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Mad Dog House [Kindle Edition]

Mark Rubinstein
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Book Description

After thirty years, surgeon and family man Roddy "Mad Dog" Dolan reluctantly reconnects with childhood friends to open a Manhattan restaurant. For these three former delinquents from a bad neighborhood, the project is a dream opportunity--a chance to show the world they've become respectable.

When the business is a hit, Roddy is relieved. But before long, he realizes someone is stealing from the coffers. When a loan shark shows up, announcing the men have one week to pay him $500,000, Roddy must find out who's behind the threat and how he can make it go away--before he loses everything. This gritty thriller examines loyalty, legacies of violence, and how far a respectable man will go to protect his family.

Editorial Reviews


"I stayed up all night to read Mad Dog House. I couldn't put it down. It was fantastic, riveting, suspenseful, twisting, loving, horrific. I just kept reading faster and faster to find out the ending."
--Martin West, film and television actor and filmmaker

"In Mark Rubinstein's Mad Dog House, the characters--all well-developed and dripping with authenticity--propel the novel along with style and edge-of-your-seat excitement. Rubinstein, a master at his game, introduces us to a world of glitz, glam, sex, and intrigue."
--Judith Marks-White, author of Seducing Harry and Bachelor Degree

"A gripping, harrowing, and provocative psychological thriller, featuring a plot packed with action and intrigue, staggering and brutal twists, and deeply disturbing possibilities. The ending is a real shocker!"
--Mysia Hiaght,

"If you're looking for a 'can't put down,' fast-paced, superbly written thriller, Mad Dog House is a must-read! The story hooks you from the get-go, with characters expertly drawn. You'll still be reeling long after reading the knockout ending to this awesome thriller."
--Linda C. Sutter, former Director of Talent, CBS Sports Network

"The characters in Mad Dog House are compellingly real. It was a great read!"
--Ann Chernow, artist and writer

About the Author

Mark Rubinstein is the author of "Mad Dog Justice" (2014), "Love Gone Mad" (2013) and "Mad Dog House" (2012), which was named a Finalist for the 2012 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award (Thriller & Suspense). His novella, "The Foot Soldier," received the Silver medal for Popular Fiction in the Benjamin Franklin Awards for 2014. His new novella, "Return to Sandara," has just been released (October 24, 2014). The author is presently working on his next novel, "Lovers' Tango." A physician, psychiatrist, and assistant professor of psychiatry, Rubinstein writes mystery/thrillers about people involved in life-and-death struggles with forces they cannot control, driven by their pasts when they face life-altering horrors of the present. He has written five nonfiction medical advice books. He blogs for the Huffington Post and is a contributor to Psychology Today.

Product Details

  • File Size: 816 KB
  • Print Length: 329 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985626844
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Thunder Lake Press (October 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009UX317M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,031 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend it December 8, 2012
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A well written, compelling story, Mad Dog House was a great weekend read. The plot trucks along at a nice clip until about half way through, where it slows considerably. You know where it is going and you just want to get there. Despite this, the book is good enough to see it to it's interesting end.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars solid but questionable high ratings January 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
a really solid book. but for the review hype i was certainly thrown off by its lack of plot twists or tension. really straight forward and all a bit too convenient. and if the two main characters talked one more time about their rise to success i was going to curse. it got silly there for a bit.

good. but certainly not great.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting read October 3, 2012
This is a fascinating story about two friends who were once neighborhood toughs but have now respectable lives and families. One, a surgeon and the other an accountant is approached by someone from the old days who proposes they join him as silent partners in a restaurant. This is a way to make extra money while someone else does the work--a deal that seems too good to pass up. The business does well until the mafia shows up and the true nature of their partner is revealed. An interesting study is the extreme measures taken by the two friends to extricate themselves and save their families from a bad situation. I promise you will not put this book down once you begin.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mad Dog House November 29, 2012
By Warren
An evocation of time past in Brooklyn updated to contemporary Connecticut, Westchester and New York City. A taut and engrossing tale of intrigue with a finite resolution. Expresses an ever enduring question of nature vs nurture in our lives. How far does DNA go when confronted with difficult parenting. A good and fast read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight but Speedy Yarn December 12, 2012
If you're looking for a weighty, resonant crime story with depth, this book is not for you. But if you want a quick, entertaining and disposable crime read, this novel is a decent choice. It's like a cross between the everyman crime fiction of Linwood Barclay and the paranoia of Scott Smith's "A Simple Plan."

My problem with the novel is that, first and foremost, there's not enough story FOR a novel. This would have been a much better short story. There are no sub-plots or secondary stories, and none of the characters are really fleshed out. Plus the story is rather contrived and the ending is, well, enormously contrived and somewhat gimmicky. There's just not enough meat on these bones.

However, the novel runs at a brisk pace, the dialogue flows and it's a fun story (although it does take quite a while for the plot to finally emerge.) You'll find Mad Dog House a quick read, and while it won't move you or stay with you, you'll have an enjoyable few days with it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Character Driven Thriller February 19, 2013
"Mad Dog House" was my first experience with Mark Rubinstein's work and it was a positive introduction. The novel is a fast-paced quick read that sneaks up on the reader who suddenly finds he/she has been reading steadily for an hour or two and not noticed the passage of time. Two "blood brothers" who grew up on the streets of Brooklyn have managed to carve out successful careers as a surgeon, Roddy Dolan, and an accountant, Danny Burns. Their comfortable lives are forever disrupted when an old acquaintance from their tough neighborhood, Kenny Egan (McGuirk) talks them into investing as silent partners in a can't-miss steakhouse in Manhattan which he will run. Soon the buddies are enjoying the good life as behind-the-scenes owners of an apparently successful NY steakhouse and watering hole.

But things aren't always as they appear and slowly, the crowds grow but the receipts shrink. And, equally disconcerting, is the growing number of mobster-types, both Italian and Russian, who begin frequenting the place. Soon, Roddy and Danny find themselves helplessly trapped in a situation spinning out of control that may ultimately bring them and their families to the ground. What can these two walk-the-straight-line professionals do to head off the cataclysmic threat facing their very lives? Is there enough of their old neighborhood left in them to sway the direction of the inevitable?

Rubinstein adroitly steers the action and the suspense toward a surprising and satisfying conclusion without telegraphing the ending. "Mad Dog House" is predominately a character study wrapped in an interesting plot that examines man's inner-most desires and fears. All the major characters are fully fleshed and believable...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible March 10, 2013
By Mitsy
Mad Dog House is a true man's man thriller. Roddy and Danny have been best friends since childhood. They've each grown into mature, responsible, successful and happy men. They've been through a lot and have always remained close. So when it comes to making heavy decisions not only do they consult their wives, they discuss it with each other. Sound familiar? Do you have a best friend like that? Or maybe your husband, boyfriend, or brother has this best friend? Just wait.

When an old childhood pal comes asking for help, they discuss it and agree it's a good plan. So, they become silent owners of a restaurant business. Harmless, right? Not so fast. What happens next is absolutely nuts. No movie screenwriter could imagine something like this. The ending is chilling.

The writing is superb. The author draws you in and makes you involved with Roddy and Danny right away. There are so many surprises I had to stop and think "What did I just read?!" Incredible. I rarely saw any of it coming. I love it. A true thriller in every way.

This is more than just a born author, an excellent thriller or, even, two best friends. This is about love and what men will do to keep their happy lives.

Keep all the unread mysteries and thrillers on the TBR shelf, and start reading Mad Dog House.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Past: Rising from the Dirt to Bite Our Butts
Can we bury our past? Or will it always rise from the dirt to bite us in the ass?

The answer would seem to be no. This is a gripping tale. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Steve Bivans
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this thriller
I enjoyed this thriller. The characters are interesting and likeable ( and unlikeable, when necessary ) and it reads like the kind of thriller I grew up with and have learned to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rose Red
3.0 out of 5 stars but it was easy to see it coming
I will give this novel 3 stars on the basis that the author stayed true to the story line and the book held my attention. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wes
4.0 out of 5 stars I feel a bit queasy
First off, I liked this book and will read the next in the series. The characters are well written and likable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Julia
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this novel
I would highly recommend this book... It was an easy read and I could not put it down. I loved the characters. Read more
Published 3 months ago by B&D's Grandma
3.0 out of 5 stars gets rather tedious at times and slow action and plot
Not an exceptional book, gets rather tedious at times and slow action and plot. Low cost for the book so that is a plus. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Unc Alf
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting From Beginning To End!
Mark Rubinstein does it again!
I can hardly wait to read the next book in the series!
Published 4 months ago by Wendy Catalano
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Rubinstein's MAD DOG HOUSE was such a BRILLIANTLY BRILLIANT novel...
Mark Rubinstein's MAD DOG HOUSE was such a BRILLIANTLY BRILLIANT novel that I started it and read it straight through until the wee morning hours. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Diamonds galore
4.0 out of 5 stars A good, fast read that keeps you captivated until you ...
Mark Rubenstein’s knowledge of all things surgical, makes this novel as compelling as being under his knife! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joan Turner
In Mad Dog House, author and forensic psychiatrist, Mark Rubinstein has cleverly stripped away the polished veneer of successful surgeon, Roddy Dolan and propelled him into the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by The Writer On Line
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More About the Author

Mark Rubinstein was born in Brooklyn, New York. He dreamed of playing baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers since his all-time hero was the Dodgers' first baseman Gil Hodges. Rubinstein played high school baseball and ran track. His love of sports led him to read sports fiction, and soon he became a voracious reader, developing an enduring love for all kinds of novels.

He graduated from New York University with a degree in business administration. He then served in the army and ended up as a field medic tending to paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division. He was so taken with these experiences that after his discharge, he re-entered NYU as a premed student.

He entered medical school at the State University of New York's Downstate Medical Center. As a medical student, he developed an interest in psychiatry, discovering in that specialty the same thing he realized in reading fiction: every patient has a compelling story to tell. He became a board-certified psychiatrist practicing in New York City.

In addition to running his private practice he developed an interest in forensic psychiatry because the drama and conflict of the cases and courtrooms tapped into his personality style. He also taught psychiatric residents, interns, psychologists, and social workers at New York Presbyterian Hospital and became a clinical assistant professor at Cornell University's medical school.

Before turning to fiction, Rubinstein coauthored five medical self-help books: The First Encounter: The Beginnings in Psychotherapy (Jason Aronson); The Complete Book of Cosmetic Facial Surgery (Simon and Schuster); New Choices: the Latest Options in Treating Breast Cancer (Dodd Mead); Heartplan: A Complete Program for Total Fitness of Heart & Mind (McGraw-Hill), and The Growing Years: A Guide to Your Child's Emotional Development from Birth to Adolescence (Atheneum).

Rubinstein's novels, include Mad Dog Justice (2014), Love Gone Mad (2013) and Mad Dog House (2012), which was named a Finalist for the 2012 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award (Thriller & Suspense). His novella, The Foot Soldier, received the Silver medal for Popular Fiction in the Benjamin Franklin Awards for 2014. His new novella, Return to Sandara, has just been released (October 24, 2014). The author is presently working on his next novel, Lovers' Tango.

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