East Side Hustler (Alex Cohen #2) by Leopold Bortinski
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.
Alex Cohen from The Bowery Slugger is back for more in East Side Hustler. Alex is a Jewish gang member in 1920’s New York, and the unlikely hero of this violent noir crime novel.
Even though Alex is not a “good guy”, you do find yourself hoping everything turns out ok for him. He’s been through a lot. After finding himself homeless after the war, he ends up back with his old boss and starts working his way up in the organization. This is a gritty, violent novel, but everything seems appropriate to the times and the groups involved.
East Side Hustler is a great historical fiction novel and will appeal to those with an interest in crime fiction, mobsters or American history in general.
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.