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Fever Dream: A Daniel Rinaldi Mystery #2 (Daniel Rinaldi Series) Paperback – November 1, 2011

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"""Fever Dream is another well-wrought puzzle for the likable Dr. Dan Rinaldi to unravel. Fans will be delighted." --Thomas Perry, Edgar Award-winning author of "The Butcher's Boy "and "The Informant"

"A fast, gripping read that offers that rare combination of dimensional characters and propulsive action." --Dick Lochte, author of "Sleeping Dog"

"The author keeps the pages turning." --"Publishers Weekly "of "Mirror Image"

"Throw in a steamy affair, another death and a bizarre attempted suicide and you've got all the action necessary for enjoyable afternoons at the beach." -- "Pittsburgh Post Gazette "of "Mirror Image
" "A solid first novel, especially recommendable to fans of Jonathan Kellerman, Keith Ablow, and Meg Gardiner." --"Booklist" of "Mirror Image"



"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" best-selling author of "Damage "
"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, Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, author of the V.I. Warshawski novels
""Fever Dream" is another well-wrought puzzle for the likable Dr. Dan Rinaldi to unravel. Fans will be delighted." --Thomas Perry, Edgar award-winning author of "The Butcher's Boy""Dr. Daniel Rinaldi is back in a new non-stop thriller that finds the humane, quick-witted Pittsburgh psychologist (and former pugilist) searching for a link between a fa

"A smart, strong read."--"Booklist "of "Fever Dream " "Palumbo takes the reader into the seamy side of the Steel City, chock-full of corruption and crime, love and loss." --"Publisher's Weekly of Fever Dream ""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" best-selling author of "Damage "
"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, Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, author of the V.I. Warshawski novels
""Fever Dream" is another well-wrought puzzle for the likable Dr. Dan Rinaldi to unravel. Fans will be delighted." --Thomas Perry, Edgar awar

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 ction has appeared in Ellery Queen s Mystery Magazine, The Strand, and elsewhere. Phantom Limb is the fourth in the Daniel Rinaldi series. www.dennispalumbo.com
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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,430,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This is the second Daniel Rinaldi mystery, and it's even better than the first. Rinaldi is not your average, everyday clinical psychologist. He is the superhero of psychologists. Well, he doesn't really have superpowers, but he was an amateur boxer when he was younger and he continues to practice and keep in shape, plus he is very smart. If he didn't have these qualities, he wouldn't still be alive, because as a consultant to the Pittsburgh police department, he finds himself encountering some dangerous and clever villains.

The excitement starts on the first page, with a bank robbery gone awry in which only one bank employee is left alive, and never lets up. In addition to being an action-packed thriller, it's also a puzzle mystery, in which Rinaldi, with his psychological acumen, can figure out people's real motivations and see what's really going on behind the facade. The characters are portrayed with depth, and there is one twist after another, which kept me turning the pages. It was really hard to find a stopping place while I was reading, because I always just had to find out what happened next!

I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys twisty crime thrillers with not only plenty of suspense and action, but an intelligent protagonist and characters that are portrayed vividly enough to seem real.
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I have just finished reading Dennis Palumbo’s book, Fever Dream, the second in a series of action-packed, cleverly constructed tales featuring Dr. Daniel Rinaldi, a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with the Pittsburgh Police Department treating victims of violent crimes. The intricate plot twists and surprises keep the reader turning pages, and the short chapters invite us to read just one more. To my surprise, I finished the book in just one sitting.

However, it wasn’t just the intricate story that kept me riveted; it was the writer’s in-depth understanding of trauma. As a therapist myself, I appreciate the author’s emphasis on the need for his character Rinaldi to be able to put himself into the “world” – the subjective experience – of a patient who’s in a traumatized state.

Drawing heavily on Dr. Robert Stolorow’s groundbreaking work on trauma (See "Counting My People,"), Palumbo – this Hollywood-screenwriter-turned-psychotherapist – deepens the mystery story with his own clinical observations of traumatized patients gleaned over his 24 years in the field of psychology.

The theme of trauma spills over into Palumbo’s poignant, intensely vivid descriptions of his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The author’s strong sense of place makes this city I’ve never seen come alive for me, as if I’m familiar with its essence.

Pittsburgh itself becomes one of the characters, struggling between the old and the new, gentrification versus the old blue-collared immigrant identity, and the anxiety that comes with the loss of an identifiable culture. The story of Pittsburgh is being repeated all over this country, where the uncertainty that comes with modernity weighs heavily on all of us.
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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.

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