Sunday, February 8, 2015

Dennis Palumbo

Formerly a Hollywood screenwriter (My Favorite Year; Welcome Back, Kotter, etc.), Dennis Palumbo is now a licensed psychotherapist and author. His mystery fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, The Strand and elsewhere, and is collected in From Crime to Crime (Tallfellow Press). His acclaimed series of crime novels (Mirror Image, Fever Dream, Night Terrors and the latest, Phantom Limb) feature psychologist Daniel Rinaldi, a trauma expert who consults with the Pittsburgh Police.

Recently I asked Palumbo about what he was reading. His reply:
I’ve just finished the latest Michael Connelly, The Burning Room, featuring LAPD detective Harry Bosch. As usual, Connelly’s police procedure stuff is fascinating, and the plot complex, but there’s a subtle air of melancholy throughout the book. Bosch is perhaps a year away from retirement, and his eventual departure from the force (and perhaps the series of novels) lends poignancy to the story.

For a change of pace, now I’m reading The Return of George Washington, by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson. It covers the little-explored period in Washington’s life between resigning from the Continental Army and becoming our country’s first president. Fascinating, well-written stuff.
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