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Phantom Limb

(Daniel Rinaldi #4)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  23 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published June 3rd 2014)
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Anna Cole
Aug 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I received an advance copy (ARC) of this book for review. This does not change how I reviewed this book. Phantom Limb is the fourth Daniel Rinaldi mystery book, but is the first one I have read. Mystery books are some of my favorite go to books. I started reading mystery books as a young teen because my mom, grandma and aunt all read them. Growing up my grandma, mom, aunt and I would talk mystery books and trade our favorite books back and forth over the years. The description on the back of th ...more
Ronald Roseborough
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this mystery, suspense story set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Its nice to read a mystery story that doesn’t take place in the oh-so familiar literary settings of Los Angeles or New York . Daniel Rinaldi is a psychologist who occasionally acts as a consultant for the Pittsburgh Police Department. In this the fourth book of a series, Rinaldi has a new walk-in client. The tall, well built sexy blonde may be showing a few signs of wear do to a hard life, but she still lives up to her one t ...more
Gloria Feit
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Daniel Rinaldi is a Pittsburgh psychologist and consultant to the Police Department, counseling victims suffering reactions to violent crimes. Somehow he also manages to get himself into all kinds of dangerous situations and probably could use similar help himself from some other professional. In this fourth novel in an excellent series, he outdoes his involvement and placing himself in death’s ways several times.

It all begins when Lisa Harland, trophy wife of a billionaire, keeps an initial app
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phantom Limb: Dennis Palumbo

A phantom is something that can exist in the mind of a person but is not really there. I can haunt them, cause them to believe that something exists yet it does not. Imagine living your life as if you are going through the motions, doing things by rote yet not really thinking anyone sees you or cares that you are there. Sometimes people lose a limb and think it’s too attached to them even though it’s gone. An apparition, a vision that seems to reoccur within the depth
Denise Mullins
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Consulting police psychologist Daniel Rinaldi becomes embroiled in a convoluted kidnap scheme when an aging porn star consults him for suicidal ideation. While the first 50 pages were intriguing and held great promise, the plot quickly devolved into a cockeyed series of absurd twists that defied believability. Even worse, the dialogue consisted of a series of childish banter between one dimensional characters that all-too-often repeated phrases of "Bite me", "Screw you", and their like no matter ...more
Terry Graue
Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Although hard to put down as the action never lets up, the storyline has quite a few murders, mayhem and awful characters. But I enjoyed that the story was set in Pittsburgh, my hometown. Not sure if I will read anymore of this series.
Jen  DeHart
Title: Phantom Limb: Daniel Rinaldi, Book 4
Author: Dennis Palumbo
Narrator: Tom Taylorson
Publisher/Date: Blackstone Audio, 09/01/14

I received this audiobook for review through Audio Jukebox
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This is the 4th book in the Daniel Rinaldi series, which I love.
That being said, it wasn't my favorite.
I have been pondering how to review this book without sounding as if I am slamming the writer and the editors.
It is a fine book, it is. Really. It is definitely worth the read. Trul
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Daniel Rinaldi is a private psychologist that also consults with the Pittsburg Police Department when needed. In the past, this has brought trouble to his doorstep. Unfortunately, this time things could get deadly for him.

His new patient was a Playboy model and starred in some sketchy films. Returning home to Pittsburg she is now married to a very rich man with questionable activities. These activities get her snatched right after her first session with Rinaldi.

This plunges Rinaldi into the case
DP Lyle
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Police psychologist Daniel Rinaldi returns in Phantom Limb, another deftly plotted thriller from Dennis Palumbo. This one revolves around Lisa Campbell, ex-Hollywood starlet, ex-Playboy model, and current arm candy to a disabled tycoon, and her planned suicide—to occur at precisely 7 p.m. Daniel has a single 50 minute session to convince her otherwise. But as if that wasn’t enough pressure, as soon as Lisa leaves his office she is kidnapped. But this is no ordinary kidnapping and Daniel is launc ...more
Carolyn Injoy
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Daniel Palumbo fans, Daniel Rinaldi fans, murder mystery readers, suspense thrillers
I received a free e-copy of Phantom Limb: a Daniel Rinaldi Mystery by Dennis Palumbo from NetGalley for fair review.

I loved the fact that it kept me guessing from chapter to chapter. There were plenty of twists & turns to this mystery including kidnapping & murder.

I read it in one sitting. That & the hangover a book leaves after I've finished reading are two of my gauges of a successful book. Now I'm not quite ready to move on to the next. I want to allow these characters to linger a bit longer
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads-copy
This was a first-reads copy. Ordinarily I only read books in a series in order, but since this is just out, and I loved the first book, I felt I should read and review it ASAP, despite not having read the last two books.

I really enjoy this series, and except for the amount of violence I was very pleased with this episode. Dennis is a terrific writer, and the story flows smoothly. I like Daniel and his friends, and can tolerate the cranky police and FBI higher ups. The bad guys are exceptionally
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 book
D.J. Adamson
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
As a psychotherapist, author Dennis Palumbo has no problem getting into character motive, angst, or defining the theme in his novels. As a former Hollywood screenwriter, the dialog in this novel is spot on.
Phantom Limb is the fourth in the Daniel Rinaldi series. A psychologist becomes a consultant for the Pittsburgh Police Department. Rinaldi as a protagonist shows compassion and a need for truth, as would a man of his profession,
This novel is another fun and suspenseful read. The story is the
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
Dennis Palumbo now has four thrillers (as of September 1, 2014) in the Daniel Rinaldi mysteries set in Pittsburgh, where he grew up. That is one of the features that drew me to the series and I began reading each one as it came out. Each one improves on the last.

Daniel Rinaldi is a psychologist who reluctantly gets called in, by the police, to help with difficult cases needing his skills. His specialty is traumatized victims of crime including sexual assault. But never fear. Since Dennis Palumbo
May 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Pretty interesting mystery starring a psychologist who gets drawn in when an old B movie star comes to see him to keep her from suicide but gets kidnapped right outside his office door. The minor characters are kind of stock...nasty old businessman/CEO; evil, twisted, rich son; faithful retainers; and Mafia criminals. But I did like personalities of the main character, his friends, and the kidnap victim.
Mergim Ukaj
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wanted to read more of it, and somehow I wanted it to develop even more.
Easy to follow narrative of the smartest and coolest psychiatrist one could think of, and wonderful portrayal of popular characters and their real faces and feelings.
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Phantom Limb was the first book of Dennis Palumbo's that I've read and it was excellent! Palumbo does a great job of building characters that the reader cares for. He also ties up all the loose ends, while leaving the reader waiting and wanting more... ...more
Jack Goodstein
Oct 31, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Pittsburgh setting makes up for some of the creaky explanations that come at the end of the book in this workmanlike thriller.
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
My first A Daniel Rinaldi Mystery, but it will not be my last. Now I need to begin with the first in the series.
David Marshall
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a very impressive thriller and maintains the high standard of books in this series.
Nov 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Like this author - more than his "I am smarter than anyone else " main character. Still a good read. ...more
Sep 03, 2014 rated it liked it
For thriller and crime fans, this one is certainly worth your time. Quick enjoyable read. Another great find from Poisoned Pen Press
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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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