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Mad Dog House Paperback – October 23, 2012
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"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, pressreleasepundit.com
"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 the thriller Mad Dog House, a 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Finalist, Love Gone Mad (2013) and the novella The Foot Soldier (October 2013). His novel Mad Dog Justice (September 2014), tagged as a "Pulse-pounding tale of post-modern paranoia" was a finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year Award. His novella, Return to Sandara, (October 2014) won the IPPY Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller novel of 2014. His most recent novel, The Lovers' Tango (2015), has won the Gold Medal in Popular Fiction for the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Award.
A physician, psychiatrist, and assistant professor of psychiatry, Mark 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.
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The three main characters, Roddy, Danny, and Kenny, are superbly portrayed. The author takes us right into their diverse and tormented minds, as we observe their distinct lives and backgrounds. The respectable surgeon, with a traumatic childhood and the ambitious accountant, both with seemingly ideal lives, meet the devious gambler, who had been their childhood friend. The disturbing climax arrives when they find themselves in extreme circumstances, which will push them to the limits of right and wrong, and the reader has no choice but to understand dilemma and even sympathise with their actions. We are as challenged as Mad Dog to confront the forces of good and evil and decide how far we are prepared to go to defend and protect our families, and our lifestyle. A hard choice.
There is a balanced amount of well-written description, dialogue, interior monologue, and action, throughout. The dialogue is sharp and realistic, and the stream-of-consciousness narration of their thoughts allows us to peek inside their minds and care about their plight.
Not only can we feel for the characters, we can also see what is happening to them, as the plot moves along with suspenseful twists and turns from the first page to the last. Some of the visual images portrayed are violent and disturbing, because we may not be as uneasy with the illicit deeds as law abiding citizens should be. What would we have done?
The reader is also challenged with other controversial themes, such as the limits of friendship, the complexity of family relations, genetic determinism, the value of honesty, and the justification of deceit, are also brought up.
The narrative is original and the plot is creatively developed by an author who knows his facts and his craft.
The story to me read like a movie in my head and it was so easy to read and to identify with the characters. From their early years as local tough kids to their eventual success as adults, two friends, an accountant and the other doctor are drawn to their past via an old friend who convinces them to become partners in a business venture.......and that is when this book gripped me!
Enter the mob....and now we have a tale of two men, forced to deal with a situation that threatens not only them but their families.
I read this book in two days, though I thought it would take me longer, i simply could not put it down, so determined was I to get to the end and find out how this well written book would end...and the ending....well, what an ending.
If the writer of this novel has not yet sought out a screenwriter then he should - this is a movie waiting to be made!
I would highly recommend this book to others and am looking forward to Mr. Rubinstein’s follow up to this story!
The answer would seem to be no. This is a gripping tale. Once it takes off you can hear the clock ticking in your head as the characters race towards a conclusion that you know is coming, don't want to watch, but can't stop looking. At times it's as if you're in a nightmare, running at full speed, in slow motion. Then the s*** hits the fan, and the gray matter flies. Good book. Read it.