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Mark Rubinstein grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., near Sheepshead Bay. After earning a degree in business administration at NYU, he served in the U.S. Army as a field medic tending to paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division. After his discharge he went to medical school and became a physician, then a psychiatrist. As a forensic psychiatrist, he was an expert witness in many trials. As an attending psychiatrist at New York Presbyterian Hospital and a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Cornell, he taught psychiatric residents, psychologists and social workers while practicing psychiatry. His first novel, Mad Dog House, was released Fall 2012. His next novel, Love Gone Mad was recently in 2013. His most recent work includes a novella, THE FOOT SOLDIER, which catapults the reader back to the conflict that changed America: The Vietnam War. Previously, he also co-authored five books on psychological and medical topics. He lives in Connecticut with as many dogs as his wife will allow in the house. He still practices psychiatry and is busily working on other novels. He also blogs for Psychology Today. To learn more, please visit

Entries by Mark Rubinstein

What? Spoilers Enhance a Mystery or Thriller?

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 1:25 PM


I recently read an article claiming that readers who flip to the end of a thriller novel to check what will happen have more fun than those who endure the suspense to eventually learn the outcome. I found this difficult to...

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Saved by a Cup of Joe

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2014 | 9:21 AM


Phil was a 40-year-old cop with 18 years on the force. I saw him in psychiatric consultation after an incident one night in Bridgeport.

While on patrol, Phil and his partner received a radio call about a fire in a clothing...

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The 'Bada Bing' of a Novel

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 4:14 PM

I occasionally read a novel in which there are many references to popular culture in the storyline. This is particularly true in James Hynes's hauntingly disturbing and must-read novel, Next. Among other popular cultural references, Next reads:

" he orders an iced tea.
"With legs?" says...

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"You're Edgy and Irritable" My Wife Says

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 5:03 PM

Writing is an emotionally draining and solitary business. You spend hour upon hour alone with your thoughts and fantasies, doing your best to order, re-order and transform them into coherent stories people will want to read. Like any other endeavor, you have good days and bad days. Sometimes you feel...

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The Resistance Man: A Talk With Martin Walker

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 1:18 PM


Martin Walker is a senior fellow of a private think tank for CEOs of major corporations. He is also editor-in-chief emeritus and international affairs columnist for UPI, and for many years has been a journalist for the Guardian. He has written...

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Graveyard of Memories: A Talk With Barry Eisler

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 12:35 PM


Barry Eisler's John Rain novels are the "Tiffany" of assassin-oriented, suspense thrillers. The recently released Graveyard of Memories is a prequel to the other novels in the John Rain series. At the story's outset, Rain, 20 years old and fresh from...

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Tortured Souls Tell Great Stories

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 1:48 PM


Poisoned by his lustful quest for vengeance, his obsession carries his crew to their demise. (Ahab, Moby Dick)
The king goes slowly insane because of his mistakes and his daughters' perfidy. (Lear, King Lear)
She was forced to make a choice between two...
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"I Have Forty Paid Enemies"

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 6:47 AM


Hell would freeze over before I'd do any cooking back then -- especially since I lived alone in Manhattan. So I ate out every night.

I got to be friendly with some restaurateurs. One in particular, Jerry, owned a fancy...

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Still Relevant? A Talk With a Librarian

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 11:27 AM

Cynde Bloom Lahey began working in a library during high school. She received a Master's Degree in Library Science from Southern Connecticut University in 1989 and has been a librarian throughout her professional life. She is now Programming Specialist at the Norwalk Public Library.

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Plugged in and Feeling the Fiction

(2) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 2:47 PM

Imagine wearing a vest-like device while reading a book, so that when you come upon a scene brimming with heart-racing tension, the vest emits vibrations to increase your heart rate and compresses your ribcage to convey the tightness felt by the protagonist in the throes of his peril.

Sounds like...

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Silence Once Begun: a Talk With Jesse Ball

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 12:04 PM


Jesse Ball's new novel Silence Once Begun has just been released by Pantheon. His three previous novels are The Way Through Doors, Samedi the Deafness and Curfew. He's also written several works of verse. He won the 2008 Paris Review Plimpton Prize and...

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A Good Story Is Disturbing

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 12:48 PM


As David Mamet told me, "If Hamlet comes home from school, and his dad's not dead, and asks him how school was, it's boring."

As a psychiatrist and novelist, I'm aware that all good stories are disturbing. No...

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Fear Is the Common Denominator

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 11:58 AM

Writers are often told, "Write what you know." Historical thriller novelist Steve Berry says, "Write what you love." As a novelist and psychiatrist, I've become intimate with fear, and while I don't "love" it, I do love writing about it. I'm not referring to ordinary worries or anxieties: things such...

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The Secret to Writing a Best-selling Novel

(8) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 2:47 PM


I was intrigued by an article in the British publication the Telegraph which seemed quite extraordinary. The piece was entitled, "Scientists Find Secret to Writing a Best-selling Novel."

For a writer, what could be more arresting than such a...

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Character Is Destiny

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 6:36 PM


People often talk about a novel being plot-driven or character-driven. For me, that can be an artificial distinction. For my taste, the best novels -- those that capture me and make me feel sorry the read is coming to an end --...

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Your Brain on Books

(2) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 6:01 AM


I was fascinated by an article dated January 4, 2014 in the Science section of The Independent, a British newspaper. The article noted research done at Emory University. It revealed that reading a gripping novel can trigger measurable changes in brain...

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A Book-World Wish List for 2014

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 8:13 AM


As 2014 approaches, I think about what I would like to see happen in the world of books. I know they often say, "Be careful what you wish for," but here are my wishes for the coming year.

1. The artificial...

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Writer to Writer: Madiba A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela -- A Talk With Danny Schechter

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 2:13 PM

Danny Schechter is an Emmy Award-winning producer for ABC News, and the author of 16 books. He's produced and directed six documentary films about Nelson Mandela.

Danny wrote a fascinating book about Nelson Mandela, entitled Madiba: A to Z. He talked with people ranging from Thabo Mbeki to Nadine...

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Writer to Writer: A Conversation With Jon Land

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 4:56 PM

Jon Land is a prolific author who has written 40 novels. David Morrell, the master of contemporary thriller fiction, called Jon the creator of the techno-thriller, which Jon began writing before Tom Clancy made the genre popular.

Jon attended Brown University where he convinced the faculty to let him write...

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Staying Alive in a Digital World: A Talk With an Indie Bookstore Owner

(2) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 3:12 PM


All book-lovers know the digital revolution is having an impact on independent bookstores. Except for Barnes & Noble, the chains are gone. Fewer and fewer independent bookstores have survived the onslaught of online retailing. I thought it would be illuminating to...

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