Stress Fracture: Book One in the Dub Walker Series [NOOK Book]

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When Dub Walker’s close friend Sheriff Mike Savage becomes the victim of a gruesome murder, the forensic expert is called upon to track down the serial killer who's been terrorizing the county. Having been involved in more than 100 cases of foul play and witnessed the bloody remains of rape, torture, and unthinkable mutilation, Dub thought he had seen it all—yet the killer is unlike any murderer Dub has ever encountered. Vacillating between wildly divergent personalities fueled by post traumatic stress ...

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Overview

When Dub Walker’s close friend Sheriff Mike Savage becomes the victim of a gruesome murder, the forensic expert is called upon to track down the serial killer who's been terrorizing the county. Having been involved in more than 100 cases of foul play and witnessed the bloody remains of rape, torture, and unthinkable mutilation, Dub thought he had seen it all—yet the killer is unlike any murderer Dub has ever encountered. Vacillating between wildly divergent personalities fueled by post traumatic stress disorder—at times calm, cold, and calculating; at others maniacal and out of control—the psychopath taunts, threatens, and outmaneuvers Dub at every turn. The stakes are suddenly elevated as Dub uncovers a deadly conspiracy tainted with unrestrained greed, corruption, and ties to the military establishment and the medical community.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Lyle's routine serial killer thriller introduces crime scene and evidence analyst Dub Walker, a character indistinguishable from the leads of many other such novels. The Huntsville, Ala., authorities ask Walker for help in the third of a series of murders, the brutal beating death of retired sheriff Mike Savage, who's found in his bedroom with a wrought-iron poker stuck in his abdomen. Walker's being an old friend of Savage makes the inquiry personal. There are no obvious connections between Savage and the earlier victims, a 73-year-old retired aerospace engineer and an activist in the local gay community. Providing Walker with a stereotypical motive for focusing on serial killers—a girlfriend during his med school days vanished without trace at the hands of one—does little to add depth. Macavity Award-winner Lyle is the author of Murder and Mayhem: A Doctor Answers Medical and Forensic Questions for Mystery Writers and other nonfiction works on crime. (Apr.)
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D. P. Lyle writes the perfect prescription for a psychological thriller.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605421773
  • Publisher: Medallion Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Dub Walker Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 359,303
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

D. P. Lyle is a cardiologist, a writer, and a story and technical consultant for several popular television shows, including Cold Case, CSI: Miami, Diagnosis Murder, House, Judging Amy, Law & OrderMedium, Monk, Peacemakers, and 1-800-Missing. He is the author of Devil's Playground, Double Blind, the Edgar Award–nominated Forensics for Dummies, and the Macavity Award–winning Murder and Mayhem: A Doctor Answers Medical and Forensic Questions for Mystery Writers. He lives in Orange County, California. http://www.dplylemd.com/

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Stress Fracture


By D.P. Lyle

Medallion Press, Inc.

Copyright © 2010 D.P. Lyle
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-60542-134-6


Chapter One

Sunday 11:36 p.m.

He relished the moments before the kill.

When his heart thumped against his chest. When sweat slicked his skin and stung his eyes, his breathing coarse and raspy. When the muscles of his shoulders tightened and his hands tingled as if awakening. He closed his eyes and took several breaths, the night air warm and sweet. No hurry. He had time. Time to enjoy the anticipation.

Squatting behind a thick, five-foot row of hydrangeas, Brian Kurtz leaned against the cool brick wall. Its roughness tugged at his T-shirt. Inside, his victim slept. The deep, peaceful sleep of someone who thought the future held many such restful nights. Not so, Mr. Michael Savage.

Savage. He liked that name. It possessed power and passion and violence and rage. It conjured images of the old man at the Russel Erskine and the little fag over in Madison. Savage. They had learned the meaning of the word. Tonight the man beyond the wall would, too.

"Very soon, Mr. Savage," he murmured.

He often talked aloud to himself, though at these times his voice sounded foreign. Tinny, flat, muffled. His pulse hammered in his ears, and the familiar rage-fueled knot expanded in his stomach. The anger wanted out. Not yet.

God, he loved this feeling.

He shifted his weight. The marble-sized gravel beneath the shrubs crunched softly. His shoulder shook loose a few petals from one of the ball-shaped flowers. They floated to the ground, joining others that had already taken the fall.

His plan looped through his mind for the hundredth time. Every step a crisp picture. Jump the fence into the backyard. Through the side garage door, the kitchen, and down the hall to where Savage sprawled on his bed, easy prey. The gun, the soft pop, the recoil. Then, Savage was his. The images kicked his pulse up a notch. Sweat collected on his face, and he swiped it away with the front of his shirt.

It was time.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Stress Fracture by D.P. Lyle Copyright © 2010 by D.P. Lyle. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

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    This book kept me engaged throught out the story. I would recommend this book to all who love police and detective suspense books.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

    Best Novel I Have Ever Read!

    This book is a superb book. I am a slow reader and I red the book in 11 days. I'm not much of a reader but this book is something I couldn't put down. I'm so excited for the second book of the series to come out. I'm 21 and I would recommend this book to anyone. I give this book very high praises and hope that many people read this and love it like I did.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2010

    Ringside Seat for the Action

    If there were an award for the Best Chapter Endings, D.P. Lyle would be the hands down winner. A master in the art of tethering readers to each and every crisp, deftly written word, his bold imagery snakes through the pages of his latest action packed thriller "Stress Fracture," making it physically painful to put down.

    Dub Walker-an expert consultant in crime scene investigation-is shaken to the core by the butchery as he lingers in the home and now crime scene of his friend and former Huntsville Sheriff Mike Savage. Rage and unrelenting anger are the only clues that seep from the scene, linking the brutality to two previous murders. This senseless act upon a fellow officer and much loved member of society makes the hunt for this particular brand of killer personal for all involved.

    But it just doesn't add up as Dub receives the first of many phone calls from the killer. He is perfectly calm, intelligent and not easily goaded, which is at odds with the viciousness found onsite. As Dub continues to push, he never gives thought to the danger he may be helping to set in motion.

    If you are already a fan or are at all aware of Lyle's work, then you've probably figured out this man doesn't seem to know how to fail.
    "Stress Fracture" gives you a ringside seat for the action, making you feel like an active participant in the drama.

    Reviewed by Shannon Raab with Suspense Magazine
    www.suspensemagazine.com

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    Barely okay

    4 and 5 stars? The book was average at best. The main character is boring! He's not tough, or extraordinarily smart, doesn't possess any impressive skills....nothing!!! His ex wife the reporter adds nothing to the story except as a love interest. The other detective T Tom (why???) is just there so that Dub has someone to talk to. He doesn't compliment Dub or add anything to their relationship i.e. he's not the muscles or the brains. The bad guys don't inspire any feelings towards them at all. The book repeats the same type of crime over and over again. You would think that each new crime would further the bad guys agenda but youwould be wrong. So, ina nut shell. Terrible characters, bad story line, and a disappointing ending make this book a forgettable reading experience.
    KMS

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    Brilliant for a free book

    This story is a real page turner. Almost hard to belive it's fictional!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    Better than expexted

    A free book purchase and well worth the read. It kept met interested and guessing the who, why, how as a good mystery thriller should.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    l****

    Highly recommended

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Really good read!

    Great storyline and hard to put down, very well written.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Recommend

    Good story line.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Two thumbs up

    Fast,exciting read. Felt like you were there like a fly on the wall.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Enjoy

    A good read, a lot of clues to follow

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

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    strong police procedural medical thriller

    After retiring from homicide investigations, Dub Walker became a forensic consultant to the FBI's Behavioral Assessment Unit and a noted author on the topic. However, he returns to field work when his close friend Sheriff Mike Savage is brutally murdered in Alabama. Apparently this psychopath has viciously killed two other people.

    The annihilator kills with rage and Dub knows he will not stop. He even knows who the predator is. Iraqi veteran Brian Kurtz came home with a severe case of PTSD; the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute gave him an experimental drug that for no apparent reason failed to calm him down, but instead turned him into a sadistic vicious beast. Dub must hunt down the animal, who has residents of Huntsville in a panic.

    The key to this strong police procedural medical thriller is the killer whom ironically the audience meets at the beginning of the tale as Kurtz the monster receives empathy from readers who know he must die to end the blood rage. Dub is terrific as the hunter who feels the prey is stalking him. Expecting a High Noon showdown, fans will enjoy this entertaining cautionary tale as underneath the non-stop action, D.P. Lyle warns readers of the excessive use of drugs.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    a page turner

    I love this book....can hardly put it down.............can't wait to see how it ends! Can't wait to finish, I would love to read more by this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    Enjoyed this book

    Would recommend

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2012

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    great book

    I have 50 pages left . I'm enjoying the book. Can't wait to see what happen next. Very nice flow to the book It's hard to put down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Slow start

    I found the writting awkward but enjoyed the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Story

    It was ok. I have read better. Some parts were very boring and hard to get through. Overall a fair story.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    I would recommend this

    I am not your typical mystery reader but I figured I would give this one a shot. It kept me turning the pages until I got done. I thought I had it figured out, then there was a twist to it. The author made it seem like you are there looking at the crime scene so that is what kept me hooked. I can't wait for another book to come out and hope it is a good as this first one is.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Good free book

    Story is really great but at times little boring description or talk. Other than that really good book. Worth reading who likes criminal stories

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Pretty good

    My only criticism--it's a little too slick. Character reminds me of "Criminal Minds," Jack Reacher, Lucas Davenport, and a few others.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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