There’s a sweltering heat wave outside. Nearly a year after Pittsburgh psychologist and trauma expert Daniel Rinaldi helped unravel a baffling murder, he finds himself drawn into another case.
When a daring bank robbery goes horribly wrong, resulting in the deaths of all the hostages except one, Rinaldi is called in to question Treva Williams, the traumatized young woman who survived. However, what seemed a simple robbery soon explodes into a series of events that plunge the investigating officers, Sgt. Harry Polk and Det. Eleanor Lowrey—as well as Rinaldi himself—into a vortex of mistaken identity and kidnapping.
Meanwhile, thrown together by the demands of the case, Rinaldi and Eleanor deal with the growing attraction between them. Then there’s the gubernatorial campaign of Rinaldi’s former romantic rival, District Attorney Leland Sinclair. Plot twists multiply as a frenzy of accusations and political maneuvering gathers steam.
Praise for Fever Dream
“Palumbo’s exciting second mystery featuring Pittsburgh psychologist Daniel Rinaldi…takes the reader into the seamy side of the Steel City, chock-full of corruption and crime, love and loss.” -- Publisher’s Weekly
“In this fine novel…Rinaldi’s methods are as much Columbo as shrink: he notices details that don’t fit and picks at them until the whole psychodrama comes clear. A smart, strong read.” -- Booklist
"A smoking hot trail of dirty money, dirtier politicians, and wholesale killing...(Daniel Rinaldi) keeps his cool and his edge, Jack Reacher with a psychology degree." --Kirkus Reviews
“A high-octane police procedural…Lots of action (that) makes for a roller-coaster read.” -- Library Journal
“Running at a fever pitch, Palumbo’s second novel featuring Pittsburgh psychologist Dan Rinaldi opens with the trauma expert called to the scene of a bank robbery and hostage
situation. Multiple twists attest to the fact that Palumbo, a therapist himself, got his chops in Hollywood.” -- Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine
“A high-adrenaline action thriller with some clever deductive reasoning to show whodunnit. Highly recommended.” -- San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review
“The brisk pace and intelligent writing about the adventurous and heroic psychologist
will leave the reader wanting more.” -- Portland Book Review
“With violence in his own background, Dr. Rinaldi has a keen insight into what victims are feeling. One clue leads to another as the mystery snowballs into more than anyone bargained for…” -- Champaign News-Gazette
“Palumbo’s screenwriting background and expertise in psychology show in the book’s crisp prose, fast-moving plot, and insights into human nature.” -- Westways Magazine
"Intricate plotting and mind-boggling twists make Dennis Palumbo's Fever Dream a memorable mystery. The character of psychologist and trauma expert Daniel Rinaldi gives great heart to this story and elevates it to novelistic heights." -- John Lescroart, New York Times best-selling author of Damage