Letter U The April A to Z Blogging Challenge #AtoZChallenge

April Author Spotlight 2015

Letter ‘U’ is for Mark Rubinstein, author of Mad Dog House and Mad Dog Justice.

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Why do I recommend Mad Dog House and Mad Dog Justice?

Mad Dog House is a compelling read. It’s a disturbing urban thriller which I read in one sitting. I loved the way the author took me right into the diverse characters’ tormented minds. I was challenged, as they were, to confront the forces of good and evil, and decide how far I would be we are prepared to go to defend and protect my family and lifestyle. What would I have done?

I enjoyed Mad Dog House so much, I couldn’t wait to read the sequel, Mad Dog Justice, which I also read in two sittings, because unfortunately I had other things to do, otherwise I would have finished it in just one day! I would strongly recommend reading both, preferably in the order they were written. They can be read alone, but that would be a great pity.

Mad Dog Justice takes up almost a year after the events narrated in the first book. This time, I was forced to face even more physically dangerous and morally complex situations with the characters. I struggled with them, as they had to give up everything they have in order to recover the privileged and comfortable, middle-class lives they had worked so hard to build for themselves, after managing to leave behind their disadvantaged and traumatic childhoods in Brooklyn.

It’s an exciting read, which is not meant for the faint-hearted! There are plenty of pursuits along the streets of NY, as ruthless killers hunt them down. Once more the climax is surprising and well unraveled, and the conclusion is brilliant.

Mark Rubinstein is an exceptional writer who manages to push the reader into the action-packed stories, including well-written descriptions, vibrant dialogues, illuminating interior monologue, and pulsating action, which make up both of these thrilling novels.

I’m desperately waiting for a third installment…

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What is Mad Dog Justice about, Mark?

Mad Dog Justice is a sequel to Mad Dog House. You need not have read the first thriller to love the second. Roddy Dolan, a surgeon, and Danny Burns, an accountant, are in the crosshairs of ruthless hitmen. They think they know why, but aren’t sure. Is it the mafia, the Russian Bratva, or someone else? Any reader will identify with these suburban guys who must decide how to save themselves and protect their families. Anyone who loves suspense and unremitting tension will love Mad Dog Justice, a thriller that rushes at a torrid pace to a stunningly unpredictable conclusion.

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What are you working on now?

I’ve just completed a new standalone novel, The Lovers’ Tango (June 2015). It’s a suspense-filled, romantic, legal thriller. Bill Shaw is a best-selling crime writer. His life changed the moment he met the beautiful actress Nora Reyes. Following Nora’s death, he’s in the DA’s sights because of eerie parallels between Nora’s dying and a novel Bill was writing. In a harrowing progression of events, a murder trial ensues. What exactly did happen between Bill and Nora the day she died? The novel blends suspense, tragedy, and romance into a timeless story of love, loss, and the beguiling mystery of memory. It’s a story about lovers locked in a tragic final dance.

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What would you like readers to know about you?

I’ve written four novels, two novellas and five non-fiction books. I practiced psychiatry until two years ago, when I began writing fiction on a full-time basis. After graduating from college with a degree in Business Administration, I entered the army, was assigned to a medical unit tending to paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division. I then returned to college, studied the pre-medical courses, was accepted to medical school, and eventually became a psychiatrist specializing in forensic psychiatry.

How can we find out more or contact you?

Links: Mad Dog Justice on Amazon:

My Website

My Twitter page: @mrubinsteinCT

My Facebook page

 

Please take some time to check out some of the other blogs on the A-Z Challenge. There are plenty of interesting and varied topics.

Book Review: Mad Dog Justice by Mark Rubinstein

I enjoyed Mad Dog House so much, I couldn’t wait to read the sequel, Mad Dog Justice, and read it in two days. Unfortunately I had other things to do, otherwise I would have finished it in just one day!

Although I would strongly recommend reading both, preferably in the order they were written, it can be read alone, but that would be a great pity.

 

Mad Dog Justice takes up almost a year after the events narrated in the first book. The two ‘blood brothers’, Roddy and Danny, are once again thrown into a physically dangerous and morally complex situation, including mafia, gangsters, money laundering, violence, and murder.

They will have to give up everything they have: families, jobs, and risk their lives, in order to recover the privileged and comfortable, middle-class lives they had worked so hard to build for themselves, after managing to leave behind their disadvantaged and traumatic childhoods in Brooklyn.

It’s an exciting read, which is not meant for the faint-hearted! There are plenty of pursuits along the streets of NY, as ruthless, unknown killers hunt them down. Once more the climax is surprising and well unraveled, and the end is satisfactory.

The friendship between the two main characters is powerfully depicted, as we revisit their troubled minds once again. The respectable surgeon and the ambitious accountant, not only have to deal emotionally with past events, they also have to deal with their present daunting dilemma.

Readers are again challenged, through empathy with the main characters, to confront our views of what is right and wrong, and decide how far we are prepared to go to defend and protect our families, and our lifestyle. An even harder choice than in the first installment, because there are more lies, there is more danger, and there are more innocent people affected.

Just in case you didn’t read the previous review, I’ll remind you that Mark Rubinstein is an exceptional writer of action-packed stories, which include well-written descriptions, vibrant dialogues, illuminating interior monologue, and pulsating action, throughout.

The next book on my list is Love Gone Mad  a previous novel by Mr. Rubinstein which I haven’t read yet. I’ll keep you posted.