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Night Terrors: A Daniel Rinaldi Mystery

(Daniel Rinaldi #3)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  95 ratings  ·  21 reviews
            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 sp ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published April 28th 2013)
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In this 3rd book in the 'Daniel Rinaldi' series, the psychologist put his life in danger when he pursues a murderer. The book can be read as a standalone.


Dr. Daniel Rinaldi, a Pittsburgh psychologist, gets involved in two police cases. The first involves Wesley Currim, an unpleasant, wise-cracking young man who's confessed to the murder and decapitation of rich executive Edward Meacham. Wes's mother Maggie, however, swears she was with her son at the time of the murder and implores Dr. Rina
Terri Wino
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rounding up to 4 stars.

Another engrossing mystery featuring Pittsburgh psychologist Daniel Rinaldi. These books don't rely on a lot of fanfare and shocking twists; just solid plotting and feeding the reader all the information needed to solve the mystery -- or at least at the end of the book to think, "Now how did I not figure that out?"

This is the third book in this series and I have enjoyed each one a little more than the last as I read them. My only complaint is that in three books there hasn
Overall a very enjoyable book. After reading the 1st 3 books in this series, my only complaint is that the author may be settling into a plot rut. In each book, there are separate crimes or mysteries that initially appear separate and distinct, but by the end of the book, the main character, Daniel Rinaldi has figured out they are related and neatly tied them up together. I think this is an interesting approach, but if done consistently, the books start to sound formulaic. Hopefully, the fourth ...more
Julia Wachowski
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great. Lots of ups and downs in the character's story made it feel as if you were right there with him. Definitely recommend! ...more
Suspense Magazine
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daniel Rinaldi, psychologist and police consultant, is just trying to have an ordinary day. After finishing up with his patients, he finds himself kidnapped into a waiting vehicle, complete with tinted windows and guys with guns. Fortunately for Daniel, these guys are FBI agents who want his help, sort of.
Daniel’s presence has been requested by the killer himself. He will only show where he left the body if the famed psychologist Daniel Rinaldi is there. Having no choice, he goes along for the
Gloria Feit
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third Dan Rinaldi novel is a complicated tale, compounded by two unrelated story lines in which the psychologist overexerts his derring-do despite the fact that he’s supposed to use his mental powers instead. The title refers to the reaction of a retired FBI profiler, Lyle Barnes, to the years of being exposed to the various horrors of interviewing serial killers. Barnes seems to be an interesting character, but unfortunately is less than fully developed, somehow playing a fleeting presence ...more
Darcia Helle
This story has an interesting premise. I don't want to give details away, so I'll only say that I enjoyed the unique spin on the killer and the motive. The plot moves at a quick pace and Palumbo does a great job of adding twists and keeping readers on edge.

Unfortunately, I had a few problems that kept this from being a great read for me. First, Palumbo's writing style includes the use of a lot of incomplete sentences. I have no problem with sentence fragments sprinkled throughout a book. In fact
Gayle Pace
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book is the third book in the series. It is NIGHT TERRORS, Daniel Rinaldi Mystery, who is a Psychologist in Pittsburgh. If you love being scared stiff, then this book is for you. Every time you turn the page you will wonder what terror could be next. Te is having trouble sleeping with the horrible nightmares about the killers and their tormenting their victims. Agent Barnes ends up on the run, while the FBI and police try to find him before the killer does.

The doctor has another case
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can almost guarantee that you will not be able to see the ending of this book coming! What a roller coaster ride! The characters come to life and are extremely believable.

Daniel, a psychologist who sometimes is an outside consultant for the police is always getting into trouble-he just can't let the police do their jobs-and he has the bruises and broken bones to prove it. He just has to get involved in the investigations, much to the consternation of the police officers--some of whom he doesn'
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Night Terrors is one of Dennis Palumbo's best Daniel Rinaldi mysteries. I was hooked on the first two books, but Night Terrors sealed the deal by the end of the first chapter. The characters are believable, fun to hang around with, and there's never a dull moment. The novel builds terrific suspense with lots of twists and turns and has a finale on top of a finale. Just when I thought the mystery was solved, there were more amazing revelations to come just around the corner. In addition to the ch ...more
Laurie Stevens
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Any book that makes you want to visit Pittsburgh has got to be a good book. Suddenly I was overwhelmed with an urge to put on a down coat and trudge through "ash-colored snow" to visit abandoned steel mills. Dennis Palumbo is so adept at using setting as a character, the city "Pitt" is just as intriguing as the mystery. His main character, Daniel Rinaldi, is a psychologist who is called upon to help cure a FBI profiler of night terrors. In the interim, Rinaldi finds himself involved in the profi ...more
Nov 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a difficult book to rate. It was a good story but it was difficult for me to read. I can't put my finger on the problem but I think it is just that I didn't care about the characters. Daniel Rinaldi is a phychologist who is called to treat Lyle Barnes, an FBI agent who is suffering from night terrors. He was involved in the arrest of a serial rapist murderer who is himself killed. But then the people involved in the case have been murdered one by one. The judge, the prosecutor, and every ...more
Donald Armfield
Jun 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I got a copy of this from publisher in exchange for review.

My main interest was "Night Terrors" remembering my younger brother having them in his younger days. But there is only 2 small parts in book that talks about "Night Terrors".

The book picks up somewhere around page 210 when the two big twist come into play. One being who the killer is, where technically you can pretty much guess.

The lack of police terms and the dragged out plot gave it a boring run. The main character Daniel Ranaldi is
Aug 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads

Daniel Rinaldi is a psychologist who specializes in handling patients who have experienced significant trauma. The authorities are using his services to work with Lyle Barners, a retired FBI profiler who is having terrible night terrors as he relives all the horrors he has seen. Information about the villain, who should have been obvious, was only revealed in the last segment of the book. And I had to wonder about Rinaldi's dedication to the case at the expense of all his other needy
Babus Ahmed
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A crime thriller about a psychologist with a hero complex. I did enjoy this third book in a series but I found it more interesting when Lyle Barnes was in the picture as the interaction between Barnes and Danny was humorous and interesting. I found it a little predictable but still enjoyed it. The pace was good mostly but there were times I wished we could just get to the action.

A good read for crime thriller fans.
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
Psychologist Daniel Rinaldi is once again drawn into dangerous situations where his skill working with victims of traumatic crimes is needed. Set in a wintery Pittsburgh, this roller coaster ride of a thriller is a worthy third entry into the series.

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Anne Meehan-Dunham
Really enjoyed this book. Interesting characters, especially Daniel Rinaldi. The story opens with a scene fraught with tension and then doesn't let up. He uses the harsh Philidephia winter as its own character and this adds more layers to the tension. Thumbs up and a definite recommendation! ...more
Kristen Neall
good, easy rid, interesting story
David Marshall
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a major improvement on Fever Dreams and shows Dennis Palumbo developing into a reliable mystery author.
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Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great addition to this series. Dennis Palumbo just gets better and better.
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Formerly a Hollywood screenwriter (My Favorite Year, Welcome Back, Kotter, etc.), Dennis Palumbo is now a licensed psychotherapist and author

His mystery fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, The Strand, and elsewhere, and is collected in From Crime to Crime.

His acclaimed series of crime novels (Mirror Image, Fever Dream, Night Terrors, Phantom Limb, and Head Wounds) feature psyc

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