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Product Details

  • Series: Daniel Rinaldi Series
  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590589599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590589595
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,369,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''Intricate plotting and mind-boggling twists make Dennis Palumbo's Fever Dream a memorable mystery. The character of psychologist and trauma expert Daniel Rinaldi gives great heart to this story and elevates it to novelistic heights.'' --John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author

''Fever Dream is another well-wrought puzzle for the likable Dr. Dan Rinaldi to unravel. Fans will be delighted.'' --Thomas Perry, New York Times bestselling author

''Lovers of noir will enjoy Dan Rinaldi's fast-paced adventures. Rinaldi, an empathic therapist, is on call to the Pittsburgh police. He needs every ounce of his Golden Glove skills to survive the violent world of Pennsylvania politics.'' --Sara Paretsky, New York Times bestselling author

''Palumbo again delivers more great characters, a page-turning mystery, and sizzling suspense. If you liked Mirror Image, you'll love Fever Dream.'' --Bobby Moresco, Oscar-winning writer/producer of Crash and Million Dollar Baby

''Palumbo's exciting second mystery featuring Pittsburgh psychologist Daniel Rinaldi . . . Palumbo takes the reader into the seamy side of the Steel City, chock-full of corruption and crime, love and loss.'' --Publishers Weekly

''The hero of this fine novel is a clinical psychologist and thus part of a detective tradition that includes Jonathan Kellerman's 'Alex Delaware' and James Patterson's 'Alex Cross'...A smart, strong read.'' --Booklist

''Palumbo, who's willing to do absolutely anything to keep up the tension, succeeds admirably.'' --Kirkus Reviews

''Dennis Palumbo takes you into the sizzling side of the Steel City in this book complete with government corruption, crime, love, and broken hearts.'' --Fresh Fiction --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Formerly a Hollywood screenwriter,Dennis Palumbo is now a licensed psychotherapist in private practice. He's the author of a mystery collection,From Crime to Crime,and his short fiction has appeared inEllery Queen's Mystery Magazine, TheStrandand elsewhere."


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Formerly a Hollywood screenwriter ("My Favorite Year," "Welcome Back, Kotter," etc.), DENNIS PALUMBO is now a licensed psychotherapist, specializing in creative issues. Author of "Writing From the Inside Out" (John Wiley), his first novel was a sci-fi thriller, "City Wars" (Bantam Books), before he turned to crime. His mystery fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, The Strand, and elsewhere, and is collected in "From Crime to Crime" (Tallfellow Press). His acclaimed debut crime novel, "Mirror Image," was the first in a series featuring psychologist and trauma expert Daniel Rinaldi. It was followed by "Fever Dream" and "Night Terrors." The fourth Rinaldi thriller, "Phantom Limb," is on sale now. All from Poisoned Pen Press, and all available in print, audio and e-book formats.

Dennis also blogs regularly for the Huffington Post and writes a column called "Hollywood on the Couch" for the Psychology Today website. For more info, visit www.dennispalumbo.com.

Customer Reviews

I look forward to new releases to the Daniel Rindali series.
spooklucy
The intricate plot twists and surprises keep the reader turning pages, and the short chapters invite us to read just one more.
doctor helen
Rinaldi is a very appealing hero, and Palumbo does a nice job of showing his humanity.
Lil Gluckstern

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Jordan on February 7, 2013
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I enjoy the main character, consultant Daniel Rinaldi, but this follow up fell short of the first. Romantic interest was weak, left as a loose end and unfinished. Just not as clear a plot. Hope the next is better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alice Berger on September 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
Psychologist and trauma expert, Daniel Rinaldi, has already gotten mixed up in a police investigation once before, so it's only natural that officer Eleanor Lowrey turns to him during a botched bank robbery. The only survivor, Treva Williams, could be the link the police need to catch the perpetrators. But Treva is suffering from post traumatic shock, and Rinaldi will need to gently coax the information out of her.

As the investigation develops, he also finds himself caught up in the gubernatorial race, with one candidate heavily seeking his favor. Incriminating evidence is revealed, leading Rinaldi to question the ethics of this popular man. Is he really as corrupt as he seems, or is someone else pulling the strings? And how far is someone willing to go to be sure the new governor will give in to his demands?

In this sequel to Mirror Image, Rinaldi must use his wits to save himself from those who want him dead. Working in close proximity with the police, he relies heavily on his psychological skills in reading people's motives. What appears to be real is only an illusion, and plot twists abound. I highly recommend this thrilling mystery.

Reviewer: Alice Berger
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard P. Taylor on May 9, 2012
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With Dennis Palumbo's first Rinaldi mystery/thriller "Mirror Image" I knew that here was a writer to fit in with the likes of Michael Connelly, Jonathan Kellerman, and Robert Crais. The second in the Rinaldi series is "Fever Dream", and like a magician Palumbo lays out all the puzzle pieces in plain view but manages to surprise you at the end without cheating along the way.

The characters in these books really come alive. The protagonist, Daniel Rinaldi, is imperfect in a lovable way. He cares about all people, not just his therapy patients, and when his life is on the line he is fearful but does what needs to be done. Rinaldi is primarily a psychologist, but from time to time he works with the police to help solve particularly vexing crimes. Save for one detective, Rinaldi is usually disrespected by the force for being an "outsider" yet those who work closely with him respect his ability to connect the dots and understand the way the perps think. Their respect is usually dealt out as backhanded compliments.

Rinaldi's willingness to cross the line between psych and sleuth gets him into trouble with the force but he does whatever needs to be done to help solve the crime. As a former boxer Rinaldi is rarely intimidated by anyone, but his bravado sometimes leads to life and death circumstances.

This is an exciting series of books with characters who pop from the page and stay with you after you've finished the book. I'd recommend it for any mystery/thriller fans. You won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edie VINE VOICE on March 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Daniel Rinaldi was called to a hostage situation taking place during a botched bank robbery. One person was released, but she was too traumatized to be of much help to authorities who needed information on what was going on inside the bank. It was hoped that trauma expert Rinaldi could help her access her memories as everyone else involved were killed.

During the investigation, a series of leads point police toward DA Leland Sinclair who is in the midst of a close gubernatorial campaign. As the campaign heats up a number of incidents take place that puts Sinclair, the detectives investigating the robbery and Rinaldi in grave danger.

Fever Dream was written by Dennis Palumbo, who also wrote Mirror Image. He was a former Hollywood screenwriter, now a licensed psychotherapist in private practice. His extensive experience in both writing and psychotherapy not only gave Palumbo the background for this series, but allowed him to dig deep into the psyche of the characters giving them a greater depth than most authors are able to provide.

Daniel Rinaldi comes across as a strong character, but with some flaws that allow him to get drawn into situations most of the rest of us would avoid. At times it seems he takes chances that suspend belief, but they add to the depth and suspense of the mystery. The author neatly ties together the bank robbery and Sinclair's quest for the position of governor.

Fever Dream is a non-stop series of events that will have readers rapidly turning pages.

Fever Dream (Daniel Rinaldi Mysteries)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Gremmler on January 3, 2012
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If you liked Mirror Image, you'll love Fever Dream. Once again Daniel Rinaldi is helping the Pittsburgh Police Department and once again he solves a very complicated case. I think the reason I loved Fever Dream is because I am becoming more and more familiar with Daniel and the other interesting characters that Dennis Palumbo has created. They all seem real because of their quirks and frailities. And the dialogue and interior musings of Daniel Rinaldi make him the most real and most interesting of all. I can't wait for the next book!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ted Feit VINE VOICE on January 1, 2012
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In the beginning, we had Alex Delaware, psychologist and sometime police consultant. Now we also have Daniel Rinaldi, psychotherapist and part-time police consultant. There, of course, the similarities end. Whereas the Kellerman protagonist is more cerebral, the Palumbo creation is more physical, in keeping with his background as a Golden Glover from the mean streets of Pittsburgh.

This novel, the second in which Rinaldi is involved in a murder mystery which endangers his life (multiple times), begins when he is called by a Pittsburgh detective following a bank robbery, to treat the sole surviving hostage (all the others were shot). From that point, a series of events takes place, fast and furious. In the midst of everything, there is a gubernatorial campaign in which the D.A. is running as a tough law-and-order candidate, complicating the police efforts and raising other concerns.

The complex plot proceeds apace, with scant clues but much physical action, especially a few murders and lots of firepower. The only criticism I have about an otherwise entertaining novel is Rinaldi's omnipotence, allowing him to merely espouse solutions to the various mysteries without any preceding facts in the narrative (maybe that's the way motion picture scripts are written - - the author formerly was a Hollywood screenwriter). Nevertheless, the book is very enjoyable, and is recommended.
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