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Mark Rubinstein
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After earning a degree in business administration at NYU, Mark Rubinstein served in the U.S. Army as a field medic tending to paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division. After his discharge he returned to college, 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 a finalist for the ForeWord Award of the American Library Association. His next novel, Love Gone Mad was released in 2013. His most recent work a novella, The Foot Soldier, won the Silver prize at the Benjamin Franklin Awards in the category of popular fiction. Before turning to fiction, he co-authored five self-help books on psychological and medical topics. His new novel Mad Dog Justice, the sequel to Mad Dog House, is due in September 2014. He also blogs for Psychology Today. To learn more, please visit

Entries by Mark Rubinstein

'Disclaimer' -- A Conversation With Renee Knight

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 11:21 AM

Photo: Colin Hutton

Renee Knight worked for the BBC directing arts documentaries before turning to writing. She has had television and film scripts commissioned by the BBC, Channel Four, and Capital Films In April 2013, she graduated from Faber Academy, a school...

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Robert B. Parker's "Kickback": A Conversation With Ace Atkins

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 2:51 PM


Photo: Joe Worthem

Ace Atkins is well-known to thriller-lovers everywhere. He was a Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist, has written standalone novels, and is known for his Nick Travers and Quinn Colson series. Ace's writing style has been compared to that of Dennis Lehane...

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'The Harvest Man:' A Conversation With Alex Grecian

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 3:20 PM


Photo: Emily Park

Alex Grecian is the author of the Scotland Yard Murder Squad novels which include the New York Times bestseller, The Yard, The Black Country, The Devil's Workshop and his latest, The Harvest Man. After leaving a career in advertising, Alex...

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Conversations With Authors

(9) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 1:46 PM

Over the last two years, I've interviewed more than 70 authors for my Huffington Post blog.

Readers have asked about my preparation, and authors frequently say our discussions delve into aspects of the writing life, and of life itself, that they...

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'The Dismantling': A Conversation With Brian DeLeeuw

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 11:14 AM


Photo: Genevieve Dellinger

Brian DeLeeuw is a novelist and screenwriter. After graduating from Princeton, he received his MFA from The New School. His first novel, In This Way I Was Saved, was long-listed for the Dylan Thomas Prize. His second novel is The...

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Why Crime-Thriller Fiction?

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 1:23 PM


I'm often asked why I write crime-thriller novels. Sometimes, I think the answer is easy: I love to read them, so I write them, too.

But why crime? Why thrillers? You can tap the range of human emotions and experiences in virtually any...

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'The Lady From Zagreb': A Conversation With Philip Kerr

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2015 | 11:19 AM


Photo: Phil Wilkenson

Philip Kerr obtained a master's degree in law and philosophy from the University of Birmingham in the UK. He worked as an advertising copywriter for Saatchi and Saatchi before becoming a full-time writer in 1989. He is best known for...

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'Killer, Come Hither': A Conversation with Louis Begley

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2015 | 4:24 PM


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Louis Begley was born in Poland in 1933. He and his parents survived the Holocaust, and he came to the U.S. at 13 years of age. He attended Harvard College, graduating summa cum laude. He then entered the U.S. Army....

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'Black Scorpion': A Conversation with Jon Land

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2015 | 4:08 PM


Photo: Todd Stephens

Jon Land is the prolific author of more than thirty-five books. His thriller novels include the Caitlin Strong series about a fifth-generation Texas Ranger, and the Ben Kamal and Danielle Barnea books about a Palestinian detective and an Israeli chief...

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'We're Only Passing Through...'

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 1:45 PM

Not long ago, I attended an uncle's funeral. It was sad, but Irv lived to be 95 and led a remarkably full life.

Born in 1917, he was the youngest of nine children. The exact date of his birth was never known, since records were poorly kept back then. He...

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'The Stranger': A Conversation with Harlan Coben

(4) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 10:39 AM

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Harlan Coben is known to readers everywhere. His first novel was published when he was 26, and after two stand-alone thrillers, Play Dead in 1990 and Miracle Cure in 1991, he began writing the popular Myron Bolitar series. His...

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'Cuba Straits:' A Conversation With Randy Wayne White

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 5:46 PM


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Randy Wayne White is a New York Times bestselling author well known for his twenty-one previous Doc Ford novels; the Hannah Smith series; and four collections of non-fiction. His other interests include exploring Florida's flora and fauna, the environment, baseball,...

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'Inspector of the Dead': A Conversation With David Morrell

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2015 | 7:31 AM


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After receiving a doctorate in American literature at Pennsylvania State University, in 1970, David Morrell became an English professor at the University of Iowa. In 1972, his debut novel, First Blood was published; and by 1982, was made into the...

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'World Gone By': A Conversation With Dennis Lehane

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 12:49 PM


Photo: Gaby Gerstner. Diogenes, Zurich

Dennis Lehane is known to millions of readers. His novels Mystic River, Gone, Baby, Gone, and Shutter Island became blockbuster movies, with the most recent film being The Drop, which is based on his short story, Animal Rescue....

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'The Stolen Ones': A Conversation With Owen Laukkanen

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 9:34 AM


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Owen Laukkanen's debut novel, The Professionals, received high praise and was nominated for many honors, including the International Thriller Writers' Award, the Anthony, the Barry, and the New Voices Awards. He graduated from the University of British Columbia's creative...

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'Phantom Limb': A Conversation With Dennis Palumbo

(5) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 7:14 AM


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Dennis Palumbo is a thriller writer and psychotherapist in private practice. He's the author of the non-fiction book, Writing from the Inside Out and a collection of mystery stories, From Crime to Crime. He has also been writing the Daniel...

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'Endangered:' A Talk With C.J. Box

(1) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 4:45 PM


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C. J. Box is the bestselling author of 16 Joe Pickett novels, four standalone novels, and a collection of short stories called Shots Fired. He's won multiple awards including the Edgar, the Anthony, the Gumshoe, and the Barry awards. He...

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The Valley: A Talk With John Renehan

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 4:03 PM

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John Renehan interrupted his career as an attorney to serve as a field artillery captain in the Army's Third Infantry Division in Iraq.

The Valley, his debut novel, tells the story of Lieutenant Black, whose last assignment before resigning...

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'Where All Light Tends to Go': A Talk With David Joy

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2015 | 10:12 AM


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David Joy was born in Charlotte, and has lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina since he was 18 years old. At Western Carolina University, he received a BA in Literature and a MA in Writing, mentoring under...

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'Live Right and Find Happiness': A Talk With Dave Barry

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 1:04 PM


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Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist and New York Times bestselling author of Insane City and You Can Date Boys When You're Forty. From 1983 to 2005, he wrote a nationally syndicated humor column for The Miami Herald....

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