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Dennis Palumbo, Five Books and Reviews

Head Wounds, written by Dennis Palumbo, a Daniel RInaldi mystery

Daniel Rinaldi’s fifth exciting mystery case.

“Dennis Palumbo’s Daniel Rinaldi books are cerebral thrillers of the first order, with twisting plots, terrifying villains, and a narrative driven by the insight and compassion of the psychologist at the center of it all.” –– Timothy Hallinan, author of the Poke Rafferty mysteries

“Brilliant rationality trying to protect innocent victims from ferocious madness. Dennis Palumbo’s Head Wounds is a spectacular ride.” –– Thomas Perry, Edgar Award winning, NY Times best-selling author

Head Wounds delivers relentless action toward a climax as vivid and harrowing as anything I’ve ever read.” –– Joseph Finder, New York Times best-selling author of The Switch

“Dennis Palumbo always delivers the goods, and Head Wounds is his best yet. In Daniel Rinaldi, Palumbo has created a hero for our time–as smart as he is tough, and resolutely humane in the face of madness and brutality.” –– Sean Chercover, NY Times best-selling author of Savior’s Game

“With his exciting Head Wounds, author Dennis Palumbo has written a novel that is as relentlessly scary and involving for the reader as it is for his hero. A true thriller.” –– Thomas B. Sawyer, Emmy & Edgar nominated Head Writer/Showrunner of Murder, She Wrote, best-selling author of The Sixteenth Man.

“In Head Wounds, Dennis Palumbo delivers another remarkable first person psychological thriller, and no reader can escape the ever rising tension as you race to the end.” –– Jeffrey Siger, Barry and Lefty-nominated best-selling author of the Andreas Kaldis series

Phantom Limb, written by Dennis Palumbo, a Daniel RInaldi mystery

Psychologist and Pittsburgh Police consultant Daniel Rinaldi’s new patient, former Hollywood starlet Lisa Campbell, is kidnapped right outside his office.

This draws him into a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a brilliant, lethal adversary. Complicating things is Lisa’s wealthy, influential family, whose members conceal dark, unsettling secrets of their own.

PHANTOM LIMB, fourth in the series of thrillers that Publishers Weekly calls “riveting,” will keep readers guessing until the very last page.

Order NOW to join Daniel Rinaldi–called by Kirkus Reviews “Jack Reacher with a psychology degree”–as he journeys into a labyrinth of deception and murder.

You can order PHANTOM LIMB from your favorite independent bookstore, or from the publisher, Poisoned Pen Press.

You can also order PHANTOM LIMB direct from Amazon.

Night Terrors, written by Dennis Palumbo, a Daniel RInaldi mystery

Pittsburgh psychologist and trauma expert Daniel Rinaldi is called in to help retired FBI profiler Lyle Barnes through his terrible night visions. Not an easy task, since Barnes is also the target of an unknown assassin whose mounting list of victims paralyzes the city…

“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

“Palumbo’s thrillers are strictly for late at night and for readers who have no pressing engagements early the next day.” –Kirkus Reviews

“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

“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 (BOULEVARD and BEAT)

“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.

“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 best-selling 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, NY Times best-selling author (THE OPHELIA CUT)

“Another terrific ride from Dennis Palumbo’s Daniel Rinaldi series. A page turner of the first order.” –Bobby Moresco (Oscar-winning writer/producer of Crash and Million Dollar Baby)

“Don’t miss NIGHT TERRORS. It’s his best yet.” –Thomas Perry, Edgar-winning and NY Times best-selling author

“From the discovery of a truncated corpse in a deserted West Virginia farmhouse in the dead of winter to a breathless shoot-out in an abandoned Pennsylvania steel mill, the suspense never lets up.” –Dick Lochte, L.A. Times best-selling author (SLEEPING DOG, BLUES IN THE NIGHT)

Friends, you can order NIGHT TERRORS now! If–like me–you want to support independent bookstores, here’s a link to stores in your area, click here: Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.

Cover of Dennis Palumbo's new book, "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

“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-octane police procedural…Lots of action (that) makes for a roller-coaster read.” –Library Journal

“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

“Lovers of noir will enjoy Dan Rinaldi’s fast-paced adventures. Rinaldi, an empathic therapist, is on call to the Pittsburgh police. He needs every ounce of his Golden Glove skills to survive the violent world of Pennsylvania politics.” –Sara Paretsky, Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, author, V.I. Warshawski novels

Fever Dream is another well-wrought puzzle for the likable Dr. Dan Rinaldi to unravel. Fans will be delighted.”
–Thomas Perry, Edgar award-winning author of The Butcher’s Boy

“Dr. Daniel Rinaldi is back in a new non-stop thriller that finds the humane, quick-witted Pittsburgh psychologist (and former pugilist) searching for a link between a failed bank robbery, several brutal murders, a homicidal soldier of fortune, a small town ex-sheriff and a gubernatorial election. A fast, gripping read that offers that rare combination of dimensional characters and propulsive action.” –Dick Lochte, award-winning mystery critic and author of Sleeping Dog

“Palumbo again delivers more great characters, a page-turning mystery and sizzling suspense. If you liked Mirror Image, you’ll love Fever Dream.” –Bobby Moresco, Oscar-winning writer/producer of Crash and Million Dollar Baby

Click here to buy “Fever Dream” through Amazon.

Welcome to the hometown of Dennis Palumbo and his featured character, Daniel Rinaldi.

Mirror Image bookcover

“Dennis Palumbo establishes himself as a master story-teller with his first crime novel, “Mirror Image.” Using his background as a licensed psychotherapist to good advantage, Palumbo infuses his fast-moving, suspenseful story with fascinating texture, interesting characters, and the twists, turns and surprises of a mind-bending mystery. Very impressive.”
–Stephen J. Cannell (writer/creator of “The Rockford Files,” New York Times best-selling mystery author)

Mirror Image is a rich, complex thriller, built around a sizzling love affair. A compelling read, with surprising twists and characters that leap off the page.”
–Bobby Moresco (Oscar-winning writer/producer of “Crash” and “Million Dollar Baby“)

Mirror Image is a deviously plotted thriller with lots of shocks and surprises you won’t see coming, and a smart, sympathetic hero-narrator who takes you along as he peels back layers of lies and wrong guesses to get closer to the truth.”
–Thomas Perry (Edgar-winning, New York Times best-selling crime novelist)

“Dennis Palumbo’s experience as a psychotherapist hasn’t just helped him make his hero, therapist Dr. Daniel Rinaldi, authentic, human and a man in full, it’s endowed him with the insight to craft a debut thriller filled with action, deduction and romance, expertly paced for maximum suspense.”
–Dick Lochte (award-winning author and critic)

“Dennis Palumbo’s novel is stark and disturbing but there’s a humanity running through the core of it that makes this book special. Maybe it’s Palumbo’s dual training–as a writer and as a psychotherapist–that allows him to plumb the depths and bring up not only darkness but those occasional diamonds of light that sparkle and illuminate and make a book worth reading.”
–T. Jefferson Parker (Edgar-winning, New York Times best-selling author of The Renegades and Iron River)

Mirror Image is a standout mind-bender! A wonderfully constructed novel that has you seeing double–and all through the eyes of an intriguingly fresh character: a psychologist. Dennis Palumbo knows his craft. This guy can write.”
–Ridley Pearson (New York Times best-selling crime author)

“A gripping thriller, chock full of the desired twists and cliffhangers, with the added layer and intriguing access of a therapist narrator/detective. A page turner!”
–Aimee Bender (New York Times best-selling author of An Invisible Sign of My Own)

Click here to buy “Mirror Image”through Amazon.

Praise for “From Crime To Crime”

From Crime To Crime bookcover


“A combination of clever deduction and sly humor. Lots of fun.”
–April Smith (author, North of Montana and Judas Horse)

“Smart, well-written and delightfully original.”
–Peter Lefcourt (author, The Manhattan Beach Project)

“A feast for crime-story lovers of all stripes.”
–Bobby Moresco (writer/producer of “Crash” and “Million Dollar Baby“)

“Palumbo adds a touch of Neil Simon to the mix, gathering his odd quintet of amateur sleuths each Sunday for deli, arguing, and solving impossible crimes. A sparkling assemblage.” –Dick Lochte (author, Croaked and Sleeping Dog)

“Smart and funny whodunnits…as if my own life isn’t hard enough to figure out.” –Garry Shandling (actor, writer, comedian)

Click here to buy “From Crime To Crime” through Amazon.

Reviews of “Writing From The Inside Out”

Writing From Inside Out bookcover


“Dennis Palumbo provides a sense of community in the isolation of writing, of knowing that we are not alone on this uncharted and privileged journey. He shows us that our shared struggles, fears and triumphs are the very soul of the art and craft of writing.”
–Bruce Joel Rubin (screenwriter, Ghost, Deep Impact)

“Dennis Palumbo has great insight into a writer’s psyche…every writer should have a shrink or this book. The book is cheaper.”
–Garry Shandling (actor, comic and writer)


All of Dennis Palumbo’s books are currently available at your local bookstore, or through Amazon.

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