Now On Sale! The NEW Daniel Rinaldi Mystery!

The New Daniel Rinaldi Mystery!

HEAD WOUNDS, the fifth in the critically-acclaimed series of Dennis Rinaldi crime novels, is now on sale.

Picking up where the last book, PHANTOM LIMB, left off, it’s the most electrifying, edge-of-your-seat adventure yet.

It also features the return of reader favorites Lyle Barnes, a former FBI profiler that Rinaldi once treated for NIGHT TERRORS, and Special Agent Gloria Reese with whom Rinaldi falls into an unexpected, erotically-charged affair.

Filled with all the rich characters, mind-bending twists, and breathless suspense of the previous novels, HEAD WOUNDS is definitely a must-read for thriller fans!

You can order HEAD WOUNDS from your favorite local independent bookstore … or… from the publisher’s website, Poisoned Pen Press. Or, if you must, from

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

“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


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“Palumbo’s thrillers are strictly for late at night and for readers who have no pressing engagements early the next day… (Rinaldi is) Jack Reacher with a psychology degree.”– Kirkus Reviews

“(The Daniel Rinaldi novels) are riveting.” – Publishers Weekly

“Palumbo, an award-winning Hollywood screenwriter turned psychotherapist, crafts tension-filled chapters and insightful sketches of people traumatized by violence.” — Booklist

“Rich, complex thrillers…with surprising twists and characters that leap off the page.” — Bobby Moresco (Oscar-winning writer producer of Crash and Million Dollar Baby)


Dennis Palumbo, author and psychotherapist

Dennis Palumbo, M.A., MFT is a writer and licensed psychotherapist in private practice, specializing in creative issues. His acclaimed series of mystery thrillers–Mirror Image, Fever Dream, Night Terrors, Phantom Limb and the latest, Head Wounds (Poisoned Pen Press)–features psychologist and trauma expert Daniel Rinaldi. He’s also the author of Writing From the Inside Out (John Wiley), as well as a collection of mystery short stories, From Crime to Crime (Tallfellow Press).

Formerly a Hollywood screenwriter, Palumbo’s credits include the feature film My Favorite Year, for which he was nominated for a WGA Award for Best Screenplay. He was also a staff writer for the ABC-TV series Welcome Back, Kotter, and has written numerous series episodes and pilots.

His first novel, City Wars (Bantam Books) is currently in development as a feature film, and his short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, The Strand and elsewhere. He provides articles and reviews for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Lancet, and many others.

His column, “The Writer’s Life,” appeared monthly for six years in Written By, the magazine of the Writers Guild of America. He’s also done commentary for NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Currently he writes the “Hollywood on the Couch” column for the Psychology Today website.

Dennis conducts workshops throughout the country and overseas, at both clinical symposia and writing conference. (A list of recent appearances is available on request.)

His work helping writers has been profiled in The New York Times, Premiere Magazine, Fade In, Angeleno, GQ, The Los Angeles Times and other publications, as well as on NPR and CNN. He’s also appeared numerous times on Between the Lines, the PBS author interview show.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and Pepperdine University, he served on the faculty of UCLA Extension, where he was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year.

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