Saturday, March 24, 2018

Dennis Palumbo

Formerly a Hollywood screenwriter (My Favorite Year; Welcome Back, Kotter, etc.), Dennis Palumbo is a licensed psychotherapist and author of Writing From the Inside Out. His mystery fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, The Strand and elsewhere, and is collected in From Crime to Crime. His series of mystery thrillers (Mirror Image, Fever Dream, Night Terrors, Phantom Limb, and the latest, Head Wounds, 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’m currently reading a terrific, sobering nonfiction book called The Revenge of Geography by Robert D. Kaplan. It’s a geopolitical analyst’s clear-eyed assessment of the roiling situation in the Middle East, and what thirty years of trying to create a democratic system in the region has wrought. The author’s understanding and explanation of how the very terrain of the region contributes to reinforcing an entrenched tribalism, and how this attitude is the antithesis of the kind of egalitarianism from which a democratic political system arises, seems---to me at least---right on the mark. It’s a book I wish all our elected officials would be compelled to read.
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The Page 69 Test: Head Wounds.

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