"Authentic and fast-paced, Night Terrors is a thrilling plunge into the mind of an obsessed killer. This is something you don't want to miss!" Stephen Jay Schwartz, LA Times bestselling author of Boulevard and Beat
Retired FBI profiler Lyle Barnes is falling apart mentally. Psychologist and trauma expert Daniel Rinaldi thinks he can help Barnes through his terrible night visions. Barnes, however, is also the target of an unknown assassin whose mounting list of victims paralyzes the city and lands Lyle in protective custody. Then Barnes disappears, drawing Daniel and the joint FBI-Pittsburgh PD Task Force into a desperate manhunt.
Meanwhile, the mother of a youthful confessed killer 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 about the case is not as it appears.
Can Daniel and the law officials find the missing Barnes before the killer does? Are these two seemingly unconnected cases somehow linked?
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 fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine , The Strand , and elsewhere. Head Wounds is the fifth in the Daniel Rinaldi series.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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