Good afternoon my loves!
I hope you’re having a good day so far. Monday hey, comes around mighty quick doesn’t it! Today’s post, as I am sure you have guessed, is my stop on the blog tour for The Bowery Slugger by Leopold Borstinski. If you know me, you know I love me some historical fiction and equally crime, so when the both come together, I know I have a winner on my hands!
* Thank you to Sobriety Press and Emma at Damp Pebbles Blog Tours for sending me a gifted copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Title: The Bowery Slugger
Author: Leopold Borstinski
Publication date: 10th November 2019
My rating: ★★★★☆
Goodreads rating: 4 stars
Pages: 355 pages
Genre: Historical fiction, crime
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.
This is the first book I’ve read by Borstinski but not the first he’s written. It’s always great fun finding new to you authors that have a back catalogue of books to dive into without having to hang around. This is very much the case for me and Borstinski. If you know me at all you’ll know that I’m quite fond of historical fiction, though this one is set in a time that I am not particularly well versed in. So I entered into it with equal fascination and trepidation. I need not have worried though, but I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Alex is a young Jewish immigrant from the Ukraine who finds himself running with a powerful gang in New York City. Wrestling between the two sides of himself, the want to support his family whilst trying to shield them from the antics he finds himself caught up in with the gang. All with the added difficulty of the language barrier and set to the backdrop of early 20th century New York. A wholly developed character with flawless just like us all, I found Alex oddly relatable (having never been a Jewish Ukrainian immigrant running with a gang, this was fairly surprising for me).
I will say that if you are not a fan of violence in books, this one may not be the book for you. On the flip side of that however, is the fact that the violence never appears gratuitous or sensationalised which is easily done. It is dark but in a way that I feel is in keeping with the time period. Completely immersive, I really did feel like I was strolling through the streets of New York in the 1920’s. The sounds, the sights, the smells.
And there we have it, my review for The Bowery Slugger. A series that I will definitely be checking out when the next book is published!
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