate, Ray himself makes the journey to The OC. Can the team keep Megan safe and catch her elusive stalker who has never shown his face?

Enter the world of cyberspace sleuthing in D. P. Lyle’s latest thriller THE OC. Moving from his usual terrain of south Alabama, Mississippi and Florida, Mr. Lyle sets this dynamic whodunnit in the hustle and bustle of the movie industry in California. I’ve been on several adventures with this crew, but I think THE OC has the most exciting, unique and suspenseful storyline. Although Jake is the ex-pro baseball star and resident pretty boy, Pancake gets top billing for cyber super sleuth, working tirelessly to gather facts to find the stalker. The supporting characters are great in helping him work his way to the end, and Jake and Nicole are their usual charming selves with their playful banter. The plot takes several unexpected twists and turns to a rather surprising and chilling conclusion. If you’re a fan of crime fiction, or just a fan of the Jake Longly series, you do not want to miss this dynamic novel.

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SUMMARY

Restaurant owner and former professional baseball player Jake Longly is hoping for a few weeks of fun with Nicole Jamison in the warm Orange County, CA sun—The OC, baby. After that, they'll be on their way to LA for the filming of Nicole's sure-to-be-a-hit screenplay.

On arrival, they discover that Nicole's friend Megan Weatherly, a local TV reporter, has picked up an anonymous stalker. Megan downplays any real danger, but her new intern Abby, as well as Jake and Nicole, don't agree. Bit by bit, as the harassment escalates and the shadowy man invades Megan's world, Jake calls in the big guns from back home in Alabama: Ray and Pancake. But will Ray's military black ops experience and Pancake's technical skills be enough to expose the predator in time?

The stalker is no fool and likely has a predatory history. He makes no mistakes and manages to cover his trail completely. So, how do you identify and locate the untraceable? How do you protect Megan from a potentially lethal phantom?

Suddenly the sunshine and safety of The OC seem more facade than reality. Jake and crew must punch through that facade and dig into the dark world of celebrity stalking. The clock is ticking.


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