Friday, March 15, 2013


Night Terrors: A Daniel Rinaldi MysteryNight Terrors: A Daniel Rinaldi Mystery by Dennis Palumbo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Psychologist Daniel Rinaldi is once again drawn into dangerous situations where his skill working with victims of traumatic crimes is needed. Set in a wintery Pittsburgh, this roller coaster ride of a thriller is a worthy third entry into the series.

Bottom Line: Dennis Palumbo's mysteries are page turners and highly readable. It's not necessary, but I would still recommend reading the other two books first.

A recently retired criminal profiler is suffering from 'night terrors'. Before Dr. Rinaldi can begin to work with him, it is discovered that the ex-FBI agent is on a list of people being hunted down and killed by another serial killer. A second case concerning a mother, who believes her son is innocent even though he has confessed, seems unrelated but things may not be what they seem.

Preparing to write something about Night Terrors, I went back and read my comments on the other two books in the series and discovered that what I wrote then is still true.

Dennis Palumbo knows how to write and he knows how to tell a really exciting story without sharing more than the reader's mind can absorb. In other words violence but not too much violence; sex but not too much sex.

His characters are memorable, quirky, and fun.

It isn't necessary to be familiar with Pittsburgh; but if you are, it adds to mood to recognize the locations the author describes.

If you read and enjoy thrillers, add Dennis Palumbo to your list of authors to follow. You won't be disappointed!

Disclaimer: A copy of Night Terrors was provided to me by Poisoned Pen Press/Netgalley for review purposes. Also, Dennis and I were in a community theater production together in Pittsburgh many years ago.

Title: Night Terrors: A Daniel Rinaldi Mystery
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
No. of Pages: 250 pages
Copyright: May 7, 2013
ISBN: 1464201293
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: NetGalley

Dennis Palumbo is a writer and licensed psychotherapist. His first Daniel Rinaldi mystery, Mirror Image was published in 2010 and followed by Fever Dream in 2011. He was formerly a Hollywood screenwriter and his credits include the feature film My Favorite Year. He also wrote for Welcome Back, Kotter.

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