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Jake Longly #6

From Oceanview Publishing

Money, Sex, Power. Jonathon Lindemann offers it all---just don't mind the missing girls.

“Ray wants you to join a cult.”

So it begins. Jake Longly is yet again dragged into a private investigation he wants no part of. This time into the world of the very rich and decadent. Self-help and financial guru Jonathon Lindemann has built an empire, and a rustic, yet posh, retreat in rural Magnolia Springs, Alabama. As the creator of The Lindemann Method, he is the golden goose for his investors and the Svengali to the many young and beautiful women who work for him. Money, power, sex, what could possibly go awry?

When April Wilkerson goes missing from the grounds of Lindemann Farms, Ray dispatches Jake and Nicole to worm their way inside the organization and attempt to learn where the young lady might have gone. Did she simply move on to a better life with some high-roller, or perhaps flee the shadow of her overbearing mother, or has something more sinister happened? To solve the mystery, Jake and Nicole must adopt the roles of prospective members and cozy up to Jonathon and his sidekick, Rhea Wilson. At first, both appear to be benevolent and generous mentors, but as the layers peel away, darker edges appear. Does Jonathon truly make money for his investors, or is he a scam artist? Is April merely the latest in a series of missing young women? 

To answer these questions, Jake must enter the one place he hates to be—-Ray’s world.



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Jake Longly #5

Jake Longly is hoping for a few weeks of fun with Nicole in the warm Orange County, CA sun—The OC, baby—before hopping up to LA for the filming of Nicole’s sure-to-be-a-hit screenplay. But on arrival, they discover that Nicole’s friend Megan Weatherly, a small-market local TV reporter, has picked up an anonymous stalker. Megan thinks he’s simply an infatuated fan but Jake and Nicole, as well as Megan’s new intern Abby, also a past stalking victim, think he’s potentially dangerous. As the shadowy man escalates his harassment, becomes more threatening, and circles closer and closer to Megan’s world, Ray and Pancake arrive. Are Ray’s past military black ops experience and Pancake’s computer skills enough to expose the predator in time? The stalker is no fool and likely has past experience. 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.

Edgar finalist Lyle’s sparkling fifth Jake Longly thriller (after 2020’s Rigged) takes the cheerful Alabama investigator, who describes himself as an “ex-pro baseball player, restaurant/ bar owner, and lover of women,” and the woman he loves, Nicole Jamison, to Orange County, Calif. Snappy patter lifts this bright look at a dark subject. Lyle should win new fans with this one.--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Reminiscent of Nelson DeMille’s former NYC homicide detective character John Corey, Jake Longly’s sardonic quips will make you laugh out loud. Who doesn’t love a handsome, snarky knight-in-shining-armor who can throw a mean fastball--BOOKTRIB



Jake Longly #4

Amazon #1 in Multiple Categories

First loves are never forgotten. Ever. Certainly not for Tommy “Pancake” Jeffers. His first-kiss, sixth-grade love Emily, whom he has not seen since grammar school, is sliding toward divorce in the artsy Gulf Coast town of Fairhope. Alabama. Longly Investigations has been charged with looking into the finances involved. But, when Emily doesn’t appear for their nervously anticipated meeting, Pancake’s radar goes on high alert. When her body, along with that of Jason, one of the two guys she has been dating, is found murdered, Pancake calls in Jake, Nicole, and Ray and the pursuit begins. Who would have done this? The soon-to-be ex, who has an ironclad alibi, the other guy Emily is seeing—jealousy being a motive for harm, or do the drugs found in Jason’s pocket indicate a drug-related hit? That world yields a host of suspects. As they peel back the layers of this idyllic community, dark secrets come to light and convoluted motives and methods of murder are revealed. 

In these trying times, we can all use a smile, but rare is the writer who can get a chuckle out of his readers while delivering edge-of-your-seat suspense and thrills.  That’s one reason D.P. Lyle’s latest novel RIGGED is such a glorious find THE BIG THRILL

The characters are fresh and well-defined, but it’s Jake’s snappy patter and amusing riffs, often focusing on his monumentally annoying ex-wife, that drives the narrative to its Glock-blazing conclusion. This series just keeps getting better.--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

The witty banter and Jake's character might remind readers of Rex Stout's Archie Goodwin.--LIBRARY JOURNAL

DP Lyle has once again written a plot that keeps Longly fans and all thriller readers on the edge of their seats . . . The plot is fantastic, the action is fast, and Pancake steals the heart.--SUSPENSE MAGAZINE

Jake Longly is the Bartleby of detectives: he'd prefer not to. Who can blame him? He's living the sweet life, owning a Gulf Coast bar/restaurant and dallying with the luscious Nicole, who, he mock-laments, is insatiable. There's nothing low-key, though, about Nicole when fight time comes. Her clash with the villains is worth the price of admission.--BOOKLIST

I’m so glad that D.P. Lyle has given us another adventure in his Jake Longly Series. He’s one of my favorite authors. RIGGED is an intriguing story of the adventures of this mismatched entourage who work together to solve this murder case. The storyline is a creative one, and the plot takes many twists and turns but moves along quickly. This series just keeps getting better and better.--FRESH FICTION

A deftly crafted novel by a master of the suspense/thriller genre--MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

This was an intense read that kept me turning the pages. The characters are well-drawn and never lose their focus. The murder plot is cunningly twisted and will keep you guessing right to the final confrontation. --KING'S RIVER LIFE

Rigged will appeal to fans of murder mysteries who prefer their crimes served with a side of comic relief. Though the killings are grisly, the lighthearted caper never strays too far into the darkness.--BOOKTRIB



Jake Longly #3

In SUNSHINE STATE, Jake Longly and his 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, and 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

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

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. 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

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

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 until you read through to the end. Jake Longly rocks!--John Gilstrap, author of the Jonathan Grave Thriller Series. 

In Lyle’s ingenious third mystery featuring retired major league pitcher Jake Longly, Jake, who runs a restaurant in Gulf Shores, Ala., is again roped into working for his father Ray’s PI firm.  The clever plot twists will surprise even genre veterans. This entry is the best in the series so far.--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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.--BOOKTRIB



Jake Longly #2 

Amazon #1 Bestseller

Named one of Bookreporter’s 2017 Favorites.

Jake Longly and his girlfriend Nicole Jamison are still recovering from their ordeal with Ukrainian underworld boss Victor Borkov and life on the Gulf Coast is returning to normal. Then Nicole’s producer uncle Charles Balfour calls asking them to head to New Orleans where his mega-star, A-list actor Kirk Ford, has awakened with the corpse of a college co-ed in his hotel bed. Ford, in the Big Easy for a location shoot, remembers little of the evening and nothing of the murder. As if things couldn’t get worse, the girl is the niece of local mafioso-type Tony Guidry who will do what is necessary to avenge his niece's death.

As Jake and Nicole attempt to put the pieces together, they butt heads with Tony’s muscle, his near-do-well yet aggressive nephews (the dead girl’s brothers), as well as drug dealers Ju Ju and Ragman. Of course, Ray and Pancake arrive to help sort things out with the help of Ford’s beautiful co-stars in the multi-billion dollar Space Quest franchise, Tegan and Tara James (aka The Twins), who vehemently support and defend Ford. 

But something isn’t right. The facts don’t fit. Who would want Kristi Guidry dead or Kirk framed for murder? And why? Everyone has an opinion, including Kristi’s friends, her ex-boyfriend, homicide detective Troy Doucet, and even local fortuneteller Madam Theresa. It’s up to Jake and Nicole to decipher who’s lying, who’s telling the truth, and exactly who schemed to murder Kristi Guidry.


Nothing is easy in the Big Easy.

The result is one part Carl Hiaasen mixed with two parts Elmore Leonard and garnished with Robert Parker at his best.—JON LAND, The Providence Journal

... a thriller that is all-out fantastic!—SUSPENSE MAGAZINE

DP Lyle hits it over the fence with A-LIST. This mystery, featuring former Major League pitcher and reluctant P.I. Jake Longly, is fast-paced, slick, and funny. Bad times in the Big Easy mean a great time for readers. Head to New Orleans with Jake, and enjoy the trip.—-MEG GARDINER best-selling author of UNSUB

DP Lyle’s latest in the Jake Longly series, A-LIST, will transport readers into the underbelly of The Big Easy in grand style and have them laughing the entire way---LINDA CASTILLO, best-selling author of the Kate Burkholder Series

New Orleans has never been as sexy or as dangerous—-PAUL LEVINE, bestselling author of  BUM LUCK

A rollicking thrill ride through the mean streets and tasty restaurants of New Orleans. Murder, mobbed-up bad guys, Hollywood heartthrobs, and laughs! What more could you want? DP Lyle is at the top of his game!—-MATT COYLE, author of the Anthony Award-winning Rick Cahill crime novels

A-List by D.P. Lyle, the second book in the Jake Longly series, blends humor with hard-boiled detective fiction to create a fast-paced, entertaining novel that will satisfy fans of the genre—NY JOURNAL OF BOOKS

The sexiness and humor of the A-List will keep you as transfixed as a stolen afternoon in the Monteleone's hypnotic carousel bar.—SHANNON KIRK, author of METHOD 15/33



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)

Ex-professional baseball player Jake Longly adamantly refuses to work for his father, to enter Ray’s PI world. He prefers to hang out at his beach-front bar/restaurant 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, suspected of adultery by her husband. Seems simple enough. Hang around, take a few pictures, and sip a little bourbon. Except Barbara gets herself murdered right under Jake’s nose. Jake launches into an investigation of the homicide, aided by new girlfriend Nicole Jamison, actress, budding screenwriter, and the progeny of Hollywood A-list parents, and Tommy “Pancake” Jeffers, Ray’s redheaded, behemoth employee who has crazy computer skills.  Jake quickly runs afoul of Ukrainian mobster Victor Borkov, his henchmen Joe Zuma and Frank Boyd, cartel hitman Carlos, and the hitmen wanna-be Wilbanks brothers. Was Borkov behind Barbara’s murder? If so, why? What could he possibly gain? As Jake and Nicole peel away the layers of the crime, more murders pile up, and the intrepid couple must somehow escape being deep-sixed from Borkov’s massive yacht.

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

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

Page-turning action and knock-out dialogue from a master craftsman and storyteller. I devoured this one!--ROBERT DUGONI #1 Amazon and New York Times Best-Selling Author of My Sister’s Grave 

DEEP SIX is a fast-paced thrill ride that’s laugh-out-loud funny and interspersed with white-knuckle suspense.  Readers of Nelson DeMille’s John Corey series will love Jake Longley.--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 Delirious, Helpless, Stolen, and Desperate





Cain/Harper #3

When Sonny Coleman is gunned down while on a late-night run near the community college where he teaches, his mother Erin Coleman, the US Ambassador to NATO, wishes to avoid his death becoming an international media circus. To this end, she hires Bobby Cain and Harper McCoy to discretely investigate her only son’s death. Shortly after their arrival in the rural Tennessee town, the body of a young woman is found and it appears she is the latest target of a killer known as The Tallyman, due to his tauntingly carving the victim number into the flesh of each corpse. But the killer, after tallying four murders, fell silent for several years. Why has he resurfaced now and why is the latest victim marked with a seven? Are there two missing bodies? Is his reappearance connected to the seemingly random murder of Sonny Coleman? The suspect list is tenuous at best and Cain and Harper must sort through past and present crimes, as well as Sonny’s life, to uncover a ruthless and truly sociopathic killer.

A fast-paced atmospheric thriller with endearing characters that stay with you long after you finish. A series that keeps getting better and better. Fans of Orphan X will love it.—DAVID PUTMAN author of the bestselling Bruno Johnson series

TALLYMAN, the 3rd in D.P. Lyle's Cain/Harper series, maybe his best yet. It grabs you by the throat on page one and rides a roller coaster of tension, quality dialogue, and superior characters to the very end. This is a must-read for thriller lovers.--JOSEPH BADAL, Author of the Lassiter/Martinez Case Files Series

A dynamite addition to Lyle's Cain/Harper series. He expertly weaves his knowledge of true crime with a crackling plot and intriguing characters that fairly leap from the page. Highly recommended!--WELDON BURGE, Author of "Harvester of Sorrow”

Bobby Cain and Harper McCoy, the brother/sister team, and dynamic duo PIs are back! They were raised by not completely legally-minded Gypsies, and then had their special skills honed by the US military forces. When an American Ambassador’s son is shot to death on a back road near a rural Tennessee college town where he is a beloved professor, Erin Coleman seeks out the best there is to look into her only child’s death. And fix it, like only they can. Cain and Harper live up to their billing as tough, and smart. I always love his stories, and now Lyle grabbed my attention with these characters. Great as a stand-alone, or even better in the continuing series, Tallyman hits all its marks--BOOK REVIEW CREW




Cain/Harper #2

“Prior bad acts predict future bad acts.”—Harper McCoy

Fear grips an isolated mountain town after drug dealer Dalton Southwell kills a rogue dealer and his entire family. Score settled, message delivered. But, Dalton’s best-laid plans go awry when his brother Dennie takes a bullet in the gut. In a panic, Dr. Buck Buckner is kidnaped from the local ER, a pharmacy is robbed and the owner murdered, and the killers melt into the rugged Tennessee hills. Buck’s physician father calls in Bobby Cain and Harper McCoy to rescue his son from killers who would have little use for him after he saves Dennie, or worse, the wounded man dies. But, in which direction and how far did they run? What hideaway did they burrow into? For Cain and Harper, it’s a race against time to locate the killers, safely retrieve Buck, and settle their own score.

A born storyteller—PETER JAMES, UK #1 Bestselling Author of the Detective Superintendent Roy Grace Series

Prior Bad Acts moves like a runaway freight train, thundering along from beginning to end and picking up speed until the very last page. D. P. Lyle's second effort to feature Bobby Cain and Harper McCoy finds his stalwart heroes on the dark side of the American Dream, as they attempt to right wrongs that turn small-town Americana into a Shakespearean tragedy. This is a crime thriller of the highest order and an absolute must-read.—-JON LAND, USA Today bestselling author

D. P. Lyle once again delivers a fire-cracker of a thriller that keeps you flying through action-packed pages, endeared to a couple of the best lead characters possible (ones with raw backgrounds and real heart). Atmospheric details of Tennessee make for a consuming, satisfying read.—SHANNON KIRK, International Bestselling Author

As a stand-alone, this book is fabulous and sinks its hooks into you very early on. If you read the first book, this is a follow-up to characters you already know and like. Cain and Harper, siblings with interestingly helpful backgrounds, are an unbeatable pair! To say I couldn’t put it down is a gross understatement. I highly recommend this book!—BOOK REVIEW CREW

Prior Bad Acts is by far the best crime thriller one could possibly get their hands on. The plot, the suspense, the dark secrets, this book is action-packed and will, without a doubt, get you on the edge of your seat. Everything just comes together in such a beautiful yet rugged way. Absolutely fantastic!” JANAY-GOODREADS




Cain/Harper #1

Raised as siblings by an itinerant “gypsy” family, knife expert Bobby Cain, trained by the US military in the lethal art of covert eliminations, and Harper McCoy, nurtured by the US Navy and the CIA to run black ops and wage psychological warfare, are now civilians. Of a sort. Employing the skills learned from the “family” and their training, they now fix the unfixable. Case in point: Retired General William Kessler hires the duo to track down his missing granddaughter, a Vanderbilt University co-ed. Their search leads them to a small, bucolic, lake-side town in central Tennessee and into a world of prostitution, human trafficking, and serial murder. The question then becomes: Will their considerable skills be enough for Cain and Harper to save the young woman, and themselves, from a sociopath with “home field” advantage, a hunter’s skills, and his own deeply disturbing agenda?

Terrific—truly sinister, scary, and suspenseful. Lyle never lets you down.—LEE CHILD, NYT Bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series

SKIN IN THE GAME hums like a tuning fork in perfect thriller pitch. Heroes Bobby Cain and Harper McCoy are skilled with blade and mind, and the villain here sent chills up my spine from page one on. This is further proof that Doug Lyle is at the top of his game.--T. JEFFERSON PARKER author of THE LAST GOOD GUY

D.P. Lyle’s novels are chillingly authentic. An expert technician just keeps getting better. Packed with edge of the seat tension, Skin in the Game takes hunting to an astonishing, and frightening, new level.—ROBERT DUGONI, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Tracy Crosswhite Series

From the first line of Skin in the Game, D.P. Lyle grabs your attention and your imagination, and never lets up. This is a masterpiece of suspense that is built upon strong characters, solid plotting, and excellent scene setting. Lyle uses misdirection as expertly as Raymond Chandler and builds tension that will cause the reader to turn on all the lights and lock the doors. Don’t miss this one.--JOSEPH BADAL, Tony Hillerman Award Winning Author of Natural Causes 

Skin in the Game is a bracing and blisteringly original thriller that challenges old genre rules while making up plenty of its own. D. P. Lyle has fashioned a tale sharply edged enough to leave our fingers bleeding from turning the pages as fast as we can. His intrepid protagonists are among the best drawn and richly realized of any heroes seen in years with echoes of both David Baldacci and C. J. Box, making Skin in the Game a winner from page one. A smooth and sultry tale that shoots for the moon and hits a literary bulls-eye.--JON LAND, USA Today bestselling author of the Caitlin Strong series 

Unputdownable. Bobby Cain wields both his knife and tongue with lethal expertise. Lyle’s seamless prose, gritty voice, and whiplash pacing culminate in an unforgettable climax, showcasing a heartwrenching exposé into the world of human trafficking. And what a wild ride along the way. Ray Donavan meets Deliverance!—K.J. HOWE, international bestselling author of SKYJACK 

SKIN IN THE GAME is “The Most Dangerous Game” on steroids. Fast, relentless, and cunning.—DAVID MORRELL, New York Times bestselling author of Murder As A Fine Art

DP Lyle writes wonderfully and with real insight.  He’s a born storyteller.--PETER JAMES, bestselling author of the Roy Grace thriller series

This book sent shivers down my spine. It is not for the faint of heart. However, it is also one of the most fascinating thrillers I’ve ever read. With all of the shock and horror it holds, it also holds a terrific storyline. Dive into the dark, twisted mind of a killer with this book, but I recommend leaving the lights on--BOOK REVIEW CREW

This was a compelling and riveting read. The story grabs you from the first page and never lets up.--KING'S RIVER LIFE





Samantha Cody #3

Dr. Lucy Wagner was on top of her game. The only cardiac surgeon on staff, a new pediatric cardiac unit dedicated to her, and an impeccable reputation not only put her at the apex of the local medical pyramid but also garnered a few powerful enemies. Such is the nature of jealousy and greed. Turf wars can get ugly. Still, all was good until the day old John Scully, the spiritual founder, and leader of a local snake-handling church died on her operating table. Fainting spells, nightmarish dreams, and patient after patient succumbing to some violent psychosis followed, putting her career, and her life, in jeopardy. Aided by long-time friend and ex-boxer, ex-cop Samantha Cody, Lucy must reach deeply into her family’s past and into her own soul to find the strength to confront old and very powerful forces she never knew existed.



Original Sin is a tense, disturbing thriller told by a gifted storyteller—BRUCE DESILVA, AP

Like an ambulance racing to an accident scene, DP Lyle puts the pedal to the floor in his latest medical thriller---LINWOOD BARCLAY, New York Times bestselling author of A Tap On the Window

In ORIGINAL SIN, the third Samantha Cody thriller, DP Lyle crafts a compelling story that finds Sam once again in a snake pit of intrigue and danger. This time a literal snake pit. Like the others in this series, complex characters, unexpected plot twists, and more than a dash of humor drive the story. Not to be missed---DAVID MORRELL, New York Times bestselling author of Murder As A Fine Art

From the moment you begin reading Original Sin by D.P. Lyle, M.D., you’ll know you’re in the hands of a master of the medical thriller. Disorienting and riveting, Original Sin finds retired police officer Sam Cody embroiled in a series of puzzling homicides in which heart surgery patients turn into killers – but then, sometimes modern medicine is so high-tech it can seem almost supernatural. Bristling with rich detail and smart repartee, Original Sin is indeed an original.--GAYLE LYNDS, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Spies

When it comes to heart-stopping suspense, heart-breaking emotion, and cold-hearted terror, nobody can top DP Lyle...and this is the thriller that proves it.---LEE GOLDBERG, Edgar nominated author of the Monk mysteries and co-author with Janet Evanovich of The Chase

Original Sin flows as smooth and satisfying as the finest Tennessee Whiskey---PHILIP DONLAY, acclaimed author of the Donovan Nash series of thrillers

Deftly plotted and expertly executed, Lyle is at the top of his game in a heart-pounding thriller. Sam Cody is a protagonist worth rooting for.--SHELDON IEGEL. New York Times Best Selling Author of the Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez Legal Thrillers.

 Lyle adroitly balances spot-on medical science and technology with adroit plotting and masterful characters.  A mix of Michael Crichton and C. J. Box that adds up to seasoned and savory brain candy--JON LAND The Providence Sunday Journal



Samantha Cody #2

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.



Samantha Cody #1

Deputy Samantha Cody finally bagged her man. The jury’s verdict: three counts of murder in the first with special circumstances and a recommendation of death by lethal injection. Only Judge Westbrooke’s final decree stands between Richard Earl Garrett and San Quentin’s death row.

Exhausted from three weeks of trial, haunted by images of the three sacrificially mutilated children, and disgusted with Garrett’s arrogant defense that "the devil made me do it,” Sam wishes only to wash her hands of this despicable animal. 

It seemed that Mercer’s Corner could finally sleep peacefully and Sam could once again concentrate on training and pursuing her dream of entering the world of women’s professional boxing, when Constance Beeson, the jury foreman, dies in a fiery accident with a runaway gasoline truck. The Rodriguez brothers, sleeping off a drunk in jail, die in a bizarre murder-suicide. Then, two other jury members are ritualistically slain with Garrett’s knife, which is missing from the evidence lock-up.

The bizarre deaths attract a cadre of characters to the tiny California high desert town: 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.

Sam’s world of hard facts and pragmatism spins out of control: two more murders occur, each with Garrett’s signature; Reverend Billy whips the town into a lynch-mob frenzy; Penelope seeks Sam’s help because she fears Garrett is “taking control” of her; Sam experiences strange, sensuous dreams.

Awakened from yet another bizarre dream, Sam is attacked by Carl Angelo, Reverend Billy’s granite-like bodyguard, and must fight for survival. With his last breath, Carl speaks words that could only come from Garrett. Sam and Sheriff Charlie Walker confront Garrett, who answers only to the name Beelzebub, claims he is the “right hand of Satan,” and boasts details only the killer could know. Sam threatens to kill Garrett “right where you sit,” but is blind-sided by a blow from Sheriff Walker, who has fallen under Garrett’s control.




Dub Walker #3

Winner, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SILVER AWARD 2013, Mystery/Suspense Category

Finalist, USA TODAY BEST BOOK AWARD 2012, Thriller 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, served 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 as he left prison? 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.

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

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


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


“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



Dub Walker #2

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 whom 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

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



Dub Walker #1

STRESS FRACTURE is a cunning, imaginative thriller that will keep you up reading as I did, riveted from the first page to the last. There is tension and great medicine on every page of this finely written tale. D.P. Lyle, himself a physician, has crafted a story of utter fear. Brian Kurtz is one of the most electrifying madmen I have encountered. 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, M.D.:New York Times Bestselling Author of THE LAST SURGEON

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, NYT-bestselling author of THE KEEPSAKE

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!--HEATHER GRAHAM New York Times best-selling author

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



                ROYAL PAINS #1                                                ROYAL PAINS #2 

 Nomination, SCRIBE AWARD 2011






Best Non-Fiction

Nomination, EDGAR AWARD 2005

Best Fact Crime







Part of the American Bar Association's





A Doctor Answers Medical and Forensic Questions for Mystery Writers

Q&A Series #1

Whenever I have a new Law & Order episode to write, the first person I call for help is Dr. Doug Lyle.  He has an amazing ability to explain complex forensics in simple layperson's terms.  Also, as a novelist himself, he thinks like a writer and gives you exactly the information that a writer will need. This book is a terrific resource for crime writers.--MATT WITTEN, executive story editor for Law & Order

It's three o'clock in the morning, you're hard at work on your mystery screenplay, and all that's missing is the essential medical clue to solve the murder... who ya gonna call? Dr. Doug Lyle is the go-to guy for writers looking for the perfect piece of medical knowledge, filling the blanks that imagination alone simply can't. This isn't just a book of cool doctor stuff...though it certainly is that, too. Dr. Lyle understands story-telling, and the role research plays in character and the plot. If medical plot problems are what's ailing you, Dr. Lyle has the WRITE prescription.--LEE GOLDBERG
Executive Producer, Diagnosis Murder, Martial Law




Clever, Intriguing, and Downright Odd Questions From Crime Writers

Q&A Series #2

MURDER AND MAYHEM 2 is a terrific resource for crime writers and anyone interested in forensics. Reading it will jumpstart your imagination about all kinds of ingenious crimes, crime-solving techniques, and plot twists.--MATT WITTEN, supervising producer, Fox TV show HOUSE.

Brains and guts! Murder and Mayhem 2 picks up with more hardcore information on the evil that men (and women) do. D.P. Lyle answers all the medical questions that diabolical authors can throw at him, with wit, erudition, and a unique understanding of what writers need to tell their stories. Genius.--HARLEY JANE KOZAK, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity-award-winning author

Dr. Doug Lyle has done it again. In Murder and Mayhem II, he gives us a detailed, entertaining, and highly accessible compendium of dire scenarios. A must-read for thriller writers who want to get their facts right, but also a book for anyone interested in how the human body works and doesn't work.--- BARBARA SERANELLA, Creator of the Munch Mancini Series.



Crime Writers' Morbidly Curious Questions Expertly Answered

Q&A Series #3

Nomination, EDGAR AWARD 2013, Best Fact Crime
Nomination, AGATHA AWARD 2013, Best Non-fiction
Nomination, ANTHONY AWARD 2013, Best Critical/Non-fiction

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

MORE FORENSICS AND FICTION is . . . a gold mine. A must-

own reference book for writers of all stripes.--GRANT BLACKWOOD, New York Times Bestselling Author

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 and New York Times

Bestselling Author

What a fun book! Reading MORE FORENSICS AND FICTION will open your mind to all kinds of new story possibilities. MORE

FORENSICS AND FICTION is a celebration of the creative spirit.—MATT WITTEN, Screenwriter for House, CSI: Miami, and The Glades




Edited by Jeffrey Deaver

Includes “Tonic” by DP Lyle

In D. P. Lyle’s “Tonic” a couple of good old boys in rural America are cruising the backroads in an ancient pickup and simply pursuing the American dream of trying to make a living. Who could blame them? And, a more cogent question, what could go wrong? Oh, a thing or two, especially when they decide to explore a new business model and attract a little more attention than is wise. The cast includes a great small-town sheriff and a medicine man you won’t soon forget, try though you might. ---JEFFREY DEAVER, Editor, Nothing Good Happens After Midnight

“Something very good happens after midnight...just pick up this brilliant book and be transported—and very afraid!” —PETER JAMES, UK #1 Bestselling Author of the Detective Superintendent Roy Grace Series 

“NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS AFTER MIDNIGHT is a treat— dark, chilling, and delicious. Grab it.” —MEG GARDINER Edgar Award-Winning Author of The Dark Corners of the Night 

“NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS AFTER MIDNIGHT proves that the witching hour still has the power to haunt in this suspenseful collection of stories by luminaries in the literary world. Inventive, twisted, and downright chilling, here is an anthology to be savored— well past midnight and into the dead of night.” —JAMES ROLLINS, #1 New York Times Bestseller of The Last Odyssey

“This anthology showcases some of the best talent in the thriller genre—or in any genre. Whether quirky or creepy, each story displays the talent and uniqueness of its author. And since all are so good, this collection is a delightful read.” —SANDRA BROWN, #1 New York Times Bestseller of Thick as Thieves




Includes the essay “Mysterious Island by Jules Verne” by DP Lyle

2011 Edgar Award Nominee, Best Critical/Biographical

2011 Benjamin Franklin Award, Nominee

2011 Anthony Award Nominee, Best Critical/Non-Fiction

2011 Macavity Award Nominee, Best Non-Fiction





Includes the short story “Even Steven” by DP Lyle




Includes DP Lyle’s Short Story: “Bottom Line”


For the Sake of the Game is the latest volume in the award-winning series from New York Times bestselling editors Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger, with stories of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and friends in a variety of eras and forms. King and Klinger have a simple formula: ask some of the world’s greatest writers—regardless of genre—to be inspired by the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle. The results are surprising and joyous. Some tales are pastiches, featuring the recognizable figures of Holmes and Watson; others step away in time or place to describe characters and stories influenced by the Holmes world. Some of the authors spin whimsical tales of fancy; others tell hard-core thrillers or puzzling mysteries. One beloved author writes a song; two others craft a melancholy graphic tale of insectoid analysis. This is not a volume for readers who crave a steady diet of stories about Holmes and Watson on Baker Street. Rather, it is for the generations of readers who were themselves inspired by the classic tales, and who are prepared to let their imaginations roam freely.



Edited by DP LYLE

A short story anthology from the Southern California Writers Association

Includes “Splash” by DP Lyle


Includes a reprint of "Tonic" by DP Lyle

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