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?
‘East Side Hustler’ is the second book to feature Alex Cohen. I read the first book in the series and thoroughly enjoyed reading it, so you can understand why I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of ‘East Side Hustler’. ‘East Side Hustler’ is another cracking read from Leopold Borstinski and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, but more about that in a bit.
It didn’t take me long at all to warm to Alex Cohen and to get into this book. In fact by the time I got to the end of the first couple of chapters I felt as though I had been reunited with an old friend in Alex. I also knew that I was going to be in for one hell of a read and then some. I totally immersed myself in the story to the extent that I was able to focus solely on the story and the characters within. I often find it hard to concentrate and my attention tends to go off on a wander, but not whilst I was reading ‘East Side Hustler’. I found it very difficult to put this book to one side for any length of time. If I didn’t have the book in my hand then I would immediately look forward to being able to pick the book back up again. At times I had to force myself to put the book down. I soon worked my way through the book and I reached the end of the story far quicker than I had wanted to. ‘East Side Hustler’ was one of those books, which you wanted to finish to find out how the story ended but at the same time you don’t want to finish it because you are enjoying too darn much.
‘East Side Hustler’ is well written but then I thought that the first book in the series called ‘The Bowery Slugger’ was well written too. In Alex, Leopold has created a character who is impossible to dislike or at least that’s what I think at any rate. The author has a writing style that is easy to get used to and easy to get along with. He instantly draws you into the story and he then takes you on an at times scary adventure. At times I really did fear for Alex’s safety. ‘East Side Hustler’ is well plotted, with several twists and turns along the way- some of which I saw coming and some of which I didn’t see coming. This was a gripping story which did have me on the edge of my seat at times.
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘East Side Hustler’ and I would recommend it to other readers. I will definitely be reading more from this author in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 4* out of 5*.