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MIRROR IMAGE by Dennis Palumbo

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By Theresa de Valence - Posted on 29 May 2011

MIRROR IMAGE by Dennis Palumbo has nice imagery. With just a few words, the author turns the story tactile.

Daniel Rinaldi is a psychologist who specializes in treating victims of violent crime. He’s a bit of an insufferable prig, but he genuinely cares for lots of people, even his enemies, and some of his thoughts are admirable. A few of his self-revelations are piquant though there felt too few of them (I seem to appreciate self-discovery).

There’s plenty of testosterone spraying—dogs peeing on fire hydrants. I wasn’t engaged in any of the sex or powerplays which involved sex. In truth, there isn’t much sex in the story, but what there was I didn’t like. I imagine that some men would like it, however.

The story is full of twists and turns. You think you’ve just read a nice tidy wrap up but there’s quite a few more pages to go. Then again. And again. By then end of the story, all of its parts made sense, but not so in the middle of the story.

MIRROR IMAGE has a surprisingly moving (and satisfying) ending.

An absorbing story.

By Dennis Palumbo
© 2010
Poisoned Pen Press

Disclosure: the author sent me the book.