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Marc Ruskin


Marc Ruskin is an event speaker and the author of The Pretender, My Life Undercover for the FBI, a memoir and exposé of the inner workings of the FBI.

Marc is a retired FBI Special Agent with twenty-seven years of service, twenty of which he worked in Undercover Operations, for which he was awarded five Commendations. He successfully infiltrated a New York Mafia crime family, an ethnic Chinese Malaysian heroin organization, a Wall Street trading exchange, right-wing terrorist groups, and worked on espionage cases. Though these cases and many others received much media coverage, neither Marc’s name nor any of his dozen aliases could ever be mentioned.

A native French and Spanish speaker, Marc has worked at U.S. Embassies in Paris, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Asunción, where he was presented with a Letter of Recognition from the Minister of the Interior for the rescue of a kidnapped former Miss Paraguay, Mariangela Martinez. As an FBI certified police instructor, Marc has lectured at universities and law enforcement academies. Since his retirement from the Bureau in 2012, he divides his time between a law practice in New York, extended sojourns with his family in Liaoning Province, China, where he writes and studies Mandarin, and in between, he writes for, and is an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.

Marc’s path to the FBI included degrees from Vassar College and Cardozo Law School (cum laude), clerking for Federal Judge H. Curtis Meanor, two years in Washington on the staff of U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and four years as an Assistant District Attorney with the Brooklyn D.A.’s Office.

The Pretender, My Life Undercover for the FBI was published June 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press.


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