Today, Mandie shares her thoughts on Casino Chiseler, book 4 in the Alex Cohen series by Leopold. Borstinski. Here’s what the book is all about:
About the Book
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.
Casino Chiseler is the fourth book in the Alex Cohen series, and we meet up with him after he has been released from prison and the life he was used to is not there anymore. Divorced from his wife Sarah, most of the people he used to count as friends and allies have deserted him and he is almost having to start from scratch again. Thrown a lifeline he makes his way to Las Vegas and begins working with Benny Segal. Can this be his way back into the syndicate he went to prison for, or will he end up dead and buried?
I have made no bones about the fact that I love this series or that it would probably not have been the type of book I would have normally read but Casino Chiseler is another gripping read and a great addition to the ongoing saga of Alex Cohen’s life. Yes, he is a gangster and does not shy away from the brutality that comes with that life, yet there is something that is quite addictive about him. You should hate him and everything he stands for but beneath the hard exterior is someone who has strong family values and a true sense of loyalty even when he feels let down by those he considers friends. With his past love making an appearance in his life again and the odds against him you have to wonder if he would ever consider turning his back on the life he knows. With one part of his life seemingly calm you just know that there is some twist of fate that will change the status quo that will fuel the decisions Alex makes and the actions he takes. He is determined to get back what he once lost and if it means taking out some of the main players then that is what he will do.
Each book covers a span of about 10 years and as the title hints this one covers the birth of the Vegas we see today. With characters and events that are very much part of history, Leopold Borstinski has created a character truly embedded in that world, one that you could very well imagine living and working in that era, striking fear in those who dared to cross him, yet he is also someone that you can’t help but admire in some way. The action as fast and as bloody as expected in this series and you have to wonder just how long Alex Cohen will be able to survive and stay on top. Thankfully I don’t have long to wait and find out as the next book is due out soon. Although each one can be read independently, to get the most out this series, trust me you really want to read them in order.
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.