Today Mandie takes over to join the blog tour for Midtown Huckster, book three in Leopold Borstinski’s Alex Cohen series. Our thanks to Emm Welton of Damppebbles Blog Tours for inviting us to join the tour. Here’s what the book is about:
About the Book
Can you keep your gelt and freedom when the cops have enough evidence to take you down?available from: Amazon | Kobo | Googleplay | Apple Books
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.
Midtown Huckster is the third book in the Alex Cohen series, and I can honestly say that I am really enjoying following Alex as he continues to try to stay ahead of the game in 1930’s New York. This time the story picks up just as prohibition is ending so Alex and the syndicate are looking to find new ways to ensure that their income does not diminish.
With his personal life going nowhere Alex now has more time to devote to his business interests, including being an integral part of the Murder Corporation, a group of thugs for hire that take on contracts to get rid of anyone that goes against the Syndicate. If this wasn’t taking up enough of his time, he also has to deal with the threat of Special Prosecutor Thomas Dewey who has made it his mission to take down all of them one by one. This is one threat that Alex is not going to be able to deal with in his usual style.
Borstinski is certainly getting into his stride with this series and Midtown Huckster delivers a fast paced and gritty read that despite having multiple threads, flows easily and gives the reader a real sense of gang life. Despite him being up to his neck in criminal activity, I still kind of like Alex as he certainly has a sense of loyalty to his friends and his lieutenants, refusing to give them up even if it means him doing hard time. Although he is trying to get further in with the syndicate and make more of a name for himself, he doesn’t always agree with the stance taken by some of the more aggressive members of the group. This makes him a little bit vulnerable at a time when they should maybe be pulling together if they want to stay ahead of Dewey and his incorruptible team. With the net closing in on everything he knows you are left wondering what will become of Alex and how he will deal with the outcome of his battle with the FBI and his “friends”.
Even though you really can read any of the books in the series as stand alone book, I really would recommend that you start from the beginning as this is turning into a really interesting series and I look forward to book 4.
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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