East Side Hustler was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Book: East Side Hustler
Author: Leopold Borstinski
Publication Date: March 21st 2020
Rating: 3 stars
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.
East Side Hustler is a fast paced crime thriller following Alex Cohen throughout his life in the Jewish mafia in New York throughout the 1920’s. Alex has just returned from the trenches and is living on the streets until an old friend finds him and gets him back into the mafia.
This is not my first Leopold Borstinski novel but this has to be one of my favourites. I really enjoyed following Alex as he lives a very dangerous and rough life trying to keep himself, his men and his family safe from the stupid and bad decisions he makes in this novel.
Throughout this story we see the ins and outs of how a mafia works and the decisions, killinf etc that made it very interesting.
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.