“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

Sixty seconds with Dennis Palumbo... on Reviewing the Evidence

Formerly a Hollywood screenwriter, DENNIS PALUMBO is now a licensed psychotherapist, specializing in creative issues. His debut crime novel, "Mirror Image," is the first in a series featuring psychologist and trauma expert Daniel Rinaldi. The sequel, "Fever Dream," is available now, and the third Rinaldi, "Night Terrors," appeared this May.

RTE: Describe yourself in a sentence?

Palumbo: I'm a former Hollywood screenwriter (My Favorite Year; Welcome Back, Kotter, etc.), now a licensed psychotherapist and author of the Daniel Rinaldi series of mysteries.

RTE: What's the one record you'd take to a desert island?

Palumbo: The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

RTE: What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Palumbo: I wanted to be a rocket scientist. Seriously. Until I discovered that there was math involved. In college, I split my interest between writing and psychology...as I still do now.

RTE: Who's your oldest friend?

Palumbo: Jim Denova, from my first days at the University of Pittsburgh. He still lives there, and we're still best friends.

RTE: If I ruled the world...

Palumbo: I suspect it would be in even worse shape than it is now. Except that every day would feature an NFL game.

RTE: Which book do you wish you'd written?

Palumbo: "Presumed Innocent" by Scott Turow. No, wait..."The Poet," by Michael Connelly. No, no, wait..."The Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad. No, no...aw, there are just too many!

RTE: What makes you angry?

Palumbo: Fundamentalism. Anyone who's certain that his/her beliefs are the one and only Truth.

RTE: Name your five dream dinner party guests.

Palumbo: Oscar Wilde. Dorothy Parker. Gore Vidal. Miles Davis. Helen Mirren

RTE: Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with?

Palumbo: Karl Rove.

RTE: What inspired you to start writing?

Palumbo: Reading "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" when I was 10.

RTE: Where would you most like to live?

Palumbo: Oxford, England. Here in the states? Monterey, California.

RTE: Sum up your latest book in no more than 12 words.

Palumbo: Psychologist Daniel Rinaldi treats an FBI profiler on a killer's hit list

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