As a Pittsburgh Police Department consultant, clinical
psychologist Daniel Rinaldi has been involved in solving
several murder investigations, but his favorite job is
helping victims deal with the aftermath of violent crimes.
He's intrigued by his newest patient, Lisa Harland, ex-
Hollywood starlet who's returned to Pittsburgh and married
a much-older business mogul; a callous, controlling man.
Lisa informs Rinaldi that she's planning to kill herself
and he has 50 minutes to talk her out of it. Having
accomplished that goal during their session, Rinaldi is
shocked when Lisa is abducted and he's knocked unconscious
as she leaves his office.
Rinaldi now finds himself part of another police
investigation, to the chagrin of several of the detectives,
but Lisa's husband insists Rinaldi play an active part in
getting his wife back. When the ransom call comes from the
kidnappers, they demand that Rinaldi make the delivery --
with no cops involved. It's too late to fulfil that final
ultimatum, since the police were called in immediately
after Lisa was taken. Of course, things go all wrong during
the ransom drop, and thus begins an elaborate and lethal
succession of events that will prove fatal for some of
those involved. The further the investigation proceeds, the
more questions arise about who's involved and why. The
answers will be shocking.
PHANTOM LIMB, Dennis Palumbo's fourth exciting
Daniel Rinaldi mystery/thriller, moves along at a rapid
pace with a distinctive blend of characters strengthening a
plot filled with many surprising twists and turns. At the
end, Rinaldi is given some shocking, new information about
the death of his wife, which should make for an interesting
book in the future.
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. His therapist skills
may buy some time — but, exiting, she's kidnapped right
outside his office.
Summoned to the Harland estate, Danny is forced, through a
bizarre sequence of events, to be the bag man on the ransom
delivery. This draws him into a deadly cat-and-mouse game
with a brilliant, lethal adversary. Complicating things is
the unhappy Harland family, whose members have dark secrets
of their own along with suspect loyalties, as well as one
of Danny's other patients, a volatile vet whose life may,
like Lisa's, be at risk. What is really at stake here?
PHANTOM LIMB, fourth in the acclaimed series of Daniel
Rinaldi thrillers, will keep readers guessing until the
very last page.