#BLOGTOUR | Alex Cohen Series Books 1-3 – Leopold Borstinski @borstinski @damppebbles #AlexCohenSeries #damppebblesblogtours #amreading #bookblogger #bookreview

Published by Sobriety Press in paperback and digital formats on 2nd November 2020

Three decades in the life of Jewish gangster, Alex Cohen, as he arrives in the US and forges a life for himself and his family using the blood, sweat and tears of those who stand in his way.

This digital box set contains the first three books in the saga of Alex Cohen’s life.

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2K2r7LG
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/36X9SV7

The Bowery Slugger: 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 Bowery Slugger is the first in the Alex Cohen series and is an excellent start at that. Historical crime fiction has been a genre I’ve been dipping my toes in recently, and I’m glad to have read this author’s work.

The book starts off with quite a bang, and keeps going from there. This is one that I couldn’t put down because I was so drawn in. I love the pacing and the writing style.

I love the Alex Cohen series. Meeting Alex as a teenager and following him in his journey. Highly recommend this series!



*I received a free copy of this book from Damppebbles Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*

East Side Hustler: Alex returns from the Great War almost destroyed by the horrors he has experienced. 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 filled 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. The turmoil caused by the death of organised crime financier, Arnold Rothstein means Alex must once more fight for his life. How far would you go to seize the American dream? And could you protect your family along the way from the fellas who want to see you dead?


This is my third read from Lepold Borstinski, though I read East Side Hustler as a standalone. It works this way and I had no issues enjoying this book.

East Side Hustler spans from 1919 to 1929, and follows Alex Cohen, a gang member in New York. Alex is ruthless and menacing, yet somehow still likeable as a main character. His desire to continue to make something of himself is relatable and engaging.

I was absorbed into the dark life of NY. It was fast paced and thrilling to watch Alex’s life unfold over those ten years. The author definitely has a knack for writing a compelling novel that keeps you glued to the pages.

East Sidw Hustler is such an entertaining novel. I would highly recommend it.



*I received a free copy of this book from Damppebbles Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*

Midtown Huckster: Alex 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?


Midtown Huckster is the third novel in this series, and it may be my favorite yet. This is following Alex during his darkest years, which grew his character even more for me. Alex is not a nice guy, but we get to learn more about why and it makes it easier to empathize with him.

Leopold Borstinski’s writing is fantastic. He has the ability to write in such a way that I can’t put the book down. The pacing is great, the plot is engaging and the characters are deep and intriguing.

I highly recommend this book and this series. I think reading the rest of the series is a good idea because you get to see why Alex is who he is and each book shares more of him. It is really intriguing to watch his character grow. Check it out.



*I received a free copy of this book from Damppebbles Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*

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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