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Forensics and Fiction

Clever, Intriguing, and Downright Odd Questions from Crime Writers

Minotaur Books

How long can someone survive in a cold, damp cave without food or water? How was diphtheria treated in 1886? Can Botox kill? Can DNA be found on a knife years later? How are mummified corpses identified? How long does it take blood to clot when spilled on a tile floor? What happens in death from electrocution?
 
As a consultant to many novelists around the world and to the writers of such popular TV shows as Monk, Law & Order, House, and CSI: Miami, D. P. Lyle, M.D., has answered many cool, clever, and oddball questions over the years. Forensics and Fiction: Clever, Intriguing, and Downright Odd Questions from Crime Writers is a collection of the best of these questions. The answers are provided in a concise and entertaining fashion that will keep you wide awake so you can read "just one more."

How long can someone survive in a cold, damp cave without food or water? How was diphtheria treated in 1886? Can Botox kill? Can DNA be found on a knife years later? How are mummified corpses identified? How long does it take blood to clot when spilled on a tile floor? What happens in death from electrocution?
 
As a consultant to many novelists around the world and to the writers of such popular TV shows as Monk, Law & Order, House, and CSI: Miami, D. P. Lyle, M.D., has answered many cool, clever, and oddball questions over the years. Forensics and Fiction: Clever, Intriguing, and Downright Odd Questions from Crime Writers is a collection of the best of these questions. The answers are provided in a concise and entertaining fashion that will keep you wide awake so you can read "just one more."

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Forensics and Fiction
Part ITraumatic Injuries, Illnesses, Doctors, and HospitalsWhat Are the Symptoms and Signs of Bleeding to Death?Q: What would be the symptoms and visible signs of being bled to death? The situation in my story is a man being bled to death by way of blood transfusion tubes.Marion Arnott Paisley, Scotland Author of SleepwalkersA: Blood is a liquid filled with various cell types, one type being the red blood cells (RBCs). These contain hemoglobin, a molecule that carries oxygen (O2) from the lungs to the tissues and removes carbon dioxide (CO2) from the tissues and transports
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"Indispensable . . . Don't even think of writing a medical mystery without the wise counsel of Dr. D. P. Lyle."
- Lee Goldberg, author of the Diagnosis Murder and Monk novels
 
"A terrific resource for crime writers and anyone interested in forensics . . . will jump-start your imagination about all kinds of ingenious crimes, crime-solving techniques, and plot twists."
- Matt Witten, supervising producer of the Fox TV show House
 
"Every crime-fiction author's best friend . . . as essential to my library as my Strunk and White."
- Hallie Ephron, author of Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel
 
"There's damn good reason why Dr. Doug Lyle's e-mail is in every crime writer's address book and why his reference books belong on every aspiring writer's book shelf: His advice comes from the head of a medical expert but also from the heart and imagination of a writer. Whenever I paint myself into a forensic corner, Dr. Doug is always there to rescue me."
- P. J. Parrish, author of An Unquiet Grave
"Indispensable . . . Don't even think of writing a medical mystery without the wise counsel of Dr. D. P. Lyle."
- Lee Goldberg, author of the Diagnosis Murder and Monk novels
 
"A terrific resource for crime writers and anyone interested in forensics . . . will jump-start your imagination about all kinds of ingenious crimes, crime-solving techniques, and plot twists."
- Matt Witten, supervising producer of the Fox TV show House
 
"Every crime-fiction author's best friend . . . as essential to my library as my Strunk and White."
- Hallie Ephron, author of Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel
 
"There's damn good reason why Dr. Doug Lyle's e-mail is in every crime writer's address book and why his reference books belong on every aspiring writer's book shelf: His advice comes from the head of a medical expert but also from the heart and imagination of a writer. Whenever I paint myself into a forensic corner, Dr. Doug is always there to rescue me."
- P. J. Parrish, author of An Unquiet Grave

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • D. P. Lyle, M.D., is the Macavity Award–winning and Edgar Award–nominated author of the nonfiction books Murder and Mayhem: A Doctor Answers Medical and Forensic Questions for Mystery Writers, a compilation of the most interesting questions he has received over the years, and Forensics for Dummies, an in-depth look into the world of forensic science.

                Dr. Lyle is a practicing cardiologist in Orange County, California, and has worked as a story and technical consultant with many published authors and with the writers and producers of several popular television shows, including Law & Order, CSI: Miami, Diagnosis Murder, Monk, Judging Amy, Cold Case, Peacemakers, House, Medium, and 1-800-Missing.

                Through the Writer’s Medical and Forensics Lab (www.dplylemd.com), Dr. Lyle works with writers and readers to enrich the authenticity of stories they write and read.

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    Clever, Intriguing, and Downright Odd Questions from Crime Writers

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