Monday, September 29, 2014

Review: Phantom Limb: A Daniel Rinaldi Mystery by Dennis Palumbo

  • File Size: 526 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

Book Description

Psychologist and Pittsburgh Police Department consultant Daniel Rinaldi has a new patient. Lisa Harland, a local girl, once made a splash in Playboy and the dubious side of Hollywood before bottoming out. Back home, down and out again, she married one of the city’s richest and most ruthless tycoons. Lisa’s challenge to Danny is that she intends to commit suicide by 7:00 PM. His therapist skills may buy some time—but, exiting, she’s kidnapped right outside his office.

Summoned to the Harland estate, Danny is forced, through a bizarre sequence of events, to be the bag man on the ransom delivery. This draws him into a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a brilliant, lethal adversary. Complicating things is the unhappy Harland family, whose members have dark secrets of their own along with suspect loyalties, as well as one of Danny’s other patients, a volatile vet whose life may, like Lisa’s, be at risk. What is really at stake here?

Phantom Limb, fourth in the acclaimed series of Daniel Rinaldi thrillers, will keep readers guessing until the very last page.

About the Author

 Formerly a Hollywood screenwriter, Dennis Palumbo is now a licensed psychotherapist in private practice. He's the author of a mystery collection, From Crime to Crime, and his short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, The Strand and elsewhere."

My Review

 Another great read from the folks at Poisoned Pen Press!  Phantom Limb is the fourth book in the Daniel Rinaldi series by author Dennis Palumbo.

This series is set in Pittsburgh which is a city that I have not visited. Luckily author Palumbo is able to bring the city to life in this book, Phantom Limb. Daniel Rinaldi is a psychologist and Pittsburgh Police Department consultant. Author Palumbo is a psychotherapist so is able to realistically portray Rinaldi.

I wish that I had read the earlier books in the series so that I could get more out of the relationships between Rinaldi and the people in his life. It is not necessary to have read the previous books to follow the story.

Phantom limb is full of lots of twists and is filled with interesting people! The Harland family is full of secrets. We are introduced to them through Rinaldi's patient Lisa Harland, an ex-Playboy playmate and wife of the wealthy, older Charles Harland. Lisa, after just threatening suicide, is kidnapped right after her session with Rinaldi.

Well-written thriller! Just released earlier this month!

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