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 ( 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!


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