Dennis Palumbo's Mirror Image has been selected by the Sons of Italy National Book Club for its Winter 2011 selections.
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This debut novel from psychotherapist Palumbo features a psychologist, Daniel Rinaldi, whose client, a college student, is murdered. But here’s the twist: the victim, for therapeutic reasons, had lately been imitating Rinaldi’s appearance and manner of dress. So, naturally, Rinaldi believes that he—not his client—was the intended victim. Wracked with guilt over the incident—he believes his encouragement of the victim’s behavior got him killed—Rinaldi sets out to find the killer. Palumbo, a screenwriter with credits as varied as Welcome Back, Kotter, and the classic film My Favorite Year, does an excellent job of building suspense; and Rinaldi, who comes off as likable if a bit self-absorbed, makes a complex protagonist. A solid first novel, especially recommendable to fans of Jonathan Kellerman, Keith Ablow, and Meg Gardiner. --David Pitt --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.