Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog! How are you all doing? I hope good and I also hope that you’re staying safe!
Today is my stop in the East Side Hustler Blog Tour and I’m so happy to be a part of that. In case you don’t remember, I’ve also been on the Blog Tour of the first book in the Alex Cohen Series: The Bowery Slugger
And now without further ado, let’s start with this post!
ATTENTION: If you haven’t read book one, stop here. There might be minor spoilers in the blurb.
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.
Title – East Side Hustler
Author – Leopold Borstinski
Series – Alex Cohen #2
Publisher – Sobriety Press
Release date – March 21st, 2020
Genre – Crime, Historical Fiction, Thriller
Trigger Warning – Crime, PTSD, mention of war, violence
Version – ebook*
Language – English
It was kind of nice to meet with Alex Cohen again. Even if he wasn’t the “same” person as in the first book anymore. But then again war changes people. Especially if they lost everything in that war. And so did Alex. When we first encounter him, we meet a homeless man looking down at his gravestone. Alex is not a person that I’d like to have as a friend (even though he is my favourite character) but I found myself thinking that I didn’t want anything bad happen to him. And I know from past reviews, that I’m not the only one that felt that way. I wanted him to stay safe and to find a part of his old life again. Love, dignity and especially a life after the whole trauma.
I have to say, that I loved this book more than the first. And I know that I usually say this of sequels but this one was simply amazing. I found myself being absorbed by the story since page one. The descriptions were absolutely amazing and I have to admit that I’ve never been to New York so I have literally no idea how New York looks like. But this series manages to make me take “virtual” visits thanks to the descriptions, the detail and of course thanks to the writing style of the author.
I’ve also enjoyed the fact that everything seemed to stay accurate of the time setting of the book.
Overall, East Side Hustler is the perfect book to read if you love crime books which are set in New York and after the WWI. I’d recommend this to all the historical fiction lovers and of course to those that already liked the first book. I promise you that you won’t be disappointed!
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.
That’s all for this post. Did you read book 1 yet? If so what where your thoughts? And do you plan to read the second book? Please let me know in the comments below!
*A review copy of this book was sent to me by the organiser of this tour in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own!