BOOKS by DP LYLE         

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Mystery/Suspense Category


Thriller/Adventure Category

What if a forensic evidence and criminal behavior expert must track down a seemingly average, very religious couple who murdered the killer of their only child, dumped their entire lives, and disappeared.

What would you do if someone brutally murdered your only child, got off on a technicality, serving only months for a minor infraction, and continually taunted and threatened you from behind bars? Could you hide your growing rage from family and friends? Could you gun the killer down? Could you change your ID and leave behind your entire life---family, friends, jobs, home---and disappear?

For Tim and Martha Foster the answer to each of these questions is yes.

This is the scenario that faces Dub Walker in RUN TO GROUND.

Skip tracing---finding those who erase their identity and disappear---is as much art as science. Locating someone who effectively creates a new identity and cuts all ties with family and friends requires creativity, attention to detail, an understanding of the criminal mind, and luck.

Forensic evidence and criminal behavior expert Dub Walker, along with best friend and homicide investigator T-Tommy Tortelli and ex-wife and Channel 8 TV reporter Claire McBride, employs all his skills to ultimately locate the couple, now settling into a new life hundreds of miles and two states away. Problem solved.

Or maybe not.

A first-rate thriller! RUN TO GROUND delivers the goods: great characters, fine investigative details and the kind of nail-biting action that leaves you rapidly flipping the pages, breathless to discover what will happen next!

Lisa Gardner, NY Times Bestselling Author of the Detective D.D. Warren thriller series

Murder is never as simple as the motive. There are too many loose ends, and when Dub Walker uses his expert knowledge of forensics and criminal behavior to solve the crime, you'd better be ready to RUN TO GROUND. Doug Lyle takes fear and revenge, adds a bucket of greed, and gives us a wild ride to the finish!

David Morrell, NY Times Bestselling Author of FIRST BLOOD

RUN TO GROUND boasts an intriguing premise, memorable and engaging characters, and the kind of technical gems that make Doug Lyle’s non-fiction forensics books such essential reading. Crisp, page-turning prose, nicely witty banter, and some genuine surprises. Highly recommended.

Zoë Sharp, author of the best-selling Charlie Fox crime thriller series

“I could not turn the pages fast enough while reading RUN TO GROUND.”

Susan Wasson,

“Don’t miss this satisfying mystery written by a very talented writer”

John M. Wills, NY Journal Of Books

This third series entry (after Stress Fracture; Hot Lights, Cold Steel) delivers a powerful punch of action and intrigue. Mystery and thriller readers will welcome Lyle’s likable characters and surprise-filled plot.”

Howard Katz, Library Journal

“Get ready for a fun roller coaster ride!”

Popcorn Reads

“A personal nightmare of a tale . . . absolutely impossible to put down.”

Jon Land, Providence Sunday Journal

This story will no doubt touch emotional hot buttons while leaving readers with thoughts and feelings about how they would react if something like this happened to one of their children. Bringing emotions to the surface is a sign of a good author, and Lyle is one of the best in this area.”

Edie Dykeman, BellaOnline


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When forensic and criminal behavior expert Dub Walker agrees to help his old friend locate her nineteen-year-old daughter, he never imagines the nightmare that will follow.

Along with another young woman’s, the teen’s body is found in a densely wooded area in a shallow grave, excavated by a pack of feral pigs. But that’s not the most disturbing part. Both young ladies were buried after undergoing a series of highly technical surgical procedures.

And that’s just the beginning. Nearly two dozen more bodies are discovered in various rural locations around the city and even in the massive midtown public cemetery.

Now Dub must unravel the questions. Who would do this? Who had the skill and the equipment to perform these procedures without attracting attention? And more importantly, why?

If this thriller doesn’t give you goosebumps and nightmares, check your pulse.  Bone-chilling doesn’t begin to describe the horrors within. Thank heaven for Dub Walker, a tireless investigator with an ear for music and a knack for looking deep into the criminal psyche. I can sleep at night knowing he’s on the case.


T. Jefferson Parker, Author of THE BORDER LORDS


Hippocratic oath meets hypocritical practice in D. P. Lyle’s exciting new book, HOT LIGHTS, COLD STEEL.  Dub Walker, med school dropout and forensic criminologist, follows a trail of discarded bodies in this engrossing tale of medicine and murder, told in a witty tongue-in-cheek style that humors as it horrifies. A renowned physician himself, Lyle is a master of the medical thriller. Your prescription is simple, and highly enjoyable: Read this book.
Gayle Lynds, New York Times Bestselling Author of THE BOOK OF SPIES

With HOT LIGHTS, COLD STEEL Doug Lyle has written the ultimate serial killer novel. Think Silence of the Lambs on steroids with a fiendishly brutal villain every bit the equal of Hannibal Lecter fashioned in the polished touch of Jeffrey Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme novels. Accurate to a T and utterly bone-chilling, this is everything a thriller should be and more.

Jon Land, Bestselling Author of STRONG JUSTICE

With enough cool guys, bad guys and good guys for two novels, HOT LIGHTS, COLD STEEL is a great thrill ride. Doug Lyle keeps you guessing on who to root for and how a sinister plot is all going to end. A terrific story by a gifted writer. One of the best thrillers I’ve read this year.

Robert Dugoni, New Your Times Bestselling Author of MURDER ONE

A scary thrill-packed ride coiled tighter than a cobra. A can’t put down read.

Allen Wyler, Author of DEAD HEAD and DEADLY ERRORS

Dub Walker is tough, funny, and smart, the perfect hero for the nail-biting intensity of HOT LIGHTS, COLD STEEL. If this one doesn't make your spine tingle, have someone who's breathing check your pulse.

Jan Burke Edgar-winning Author of BONES, THE MESSENGER, and DISTURBANCE

A gritty and grisly tale of serial murder, told in the edgy style of classic noir but powered with a 21st century plot. Dr. Doug Lyle delivers a scalpel-sharp thriller.

PJ Parrish, New York Times Bestselling Author of THE KILLING SONG

A taut, hard-to-put-down, emotionally-satisfying thriller. Fans of James Lee Burke and Lee Child will be pleased with Lyle's Dub Walker. Really, a damn good read!

Andrew Gross, New York Times Bestselling Author of THE BLUE ZONE and RECKLESS



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Forensic and Criminal Behavior expert Dub Walker must solve a series of savage murders perpetrated by a killer that is at once careful, calculating, and organized as well as brutal, impulsive, and disorganized.


"Doug Lyle writes what he knows - and what he knows is terrific.

Dub Walker is a keeper"

Lee Child, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Jack Reacher Series


"Cutting-edge forensics and a whip-cracking pace make STRESS FRACTURE a one-sitting read. If you love CSI, this is the book for you."

Tess Gerritsen, New York Times Bestselling Author of THE KEEPSAKE


"D.P. Lyle's STRESS FRACTURE is just what I love in a book: lightning paced, brutally executed, dynamic characters, and a story that grips you by the throat. If Michael Crichton had written an episode of Law and Order, here might be the result. Simply brilliant!"

James Rollins, New York Times bestseller of THE DOOMSDAY KEY


"D.P. Lyle understands pacing, character, and story as few modern thriller writers do. This is a really good one. STRESS FRACTURE raises the bar for medical thrillers."

Michael Palmer, New York Times Bestselling author of THE LAST SURGEON


“D.P. Lyle’s STRESS FRACTURE is an intense, nail-biting adventure. The author’s knowledgeable voice adds a fear factor that can’t easily be found. A wonderful, thrilling read, an excellent work of fiction—and more!”

New York Times Bestselling Author Heather Graham




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Nominated, 2011 SCRIBE AWARD

General Fiction/Best Original Novel


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Does Satan have a malevolent Earthly presence?

Deputy Samantha Cody finally bagged her man. The jury’s verdict: Guilty of three counts of murder despite Richard Earl Garrett’s "the devil made me do it” defense. The penalty: A trip to San Quentin’s death row.

But, even with Garrett safely locked away, other murders occur, each with his “signature.”

The bizarre deaths attract a cadre of characters to Mercer’s Corner, a tiny California desert community: Nathan Klimek, star reporter for “Straight Story”, a supermarket check-out tabloid rag; Penelope, no last name, and her pseudo-Satanic followers; Awinita Stillwater, a local Cherokee Indian spiritualist; and Reverend Billy Thibideaux and his First Church of God disciples.

As fear and panic grip the community, Sam struggles to uncover the truth only to find more questions than answers. Does Satan have a malevolent Earthly presence? A face? A name? How could Richard Earl Garrett continue his rampage while locked up? How could he know details of the brutal killings and, more importantly, know what lies in the deepest recesses of her heart? Could she ever defeat a man who appears to possess such unearthly powers? Are her tough-mindedness and professional boxing skills enough to wage war against “the right hand of Satan”?


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Who, or what, is preying on innocent citizens in the isolated mountain community of Gold Creek, Colorado?

Some vacation.

Deputy Samantha Cody has just won her third professional boxing match and expects a relaxing, stress-free visit to her friend Alyss Cameron’s new B and B in the tiny mountain community of Gold Creek, Colorado, Those expectations are immediately dashed when she stumbles onto a brutal killing only to be trampled in a dark alley by the massive killer. Two more murders follow and Sam finds herself in the uncomfortable position of being both witness and investigator.

Police Chief Forrest Wade’s primary suspect, Billy Bear Wingo, a bear-like mountain man, matches the killer’s description, but is he the perpetrator? Is he the shadowy creature that has been seen roaming the mountain slopes, terrorizing hikers, and mutilating cattle or is the truth much more sinister? Does the charming Burt Eagan’s now defunct pharmaceutical research lab, tucked into the deepest recesses of Gold Creek Valley, play a role in any of these bizarre occurrences? Does the stroke-ravaged mind of past Nobel nominee and medical researcher Dr. Edgar Locke hold the answers to these questions?

Sam must survive the harsh mountains, deep hard-rock mines, and a conspiracy of greed and corruption long enough to uncover the truth.




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Best Fact Crime Category


Best Non-fiction Category


Best Critical/Non-fiction Category

You don't have to be a mystery writer to love this wonderful book. MORE FORENSICS AND FICTION is so much more than forensics and certainly won't mistake it for yet another musty dusty reference book on homicide. Doug Lyle's funny, fascinating, bewildering, and bizarre book of medical mayhem for literary murderers is as entertaining to read as just about any mystery novel out there...and it also doubles as a 422 page, sure-fire cure for even the most debilitating case of writer's block. There is so much about this book you can learn from...and I'm not just talking about the medical questions and answers.The book also works on another, valuable level... as a revealing, instructive, and compelling peek into the minds of scores of writers and how they think about story, character and conflict...and how they integrate research into their work. This is a must-have for readers and writers of mysteries, as well as students interested in the craft of writing. Dr. Doug Lyle's MORE FORENSICS AND FICTION is the perfect prescription for a few hours of dark and delightful distraction from whatever ails you.

Lee Goldberg, Edgar nominated author of the Monk mysteries and writer/executive producer of Diagnosis Murder

D.P. Lyle is the best resource I know for a crime or mystery author. He’s authoritative, clear, and extremely generous with his time. MORE FORENSICS AND FICTION makes for fascinating--and terrifically morbid--reading.

C.J. Box, New York Times Bestselling Author of FORCE OF NATURE

The must have reference book for crime writers or anyone interested in forensics. Not only indispensable but fascinating, creepy, gruesome and absorbing. Dr. D. P. Lyle has written another treasure.  

International Bestseller, M.J. Rose

MORE FORENSICS AND FICTION is....a gold mine.  A must-own reference book for writers of all stripes.

Bestselling Author, Grant Blackwood

What a fun book! Reading MORE FORENSICS AND FICTION will open your mind to all kinds of new story possibilities. The authors ask all kinds of odd, intriguing questions, and Doug Lyle answers them all in an entertaining, easily accessible way.  More Forensics and Fiction is a celebration of the creative spirit.

Matt Witten, screenwriter for House, CSI: Miami, and The Glades

Nothing ruins a good read like inaccuracies, especially of the CSI type. MORE FORENSICS AND FICTION, along with the rest of Doug Lyle’s medical and forensic Q&A series, should be required reading for all crime writers – they are factually detailed, wonderfully gruesome, and spot-on accurate! Read this book if you want to get away with murder . . . on the page.

Twist Phelan, Thriller Award-winning author 

D.P. Lyle again creates a must have guide for the crime writer and for the curious mystery fan.

Simon Wood, author of DID NOT FINISH

Doug Lyle's latest entry in his fantastic Forensics for Writers collection is a must-have for any crime writer struggling to come up with an original and exciting way to commit murder. Once again, he has plucked out some of his best (and sometimes bizarre) questions and compiled them in a book that makes for great reading -- whether you're a writer or just a forensics buff.  What's best is that it's all real and thus far more fascinating than anything they cook up on TV.


P.J. Parrish, author of the New York Times bestselling Louis Kincaid series.

Nobody makes forensics fun like DP Lyle.  His books help me write my books. Whether you're a reader or a writer, 'More Forensics and Fiction' is addictive entertainment.

Julie Kramer, Author of the Riley Spartz series including KILLING KATE

Yet another absolutely fascinating exploration of the depths crime fiction authors plumb, but could not do so without the brilliant medical and forensic expertise of DP Lyle MD. Where else could you find answers to queries like “Was arsenic traceable in 1950s England?” or “Could DNA from spontaneously combusted vampires reveal their age?” All graciously responded to with sound medical theory and an eye to the dramatic possibilities which every author requires. Doug is always my go-to guy for medical or forensic expertise, and MORE FORENSICS AND FICTION is another superb addition to his stable. A must for every crime fiction writer’s bookshelf.

Zoë Sharp, author of the Charlie Fox crime thriller series

I love MORE FORENSICS AND FICTION. It manages to be both completely educational and utterly fascinating.

Laura Caldwell, Author of LONG WAY HOME and A CLAIM OF INNOCENCE

Another delightful collection of diabolical insight, not only into the physical consequences of various kinds of bodily assault, but also into the macabre minds of crime writers and the writing process.  It is impressive how Dr Lyle can answer these questions with a straight face--and without contacting the police.

Laurie R. King, Edgar Award winning author of GOD OF THE HIVE and PIRATE KING

These questions are, more often than not, both surprising in their originality and appalling in their deviousness. Dr Lyle’s answers are entertaining and wise.

Thomas Kaufman, The Washington Independent Review of Books



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"Forensics and Fiction is a comprehensive glimpse into life, death and medicine with a storyteller's bedside manner. The Q & A format makes it a writer's encyclopedia of all things fact for fiction. Read this book for realistic ways to make your victims suffer, your bad guys smart, and your hero that much smarter."

Theresa Schwegel, Edgar Winning Author of OFFICER DOWN

"Once again, Doug Lyle has come up with an absolute winner. No writer aiming to maim or murder someone convincingly should be without this book on their shelves. The inside information Doug offers to his fellow scribes is unique, generous, and invaluable."

Zoë Sharp, author of the Charlie Fox crime thriller series.

"There's damn good reason why Dr. Doug Lyle's email is in every crime writer's address book and why his reference books belong on every aspiring writer's book shelf: His advice comes from the head of a medical expert but also from the heart and imagination of a writer. Whenever I paint myself into a forensic corner, Dr. Doug is always there to rescue me."

PJ Parrish


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“The first person I call for help is Dr. Lyle.”

Matt Witten, executive story editor for LAW and ORDER

“An essential reference work for the fiction writer: informative and fun. I can’t imagine my bookshelf without it.”


“Dr. Lyle has an unerring ability to diagnose what it is writers need to know in answer to their questions about forensic medicine. His fascinating replies to questions writers have posed to him are precise and clearly stated, so that while he’ll provide the medical terms you want, he’ll also give the definitions you need.”

Jan Burke, Author of BONES, FLIGHT, HOCUS, and LIAR

“An invaluable source for writers who want to get it right and for readers fascinated with the mysteries of the human body. Dr. Lyle’s explanations are accurate, clear, entertaining, and thorough, and you’ll wonder how you managed without him.”

Rochelle Krich, Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning Author of NOW YOU SEE ME and GRAVE ENDINGS, in the Molly Blume Series

“This book is at once wise, informative, funny, factually reliable, and accessible.”

Barbara Seranella, Author of the Munch Mancini Crime Novels



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Best Non-Fiction Category


Best Fact Crime Category

“Forensics For Dummies covers almost every aspect of forensics science that would be of interest to mystery writers and readers, as well as fans of CSI and all its spin-offs. The autopsy, blood spatters, fingerprints, shoe impressions, tire tracks, DNA testing, identifying drugs and poisons, handling hair and fiber evidence, firearm examination, identifying corpses and skeletal remains, determining the time, cause, and manner of death, reconstructing a crime scene, document examinations, and many more topics will no longer be a mystery.”
Wiley Publishing

“Lost in an episode of CSI? Baffled by the latest Patricia Cornwell thriller? Boggled by the documentaries on Discovery Channel? Finally, someone has come along to explain to us, in simple English, the inexplicably complex gobbly-gook of forensics, the foreign language all the detectives in books, TV shows, and movies are saying these days. Thanks to DP Lyle, you won’t have to feel like a dummy any more.”

Lee Goldberg, Author of SUCCESSFUL TELEVISION WRITING; Writer/Producer of “Diagnosis Murder,” “1-800-Missing,” and “Martial Law”

“Dynamic, entertaining, and educational, D. P. Lyle, MD’s Forensic For Dummies blows the lid off the science of crime.”

Kathleen Antrim, Author of CAPITAL OFFENSE

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Part of the HOWDUNNIT Series from Writer’s Digest

This is a book about how forensics work in the real world, not the magic performed by characters like Gil Grissom and Horatio Caine. And what you will discover is that the real world of forensics is, perhaps, even more compelling that what we are seeing on television every week.

Lee Goldberg, TV Producer whose credits include Diagnosis Murder, Psych, and Monk


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Short Story Anthology from ITW and Mira

Includes: EVEN STEVEN--a short story by DP Lyle


LISA GARDNER: "An absolute must buy for thriller readers everywhere." The finest authors contributing their finest romantic suspense stories, from the shocking to the spooky to the heart-pounding. This book has it all."

JOSEPH FINDER: “LOVE  IS MURDER is a collection of romantic suspense stories by some of the best thriller writers around.  It’s like a box of the finest chocolates — each one is different, but they’re all great.”

STEVE BERRY: "A slam-dunk collection of the best in the business. This is the third collection of thriller stories from the International Thriller Writers

--- this one proving, without any doubt, that ITW knows what it's doing.

There's action, adventure, theme, and heart --- a thrilling quest through the world of romantic suspense --- one every reader in that genre will savor. And with Sandra Brown overseeing it all as editor?  It's guaranteed to delight."

TESS GERRITSEN: "A total feast for any and all lovers of romantic suspense.  A host of engaging storytellers deliver page after page of perfection and joy.  Poignant in places, engaging in others, but always entertaining ---- I loved this book and you will too."

KARIN SLAUGHTER: "Gripping, exciting, engaging -- every story will leave you breathless.  One of the best collections of the year."

DOUGLAS PRESTON: “I devoured Love Is Murder. Virtually every story is an exquisitely crafted gem that will shock, fascinate, enthrall, or move you.  I do not exaggerate when I say this is the finest collection of romantic suspense ever published. Absolutely superb.”

JEFFERY DEAVER: "Atmospheric and tense, each of the stories is a quick, sharp tale.  Brilliant and exceptional writing by some of the biggest names in the business.  For romantic suspense lovers, this is magical mayhem loaded with bark and bite.  Downright beguiling."

SHARON SALA: "LOVE IS MURDER is a fabulous smorgasbord of murder, mystery, and mayhem

- a dream of a read for lovers of mystery or romance."

ERICA SPINDLER: "LOVE IS MURDER is thrilling collection, with something for everyone and every mood. I found myself eager to get back to it and wondering what new little jewel I'd discover. I hadn't read short stories in years and LOVE IS MURDER made me realize what I've been missing".


Includes: Jules Verne's THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND by D. P. Lyle


EDGAR AWARD, Best Critical/Biographical


ANTHONY AWARD, Best Critical/Non-Fiction

MACAVITY, Non-Fiction

An extraordinary volume that bridges the gap between thrillers past and thrillers present, Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads examines 100 of the most mesmerizing thrillers through essays contributed by some of the biggest names in thriller writing today.

Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads features 100 works—from Beowulf to The Bourne Identity, Dracula to Deliverance, Heart of Darkness to The Hunt for Red October—deemed must-reads by the International Thriller Writers organization.

Much more than an anthology, Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads goes deep inside the most notable thrillers published over the centuries. Through lively, spirited, and thoughtful essays that examine each work’s significance, impact, and influence, Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads provides both historical and personal perspective on those spellbinding works that have kept readers on the edge of their seats for centuries.



Part of the Killer Fiction Workshop DVD series.

“Writers hoping to enhance their work with forensic authenticity can’t go wrong with Forensic Science For Writers.”

Katherine Ramsland, Author of THE FORENSIC SCIENCE OF CSI and THE CSI EFECT

“With TV and bookshelves swamped with forensics-heavy police procedurals, mystery and thriller writers can't get away with just making stuff up any more. Even the coziest of cat mysteries needs to be grounded now in the reality of forensics. Don't be afraid -- Dr. Doug Lyle is here to help. He will walk you through the arcane, intimidating, and complex world of medicine and forensics, demystifying and simplifying it all for you in his inimitable, folksy style and with an instinctive storytelling sensibility. You'll come back to these DVDs again and again for his wisdom, sensibility, and insight.”

Lee Goldberg, Edgar and Shamus-nominated Author of the MONK and DIAGNOSIS MURDER Novels