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Perfect trophy to illustrate how far they've travelled Certain he's buried his checkered past Roddy joins in this venture with serious reservations Danny is uickly sucked into the high energy glitz of the restaurant but Roddy is suspiciousAmidst the glitter of New York's nightlife amongst Mafia honchos and Russian thugs events spin ou This review is from Mad Dog House PaperbackWhile reading Mad Dog House the reader experiences the anxiety and anticipation of the slow up hill climb of a roller coaster only to be thrust into the adrenalin rush with the events that follow Although the reader may feel a sense of dread at what might come next he cannot leave the ride because he becomes too emotionally involved with the main characters Roddy and Danny Part of the mystery of the book is to find out if Roddy and Danny can escape their rough and tough beginnings or whether they were irreversibly formed in their early years Underlying the plot are uestions about what defines success morality friendship and family Aside from the vividly drawn characters and the heart throbbing pace of the plot this book is rich in detail about locations in New York City Westchester and the Berkshires making them come alive for those who may never have been there All of this makes Mad Dog House a must read book

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T of control and the lives Roddy and Danny knew are over Hidden shady dealings drag them and their families into life threatening terrain Struggling with a monster he thought he'd buried Roddy must make momentous choices and none are good But he has a daring plan Finalist ForeWord's 2012 Book of the Year award Thriller Suspense categor On the surface Mad Dog House is a debut thriller about a suburban doctor who gets in over his head on a business venture and must fight to protect his wife and children from intimidation and dangerIn reality though the best and most nuanced parts of this novel happen in the last third when it takes a close look at what taking action against a bully can do to the victim emotionally and internally Rubinstein's deft handling of the tortures a person will put himself through has echoes of Hamlet and the gritty urban setting and close look at childhood friendships we outgrow as we age may remind some readers of Mystic River Note The author is a consulting client

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Roddy Dolan a successful suburban surgeon long ago left behind his past one that nearly landed him in jail at 17 When he's approached by an old friend about becoming a silent partner in a Manhattan steakhouse he's understandably wary So he consults with his lifelong blood brother Danny Burns Danny's convinced this vanity project is the In Mad Dog House Mark Rubinstein has created an intriguing dark journey filled with suspense From the beginning and throughout the entire book we are riveted by an intense foreboding as Roddy Dolan a successful surgeon is visited by a seemingly stranger during the last appointment slot of his work schedule As the conversation evolves we find out this stranger is not unknown to Roddy but is an acuaintance from his past This in itself creates a level of subliminal caution and tension for the reader Dolan is presented an opportunity to invest in a business which is generally a high risk investment which after some convincing and consultation with his account and family he accepts The author skillfully keeps us wondering why this surgeon with all the trappings of success including a wonderful family a house in Westchester County and the reuisite luxury SUV would even consider such an investment given the shady approach by his past acuaintance Do we not move on beyond youthful friendships? Herein lies the major theme of Rubinstein in that the past is prologue which will intrigue us throughout this intense thriller Perhaps even causing us the readers to analyze the roots of our decision mechanisms In the case of Roddy Dolan this process will endanger virtually everything and everyone he holds dear Ultimately it is the character of Roddy Dolan we are exploring and will continue to contemplate after putting the book downprobably after completing it in one reading I cannot recommend this dark thriller strongly I look forward to from this author with great anticipationMad Dog House


About the Author: Mark Rubinstein

Mark Rubinstein graduated from NYU with a degree in business He then served in the army as a field medic tending to paratroopers of the nd Airborne Division After discharge he re entered NYU as a premed studentAs a medical student at the State University of New York he developed an interest in Mad Dog Epub / psychiatry discovering in that specialty the same thing he realized in reading fiction every pat.



10 thoughts on “Mad Dog House

  1. says:

    Well of course I love this book I wrote it


  2. says:

    Won this Thank God I did This story has heart 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? 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 about 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


  3. says:

    In Mad Dog House Mark Rubinstein has created an intriguing dark journey filled with suspense From the beginning and throughout the entire book we are riveted by an intense foreboding as Roddy Dolan a successful surgeon is visited by a seemingly stranger during the last appointment slot of his work schedule As the conversation evolves we find out this stranger is not unknown to Roddy but is an acuaintance from his past This in itself creates a level of subliminal caution and tension for the reader Dolan is presented an opportunity to invest in a business which is generally a high risk investment which after some convincing and consultation with his account and family he accepts The author skillfully keeps us wondering why this surgeon with all the trappings of success including a wonderful family a house in Westchester County and the reuisite luxury SUV would even consider such an investment given the shady approach by his past acuaintance Do we not move on beyond youthful friendships? Herein lies the major theme of Rubinstein in that the past is prologue which will intrigue us throughout this intense thriller Perhaps even causing us the readers to analyze the roots of our decision mechanisms In the case of Roddy Dolan this process will endanger virtually everything and everyone he holds dear Ultimately it is the character of Roddy Dolan we are exploring and will continue to contemplate after putting the book downprobably after completing it in one reading I cannot recommend this dark thriller strongly I look forward to from this author with great anticipationMad Dog House


  4. says:

    This review is from Mad Dog House PaperbackWhile reading Mad Dog House the reader experiences the anxiety and anticipation of the slow up hill climb of a roller coaster only to be thrust into the adrenalin rush with the events that follow Although the reader may feel a sense of dread at what might come next he cannot leave the ride because he becomes too emotionally involved with the main characters Roddy and Danny Part of the mystery of the book is to find out if Roddy and Danny can escape their rough and tough beginnings or whether they were irreversibly formed in their early years Underlying the plot are uestions about what defines success morality friendship and family Aside from the vividly drawn characters and the heart throbbing pace of the plot this book is rich in detail about locations in New York City Westchester and the Berkshires making them come alive for those who may never have been there All of this makes Mad Dog House a must read book


  5. says:

    'Mad Dog House' is a humdinger of a bookRoddy Dolan successful surgeon and contented family man appears to have left his violent criminal past behind him until fate intervenesMark Rubinstein has penned a compelling tale of those deeds that cast long shadows The writing is spare and taut the characters believable and the author marshalls his narrative skillfully The psychology of fear and dread is masterfully handled as the story speeds towards a horrific visceral climaxI look forward to reading from Mr Rubinstein 'Love Gone Mad' is already on my Kindle


  6. says:

    Mad Dog House raises penetrating uestions regarding whether people can truly change in their fundamental essence So in addition to serving up a very entertaining story the novel has to be counted as good literary fiction for the way it causes the reader to ponder deeper uestions common to us allThe premise of Mad Dog House is very plausible and compelling The set up is great The reader knows the hammer is going to fall but when and how is beautifully managed by the author And the resolution of the crisis is handled in a skillful and gripping mannerFantastic development of the book's protagonist from cover to cover Really all of the principle characters are handled exceptionally well very believable The reader will absolutely love the good guys and will find several of the bad guys repugnantThe author's personal background as a psychiatrist and 82nd Airborne veteran serves him extremely well in the cultivation of the protagonistMy one reason for giving the novel only four stars instead of five has to do with the vulgarity of the language and the inclusion of one extremely unnecessary anecdote early in the book Granted the language used may reflect precisely the manner of speech of people who live where the book's characters come from but I believe there are ways to get around that issue In my humble opinion the people are exposed to excessive vulgarity the commonplace its use becomes


  7. says:

    It was great fun to read this book Mark Rubinstein does a terrific job of peaking your interest from the first pageand keeping it until the last Part of the reason that you will find yourself unable to turn the pages fast enough is the authors ability to hook you into the characters He does this less through description and analysis and through the in your face rapid fire dialog that jumps from every page There is also a vividly sketched sense of place that comes through Think Pete Hamill's gritty urban New York or Dennis Lehane or Andre DuBois's hard scrabble Boston As a child of BurroughsNew York I found myself remembering accents smells and attitudes I had not thought about in years And if you did not grow up in New York City you will surely have a sense of what that was like Yes this book lives up to its' billing as a suspense thriller but it also offers the thoughtful reader an opportunity to ponder the meaning of friendship loyalty and character So ladies don't dismiss this book as a testosterone charged buddy book I promise you that it has to recommend itTerry Williams


  8. says:

    The story has a good pace and the characters are well described This is no wonder considering the background of the author as professor of psychiatry at Cornell University Most of the scenes are vivid the dialogs fit If you are not be put off by the sometimes slightly rude language of the protagoniststhis is certainly a solid thriller even if no major surprises occur The end is somewhat left open so a second part would be possible which would be welcome by me This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 30 Unported License


  9. says:

    On the surface Mad Dog House is a debut thriller about a suburban doctor who gets in over his head on a business venture and must fight to protect his wife and children from intimidation and dangerIn reality though the best and most nuanced parts of this novel happen in the last third when it takes a close look at what taking action against a bully can do to the victim emotionally and internally Rubinstein's deft handling of the tortures a person will put himself through has echoes of Hamlet and the gritty urban setting and close look at childhood friendships we outgrow as we age may remind some readers of Mystic River Note The author is a consulting client


  10. says:

    WOWwhat a powerful first novel A truly thought provoking must readIf I could award Mad Dog House SIX stars I would This fast paced tale is enhanced by taut crisp dialogue and is an utterly compelling read The intensity and gritty reality of this psychological thriller are such that I felt personally involved in the dire circumstances facing Roddy and Danny and their families There was no way to stop reading until the mind blowing climax and now the plight of these very real characters inhabits my thoughtsI eagerly await the seuel and hopefully many stories from this gifted author


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