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Murder, they wrote, using this doctor's ingenious ideas
Murder, they wrote, using this doctor's ingenious ideas

The doctor's phone rang. It was another request for his expertise. A murderous son was donating an organ to his aging father. Somehow, the procedure had to kill the dad. Somehow, the murder weapon had to be the organ itself. Can you help? pleaded the crime writer, who had six weeks to finish his book. It is the kind of call cardiologist Douglas Lyle, 67, relishes. He's gotten many like it — in fact, he'd helped the writer kill before. When he's brooding over such questions, Lyle lights a big cigar on the patio of his Lake Forest home and pours himself some good bourbon. A stout man with penetrating blue eyes and a thinning fringe of exuberant curly hair,...

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