#BlogTour | #BookReview | Midtown Huckster (Alex Cohen #3) by Leopold Borstinski @borstinski #MidtownHuckster #AlexCohenSeries (July 16th 2020) @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Hello and welcome to our stop on the Midtown Huckster blog tour!

Thank you very much to Emma @ Damppebbles and Leopold Borstinski for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

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.

Review:

When the opportunity to read and review book 3 in the Alex Cohen series appeared I jumped at the chance after loving books 1 and 2

As Prohibition is ending and despite his inclusion in Murder Inc Alex needs to find a new way to keep the money coming in, are drugs the next big thing?  This is the last thing that he needs as the police are investigating his finances, they have already pulled his friends up against a jury and he is next in their sights.

This was another fast paced thriller, keeping you absorbed in the depths of the blood and grime of gangland New York. I settled straight away into this new book swiftly with the familiar characters, feeling I was on the outskirts of the inner gang, wearing my overcoat and fedora, blending into the background. Finding myself at times rooting for Alex that he will come out on top and succeed, and other being exasperated with his decisions.

I cannot wait to see what happens in book 4, I hope to get my hands on it soon! 

[K]

Author Bio:

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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Publishing Info:

Published in paperback and digital formats by Sobriety Press on 16th July 2020

You can buy Midtown Huckster from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

To read [K]’s review of the previous books in the series please click here:

Book 1 – The Bowery Slugger | Book 2 – East Side Hustler

#BookBag | #NewFeature | #JulyBookBag

Good morning everyone, [K] here

Here is a new feature for the blog that I hope will benefit my never ending and ever growing reading pile.

I am into the 7th bookbag, can’t believe we are over halfway through the year!

At present my local library has not reopened and I have a bagful of borrowed books to return. But still plenty more to keep me out of mischief!

As things are starting to go back to the new normal my opportunities to read are slowing down so I will adjust my reading amount accordingly.

Having a local library so close to my place of work, which you should support, means that whilst I do read, the pile of owned books at home does not get any smaller. The library has ex-stock for sale too which doesn’t help! Unfortunately at present this is closed due to the pandemic, which in turn is a blessing in disguise as it has stopped me collecting any more books (just need to rein in the internet shopping now!)

To remedy this, I have decided to set myself a challenge of 4 books a month (not alot I know, but I am trying to be realistic), including any for blog tours that I am participating in, which I will put in a bag and aim to finish by the end of the month when I will give an update as to how I progressed.

For this month, as I have committed to quite a few blog tours, I have got to stop taking a fancy to so many books! I am going to aim to read 12 books! (OMG!) So its quite apt my bag choice for this month!

July’s #bookbag selection for [K] in my Addicted To Books And Coffee bag:

My new Addicted To Books And Coffee holds the following reads:

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (borrowed book)

2000 Tunes by Karl Drinkwater (blog tour)

Midtown Huckster by Leopold Borstinski (blog tour)

The Demon Of Devilgate Drive by Colin Garrow (blog tour)

The Curse Of Calico Jack by Colin Garrow (blog tour)

The Moscow Whisper by Michael Jenkins (blog tour)

Murder In Montague Falls by Russ Colchamiro (blog tour)

The Strange Book Of Jacob Boyce by Tom Gillespie (blog tour)

The Summoned Ones by Darryl A Woods (blog tour)

The Uncommon Life Of Alfred Warner by Juliet Conlin (blog tour)

Utrecht Snow by Jonathan Wilkins (blog tour)

Utrecht Rain by Jonathan Wilkins (blog tour)

Is there any that you suggest I should read first? Or any that are on your TBR? Are you following a similar idea to start reducing your book towers at home?

Let us know in the comments below!

[K]

#CoverReveal | THE MIDTOWN HUCKSTER by Leopold Borstinski @borstinski #MidtownHuckster @damppebbles @DamppebblesBTs

Blurb:

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.

Author Bio:

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: Twitter | Facebook | Website | Instagram

Pre Order: Amazon UK | Amazon US

#BlogTour | #BookReview | EAST SIDE HUSTLER (ALEX COHEN #2) by Leopold Borstinski @borstinski #EastSideHustler #AlexCohenSeries (March 21st 2020) @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Hello and welcome to our stop on the East Side Hustler blog tour!

Thank you very much to Emma @ Damppebbles and Leopold Borstinski for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

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.

Review:

After reading the Bowery Slugger I jumped at the chance of reading the second book in the Alex Cohen series.

In this second book we rejoin Alex after he returns to America after the First World War, haunted by the horrors he has experienced whilst away. With blanks in his memories, he struggles to remember where he left money for safekeeping before he left the country so falls into homelessness resigning himself to living on the streets. An old friend saves him from a short lived life of homelessness and Alex vows to never allow himself to fall into that position again, learns how to cope with his PTSD from the Great War and reinstates old friendships and connections to make himself lots of money. 

I found this to be another brilliant fast paced page turner in the Alex Cohen series. How we meet old characters and new, including some famous faces and where Alex’s decisions lead him in the midst of the Prohibition period in America.

When I finished book 2 I cannot wait to get stuck into book 3 when I get the chance!

[K]

Author Bio:

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.

Twitter | Facebook | Website | Instagram

Publishing Info:

Published in paperback and digital formats by Sobriety Press on 21st March 2020.

You can buy The East Side Hustler from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU) | Barnes & Noble

#BlogTour | The Bowery Slugger (Alex Cohen #1) by Leopold Borstinski @borstinski (November 10th 2019) @damppebbles @DamppebblesBTs #TheBowerySlugger #AlexCohenSeries #damppebblesblogtours

Thank you very much to Emma @ Damppebbles and author Leopold Borstinski for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

A turn-of-the-century Jewish boy punches his way into the gangs of New York.

When Alex Cohen arrives in 1915 America, he seizes the land of opportunity with both hands and grabs it by the throat. But success breeds distrust and Alex must choose between controlling his gang and keeping his friend alive. What would you do if the person you trusted most is setting you up to die at your enemies’ hands?

The first book in the Alex Cohen series is a violent historical novel, which rips through the early years of the Jewish New York mob. Leopold Borstinski’s gripping crime noir beats at the chest of every reader with a bloody fist.

Review:

This is the first book in a brand new series from Leopold Borstinski. Whilst I have read previous books by this author before, I have never read one of an American gangster genre so I jumped at the opportunity.

Alex and his family left their old home, and his questionable employment to create a new and better life for themselves and a chance for Alex to go straight in the land of opportunity, America.

Landing in New York they quickly find that this is not the case and Alex is drawn back into criminal employment to help support his family. A violent and harsh life he progresses in the Jewish gang he rises in the ranks so he is soon running his own crew.

I found this to be a very clever and well written story. It was well paced right up until the page turning end. I can’t wait to read the next book in this very exciting start to a new series.

[K]

Author Bio:

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

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You can buy The Bowery Slugger from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

#BlogTour | THE LAGOTTI FAMILY SERIES by Leopold Borstinski @borstinski ( June 30th 2019 @damppebbles @DamppebblesBTs )

Thank you very much to Emma @ DampPebbles and Leopold Borstinski for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Book Series Blurb:

Two generations and four decades in the lives of Frank, Mary Lou and the rest of the gang


The Heist Blurb:

After leaving Baltimore Penitentiary, Frank’s get rich quick scheme to rob a bank requires his girlfriend, Mary Lou to sleep with an inside guy and for his gang to stay together long enough to take down the vault. Meanwhile Mary Lou falls for the inside man and can’t decide whether to go with him or Frank. If she chooses the wrong fella she’ll be penniless and wind up dead. How would you choose between a fool and a dreamer?

Review:

Frank has just come out of prison and has a plan to set him up for life. 

Due to the nature of his plan he needs financial help from his Uncle, who also recommends people for his team and Frank’s girlfriend Mary-Lou is also involved in the plan, acting as go between with Frank and the inside man gaining his trust. But he also has his own problems and reasons for participating in this crime and can he be trusted to do what is asked of him?

The story follows the group of criminals Frank has assembled as he develops and fine tunes his robbery plans. Time progresses distrust in the group ever increases and everyone is suspicious of each other. 

I found this a very clever idea and different to the books I have read previously. I cannot wait to read book 2 soon

[K]


The Getaway Blurb:  

After ex-con Frank and his girlfriend Mary Lou rob a Baltimore Bank, they must flee across country before the Feds find them and the mob ices them for stealing from an organized crime boss. As they dash to California, trust becomes the most important currency as Frank and Mary Lou grapple to decide whether love is enough to keep them together. And by the time they reach their goal, they must fight to the death to survive hired guns and trained police shooters. If they don’t kill everyone in their way then they will die themselves. Would you risk everything for a sack of greenbacks?


Powder Blurb: 

When Mary Lou takes the proceeds from a bank robbery to start up her heroin dealing business, old enemies circle overhead and threaten the lives of her twins. How will she keep them safe in such a dangerous place and what is she prepared to do to secure her new venture?


Mama’s Gone Blurb: 

When Mary Lou makes some bad decisions, her twins and her husband must decide whether she’s losing her mind. If they can get that cleared up then all they have to worry about is their feud with the Russian mob. And then someone goes and ices the old lady. Who would have the cajones to murder the head of the Lagotti family?


About Leopold Borstinksi:

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:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/borstinski

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LeoBorstinski

Website: http://www.leopoldborstinski.com/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/l/B071ZZXZMR?_encoding=UTF8&redirectedFromKindleDbs=true&ref=dbs_p_ebk_r00_abau_000000&rfkd=1&shoppingPortalEnabled=true

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lagotti-Family-Complete-Books-1-4-ebook/dp/B07TV2RF9K/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=the+lagotti+family&qid=1569234190&sr=8-6

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Lagotti-Family-Complete-Books-1-4-ebook/dp/B07TV2RF9K/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+lagotti+family&qid=1569234414&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Google Books: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=3r2vDwAAQBAJ&rdid=book-3r2vDwAAQBAJ&rdot=1&source=gbs_vpt_read&pcampaignid=books_booksearch_viewport

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-lagotti-family

Publishing Information:Published by Sobriety Press in paperback and ebook formats on 30th June 2019.