Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Cashed Out by Michael H. Rubin

H. Rubin


August 15, 2017

Book Description:

One failed marriage. Two jobs
lost. Three maxed out credit cards. “Schex” Schexnaydre was a failure as a
lawyer. Until three weeks ago, he had no clients and no cash -- no clients
except for infamous toxic waste entrepreneur G.G. Guidry, who’s just been
murdered, and no cash, except for
the  $4,452,737 Guidry had stashed
with him for safekeeping.

When Schex’s estranged ex-wife,
Taylor, is accused of Guidry’s murder, she pleads with Schex to defend her. He
refuses, but the more he says no to Taylor, the deeper Schex gets dragged into
the fall-out from Guidry’s nefarious schemes, ending up as the target of all
those vying to claim Guidry’s millions for themselves.

the Author:

A nationally-known speaker and
humorist as well as a full-time attorney, Michael H. Rubin has had a varied
career. He has also been a professional jazz pianist in the New Orleans French
Quarter, a radio and television announcer, and an adjunct law professor. His
debut novel, “The Cottoncrest Curse,” received the Book-of-the-Year Gold Award
at the annual meeting of the American Library Association in 2015 and was named
the top thriller/suspense novel published by a university or independent press.
Rubin is the winner of the Burton Award, given at the Library of Congress, for
outstanding writing, and is a member of the Author’s Guild, the International
Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, and the International Association
of Crime Writers.

Answers by Michael H. Rubin

Where do you get inspiration for your stories?

The novels that are published under the name “Michael H. Rubin” are actually jointly written by my wife, Ayan, and me. We work out the key plot points and characters on our daily early power morning walks at 4:30 a.m.  We’re full of ideas and we constantly talk about not only the characters and plot points of both the manuscript we’re currently working on but also ideas for future novels. We have never had any problem coming up with either storylines or characters.

For our current novel, CASHED OUT, the inspiration was to write a page-turning thriller that involved a lawyer who, unlike almost every other attorney in legal thrillers, refuses to defend someone, and every time he says “no,” something worse happens to him. Our protagonist, “Schex” Schexnaydre, refuses to defend his ex-wife when she is charged with murder. He becomes ensnared in a web of deceit that has him careening from the swamps and marshes of Louisiana’s chemical corridor to the deep water oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, from the river industries that pollute minority neighborhoods to the privileged playgrounds of New Orleans’ crime syndicate bosses, and from a notorious alligator processing plant to the halls of political power, all in an attempt to unravel a mystery that involves not only millions of dollars and numerous deaths but that also threatens his own life.

How did you do research for your book?

My wife and I are fortunate. We’ve both had varied professional careers in addition to writing. I’m currently a full-time trial and appellate attorney and help manage a law firm with offices from the West Coast to the Gulf Coast to the East Coast. I’ve been a professional jazz pianist and have played in the New Orleans French Quarter. I’ve also been a radio and television announcer and a law professor. My wife was in television production for many years, including writing grants and then scripts for children’s programs as well as documentaries. Between the two of us, we’ve had ample experiences that provide a solid foundation for our novels, although the characters and situations in each are entirely fictional.

What is your next project?

We have completed the manuscripts for our third and fourth books. Our third thriller, ENFLAMED, revolves around a small-town deputy sheriff deep in South Louisiana who must race against the clock in an attempt to piece together clues arising from seemingly disparate events in time to thwart a major terrorist attack. After ENFLAMED, we have SANCTION, a cat-and-mouse thriller between a female detective and a disbarred lawyer played out in the seedy side of New Orleans.

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