It’s his 5th book about psychotherapist Daniel Rinaldi. I recommend it highly, particularly for people who have read the rest of the series, because it is one of those books that take up some issues we’ve been wondering about since the beginning of a series, and give us big, shocking answers to them. I also think the villain in this book is more frightening than any other I’ve seen for quite a while. Very early in the book he gets into the reader’s head like a recurring nightmare, and for the rest of the book we root for Rinaldi to get him out for us by catching him or killing him. ~ Thomas Perry
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 still haunts them. Head Wounds picks up where Rinaldi’s investigation in Phantom Limb left off, turning the tables on him as he, himself, becomes the target of a vicious killer.
“Miles Davis saved my life.” With these words Rinaldi becomes a
participant in a domestic drama that blows up right outside his front
door, saved from a bullet to the brain by pure chance. In the chaos that
follows, Rinaldi learns his bad-girl, wealthy neighbor has told her
hair-triggered boyfriend Rinaldi is her lover. As things heat up,
Rinaldi becomes a murder suspect.
But this is just the first act in this chilling, edge-of-your-seat
thriller. As one savagery follows another, Rinaldi is forced to relive a
terrible night that haunts him still. And to realize that now he—and
those he loves—are being victimized by a brilliant killer still in the
grip of delusion. Determined to destroy Rinaldi by systematically
targeting those close to him—his patients, colleagues, and
friends—computer genius Sebastian Maddox strives to cause as much
psychological pain as possible, before finally orchestrating a bold,
macabre death for his quarry.
How ironic. As Pittsburgh morphs from a blue-collar town to a tech giant, a psychopath deploys technology in a murderous way.
Enter two other figures from Rinaldi’s past: retired FBI profiler
Lyle Barnes, once a patient who Rinaldi treated for night terrors; and
Special Agent Gloria Reese, with whom he falls into a surprising,
erotically charged affair. Warned by Maddox not to engage the
authorities or else random innocents throughout the city will die,
Rinaldi and these two unlikely allies engage in a terrifying
cat-and-mouse game with an elusive killer who’ll stop at nothing in
pursuit of what he imagines is revenge.
A true page-turner, Head Wounds is the electrifying fifth in a
critically acclaimed series of thrillers by Dennis Palumbo. Formerly a
Hollywood screenwriter, Dennis Palumbo is now a licensed psychotherapist
in private practice.