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Fever Dream
by Dennis Palumbo
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Poisoned Pen, 2011 (2011)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

I am totally exhausted. I have been running full tilt trying to keep up with the action in Dennis Palumbo's Fever Dream. Well, you understand, I'm not really running, full tilt or otherwise. But turning the pages of this book counts as exercise.

The action never stops. Just when the heart stops racing from a shootout in a bank, a suicide occurs. Catch your breath and there's a kidnapping. Death threats figure in while a politician's promises rake the air as he pledges to clean up crime in Pittsburgh. A barn fire threatens the accompanying house.

The ending of this decidedly top drawer work is a total surprise. (Note here - I did know who was involved before I got too far into the book but didn't anticipate the intricacies of the case.)

Palumbo is a character you can like. He's a dedicated clinical psychologist who is on call to the police department when they need a psychologist's assistance. Which apparently happens a little too often for Palumbo's liking or that of certain members of the city's police force.

Fever Dream follows Palumbo's first novel Mirror Image. He has a good thing going here. I do hope Palumbo returns in another mystery. Soon, please.

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