#BlogTour The Bowery Slugger by Leopold Borstinski

Today it’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour The Bowery Sluggery by Leopold Borstinski.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.

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About the book

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

Let’s be honest – Alex Cohen aka Fabian Mustard isn’t exactly the kind of character the reader feels any kind of empathy with or sympathy for. Does he have any redeeming qualities? I think the one consistent positive quality is the way he supports his family and ensures that they stay both safe and have a roof over their head.

It certainly isn’t loyalty to his fellow comrades, because his loyalty only reaches as far as his own financial gain or territory, and when they are under threat he doesn’t play nicely at all. He is very adept at forging his own path in the world, regardless of the obstacles. It has made him hard, callous, unpredictable and violent.

It looks as if readers will be able to follow Alex Cohen through the years. One wonders whether and how his propensity for violence and lack of compassion will determine the rest of his life. Whether he will experience love with an emotional bond and perhaps somewhere along the line discover the Alex who lives beneath the shadow of the Slugger.

It’s a piece that reminded me of Boardwalk Empire and Gangs of New York. Borstinski builds his character around the factual historical background of the era and place. The feeling of displacement that causes the different nationalities to draw their own invisible walls and boundaries in the melting pot of a city.

It’s historical urban crime with the flavour of mob, the mentality of man on the street and criminal brutality that remains consistent throughout time.

Buy The Bowery Sluggery at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Sobriety Press; pub date 10 Nov. 2019. Buy at Amazon com. At GoogleAt Barnes & Noble.

Read my review of Mama’s Gone by Leopold Borstinski

Read my review of The Case by Leopold Borstinski

#BlogTour The Case by Leopold Borstinski

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour The Case by Leopold Borstinski. It’s pulp fiction with a noirish vibe.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.

Follow @borstinski on Twitter, on Facebookon Goodreads, on Amazon, Visit leopoldborstinski.com, Buy The Case

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.

Review

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?

Buy The Case at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Published in paperback and ebook formats by Sobriety Press on 23rd June 2019. Buy at Amazon com.

Read my review of Mama’s Gone by Leopold Borstinski.

#BlogTour Mama’s Gone by Leopold Borstinski

Today it’s my tun on the BlogTour Mama’s Gone by Leopold Borstinski. An interesting story of loyalty, responsibility and culpability in this mob crime series.

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.

Follow @borstinski on Twitter, on Facebook, on Goodreads, Visit leopoldborstinski.com

Buy Mama’s Gone

About the book

When children grow up, the parents must die.

California gang leader Mary Lou has built a criminal empire while her adult children are desperate for their mother’s attention and love.

As her mental faculties wane, Alice and Frank Jr must acknowledge their mother is not the woman she once was and that they need to step up and take the helm, despite the stark differences between them.

But their sibling rivalry blinds both of them to their weaknesses which threatens the family when the Russian mob moves into the state. How can they fend off those attacks while fighting to decide who will lead the family now their dear Mama’s gone?

Review

Cue the theme tune from the Godfather playing in the background.

The story starts with an assassination and ends with the same assassination. In between the reader discovers what made Mama Lagotti such an important target and how she built up a criminal empire she ruled with an iron fist.

This is the fourth book in The Lagotti Family series if you want to read more about this family of rogues. Each one of them take to crime like ducks to water. In the first three books Mary Lou’s rise to power is chronicled, as she establishes herself on the mob hierarchy. In this book her children are confronted with the slow deterioration of Mama Lagotti’s mental facilities and how it impacts their criminal dealings.

Weakness is the one thing that can make everything crumble around them. They can’t afford to be seen as vulnerable, inconsistent or weak in the eyes of the criminal elements they work hand in hand with. So her grown children have to protect her image by covering up any mistakes. It also forges the way for one of them to slide into the position of head of the family.

It’s mob crime with an iron fisted ruler, who expects loyalty and ruthlessness from the rest of her family. Borstinski asks a reasonable question, what do you do when the person in charge starts to lose control, due to an illness for instance. An interesting question of loyalty, responsibility and culpability given the political chaos in the United States at this moment in time. I wonder if the author thought of the correlation between the general premise and said chaos when he wrote the book? Hmm.

Buy Mama’s Gone (The Lagotti Family #4) at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Published in eBook format by Sobriety Press on 18th March 2019. Buy at Amazon com.