Mirror Image

Mirror Image

by Dennis Palumbo
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Mirror Image 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Complicated and catchy. Well-plotted with good character development. I that the eroticism was played up more than needed but I see the need at the end. I'm going to look for bigger and better in the next one
bookwalker More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of mysteries and thrillers. Because of that, I enjoy a mystery that gives me surprises. This book definitely does that. The characters are not as developed as I would like and the description is not as vivid as other books I have read, but the plot is complex with several story lines that culminate in a satisfying conclusion. An enjoyable read!
bookswomanSD More than 1 year ago
Ridley Pearson is quoted on the cover of this book "A standout mind-bender! This guy can write!" I couldn't agree more, he can write and he does a stellar job of proving it with this first-in-a-series book. In fact, I can't wait for the 2nd book to show up! Dr. Daniel Rinaldi is a psychologist in Pittsburgh. He is in private practice but also consults for the police. When one of his patients is killed right beside his car, Dan is determined to find out who killed him and why. There are lots of twists and turns to this story and in some ways it is a little more "hard-boiled" than I normally read, but I zoomed through it because it is so well written. You care about Dan, you also care about Kevin the lost soul who was killed. It is also full of suspense and puzzles and some basic truisms in life. All in all an outstanding contribution to the mystery field.
janimar More than 1 year ago
Dr. Daniel Rinaldi is a clinical psychologist and a consultant for the Pittsburgh Police. The book starts with him in a counseling session with Kevin Merrick, who was a victim sexual abuse as a child. Rinaldi notices that Kevin is dressing more and more like him but decides to focus on Kevin's other more pressing issues. Little did he know that by the end of the night, Kevin would be murdered and die in Rinaldi's arms outside his office. The police think that Rinaldi was the victim and give him protection but Rinaldi is determined he is going to find out who Kevin's murderer is. Little does he know where this investigation is going to take him and the danger he is in. Kevin's dad, Miles Wingate is a wealthy biotech giant, who will do anything to protect himself and his company. This does not stop Rinaldi, as he knows that Wingate knew that Kevin and his sister were involved sexually when they were children. Things become more complicated when another of Rinaldi's clients starts acting crazy and tries to kill himself. Rinaldi continues to investigate and another murder occurs putting not just himself but his fellow associates under suspicion. Dennis Palumbo, himself a licensed psychologist writes as one who knows the field. This thriller is complex and a page-turner that keeps you guessing to the very end. The novel does contain graphic sexual content and language. This is a debut novel for Palumbo but I think more will be coming.
ProReviewing More than 1 year ago
An upbeat setting, convincing characters and a plot that has one on the edge of one's seat from page one-what more could a reader ask for in a crime novel? Once more, established mystery writer Dennis Palumbo has pulled off a fine fast-paced whodunnit that has one yearning for more. Set in Pittsburgh, with the backdrop of the "old Appalachian Hills, sloping away before spreading urban tendrils, looking as pristine and timeless as when the first settlers came over four hundred years ago", the novel has such tangible atmosphere that the reader is locked into the plot by Palumbo's versatile writing, which changes from poetic description to slick dialogue in the blink of an eye. The characters range from the psychotic (with part of the novel being set in a psychiatric institution, which has its fair share of scary and battle-scarred inmates) to the professional (though the latter seem, at times, not to be too far off the former.). Palumbo's own background as a psychotherapist enables him to imbue the lead character with authenticity and compassion towards the emotionally maimed and much undervalued social misfits. Dr. Daniel Rinaldi is a clinical psychologist who specializes in treating victims of violent crime, to which he himself has also, ironically enough, been subject, with his wife being shot in a mugging in front of his very eyes. So, in a way, he also has some emotional baggage with which to contend. Not only that, but he's also at loggerheads with Dr. Brooks Riley, Chief Psychiatrist at Ten Oaks, the most successful private psychiatric facility in the state of Pennsylvania, who's determined to see to it that he gets Rinaldi's license revoked. When a patient of Rinaldi's opts for dressing just like him, and gets viciously stabbed to death just outside the doc's offices, all hell breaks loose. Tracking down the suspect, naturally, forms the major impetus of the plot, though there are loads of characters whose interrelationships tend at times to be of the rockiest kind, but at times reflect what true friendship is all about. The professional details regarding post-traumatic stress disorder which are neatly woven into the plot are fascinating. The characters are well-rounded and credible, with a fair amount of attraction between the sexes adding extra spice to the unfolding drama. One cannot doubt that Palumbo has hands-on experience of the police and court proceedings which are so integral to the plot. His mystery stories have appeared in the past in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, The Strand Magazine and Written By, as well as in other eminent journals. Mirror Image should make a great read for anyone interested in the crime genre, as long as you are open-minded enough not to mind the occasional cussing which goes with the territory.
MindprinterPF More than 1 year ago
In Mirror Image, Dennis Palumbo has a terrific story to tell and he tells it beautifully. It's a story reminiscent of the best Post World War II noir novels, and yet it is a riveting tale with a definite 21st Century sensibility. Mr. Palumbo presents one great character after another, each one richly drawn, and in Dr. Daniel Rinaldi, he has created a living, breathing "everyman," a Hitchcockian hero caught up in a maze of suspicion and intrigue, someone you keep rooting for until the final revelations literally blast you out of your chair. One can only hope there's a movie in the works--Dennis, are you working on the screenplay?--and that Mirror Image is the first of many Dr. Rinaldi thrillers. I can't wait for the next installment.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Pittsburgh Police department consults with psychologist Dr. Daniel Rinaldi on particularly nasty cases like kidnappings. Daniel is considered a noted expert helping victims of violent crime cope as most remain haunted by the trauma long after the horror has passed. College student Kevin Merrick was a victim of an armed assault. He is traumatized and desperately in need of a hero. Kevin feels he found one in his analyst Dr. Rinaldi. The troubled student begins to emulate his idol, but before Daniel can help him, someone viciously murders Kevin. Shocked by what happened to his patient, Kevin and PPD believe he, not the student, was the target. The culprit erred because of how much the unfortunate young man dressed like the psychologist. However when PPD realize who the victim's dad is, they reconsider their theory even as the killer floods Rinaldi with threatening messages. Rinaldi is not one to sit around so he begins an inquiry into who wants him dead and why. This is an exciting thriller starring a fascinating shrink who learns a lot about himself with his affair with an officer of the court and his need for compassionate justice. Readers will enjoy Rinaldi's psychological sleuthing as he goes after his stalker but not just for himself; as he feels he owes Kevin "peace" as he prefers to believe his late client's sister that he is in a better place and will feel even more contentment if his killer is caught. Although a mocking egomaniac psychopathic killer has been used too frequently as has a psychologist as a police consultant sleuthing (Kellerman's Dr. Delaware), Rinaldi's sense of purpose and his skills make for an enjoyable mystery. Harriet Klausner