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Mike Bookman

suffern, New York, United States


I grew up in Brooklyn in the 50' s during the reign of the great Dodger teams of that era. The apartment house Ilived in was in the shadow of Ebbets Field. Of all the Dodger immortals my favorite was Jackie Robinson.

Robinson was the first outlaw of the base paths. When he began his rookie season in 1947 base stealing was still considered an oddity. Jackie turned it into to an art that forever transformed the game. I had another hero
from Brooklyn, also an outlaw but of a different ilk, and from a different era. His name was Martin 'Bugsy' Goldstein, a cold-blooded killer and member of Brooklyn's most notorious gang, Murder Incorporated. As kids Bugsy Goldstein and my father were best friends. Coming of age in the era of the "nice Jewish boy" I was fascinated. Who were these Jewish bad guys? And why are they gone? It became a life long obsession that eventually led me to write my first published novel, 'God's Rat'.

I worked as a New York advertising copywriter and Creative Director at major advertising agencies for 25 years, producing TV and print campaigns for clients as varied as the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Opera, Kodak Film and Proctor and Gamble. In 1995 I left advertising to teach and write.

As an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice I taught Creative Writing and English to inmates at The Rikers Island Correctional Facility.

Presently I am writing my second novel.

Ilive with my wife Mona, in upstate NY; we have two grown children and three grandchildren.

Interests: history, literature & film

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • God's Rat