East Side Hustler by Leopold Borstinski

Many thanks to Emma Welton and Leopold Borstinski for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this fabulous book.

My Review

This is not a book I would normally choose to read, however I had decided that I wanted to explore something outside of my comfort zone and I have to say I am really glad that I did.

Alex Cohen is a man fighting his demons.  He’s returned from the war in Europe where he went to fight for his brother Jews.  Returning to his home soil he’s a broken man in more ways than one. One of his first tasks is to visit his own grave.  A mix-up saw him written off as dead.

He cannot face going home and instead wanders the streets until he is found and rescued by ‘Waxey’.  Little did he know that that chance meeting would lead to a whole change in his life. Welcomed back into the underworld, it’s not long before Alex is making a name for himself in the criminal underground.

Meeting up with his wife to be Sarah helped to further heal his wounds and it’s not long before they are moving up in the world and their family is blossoming and building in numbers.

Alex, throws himself into danger and 1920’s New York is rife with rival gangs.  I have to say that I really enjoyed the gun battles of which there were plenty in this book.  Alex soon finds himself in way over his head and when his own son is kidnapped the streets have reached a whole new level of dangerous.

This was a dramatic read that I really enjoyed.  This is book two of a series but I was able to read this as a standalone and I am considering buying the first to gain a better understanding of Alex before he went to war.


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.

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.

Social Media Links

Twitter: https://twitter.com/borstinski @borstinski

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeoBorstinski/

Website: https://www.leopoldborstinski.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/borstinski/

Purchase Links

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/East-Side-Hustler-Alex-Cohen/dp/1913313182/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=east+side+hustler&qid=1584360789&sr=8-1

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/East-Side-Hustler-Alex-Cohen-ebook/dp/B0851VFZZF/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=east+side+hustler&qid=1584361113&sr=8-1



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