Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for ‘Midtown Huckster’ (Alex Cohen #3) by Leopold Borstinski. Thanks to Emma at Damppebbles Blog Tours for including me.
Working with mobster Lucky Luciano, Jewish gangster Alex Cohen needs to find a new way to make money. But when his boss is nabbed for racketeering, Alex is also arrested for tax evasion. Faced with saving himself or his friends, he must make a difficult decision – and the repercussions either way could be devastating.
This is the third book in Leopold Borstinski’s Alex Cohen series, charting the rise of an immigrant into the Jewish New York mob. Having read the first volume, I thought I knew what to expect. However, the writing this time round is tighter, and the action moves along at a swifter pace than before. The development of Alex’s character is also interesting, as it reveals his struggle to decide what is important to him and what the consequences could be if he makes the wrong choice. I did feel with this one that the author has worked harder at making the main character more appealing (which I didn’t find with the first book).
Setting the series within actual events and with real people, adds a nice touch too, giving the whole thing a sense of realism that aids the general believability of the story. All in all, an enjoyable read that will appeal to lovers of gun-toting gangsters everywhere.
About Leopold Borstinski:
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.
Published in paperback and digital formats by Sobriety Press on 16th July 2020