Night Terrors (Daniel Rinaldi Series #3)

Night Terrors (Daniel Rinaldi Series #3)

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by Dennis Palumbo
     
 

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            Night Terrors is the third in the critically-acclaimed mystery series featuring psychologist and trauma expert Daniel Rinaldi. In this compelling new thriller, set against the backdrop of a brutal Pittsburgh winter, Daniel is asked to treat retired FBI profiler Lyle Barnes, whose terrifying

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            Night Terrors is the third in the critically-acclaimed mystery series featuring psychologist and trauma expert Daniel Rinaldi. In this compelling new thriller, set against the backdrop of a brutal Pittsburgh winter, Daniel is asked to treat retired FBI profiler Lyle Barnes, whose terrifying nocturnal visions cause him to wake up screaming. After twenty years spent inside the heads of the nation’s worst serial killers, Barnes is notonly falling apart psychologically, but also finds himself the target of an unknown assassin, whose mounting list of victims paralyzes the city. Hidden for his own protection by his former colleagues in the Bureau, Barnes secretly escapes, drawing Daniel and a joint FBI-Pittsburgh PD Task Force into a desperate manhunt for the missing agent. Can they find him before the killer does?              Meanwhile, a second, seemingly unconnected, case competes for Daniel’s attention. The mother of a youthful confessed killer, now in jail in nearby West Virginia awaiting trial, is convinced that her son is innocent, and appeals to Daniel for help. Against his better judgment, he becomes involved, and soon suspects that much aboutthe case is not as it appears. As Night Terrors hurtles to its shocking conclusion, Daniel uncovers anunexpected web of murder and madness that not only connects the two investigations, but puts his own life at risk. Complicating matters further is his deepening relationship with the beautiful Detective Eleanor Lowrey. Will the danger closing in around him threaten to ensnare her as well…?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In 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. (May)
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"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 reivew 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

Library Journal
Snowstorms only make a nightmarish case worse for Dr. Rinaldi and the others trying to save a former FBI profiler whose life is in grave danger in this thrilling case, number three for the psychologist (after Fever Dream).
Kirkus Reviews
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781464201318
Publisher:
Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Series:
Night Terrors Series, #3
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(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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Night Terrors (Daniel Rinaldi Series #3) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
The third Dan Rinaldi novel is a complicated tale, compounded by two unrelated story lines in which the psychologist overexerts his derring-do despite the fact that he’s supposed to use his mental powers instead. The title refers to the reaction of a retired FBI profiler, Lyle Barnes, to the years of being exposed to the various horrors of interviewing serial killers. Barnes seems to be an interesting character, but unfortunately is less than fully developed, somehow playing a fleeting presence when necessary to move the plot forward. 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.
AmyELignor More than 1 year ago
A third book featuring Pittsburgh psychologist, Daniel Rinaldi is headed our way and this reviewer is thrilled to be one of the lucky people to read it first. The title is Night Terrors by Dennis Palumbo. And it is chock full of terror on almost every page. 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. Rinaldi for a while, it seems that he is getting a little over confident in the fact that he is good at his job and thinks that he is always right. In his defense, he usually is. Also, this installment is much more gruesome than the previous books. This particular story is lacking some of the humor that the others, although also very hard in places, contained. It might make an extremely good Quentin Tarrantino movie. As an admirer of Tarrantino, I still have to shut my eyes in some of the scenes in his movies. Good luck with Night Terrors and we will be looking forward to the next installment Comment Comment | Permalink