This is book number 3 in the The Jake Longly Series series.
Serial killer’s message to PI Jake Longly: Two of those seven murders I confessed to are not mine—but I won’t tell you which two.
Jake Longly and Nicole Jamison are confronted with the most bizarre case yet. Serial killer Billy Wayne Baker now denies that two of his seven murders were actually his work. An anonymous benefactor, who believes Billy Wayne’s denials, has hired Longly Investigations to prove Billy Wayne right. Billy Wayne had confessed to all seven. Not only did the confessed serial killer have the motive, means, and opportunity for murder, but his DNA was found at each crime scene. Bizarre doesn’t quite cover it.
Jake and Nicole travel to the small Gulf Coast town of Pine Key, Florida, where three of the murders occurred. The local police, FBI, 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 to garner another fifteen minutes of fame? It’s likely all a game to him, but, if he’s being truthful—someone out there is getting away with multiple murders. How? Why? And most importantly, who?
Dark clouds loom in the Sunshine State.
D. P. Lyle is the award-winning, best-selling author of both fiction and nonfiction books. Sunshine State is the third in his best-selling Jake Longly mystery series. Earlier books in the series were finalists for the Shamus Award, Foreword Book of the Year Award, and Best Book Award, and included on Suspense Magazine’s Best Books of 2016 list.
Lyle has authored 17 books, been a consultant to numerous novelists and screenwriters of popular TV shows, served as co-host of Crime and Science Radio, and currently hosts the Criminal Mischief podcast series. He lives in Orange County, California.
“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 Longly and Nicole Jamison crackles with pitch-perfect dialogue and Lyle sprinkles in enough light to make this a devilishly entertaining thriller.” — Jon Land, USA Today best-selling author
“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, New York Times best-selling author
“The release of a new D. P. 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 until you read through to the end. Jake Longly rocks!” — John Gilstrap, New York Times best-selling author
“Snappy dialogue, fantastic scene setting, and polished prose set the action without hampering the pace. Sunshine State is an enjoyable murder mystery filled with heart and humor.” — Foreword Reviews
“... medical specialist Lyle provides suitably gossipy small-town atmosphere, straightforward plotting, a likable, wisecracking hero, and, of course, solid forensics.” — Kirkus Reviews
“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.” — Tim Maleeny, best-selling author of Stealing the Dragon