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.
About the book
One Private Eye. One Case. One sackful of trouble.
When Jake agrees to take a package across America, he doesn’t know if he’ll live to tell the tale. If the CIA, the Feds and the British Secret Service don’t get him then the mob will. How’s a cowardly private dick going to survive in these bloody times?
The Case is a stand-alone pulp noir novel. A wry take on the jaw-dropping violent side of private investigator life by Leopold Borstinski, writer of the six-book Lagotti Family series.
I’ll admit I got confused and had to go back and check I was reading correctly, because the timeline goes backwards in time instead of from the past then forwards. In fact it jumps back and forth between the 70s, 50s 60s and 90s ect.
It’s a pulp fictiony type of read. What is pulp fiction? The term is taken from the pulp magazines of the 30s/40s, printed on low quality paper. Pretty on the outside and a little dingy on the inside. The term as it applies to fiction nowadays often goes hand in hand with pretty women in trouble and the handsome men trying to save them. Although in this case it’s more of a stumbling through each scenario and trying to survive kind of guy.
How does it relate to this story? Jake veers into the dingy side of his business, although to be fair being a private eye isn’t the shiniest job in the world. He delves deep into the world of the mob and the reader is dragged with him through his often tasteless, banal, dangerous and intrusive jobs throughout the years.
I think it’s worth adding that Jake has the demeanour and attitude of someone from more less politically correct times, which means he uses certain phrases and words. The story starts in the late 70s, but as we return to the past it becomes apparent that the aforementioned were considered the norm then.
It’s pulp fiction with a noirish vibe. It’s a lot different from the Lagotti Family series, but clearly the author likes to play with the murky depths people are willing to go to, especially when it’s something they want.
I kinda liked the last few pages. It gave the story a noirish send-off, a middle finger to them all. It leaves the rest of us wondering about the Jake we thought we knew and the Jake who presents himself to us at the end. Did we ever know him at all?