Today is my stop on the blog tour for East Side Hustler (Alex Cohen #2) by Leopold Borstinski. Thank you to Damppebbles Blog Tours for allowing me to participate today. Check out my review and let me know what you think!
Alex lived through the war, but will he survive the peace?
Jewish gang member, Alex comes back from the Great War almost destroyed by the horrors he has seen. When he is plucked from certain death by an old friend, he commits to making so much money he’ll never know that agony again.
But the route to the top is fraught with danger and every time he helps one of his powerful friends like Al Capone, he acquires more enemies who want to see him dead. When organised crime financier, Arnold Rothstein dies, the turmoil caused by his loss sets in train a chain of events which means Alex must once more fight for his life. How far would you go to attain your American dream?
The second book in the Alex Cohen series is a violent historical novel, which tears through the Prohibition years of the Jewish New York mob. Leopold Borstinski’s gripping crime noir pierces the heart of every reader like a bullet from Alex’s sniper rifle.
This is my third read from Lepold Borstinski, though I read East Side Hustler as a standalone. It works this way and I had no issues enjoying this book.
East Side Hustler spans from 1919 to 1929, and follows Alex Cohen, a gang member in New York. Alex is ruthless and menacing, yet somehow still likeable as a main character. His desire to continue to make something of himself is relatable and engaging.
I was absorbed into the dark life of NY. It was fast paced and thrilling to watch Alex’s life unfold over those ten years. The author definitely has a knack for writing a compelling novel that keeps you glued to the pages.
East Sidw Hustler is such an entertaining novel. I would highly recommend it.
*I received a free copy of this book from Damppebbles Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
Leopold Borstinski is an independent author whose past careers have included financial journalism, business management of financial software companies, consulting and product sales and marketing, as well as teaching.
There is nothing he likes better so he does as much nothing as he possibly can. He has travelled extensively in Europe and the US and has visited Asia on several occasions. Leopold holds a Philosophy degree and tries not to drop it too often.
He lives near London and is married with one wife, one child and no pets.
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