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Night Terrors: A Daniel Rinaldi Mystery (Daniel Rinaldi Series) Hardcover – May 7, 2013
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Pittsburgh clinical psychologist Daniel Rinaldi (Fever Dream, 2011, etc.) finds to his sorrow that even serial killers have fans.
Now that Wesley Currim has confessed to killing wealthy Wheeling coal-mine executive Edward Meachem and led Chief Avery Block and Detective Sgt. Harve Randall to the headless corpse, you’d think the case would be closed. But Wes’ mother Maggie swears he’s innocent and provides him with a cast-iron alibi he’s determined to repudiate. Do Block and Randall have the right man in custody? Dr. Rinaldi, who went along with them since Wes had refused to talk unless he was called in, can’t say. And he has no time to yield to Maggie’s pleas and break Wes’ confession because he’s been snatched off the street by FBI agent Neal Alcott and plunged into a different nightmare. Even though John Jessup, convicted of killing four prostitutes, has been beaten to death during a riot in an Ohio prison, the pen pal calling himself “Your Biggest Fan” is determined to avenge him by carrying on in his tradition. In short order, the prison guard who killed Jessup, the judge who sentenced him to four life sentences and the Cleveland ADA who prosecuted him are shot. Not surprisingly, Lyle Barnes, the retired FBI profiler who helped nail Jessup, is having night terrors, and Alcott wants Rinaldi to meet with him and calm him down. For his part, Rinaldi wants to be left alone to consummate his stymied romance with Detective Eleanor Lowrey of the Pittsburgh PD. How likely is that when the entire tri-state region is full of serial killers and killers-in-training?
Some thrillers are beach reads. Palumbo’s are strictly for late at night and for readers who have no pressing engagements early the next day.—Kirkus Reviews
""Palumbo’s riveting third Daniel Rinaldi mystery (after 2011’s Fever Dream), the Pittsburgh, Pa., doctor applies his therapeutic skills to a prickly former FBI special agent, Lyle Barnes, who suffers from night terrors after a career of tracking down serial killers. Adding to Barnes’s woes is a murderer out to get every person who helped put serial killer John Jessup behind bars, including Barnes, who goes into protective custody. Meanwhile, Rinaldi agrees to help Maggie Currim prove the innocence of her troubled adult son, Wes, who has confessed to the gruesome decapitation of a local businessman. Answers prove elusive as the murders begin to pile up, and Barnes escapes from FBI custody. Palumbo ratchets up the stakes in this grisly psychological thriller, but maintains the emotional complexity as Rinaldi weighs his loyalty to his patients against his faith in the FBI.""—Publishers Weekly
""Authentic and fast-paced,'Night Terrors' is a thrilling plunge into the mind of an obsessed killer. Palumbo draws on his vast knowledge as a licensed psychotherapist to bring his characters into focus, and his success as a Hollywood screenwriter to bring his story to a satisfying, climactic end. This is something you don't want to miss!"" —Stephen Jay Schwartz, LA Times bestselling author of Boulevard and Beat.
""In NIGHT TERRORS, Dennis Palumbo takes a brilliant premise and turns it into the kind of thriller most of us wish we could write. Thrills, surprises, and memorable characters. A terrific book."" --Timothy Hallinan, Edgar-nominated author of the Poke Rafferty and Junior Bender thrillers.
""NIGHT TERRORS sends forensic psychologist Daniel Rinaldi on another thrilling, risky ride through the Pittsburgh area’s crazies and-not-so-crazies. A brilliant, gripping emotional journey, full of the great characters and satisfying, unexpected turns we’ve come to expect from author/shrink Dennis Palumbo.""—Thomas B. Sawyer, author of the bestselling thrillers THE SIXTEENTH MAN and NO PLACE TO RUN
""Dennis Palumbo is a master of character, psychology and setting; and Night Terrors showcases these skills to great effect. Highly recommended!"" ---John Lescroart, NYT best-selling author of THE OPHELIA CUT
""Another terrific ride from Dennis Palumbo's Daniel Rinaldi series. A page turner of the first order. I'm looking forward to the next one."" —Bobby Moresco (Oscar-winning writer/producer of Crash and Million Dollar Baby)
""Each time Dennis Palumbo returns to the world of psychotherapist Daniel Rinaldi and his colleagues in Pittsburgh law enforcement, his narrative is surer and his understanding deeper. Don't miss Night Terrors. It's his best yet."" —Thomas Perry (Edgar-winning and NYT best-selling author)
""From the discovery of a truncated corpse in a deserted West Virginia farmhouse in the dead of winter to a breathless shootout in an abandoned Pennsylvania steel mill, the suspense never lets up in this new addition to the Daniel Rinaldi series. Author Palumbo uses both parts of his psychologist-crime writer hyphenate to a create a thriller that nearly kills his hero while giving the minds of his readers several playful twists."" --Dick Lochte, L.A. Times bestselling author (SLEEPING DOG, BLUES IN THE NIGHT)
""In Palumbo’s exciting second mystery featuring Pittsburgh psychologist Daniel Rinaldi (after 2010’s Mirror Image), the police bring in Daniel as a trauma expert to care for Treva Williams, the sole survivor of a bank robbery hostage situation gone bad. Though she’s clearly traumatized, Treva has her own secrets, including a former relationship with a cop, another with an abusive thug, and a string of questionable choices. As the center of a messy crime with high stakes, Treva appears to be a link between several unrelated events tainting district attorney Leland Sinclair, who’s running for governor of Pennsylvania. When the governor’s race heats up, Daniel is thrown into a dangerous mix of political intrigue, murder, manipulation, and explosive revelations that could rock Pittsburgh. Palumbo takes the reader into the seamy side of the Steel City, chock-full of corruption and crime, love and loss.""—Publishers Weekly review of Fever Dream
""This debut novel from psychotherapist Palumbo features a psychologist, Daniel Rinaldi, whose client, a college student, is murdered. But here’s the twist: the victim, for therapeutic reasons, has lately been imitating Rinaldi’s appearance and manner of dress. So naturally Rinaldi believes that he, and not his client, was the intended victim. Wracked with guilt over the incident—he believes his encouragement of the victim’s behavior got him killed—Rinaldi sets out to find the killer. Palumbo, a screenwriter with credits as varied as Welcome Back, Kotter and the classic film My Favorite Year, does an excellent job of building suspense, and Rinaldi, who comes off as likable if a bit self-absorbed, makes a complex
protagonist. A solid first novel, especially recommendable to fans of Jonathan Kellerman, Keith Ablow, and Meg Gardiner.""—Booklist about Mirror Image
Top Customer Reviews
In the latest installment of this mystery series, Dr. Rinaldi is invited by the FBI, somewhat reluctantly, to treat one of their recently retired profilers. After a stellar career looking inside the heads of serial killers, Special Agent Lyle Barnes is missing a lot of sleep and is having horrible dreams about these killers and how they tormented their victims and wakes up screaming each night. Dr. Rinaldi is trying to get the agent to talk about his years as a profiler and try and remember what he went through in the capture of these criminals. This is not an easy job as the agent is in the crosshairs of an admirer of serial killers who is advertising the fact that he will kill everyone that had a hand in the capture of a recent killer (Judge, Jury and Executioner) and has started to do just that. To make matters worse, Agent Barnes goes on the run and the police and FBI are trying to find him before the killer does.
Dr. Rinaldi is also involved in a case of a young man who is accused of murdering a local businessman. His mother says that he is innocent and, even though the man has confessed, she is adamant about her son being set free. So, Dr. Rinaldi tries to help her prove her son is blameless even though he thinks that the man might be guilty. Dr. Rinaldi is beginning to think that these two cases are linked and both cases are becoming difficult to handle.
As usual, I really liked this book and it was a one-day read. After knowing Dr.Read more ›
The situation is complicated by pressure on the psychologist to try to get a confessed killer in an unrelated case to revoke his confession. Why the man confessed is an interesting twist in the second case. Initially, Rinaldi is called in to try to help retired FBI agent Lyle Barnes, one of the listees who has begun to succumb to the night terrors of the title. Barnes, on the mad killer's list, may be key to quickly finding the man. Then Barnes inexplicably does a runner from his FBI protectors, increasing the complexity of the situation by several levels.
The novel is precisely and carefully plotted carrying the reader forward in what is sometimes referred to as a page turner. The action only slows in some of Rinaldi's frequent snow-filled road trips when he has more time than is perhaps healthy to worry about the people in the two cases and his personal involvements with some of them. That is a relatively small caveat. This is a superb novel with an eminently satisfying conclusion to both cases. I have no hesitation recommending the book to thriller readers, procedural fans and the vast audience of general crime novel readers.
As always I note that a copy of the novel was provided by the publisher at no cost.
To begin with, we learn of a series of murders of persons who played a role in the conviction of a serial murderer, first identified by Barnes, of prostitutes. The assassin appears to be acting on a list in some sort of progression. Dan is called in by the FBI as a consultant to treat Barnes' malady, placing him the middle of the investigation. Then Dan is confronted with a second case, that of a confessed killer whose mother claims he is innocent because he was with her at the time of the murder.
As the two plot lines move forward, Dan seeks answers to various questions he confronts. More important, instead of psychology, we witness his superman efforts in attempting to find the answers. Perhaps, because of the author's background as a Hollywood screenwriter, or more likely an eye on a movie contract. All in all, there is a lot of bravado which is somewhat overdone. Nevertheless, the book is well-written and moves swiftly to its surprising conclusion, and is recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book awhile ago, so I can't give a detailed review here. But I love mystery, and will read every Daniel Palumbo book I can find! Read morePublished 14 months ago by Andy Batty
Each Rinaldi mystery is better than the last. Night Terrors ups the game from the fun Fever Dream, with a great multifaceted story, humor, suspense, surprises, and the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Douglas Green
Dr. Daniel Rinaldi, a Pittsburgh psychologist, gets involved in two police cases. The first involves Wesley Currim, an unpleasant, wise-cracking young man who's confessed to the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Barbara Saffer
I can almost guarantee that you will not be able to see the ending of this book coming! What a roller coaster ride! The characters come to life and are extremely believable. Read morePublished 21 months ago by MikiHope
I am about to give up on mysteries and thrillers which are praised by other authors only.
"The suspense never lets up","full of great characters... Read more
I'm an avid mystery and thriller reader with no patience for poorly plotted stories and dull characters. Dennis Palumbo's Night Terrors and hero Dr. Read morePublished on July 23, 2014 by Amazon Customer
FAST read! Fun, lively, fascinating. A wild ride with interesting characters -- especially Daniel Rinaldi, the therapist hero who is thrown in the middle of these murder cases in... Read morePublished on June 8, 2014 by JBM
I have read ALL of the Daniel Rinaldi Mysteries - and loved each one - but NIGHT TERRORS is the very best yet!!
Dennis Palumbo has a true gift for character and story. Read more