D. Marshall Craig, M.D. draws upon his knowledge of medicine gained from over 30 years as a trauma, plastic, and reconstructive surgeon to continue the story of hard-working hero Dr. Kyle Chandler. Craig’s series of medical suspense thrillers are inspired by some of his wildest stories and most colorful characters from his previous medical career. He now enjoys his second career as a winemaker and vineyard manager for a small boutique winery. He lives with his wife in the mountains of western North Carolina. The first book in the Dr. Kyle Chandler series is Cut to the Chase (White Bird Publications).


Prior to departing for a medical symposium in London, trauma surgeon Dr. Kyle Chandler is contacted by Ian Griffin, who runs a private investigation firm. Because of Dr. Chandler’s involvement in a previous antiques investigation case, Ian asks him to look into a new case while in London. In addition, Dr. Chandler is asked a favor by a friend to inquire about bulk wine shipments from Europe to the United States while he’s in London. The busy surgeon reluctantly agrees to both requests.

During his time in England, Dr. Chandler stumbles on a mysterious system of product smuggling to the United States. As Dr .Chandler continues his investigation in New York, then back in Kansas City, he realizes that he faces a powerful, complex network involving organized crime.

Meanwhile, Dr. Chandler tries to determine where he stands with his girlfriend, Caroline Martinelli, an attractive and successful antiques dealer whose intelligence and quick wit fuel his interest in her. As he pursues this web of illegal product distribution, escalating threats to him (and the beautiful Caroline) reveal the truth – and the truth nearly costs him his life.

In a climactic ending, Kyle’s inquiry leads him to a showdown with the organized crime don. Using his persistence to expose the smuggling scheme while protecting himself and his girlfriend, will the proverbial David overcome Goliath in this thriller?


  • D. Marshall Craig was a trauma and reconstructive surgeon for over 30 years. How does he weave his knowledge of medicine into the story?
  • Dr. Craig’s series of medical suspense thrillers are partly inspired by real people and events. Dr. Craig can share a few true wild stories and characters with your audience.
  • Medical burnout? After being a physician, Dr. Craig is now enjoying a second career as a winemaker in North Carolina. Why this trend of docs leaving the practice for very different occupations?


  • March:
    • National March into Literacy Month
    • Rising Star Month
    • Read an E-Book Month
    • World Book Day – March 2
    • National Write Your Story Day – March 14
  • April and May:
    • D.E.A.R. Month (drop everything and read)- April
    • Tell a Story Day – April 27
    • Independent Bookstore Day- April 27
    • Mystery Month – May
    • Get Caught Reading Month- May


“With surgical precision, Craig develops a mystery that will engulf not only Chandler, but his profession, the conglomerate medical force he works for, the black market world of high-end antiques and the ultimate secret that all of this is leading to.” The Watauga Democrat

“An enjoyable read with well-developed characters and a good pace. I look forward to further adventures of Dr. Kyle Chandler.” — Full Circle Books

“A compelling high drama novel. A treat to the avid reader of action, humor, crime and deceit.”OKCFriday