Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on this brilliant blog tour for; Casino Chiseler by Leopold Borstinski. I am super excited to share this book and my review with you all, Firstly I want to say thank you to Emma at Damppebbles for the invite to this amazing tour. Now let’s have a look at this book.
Casino Chiseler by Leopold Borstinski
Genre: Crime Noir Thriller
Series: Alex Cohen Saga #4
Would you gamble everything you possess to win more than you can imagine?
Jewish gangster, Alex Cohen leaves jail to find salvation from the 1940s mob in the hotels of Las Vegas. When Bugsy Siegel invites him to take over sports betting in Nevada, Alex must figure out how to get back to the top table in New York without attracting the Feds’ attention.
If he succeeds then he will regain his self respect, but if he fails then the last members of the national crime syndicate will cut him dead and he will be left a nobody or wind up a corpse. And after he bumps into his childhood sweetheart, he has a once in a lifetime opportunity to win her heart. But Alex knows the criminal underworld has the habit of spilling over into his personal life and when Meyer Lansky asks him to murder Siegel, Alex must choose what is truly important to him.
The fourth book in the Alex Cohen series is an historical thriller novel, which rips open the Jewish mob’s involvement in the birth of modern Vegas. Leopold Borstinski’s shattering crime fiction deals a royal flush to each reader.
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2H08t5s
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This is the fourth book in the Alex Cohen saga, and it’s absolutely amazing!! I am a late arrival of this series, but from reading my first a while ago I was instantly hooked and super excited to read more from Alex Cohen, so when I was offered the chance to be apart of the blog tour for; Casino Chiseler, I literally jumped at the chance.
What I really like about this series is that you can dip in whenever you like, I know this as I did start the series at book three, and I never felt that I had missed out on anything to be able to follow the story, each book can very easily be read as a stand-alone.
I was super excited about Casino Chiseler as we have now moved into one of my favourite era’s; the ’40s, newly released from prison, Alex thinks that the syndicate have deserted him, he thinks that he is once again alone and resigned to having to start again. But, those close friends whom he thought had left him high and dry are still around and they need him.
Alex heads for the bright lights of Vegas and finds himself right bang in the middle of it all as he is back doing what he does best; being the hired thug, but our Alex is far more than a kneecap basher he has his sights high. I really like Alex, even though he is a gangster and a notorious killer but I still really like him, he has layers that peel away the more you get to know him, he is a complex man and at times you do feel for him especially when he is constantly having his loyalties and his characters tested just because he is Jewish.
I like the mix of glittery and darkness that runs through it, the dark in the form of what Alex must do and his involvement with the Mafia and the lighter with the glimmer of love and friendship in the form of a long lost sweetheart, but as ever things move quickly in the underworld and with the war coming there is more urgent and feverish pacing that I thought was thrilling.
I loved the opening, it really sets the reader up for what becomes a wonderfully edge of your seat crime thriller, I really liked the sneaky look into 1950 in the opening, which makes you hungry for more and get’s you thinking about what is going to happen in the story to have our not-quite-a-hero, Alex, in the position he is in and then boom; we are flung back to the 40’s where the story begins and from then on we are in for a real ride as Alex makes his mark all over again.
I thoroughly enjoyed Casino Chiseler, it’s like a roll of the dice or a spin of the roulette wheel; in other words, it’s compulsive and thrilling!
It is a brilliant gangster thriller, it’s both nail-biting, brutal, gritty and exciting, yet there is a classy, glamourous and sophisticated feel to it that I really enjoyed delving into. This is easily my favourite yet, the writing if full of raw, realistic historical depth and detail that pulls you further and further into Alex’s world, I am super excited for the next one, I honestly cannot wait to see what is in store for Alex, he really is one of my favourite characters, he’s not a hero but he’s not exactly a villain, but whatever side he fancies himself he is mesmerising.
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.