Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Fever Dream (Danny Rinaldi) by Dennis Palumbo

Danny Rinaldi is a trauma expert and consultant for the Pittsburgh police. In his second adventure he's called in when a bank robbery goes wrong. He's asked to extract information from a traumatized witness to the robbery by an attractive female cop.That's when the twists start to pile up, nothing is what it seems in the plot of this exciting thriller. Palumbo manages to give Jeffery Deaver a run for his money in that department.
The robbery takes Rinaldi to corrupt lawyers, the suspect suicide of a mental patient and clashes with a violent criminal.
There's more than just a good plot though. The characters, although sometimes a bit stereotypical (the hot female cop, the boozing detective, the corrupt politician, the psycho crook)are real and vibrant enough.
Rinaldi is a great character, sort of a two-fisted Alex Delaware, that you can relate to but is still believable as a sleuth.
A satisfying mystery for fans of Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, Jonathan Kellerman and Ross Macdonald.


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