Fever Dream (Daniel Rinaldi Series #2)

Fever Dream (Daniel Rinaldi Series #2)

by Dennis Palumbo
     
 

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There’s a sweltering heat wave outside. Nearly a year after Pittsburgh psychologist and trauma expert Daniel Rinaldi helped unravel a baffling murder, he finds himself drawn into another case.

When a daring bank robbery goes horribly wrong, resulting in the deaths of all the hostages except one, Rinaldi is called in to question Treva Williams, the

Overview

There’s a sweltering heat wave outside. Nearly a year after Pittsburgh psychologist and trauma expert Daniel Rinaldi helped unravel a baffling murder, he finds himself drawn into another case.

When a daring bank robbery goes horribly wrong, resulting in the deaths of all the hostages except one, Rinaldi is called in to question Treva Williams, the traumatized young woman who survived. However, what seemed a simple robbery soon explodes into a series of events that plunge the investigating officers, Sgt. Harry Polk and Det. Eleanor Lowrey—as well as Rinaldi himself—into a vortex of mistaken identity and kidnapping.

Meanwhile, thrown together by the demands of the case, Rinaldi and Eleanor deal with the growing attraction between them. Then there’s the gubernatorial campaign of Rinaldi’s former romantic rival, District Attorney Leland Sinclair. Plot twists multiply as a frenzy of accusations and political maneuvering gathers steam.

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"...Dennis Palumbo pulls all the pieces together for an exciting and surprise conclusion."—Bestsellers World

"Through it all, this unlikely hero, even when he’s abducted and threatened with death, keeps his cool, keeps his edge and never backs down from either the bad guys or his alleged allies, as if he were Jack Reacher with a psychology degree."—Kirkus Reviews
 

"Palumbo gives readers another topnotch thriller that will keep you guessing until the astounding ending. With intricate plotting and surprising twists, FEVER DREAM is an outstanding mystery with engaging characters and sizzling suspense." —Tanzey Cutter, Fresh Fiction

"Former Hollywood screenwriter and author 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

"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 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 failed bank robbery, several brutal murders, a homicidal soldier of fortune, a small town ex-sheriff and a gubernatorial election. A fast, gripping read that offers that rare combination of dimensional characters and propulsive action.” —Dick Lochte, award-winning mystery critic and author of Sleeping Dog

"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

"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

Kirkus Reviews
Clinical psychologist Daniel Rinaldi gets yanked out of a session with a patient and onto a smoking-hot trail of dirty money, dirtier politicians and wholesale killing. At the first sign of trouble, one of the two robbers who'd stormed into Pittsburgh's First Allegheny Bank turns tail and flees. The other one executes assistant manager Bobby Marks, who doesn't stay quite still enough; frees Bobby's girlfriend, bank officer Treva Williams; keeps three more hostages inside; and begins issuing demands. That's when Det. Eleanor Lowrey phones Dr. Rinaldi, whom she's worked with before (Mirror Image, 2010, etc.), and demands that he high-tail it downtown and interview the traumatized Treva before things get worse. Rinaldi does his best, but things get worse anyway, and the robber, stealing a page from the Hannibal Lecter playbook, makes a clean getaway. The robbery-turned-murder is only the beginning of a crime spree that will seriously complicate D.A. Leland Sinclair's gubernatorial bid, make Rinaldi wonder whether Post-Gazette reporter Sam Weiss is indeed correct that Sinclair is in attorney Evan McCloskey's pocket, and produce a collateral-damage casualty list worthy of a high-stakes actioner. There's no need for Palumbo to dial down the suspense while Rinaldi goes looking for suspects, since they keep coming at him in waves. Through it all, this unlikely hero, even when he's abducted and threatened with death, keeps his cool, keeps his edge and never backs down from either the bad guys or his alleged allies, as if he were Jack Reacher with a psychology degree. Palumbo, who's willing to do absolutely anything to keep up the tension, succeeds admirably. Readers who don't require originality and plausibility in their detective thrillers will be as happy as career politicians whose skeletons are securely locked away.
Publishers Weekly
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. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Pittsburgh psychologist Dan Rinaldi's (Mirror Image) boxing skills serve him well in this high-octane police procedural, which opens with a bank robbery gone awry. Brought in by the police to help debrief a released hostage, Rinaldi again finds himself in something much more convoluted than a simple robbery. Somehow this case is tied in with the district attorney's current campaign for governor. Stick with the two story lines, because ten rounds of sleuthing are required before Rinaldi's astute powers of observation and physical agility can crack this case wide open. VERDICT Lots of action coupled with earnest conversations makes for a roller-coaster read. Veteran screenwriter Palumbo composes his book as if it were a TV movie, filling it with a few too many thinly developed characters. Still, the intriguing plot and the psychological angle will hold your attention. For pacing, action, and a look at the underbelly of big cities, fans of Robert Ellis's Lena Gamble mysteries might take to this series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590589571
Publisher:
Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Series:
Daniel Rinaldi Series , #2
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
5.79(w) x 8.74(h) x 1.25(d)

Meet 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 in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, The Strand and elsewhere."

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