“In Palumbo’s riveting third Daniel Rinaldi mystery (after 2011’s FEVER DREAM), answers prove elusive as the murders begin to pile up. Palumbo ratchets up the stakes in this psychological thriller, but maintains the emotional complexity…” --- Publisher’s Weekly

Booklist Review!

Issue: May 1, 2013
Night Terrors.

Palumbo, Dennis (Author)
May 2013. 352 p. Poisoned Pen, hardcover, $24.95. (9781464201295). Poisoned Pen, paperback, $14.95.

Psychotherapist Dan Rinaldi has his hands full in the third entry in this series (following Fever Dream, 2011). A confessed murderer in West Virginia tells police he’ll lead them to the location of his victim’s body only if Rinaldi comes along. Returning home to Pittsburgh, Rinaldi is literally abducted by a spectacularly arrogant FBI agent and delivered to his new patient, a retired FBI profiler whose decades of communing with deeply twisted minds have unhinged him. 

Palumbo, an award-winning Hollywood screenwriter turned psychotherapist, uses all his professional experience to craft short, action- and tension-filled chapters and insightful sketches of people traumatized by violence. The pace accelerates when the stricken profiler escapes from the FBI’s protection; the Feds believe he’s on the hit list of a determined killer. Since Rinaldi can’t do what he was abducted to do, he agrees to meet the West Virginia killer’s mother, who convinces Rinaldi that her son couldn’t have committed the murder he has confessed to committing. A twisty plot, lots of action, and a stalwart shrink make Night Terrors solid crime fare.

— Thomas Gaughan

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