Midtown Huckster was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Book: Midtown Huckster
Author: Leopold Borstinski
Publication Date: 16th July 2020
Genre: historical fiction crime
Rating: 3 stars
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.
I’ve read many books from Leopold Borstinski and I have to say I enjoy almost every one I have read.
We follow Alex leading a hard and terrifying life within the Jewiah mafia. I met Alex in the previous novel and I did enjoy being back with him again.
Midtown Huckster takes place a few years after book two ended which was interesting. Book two ended on a bit of a cliffhanger and I would have enjoyed seeing Alex’s immediate reaction to that scene but alas it skipped a few years.
With each installment in the Alex Cohen series it does seem to get a lot darker and more violent as it goes on which I liked seeing. He ends up having to make a lot of hard decisions and try do right by himself, his men and his family which doesn’t end well all the time.
As I read more from this author I cant help buapplaud how much his writing has improved. This story was a lot more tightknit and fluid to the reader. The action scenes for well within this narration and didnt feel as out of place as the previous book.
This is a really fun, quick read which I enjoyed reading and definitely recommend to those looking for more crime noir in their fiction.
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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