Dennis Palumbo on his latest novel, “Night Terrors”

Third Daniel Rinaldi Mystery from Dennis Palumbo Due May 7

Dennis-Palumbo-2013Screenwriter, psychotherapist, and oh yes, novelist Dennis Palumbo joins Larry and Dave once again to talk about his newest novel and share his perspectives about thriller writing.


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 spent inside the heads of the nation’s worst serial killers, Barnes is not only falling apart psychologically, but also finds himself the target of an unknown assassin, whose mounting list of victims paralyzes the city. Hidden for his own protection by his former colleagues in the Bureau, Barnes secretly escapes, drawing Daniel and a joint FBI-Pittsburgh PD Task Force into a desperate manhunt for the missing agent. Can they find him before the killer does?


Great conversation from a fascinating, multi-talented writer.



Psychotherapist and thriller writer Dennis Palumbo

Dennis Palumbo, creator of the Daniel Rinaldi thriller series, joins us to talk about the psychology of creative people, their problems and how he helps them in his psychotherapy practice.

Dennis-Palumbo-2013Dennis is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice, specializing in creative issues. His newest crime novel, Fever Dream, is on sale now from Poisoned Pen Press.

The book features psychologist and trauma expert, Daniel Rinaldi.  The first Rinaldi mystery, Mirror Image, was published in 2010. Palumbo is 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 forThe 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” and blogs regularly for The Huffington Post.

Join us for this fascinating discussion of his life as a writer of novels, screenplays and television shows, and his insights into the psychology of highly creative people.

Dennis’ website is at :


TT13 Thriller Thursday News for January 10, 2013

New thrillers by Dave Barry and James Pemberton, plus organized crime, and an online book tour.

After a holiday break, Vicki is back with more book news and some interesting articles from the thrillersphere.

Milt Rosenberg’s WGN Radio Show, Extension 720, ended on December 20, unbeknownst to us when we mentioned it in the podcast.  The podcast itself is not available via iTunes, but is still showing up at  Here’s a direct link to a great conversation about organized crime in Chicago: Extension 720 – Organized Crime Episode