Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Forensics Expert D. P. Lyle's Award-Winning Run to Ground Zaps Readers With Surprise After Surprise!

"I can still smell him." Martha Foster inhaled deeply and closed her eyes.
"Tim stood just inside the doorway and looked down at his wife. She sat on the enge of their son's bed, eyes moist, chin trembling, as were the fingers that clutched the navy-blue Tommy Hilfiger sweatshirt to her chest. It had been Steven's favorite. He had slept in it every night the first month, until Martha finally pried it away long enough to run it through the wash...
"Martha shifted her weight and twisted toward photos. She laid the sweatshirt aside and reached out, lightly touching an image of Steven's face. The trembling of her delicate fingers increased. She said nothing for a moment and then, "I'm taking these."
"Tim walked to where she sat and pulled her to him, her cheek nestling against his chest, her tears soaking through his tee shirt. He kissed the top of her head.
"He's gone," Martha said. "Everything's gone. Or will be..."
"Tim touched her cheek, catching a stray tear with his thumb. "It'll be okay. Keep the pictures." He walked to Steven's desk, lifted the uniform from the back of the chair, and returned to her side. "The uniform, too."
"His uniform?" She took it from him as a sob escaped her throat. "He was so proud of it." She swallowed hard and then dabbed her eyes with her shirtsleeve. Her voice broke as she asked, "Are you sure?"
"I'm sure... But nothingelse. Nothing that leads back here. This life is over. Finished. Tomorrow night Tim and Martha Foster no longer exist..."

Run to Ground
By D. P. Lyle

Mystery/Suspense Category

Thriller/Adventure Category

This was my first time reading D. P. Lyle..
. He had me puzzled right from the beginning. First he announced the planning for murder and the relocation of the individuals to another state. Then immediately introduced his main character, Dub Walker, who would be involved in the investigation.

I was immediately antsy...

Was it going to be as simple as that? Where was the suspense, the mystery... How was I going to become personally involved with this book if I didn't have a handle on where the writer was going? Well, this new author, for me, kept me like that for quite some time... Getting more impatient... In fact, I never did "understand" who did what, until the author shared it! You know what that means...

This author really does keep his readers in suspense, waiting, wondering... I was soon turning the pages faster and faster! And the surprises didn't stop until the very end! Cool, right?

"A ragged red blossom erupted on Whitiker's back.
His body jerked. He staggered back a step. Then
another. He spun slowly toward me, surprise in his
eyes... I looked at Claire. She too took a step back,
eyes wide. A spatter of red on her right cheek. I
tried to move toward her, but my feet seemed frozen
and heavy. Everything slowed. I saw the gathered
crowd scatter, many of them dropping to the ground,
others running. Lots of screaming, but the voices
seemed muffled as if cotton filled my ears.
"Then I was moving, toward Claire, looking for
some sign that she had been hit. My ears cleared
and sharp screams came from every direction. I
reached Claire, wrapped my arms around her, and
pulled her tightly against me. I sput so that I was
between her and the direction the shot must have
come from. The microphone fell from her hand..."
I knew the premise was that a young boy had been killed by a pedophile and the parents of Steven were also now being harassed by this man who was in jail...  The lead in to the story was "What would you do if someone brutally murdered your only child?"

Then readers learn that the family were active Christians... What would...Christian parents do...became the question...
I think most of us immediately go to "an eye for an eye!" but...

At the same time, I was trying to become acquainted with Dub--after all, he's the star of the series.  Normally, those who have played in TV roles come to my mind--Mike Hammer, Spenser, Ducky on NCIS... You see, Dub keeps the conversation going, seems kind of laid-back... then throws in a zinger about his ex-wife once in awhile... I was enjoying the zingers, especially since Claire is still in Dub's life quite a bit, even though no longer married. You know the story, "we love each other, but just can't live together..." That's Claire and Dub and I found I enjoyed the relationship very much. Once Again Spenser and his psychiatrist girlfriend, Susan, again came to mind... Do you ever do that? I love being able to hear the voice of one of my favorite characters in my mind as I read about a new similar individual...

Actually, Claire is a journalist and is often with him to gain a story! In this one, she was interviewing the convicted Whitiker at the same time he was shot!

A third individual makes the trio that travel together. T-Tommy is the police officer on the case. That name was used just by Dub, I hope! But they certainly had a grand time when the three got together. In fact, I was shocked with how they treated the Fosters after the extensive time it took them to track them... BTW, it looked quite easy to track down somebody who is trying to create a new life. My guess is it was because they really weren't criminals! After all, they had been very active in a Baptist church...and one of the things they did was to find a Baptist church so they could get married! Duh!

Along the way, Dub is explaining to readers about the steps used in tracking the couple, which is informative, especially for we innocents who don't know these things! Bottom line is, if you are really serious about a new life--nothing, I mean, nothing can stay the same for you!

One key individual who came on the scene was DJ, the brother of Whitiker! He was there just as his brother was pronounced dead and immediately began blaming everybody, especially T-Tommy who had first arrested his brother. Then DJ hires a good private investigator to find the Fosters. If the cops don't go after them, he was going to!

This is a very informative book from an expert in forensics so readers will be learning details but what changed me from an antsy to an avid fan was the zap surprises that started, and never stopped! When it comes to writers, you just never know where their minds will move! Of course, the one big question that each reader would face is, "What would you do?" We'd all like to think we aren't violent...but...


Douglas P. Lyle, MD is the Macavity and Benjamin Franklin Silver Award winning and Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, Scribe, and USA Best Book Award nominated author of many non-fiction books as well as numerous works of fiction, including the SAMANTHA CODY and DUB WALKER thriller series and the ROYAL PAINS media tie-in novels. His essay on Jules Verne’s THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND appears in THRILLERS: 100 MUST READS and his short story “Even Steven” in ITW’s anthology THRILLER 3: LOVE IS MURDER.

He has worked with many novelists and with the writers of popular television shows such as Law & Order, CSI: Miami, Diagnosis Murder, Monk, Judging Amy, Peacemakers, Cold Case, House, Medium, Women’s Murder Club, 1-800-Missing, The Glades, and Pretty Little Liars

He was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama where his childhood interests revolved around football, baseball, and building rockets in his backyard. The latter pursuit was common in Huntsville during the 1950’s and 60’s due to the nearby NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center.

After leaving Huntsville, he attended college, medical school, and served an internship at the University of Alabama; followed by a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas at Houston; then a Fellowship in Cardiology at The Texas Heart Institute, also in Houston. For the past 35 years, he has practiced Cardiology in Orange County, California. Read more on his web site!

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