Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on this brilliant blog tour for; Midtown Huckster by Leopold Borstinski. I am super excited to be sharing my review of this amazing book with you all, I hope you love it as much as I do.
Midtown Huckster by Leopold Borstinski.
Genre: Noir Crime
Series: Alex Cohen #3
Publisher: Sobriety Press
Format: Ebook, Paperback
Can you keep your gelt and freedom when the cops have enough evidence to take you down?
1930s Jewish gangster, Alex Cohen runs Murder Inc for Lucky Luciano. After the death of Prohibition he must find a new way to make money, just as the cops are baying at his heels. When Luciano goes down for racketeering, Alex loses his protection and is arrested for tax evasion–he must decide between saving his skin and ratting out his friends.
If he chooses prison time then his gang will fall apart and he will end up with nothing. If he squeals then he will have to flee the city he loves and the family he once adored. What would you do in a world where nobody can be trusted and you have everything to lose?
The third book in the Alex Cohen series is an historical noir novel, which plunges you deep into the early days of narcotics trafficking and the Jewish New York mob. Leopold Borstinski’s piercing crime fiction delivers a fix to every reader like heroin from a needle.
This is the third book in the Alex Cohen series, I don’t like to start a series mid-way through, especially when I haven’t read the author before, but I was intrigued and hooked by the sound of this as soon as I read the back blurb, and when I was so generously offered the first two books in the series as well, (both of which will be reviewed on the blog later) I couldn’t pass the chance up and I am so pleased that I didn’t as this is amazing!!
Even though you can read this book as a stand-alone, I would recommend that you do read this series in order as it does continue from book to book, another reason I am so grateful that I got offered the first two in the series, but I can guarantee that if you do take the time and start the series from boom one, you will be hugely rewarded for the time spent as this is a gripping and stirring series which you won’t want to put down.
I have grown with watching films, documentaries and surrounded by books all about the various 1930’s Mob’s of New York and Chicago, I was the only kid in school who knew more about the likes of Lucky Luciano and Al Capone and who had watched The Godfather far too many times – Thanks to my dad – but the fascination sticks, I find the entirety of the era’s which this series is set in thoroughly fascinating, I always have done which is another reason this book and series appealed to me so much.
New York during the 1930s was a dangerous place, especially if you are a notorious gangster, and now that prohibition has ended those who made their ‘living’ during that time have to find another way to bring in the cash. Alex Cohen, brutal, notorious killer and gangster is running the ‘Murder Corporation’ which is basically what it says on the tin, for Lucky Luciano. But with ‘Lucky’ taken down for racketeering and a new FBI agent; Special Prosecutor, Thomas Dewey turning up with the sole intention of bringing down the gangsters and cleaning up the New York streets and his main target is Alex and his gang. Alex soon finds himself in a very precarious position where he must make a life and death choice, I won’t say too much as I wouldn’t wish to spoil even a second off this compelling book for you, but I will say that it will have you perched at the edge of your seat.
This is compelling, intoxicating and hugely enjoyable, even though Alex is a real nasty piece of work, he is a ruthless killer who dabbles in so much darkness, but I couldn’t help myself to be drawn to him like a moth to a flame, he intrigued me and pulled me into his dark and deadly world as he and his gang try to find a new way to make money. I also liked that he isn’t just a stereotypical baddie, he is a rare gangster in the fact that he is a conscience, there are certain things that he isn’t exactly keen to become entangled in.
A little bit of a warning that there is violence that is at times very vivid but seeing as this is a crime, gangster novel that shouldn’t be a surprise and it’s so expertly written that you become fully absorbed into the whole story, violence and all.
Midtown Huckster – like the previous two in the series – is dark, gritty, exciting, a fast-paced compelling and richly vivid book that will hook you from the first page. It’s not one for who like a lighter read, there are some pretty graphic and harrowing scenes, which are written with such talent Leopold Borstinski doesn’t hold back, you are swept along on a thrilling, intricate and highly addictive journey full of brutal crimes and notorious gangster’s. I love that the fictitious story is interwoven with some real historical names whom many of you will have heard of, the way they are worked alongside the fabulous fictional characters is brilliant, it all seamlessly flows together to make a classy and edgy read.
About the Author
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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