ABOUT ART SMUKLER & “Lookin’ Cool, But a Fool…”

Award Winning Novelist & Psychiatrist · Los Angeles, California

I looked in the mirror and nodded. Yeah, I really liked my jacket and wool cap. It was chilly this morning, but with the new additions to my wardrobe, I’d be warm and look good.

Minutes later, I was browsing the window of Barnes & Noble when a homeless man, pushing his cart filled with plastic bags, announced to the street, “Lookin’ cool, but a fool”.

Shocked, I stepped away from the window and watched as the man shuffled past. “Jesus”, he was talking about me! I glanced at my reflection in the store window and shuddered. How did he know? I was feeling so full of myself this morning, and the old guy picked right up on it. It was brilliant.

It’s uncanny how some untreated schizophrenics have the intuitive skill to read our minds. Like a psychiatrist uses his “third ear” to pick up hidden nuances in psychotherapy, the schizophrenic can be even more acutely in tune to another’s inner workings.

To me it is absolutely amazing and mysterious. Sadly or happily or whatever one’s perspective, when treatment is successful, the magic fades — as do the voices and paranoid ideas.

How do they do it?

Maybe being paranoid, with all senses on alert, allows the primitive part of the brain to pick up and decipher the hidden thoughts of all potential attackers? The biochemicals align just so and magic happens.

I loved my first year of psychiatric residency when I was surrounded by untreated schizophrenics. I loved the mystery and the magic. I loved all aspects of how the mind works.

I still do…

Like mysteries and magic?

Check out Chasing Backwards, a psychological mystery, Skin Dance, a mystery, and The Man with a Microphone n his Ear…

Dr. Smukler has won the prestigious Golden Ear Award for excellence in teaching at Harbor-UCLA Medical center and excellence in writing fiction at The Santa Barbara Writers Conference.

All books are available as ebooks and paperbacks. You can find them at amazon.com/author/arthursmukler or http://artsmuklermd.com/

7 Responses to ABOUT ART SMUKLER & “Lookin’ Cool, But a Fool…”

  1. Deborah Payne says:

    I’d like to subscribe to “Inside the Mind of a Psychiatrist.”

  2. Paul says:

    I loved Chasing Backwards because in addition to a very captivating action adventure story, the character development went into the mind of the lead character and his childhood trauma. I could not put it down, can’t wait for your next book!

  3. Harryw says:

    I was literally drawn into the mind of the main character and could not, nor did I want to, leave. Truly a real page turner, the book totally enveloped me. Chasing Backward is far from an ordinary murder mystery as the clues buried in the main character’s childhood, showing-up in this brilliant and athletic medical student’s nightmares, combined with a big perplexing why leads to a first class read. The author, a psychiatrist, knows what he is doing in moving you through the pages as this is well written, feels real yet very clever and creative. Moreover it doesn’t leave when you are finished as it lingers in your mind, wanting more, which is what a good read is all about.

  4. Rich says:

    This romantic thriller is a page-turner to the very end. I highly recommend this.

  5. Haslea, Christa Polkinghorn, E. Caine says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars Chasing Backwards: A Psychological Murder Mystery, October 2, 2011
    By Haslea
    I started reading this book because it was written by one of my high school buddies. I soon found I couldn’t put it down. It’s very fast reading and had me fully engaged from the beginning through to the end. I was fully prepared to tell Art that I loved the book no matter how I felt. Well, the good news is that I really enjoyed it and didn’t have to pretend. I can’t wait to read his next one

    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, October 14, 2011
    By Christa Polkinhorn (Santa Monica, CA, USA) – See all my reviews
    Amazon Verified Purchase
    This review is from: Chasing Backwards: A Psychological Murder Mystery (Kindle Edition)
    Joe Belmont’s mother, the saintly Teresa, is brutally murdered and nobody can figure out why. According to some, she was “a saint,” lived alone, and did volunteer work. So who would want to kill her? And who killed Joe’s uncle and is now threatening his own life? Instead of answers, Joe has more and more questions, not just about the murders but about the people he thought he knew as well as about his own past. In the course of his investigation, Joe uncovers a string of shocking and sinister truths.

    This is a fascinating mystery that takes off with a bang and continues to move from one adventure to the next from Philadelphia, USA, to Zurich, Switzerland, and back. The author’s terse style is in perfect sink with the often gritty action. The interesting and psychologically complex characters are believable. And the love story woven into it adds a tender note to an otherwise tough environment. Excellent work!

    Edwin Caine M.D. says:
    October 18, 2011 at 9:25 am (Edit)
    I just finished Chasing Backwards. I couldn’t put it down. The plot is interesting, with many twists and turns along the way. The characters are well developed, and you care about what happens to them. This is both a gripping mystery and an exploration of the protagonists ongoing nightmares. It is rare to find a novel that grips you from the beginning, and takes you on an exciting , adventurous ride. It left me wanting more. I was sorry it ended. Bravo, Dr. Smukler.
    Ed C.

  6. Helana says:

    I sat down at around 8 and didn’t stop reading till I finished Dr. Smukler’s book just now.
    It’s really great, loved the characters, the plot was totally compelling!
    When the characters are interesting and believable, it’s like being in a reading trance…
    Really a fun read!

  7. Phyllis blaunstein says:

    I was hooked from the first page of Chasing Backwards. The author’s background as a psychiatrist makes this a fascinating read.

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