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Sam Cody #3


 Reputation Books

Dr. Lucy Wagner was on top of her game. The only cardiac surgeon on staff, a new pediatric cardiac unit dedicated to her, and an impeccable reputation not only put her at the apex of the local medical pyramid but also garnered a few powerful enemies. Such is the nature of jealousy and greed. Turf wars can get ugly. Still all was good until the day old John Scully, the spiritual founder and leader of a local snake-handling church, died on her operating table. Fainting spells, nightmarish dreams, and patient after patient succumbing to some violent psychosis followed, putting her career, and her life, in jeopardy. Aided by long time friend and ex-boxer, ex-cop Samantha Cody, Lucy must reach deeply into her family’s past and into her own soul to find the strength to confront old and very powerful forces she never knew existed.


Original Sin is tense, disturbing thriller told by a gifted storyteller—Bruce DeSilva, AP

Like an ambulance racing to an accident scene, DP Lyle puts the pedal to the floor in his latest medical thriller---Linwood Barclay, New York Times bestselling author of A Tap On the Window

In ORIGINAL SIN, the third Samantha Cody thriller, DP Lyle crafts a compelling story that finds Sam once again in a snake pit of intrigue and danger. This time a literal snake pit. Like the others in this series, complex characters, unexpected plot twists, and more than a dash of humor drive the story. Not to be missed---David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Murder As A Fine Art

From the moment you begin reading Original Sin by D.P. Lyle, M.D., you’ll know you’re in the hands of a master of the medical thriller. Disorienting and riveting, Original Sin finds retired police officer Sam Cody embroiled in a series of puzzling homicides in which heart surgery patients turn into killers – but then, sometimes modern medicine is so high-tech it can seem almost supernatural. Bristling with rich detail and smart repartee, Original Sin is indeed an original. You don’t want to miss it---Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Spies

When it comes to heart-stopping suspense, heart-breaking emotion, and cold-hearted terror, nobody can top DP Lyle...and this is the thriller that proves it.  When a heart surgeon operates on a snake-charming preacher, she does more than cut open his flesh with her scalpel... she reveals a dark secret and unleashes a deadly power that could kill her unless ex-cop Samantha Cody can help her get to the truth---Lee Goldberg, Edgar nominated author of the Monk mysteries and co-author with Janet Evanovich of The Chase

D.P. Lyle has given us a winner with an intricate tale involving a small town in the South, a church with a deadly secret, a troubled surgeon, and a chilling deception spanning decades.  Original Sin flows as smooth and satisfying as the finest Tennessee Whiskey---Philip Donlay, acclaimed author of the Donovan Nash series of thrillers

Retired Detective Samantha Cody returns to face her greatest challenge in D.P. Lyle’s superb new thriller, Original Sin. Cody is called upon to help her heart surgeon friend, Lucy Wagner, whose professional and personal lives turn chaotic after she operates on a snake-charming evangelist. Deftly plotted and expertly executed, Lyle is at the top of his game in a heart-pounding thriller. Sam Cody is a protagonist worth rooting for. Find a comfortable chair and plan to stay up late. Highly recommended---Sheldon Siegel. New York Times Best Selling Author of the Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez Legal Thrillers.

Dr. Doug Lyle puts his medical and forensics training to excellent use in the stellar Original Sin (Reputation Books, 238 pages, $19.95) that reads like Robin Cook’s Coma on steroids.  Lyle treats us to not one, but two terrific heroines in Dr. Lucy Wagner and her friend, as well as ours, ex-cop Samantha Cody.  It’s a classic riches to rags tale that starts when the famously successful Wagner loses a patient and then nearly everything else.  Enter ex-boxer Cody.  Never one to shy away from a fight, she encounters more than her share of opponents in trying to get to the bottom of a conspiracy at the hands of those who are about to learn to take a punch.  Lyle adroitly balances spot-on medical science and technology with adroit plotting and masterful characters.  A mix of Michael Crichton and C. J. Box that adds up to seasoned and savory brain candy--Jon Land, The Providence Sunday Journal


Looks At Books Review 

“Original Sin” by D. P. Lyle is book three in the “Samantha Cody Mystery” series; new readers will be able to follow along without having read the previous books, any needed information is included in the current story. This book combines cultural nuances with creepy and almost surreal events. Things might seem too bizarre to be real, but they absolutely have an authentic foundation.

The story unfolds in alternate narratives mostly by Lucy Wagner and Samantha Cody, although other points of view occasionally appear. Cody, a former detective from California, is visiting her childhood friend Wagner, a heart surgeon in Remington, Tennessee. The tale opens with an adrenalin rush as Wagner performs emergency heart surgery on John Scully, the preacher in the local church who practice snake handling. People are afraid of these “religious nut jobs,” as they call the congregation. Lucy soon finds that she has an unexpected connection to her now-deceased patient. 

It is a small town, so everyone knows everyone else and everyone’s relatives. 

Conversation drives the plot, and the narrative includes everyday activities, easy-going banter, humor, food and drink of all sorts, and, of course, serious discussions about the odd things going on around town including dreams, disappearances, and two unsolved murders from the past. Of course, murders do not happen in a vacuum, and Cody finds that sorting everything out is difficult. This community has deep dark secrets; however, secrets never remain secret forever, no matter how hard people try, especially not now with DNA. 

“Original Sin” is well written, compelling and yet disturbing with a unique cultural element. People know each other, and that familiarity provides many motives for murder. I was given a review copy of “Original Sin” by D. P. Lyle, Reputation Books, and Independent Publishers Group. It is quick to read and has danger on every page, and not just from the snakes. Vindictiveness, jealousy, and greed have no bounds. 

© Douglas Lyle 2015