Night Terrors is the third in the critically-acclaimed mystery series featuring psychologist and trauma expert Daniel Rinaldi. In this compelling new thriller, set against the backdrop of a brutal Pittsburgh winter, Daniel is asked to treat retired FBI profiler Lyle Barnes, whose terrifying nocturnal visions cause him to wake up screaming. After twenty years spent inside the heads of the nation’s worst serial killers, Barnes is not only falling apart psychologically, but also finds himself the target of an unknown assassin, whose mounting list of victims paralyzes the city. Hidden for his own protection by his former colleagues in the Bureau, Barnes secretly escapes, drawing Daniel and a joint FBI-Pittsburgh PD Task Force into a desperate manhunt for the missing agent. Can they find him before the killer does?
Meanwhile, a second, seemingly unconnected, case competes for Daniel’s attention. The mother of a youthful confessed killer, now in jail in nearby West Virginia 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.
As Night Terrors hurtles to its shocking conclusion, Daniel uncovers an unexpected web of murder and madness that not only connects the two investigations, but puts his own life at risk. Complicating matters further is his deepening relationship with the beautiful Detective Eleanor Lowrey. Will the danger closing in around him threaten to ensnare her as well?
Advance Praise for Night Terrors
“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
"Some thrillers are beach reads. Palumbo’s are strictly for late at night and for readers who have no pressing engagements early the next day." -- Kirkus Review
"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." -- Booklist
"In NIGHT TERRORS, Dennis Palumbo takes a brilliant premise and turns it into the kind of thriller most of us wish we could write. Thrills, surprises, and memorable characters. A terrific book." --Tim Hallinan, Edgar-nominated and best-selling author of the Poke Rafterty and Junior Bender series.
"Authentic and fast-paced,'Night Terrors' is a thrilling plunge into the mind of an obsessed killer. Palumbo draws on his vast knowledge as a licensed psychotherapist to bring his characters into focus, and his success as a Hollywood screenwriter to bring his story to a satisfying, climactic end. This is something you don't want to miss!" -- Stephen Jay Schwartz, LA Times bestselling author of Boulevard and Beat.
"In NIGHT TERRORS, Dennis Palumbo takes a brilliant premise and turns it into the kind of thriller most of us wish we could write. Thrills, surprises, and memorable characters. A terrific book." --Timothy Hallinan, Edgar-nominated author of the Poke Rafferty and Junior Bender thrillers.
"NIGHT TERRORS sends forensic psychologist Daniel Rinaldi on another thrilling, risky ride through the Pittsburgh area’s crazies and-not-so-crazies. A brilliant, gripping emotional journey, full of the great characters and satisfying, unexpected turns we’ve come to expect from author/shrink Dennis Palumbo." --Thomas B. Sawyer, author of the bestselling thrillers THE SIXTEENTH MAN and NO PLACE TO RUN
"Dennis Palumbo is a master of character, psychology and setting; and Night Terrors showcases these skills to great effect. Highly recommended!" --- John Lescroart, NYT best-selling author of THE OPHELIA CUT
"Another terrific ride from Dennis Palumbo's Daniel Rinaldi series. A page turner of the first order. I'm looking forward to the next one." -- Bobby Moresco (Oscar-winning writer/producer of Crash and Million Dollar Baby)
"Each time Dennis Palumbo returns to the world of psychotherapist Daniel Rinaldi and his colleagues in Pittsburgh law enforcement, his narrative is surer and his understanding deeper. Don't miss Night Terrors. It's his best yet." -- Thomas Perry (Edgar-winning and NYT best-selling author)
"From the discovery of a truncated corpse in a deserted West Virginia farmhouse in the dead of winter to a breathless shootout in an abandoned Pennsylvania steel mill, the suspense never lets up in this new addition to the Daniel Rinaldi series. Author Palumbo uses both parts of his psychologist-crime writer hyphenate to a create a thriller that nearly kills his hero while giving the minds of his readers several playful twists." -- Dick Lochte, L.A. Times bestselling author (SLEEPING DOG, BLUES IN THE NIGHT)