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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

Wars of the Roses: Stormbird: A Talk With Conn Iggulden

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 1:47 PM

Photo credit: Jules Beresford

Conn Iggulden is internationally known for his historical fiction. He's written the Emperor series about the life of Julius Caesar, and the Conqueror series, based on the lives of Mongol warlords. He's also written a series of children's...

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A Talk With Michael Connelly

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 3:27 PM

Photo credit: Mark DeLong

Michael Connelly's books have been translated into 36 languages and have won many awards. His best known crime fiction series features LAPD Detective Harry Bosch. His other hugely popular series features criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller....

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A Talk With Peter James and Ian Rankin

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 3:13 PM

Peter James and Ian Rankin are among the foremost writers in the UK. Internationally acclaimed, their books have been translated into dozens of languages, and are regularly on best-seller lists.

Peter James has written 25 best-sellers. His most famous character is Brighton-based Detective, Roy Grace.

Ian Rankin has written...

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To Review or Not?

(1) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 4:13 PM

As a writer and reader, I have more than a passing interest in book reviews. While some writers say they don't pay attention to reviews, that level of insouciance escapes me. I think it's a natural human tendency to be more than curious about what readers think of your work--good,...

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"Identity": A Talk With Ingrid Thoft

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 7:48 PM

Ingrid Thoft's acclaimed debut novel, Loyalty, introduced mystery lovers to her protagonist, Fina Ludlow. Fina is a top-notch investigator for her family's law firm whose senior partner is Fina's father, Carl Ludlow.

Ingrid's just-released novel, Identity, involves thorny legal and psychological issues...

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"Stay With Me": A Talk With Alison Gaylin

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 4:00 PM


International best-selling author Alison Gaylin received an Edgar nomination for her first book, Hide Your Eyes. Her Shamus Award-winning novel, And She Was, received a nomination for the Thriller and Anthony awards.

In the Brenna Spector series, Stay with Me is the...

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Terminal City: A Talk with Linda Fairstein

(2) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 12:53 PM


Linda Fairstein needs no introduction. For more than two decades, this former prosecutor was Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of the Manhattan District Attorney's office. She tried many "ripped from the headlines" cases and is considered America's foremost legal expert...

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'A Book Club? You Must be Kidding.'

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 1:57 PM

"Don't waste your time," a fellow writer said to me when he learned I was planning to meet with a book club. "There are so few people there, there's nothing in it for you."

I respectfully disagree.

As an author of psychological suspense thrillers, I've been invited to several book...

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The Collector of Dying Breaths: A Talk with M.J. Rose

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 2:58 PM


It's been said that each of M.J. Rose's bestselling novels revolves around an enthralling secret. Her reincarnation novels include The Book of Lost Fragrances and Seduction. Her just released novel, The Collector of Dying Breaths is set alternately in the Sixteenth Century with...

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Suspicion: A Talk with Joseph Finder

(2) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 11:51 AM


Joseph Finder has a background every thriller novelist would love to have. He spent his early childhood living around the world. He majored in Russian studies at Yale, where he was Phi Beta Kappa; completed a master's degree at the Harvard Russian Research...

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The Lincoln Myth: A Talk With Steve Berry

(1) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 4:14 PM


Steve Berry is the international bestselling author of nine Cotton Malone historical thrillers and four stand-alone thriller novels. His books have been translated into forty languages. History -- Steve's passion -- lies at the heart of each one. Over the years, he has...

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Brothers Forever: A Talk with Col. Tom Manion

(1) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 11:23 AM


On April 29, 2007, 1st Lt. Travis Manion made the ultimate sacrifice in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. He and his fellow Marines were ambushed. While leading a counterattack against the enemy, drawing fire away from his wounded comrades, Travis was fatally...

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The Kill Switch: A Talk With James Rollins

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 12:21 PM


James Rollins is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sigma Force series and other novels. Blending science and history, his action-adventure novels have been praised as "enormously engrossing" (NPR) and "smart, entertaining adventure fiction" (New York Journal of Books). Before pursuing...

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"The Blonde:" A Talk With Anna Godbersen

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 2:40 PM

Anna Godbersen is the bestselling author of The Luxe series and Bright Young Things. Her new novel, The Blonde, is her first foray into adult fiction and is a compulsively gripping read. It re-imagines the life of Marilyn Monroe in a way...

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Field of Prey: A Talk With John Sandford

(2) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 1:00 PM


We know him as John Sandford, but that's his nom de plume. As journalist John Camp, he won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for his five-part series about an American farm family faced with an agricultural crisis. He eventually turned to writing thriller novels,...

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Strolling My Way to a Novel

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 6:12 PM


Recently, I read an article describing a study that confirmed something I'm quite certain I knew intuitively.

A Stanford University study indicated that walking on a treadmill at "an easy, self-selected pace" while facing a blank wall helped generate 60...

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Fast and Furious: Novels, the Media and Our Changing World

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 2:37 PM


I've been reading a great deal of fiction (crime, literary and other genres) and observing as much as possible, not only about books, but about entertainment in various media.

It seems there's more and more blending of crime novels with...

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The End Is Not the Means

(2) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 6:07 PM


I read an article in which the novelist, Kristopher Jansma, explored the issue of finding the proper ending for a novel. He was plagued by the question of leaving the ending ambiguous, or of tying things up in a neat knot...

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Everything to Lose: A Talk With Andrew Gross

(2) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 2:53 PM


Andrew Gross is the best-selling author of twelve thrillers, five of which were written with James Patterson. His novels have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. His recent thrillers, No Way Back, 15 Seconds and Eyes Wide Open will be joined on...

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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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