What inspired you to write this book?
The story told in RUN TO GROUND began as a short story which was titled “Even Steven” and it appeared in the most recent International Writers’ most recent anthology, THRILLER 3: LOVE IS MURDER. The idea of the story of course came from the classic what if. In this case it would be: What if a forensic science and criminal behavior expert must track down a seemingly normal couple who have murdered the killer of their only child, dumped their entire lives, and disappeared? I have always been intrigued by stories that place normal people and extraordinary circumstances and under incredible pressure. That is the case here. It forces the reader to ask the question: What would you do if someone murdered your only child and got off with a wrist slap on a technicality, while continuing to threaten you? Could you kill this person, change your identity, leave behind everything, and disappear?
What topics in your book or background do you think book clubs would find interesting?
This story combines police work with some very interesting forensic science and delves into the arena of skip tracing – the finding of someone who has change their identity and disappeared. In addition it examines the psychology of parents who take drastic actions in order to avenge the death of their child. I think the reader will come away with ambiguous feelings on many levels.
Tell us about your career outside of writing and how it influence your writing.
I practiced cardiology in Southern California and have for nearly 4 decades. I also write many nonfiction books on forensic science and consult with many novelists and screenwriters on the medical and forensic aspects of their stories. I teach forensic science classes for DeSales University in their Masters of Criminal Justice Program as well as run CraftFest, the thrower writing school put on each summer in New York as part of ITW’s ThrillerFest.
Describe your style of writing
I would say, gritty with humor. Each of the stories in my Dub Walker series are fast-paced, filled with forensic science, and populated with characters that are sometimes too evil for words. I hope the stories make people squirm and keep them awake at night but also every now and then cause a chuckle or two.
Which authors have inspired you?
There are many but the authors that I learn the most from our James Lee Burke, Elmore Leonard, Dennis Lehane, and T. Jefferson Parker.
By: DP Lyle
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