Head Wounds: A Daniel Rinaldi Mystery #5

Head Wounds: A Daniel Rinaldi Mystery #5

Psychologist Dr. Daniel Rinaldi consults with the Pittsburgh Police. His specialty is treating victims of violent crime—those who've survived an armed robbery, kidnapping, or sexual assault, but whose traumatic experience ...

About The Author

Dennis Palumbo

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. His Daniel Rinaldi series includes ...

Reviews of

Head Wounds: A Daniel Rinaldi Mystery #5

“The author gets maximum suspense out of the buildup to each killing, taking us along on a child kidnapping and grave robbing, until we get to an ending that has something to do with a Warren Zevon song. Yes, it makes a kind of sense, but it’s the compelling craziness of the story that keeps us reading.”


“The violence starts early in Palumbo’s engrossing fifth mystery…Palumbo, has delivered another well-crafted page-turner.”

Publishers Weekly

“Brilliant rationality trying to protect innocent victims from ferocious madness. It’s hard to imagine a more gripping contest. Dennis Palumbo’s Head Wounds is a spectacular ride.”

Thomas Perry, Edgar Award winning, New York Times best-selling author

Head Wounds delivers relentless action toward a climax as vivid and harrowing as anything I’ve ever read. This is a book that’ll make you lock your doors and check your computer’s security settings.”

Joseph Finder, New York Times best-selling author of The Switch

“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 Edgar-nominated Poke Rafferty mysteries

“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, Dr. Rinaldi. 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, told through the eyes of besieged Pittsburgh police psychologist Daniel Rinaldi. When Rinaldi’s haunting past takes control of his present, no one in his orbit is safe, 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

“Dennis Palumbo always delivers the goods, and Head Wounds is his best yet. Propulsive action and unexpected twists keep you reading way past bedtime. In Rinaldi, Palumbo has created a hero 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

“From the literal bang that starts off the story to its fiery conclusion, author Dennis Palumbo keeps the adrenaline and action flowing. Head Wounds is a fine example of cinematic storytelling – not a surprise, given Palumbo’s previous work as a screenwriter. The psychological detailing of the killer’s mind also rings true thanks to Palumbo’s day job as a practicing psychotherapist. Head Wounds, possibly the author’s best work yet, is a fantastic read, and one that I already predict will be hard to beat as a favorite thriller of 2018.”

Mystery Scene Magazine