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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. Rubinstein's high-octane thrillers Mad Dog House (2012) and its sequel, Mad Dog Justice (2014), were both finalists for the ForeWord Book of the Year Award. His 2nd thriller, Love Gone Mad, was published in September 2013 and his novella, The Foot Soldier (November 2013) won the Silver award in the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Awards competition, in the Popular Fiction category. His novella, Return to Sandara, (October 2014), won the gold IPPY Award for Suspense/Fiction. Before turning to fiction, he co-authored five self-help books on psychological and medical topics. His latest novel, The Lovers' Tango, was published on June 1, 2015. To learn more, please visit:

Entries by Mark Rubinstein

'X,' A Conversation With Sue Grafton

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 6:27 PM

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Sue Grafton is best known for her alphabet mystery series (A is for Alibi, etc.), with her feisty protagonist Kinsey Millhone. NPR's Maureen Corrigan said the forthcoming conclusion of the alphabet series "makes me wish there were more than twenty-six...

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'In the Dark Places,' A Conversation With Peter Robinson

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 6:20 AM


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Peter Robinson is best known for his crime novels set in Yorkshire, featuring Inspector Alan Banks. After receiving a BA in English Literature at the University of Leeds, Peter came to Canada and received a Master's Degree in English and...

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Psychology in Fiction

(2) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 5:29 PM


Over the last few years, I've been writing fiction. For decades, I've been a psychiatrist. As a novelist, I now write with a reader's sensibility, and read with a writer's eye. I'm struck by the degree to which fiction and psychology share certain...

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'Protocol Zero,' A Conversation With James Abel

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 6:10 AM


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James Abel is a pseudonym for Bob Reiss, the bestselling author of more than 20 books. He is a former Chicago Tribune reporter and previously was a correspondent for Outside Magazine. His works have been published in many national publications...

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'Devils Bridge,' A Conversation With Linda Fairstein

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 5:56 AM

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For more than 20 years, Linda Fairstein was a prosecutor and Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of the Manhattan District Attorney's office. She's considered America's foremost legal expert on sexual assault and domestic violence.

When she turned her...

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'Broken Promise,' A Conversation With Linwood Barclay

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 5:55 AM


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Linwood Barclay's thrillers have been international bestsellers. Trust Your Eyes, an intriguing novel with a unique premise, has been optioned for film. The Associated Press said, "Linwood Barclay has established himself alongside the masters of suburban fiction."

In just-released Broken...

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'Brushback,' A Conversation With Sara Paretsky

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 6:31 AM


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Sara Paretsky is the award-winning author of the V. I. Warshawski detective novels. In 1982, when Sara wrote Indemnity Only, she revolutionized the mystery novel by creating a hard-boiled woman investigator.

Growing up in rural Kansas, Sara came...

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'Speaking in Bones,' A Conversation With Kathy Reichs

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 6:50 AM


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Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist and a professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She's the author of the bestselling series featuring Temperance Brennan, who is also a forensic anthropologist. Kathy's the producer of the...

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'The Fraud,' -- A Conversation with Brad Parks

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 12:23 PM

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Brad Parks is the only author to have won crime fiction's Shamus, Nero, and Lefty Awards. As in his five previous novels, his protagonist, Carter Ross, is an investigative reporter for Newark's Eagle-Examiner.

In The Fraud, a rash of carjackings...

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'Bull Mountain,' A Conversation With Brian Panowich

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 7:34 AM

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Brian Panowich is a firefighter and former musician. As an army brat, he grew up in Europe until the family settled in East Georgia. His debut novel, Bull Mountain, has received extensive praise from James Ellroy, C.J. Box, Wiley Cash,...

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Great Opening Lines

(5) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 7:32 AM


"My wound is geography. It is also my anchorage, my port of call." --The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
"His name was Rambo, and he was just some nothing kid for all anybody knew, standing by the pump of a gas station...
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Killing Monica, a Conversation With Candace Bushnell

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 8:56 AM

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Candace Bushnell is a novelist and television producer who, from 1994-1996, wrote a column for The New York Observer, which was adapted into the bestselling anthology, Sex and the City. It became the basis for the HBO hit series of...

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'Brutality' a Conversation With Ingrid Thoft

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 11:35 AM

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Ingrid Thoft worked as a tech and education writer before turning to fiction. Her wish to create a credible P.I protagonist led her to obtain a certificate in private investigation from the University of Washington. Her debut novel, Loyalty, was nominated...

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'The Cartel' A Conversation With Don Winslow

(4) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 1:49 PM


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Don Winslow is known to thriller lovers everywhere, especially after his extraordinary novel, Savages, which was made into a riveting film directed by Oliver Stone. Don grew up in Rhode Island, and at age seventeen, left to study journalism at the...

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'Death by Hitchcock': A Conversation With Elissa Grodin

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 2:14 PM


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Elissa Grodin's father, Stan Durwood, was the founder of AMC Entertainment and invented the multiplex and megaplex movie theater concept. Elissa studied film at Dartmouth College, and painting at the New York School of Visual Arts. While living in London,...

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Tom Clancy 'Under Fire,' a Conversation With Grant Blackwood

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 12:45 PM

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Grant Blackwood co-authored Dead or Alive with Tom Clancy, The Kill Switch with James Rollins, and The Fargo Adventure Series with Clive Cussler. He's also the author of the Briggs Tanner Series, among other novels. A U. S. Navy veteran,...

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'The Fixer' A Conversation With Joseph Finder

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2015 | 10:21 AM


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Joseph Finder is known to any reader who loves thrillers. His first book was published when he was only 24, and he's gone on to write critically acclaimed thrillers including Extraordinary Powers, The Zero Hour, and High Crimes, all of...

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'Let Me Die in His Footsteps': A Conversation With Lori Roy

(1) Comments | Posted May 30, 2015 | 8:15 AM


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Lori Roy's debut novel, Bent Road, won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Her second, Until She Comes Home, received an Edgar Nomination.

Let Me Die In His Footsteps, her new novel, set in a 1952 Kentucky town, concerns...

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'Secrets of State' A Conversation with Matthew Palmer

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 7:29 AM


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Matthew Palmer is a 24-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service. Having been at ground zero for many pressing global issues from Kosovo to Africa, he has extensive knowledge of international crises. His debut thriller, The American Mission, has been...

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'Disclaimer' -- A Conversation With Renee Knight

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

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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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