The Bowery Slugger by Leopold Borstinski

The Bowery Slugger (Alex Cohen, #1)Synopsis:

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.

Published in paperback and ebook formats by Sobriety Press on 10th November 2019


Genre: Historical Fiction
My Rating: **** (4 of 5 stars)

The Bowery Slugger is the story of Alex Cohen who comes to America as a boy and ends up joining a gang in New York in order to make a living and stay alive. The higher he manages to get in the organization, the more he has to worry about who around him he can actually trust.

The characters and storyline are memorable and very well done, but I most loved the way I was transported back to early 1900’s New York while reading this novel. Everything from the descriptions to the dialog made me feel like I had actually traveled back in time. I also appreciated the fact that while The Bowery Slugger doesn’t shy away from the violence of the gangs, it isn’t described in a terribly gratuitous or gory manner. This book was a history lesson and escapism all rolled into one and I highly recommend it.


About the Author
Leopold Borstinski
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 traveled 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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