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DP Lyle, MD is the Amazon #1 Bestselling; Macavity and Benjamin Franklin Silver Award winning; and Edgar (2), Shamus, Agatha, Anthony, Scribe, USA Today Best Book Award (2), and Foreward INDIES Book of the Year nominated author of 25 books, both non-fiction and fiction, including the SAMANTHA CODY, DUB WALKER, JAKE LONGLY, and CAIN/HARPER thriller series, and the ROYAL PAINS media tie-in novels.

His forensic science books (FORENSICS FOR DUMMIES, HOWDUNNIT:FORENSICS) and his very popular Q&A Series (MURDER AND MAYHEM, FORENSICS AND FICTION, MORE FORENSICS AND FICTION) are published worldwide.


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 served as Editor for the Southern California Writers Association’s short story anthology, IT’S ALL IN THE STORY as well as contributed the story “Splash.” His short story “Bottom Line” appears in the Sherlock Holmes-inspired anthology FOR THE SAKE OF THE GAME and his story “Tonic” can be found in the anthology NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS AFTER MIDNIGHT and as a re-print in BLOOD FICTION 2..

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 the creator and director of International Thriller Writers' craft school CraftFest and co-creator and director of Master CraftFest and ITW's Online Thriller School. He has taught fiction writing at numerous writing conferences as well as classes at The Learning Tree University and the UCLA Extension Writing Program.

Along with Kathleen Antrin, he is the co-creator of the Outliers Writing University

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 1950s and ’60s 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 45 years, he has practiced Cardiology in Orange County, California.



Co-Creator with Kathleen Antrim of Outliers Writing University

Creator and host of the podcast series
    CRIMINAL MISCHIEF: The Art and Science of Crime Fiction

He hosts the Blog: 

Co-host along with Jan Burke of


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