Forensics for Dummies by D.P. Lyle, MD, a cardiologist in Orange County, California, was most likely the very best resource I had while writing my book. Little did I know when I ordered the book from Amazon that Dr. Lyle was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, not too far from Scottsboro, where I had lived from the age of ten until I graduated from high school.
When I emailed Dr. Lyle in October of 2008, I was concerned about the dead bodies I had lying around. Five of them, to be exact. Timing was critical for everything to be believable… the time of death, the fact that a savvy newspaper reporter had picked it up and run it in the morning paper — just barely — and that the bodies were still hanging around when the police tagged their primary suspect about eight hours later.
In 2008, Dr. Lyle was already an award-winning author, lecturer and story consultant with half-a-dozen books under his belt. Having served as a consultant on television shows such as Westside Medical, Law and Order, Monk, House, CSI: Miami and others, this dude was BIG time.
I wrote to him when I learned that he worked with writers to “enrich their understanding of complex medical and forensic issues in the stories they create.” His website, The Writers’ Medical and Forensics Lab (www.dplylemd.com) gave very specific criteria for the submission of questions. “What the heck,” I thought. “What do I have to loose?” I sent my query in the exact format required and hoped that I might hear back in a month or two.
Within twenty minutes I had a response with the information I needed. I was momentarily shocked, then elated! His response confirmed my concerns and resulted in a day’s worth of rewrite, but it was well worth it.
And that, my friends, is the scoop on the use of forensics in Truth Runs Deep!