Hollywood Bilker – Leopold Borstinski

4/5

Intro

The sixth book in the Alex Cohen series and it is another fantastic thriller. 

Synopsis

Is building a casino worth dying for? 
 
Jewish gangster, Alex Cohen returns to America and settles in 1960s California to build a drug and prostitution empire in LA. When he gets a call from the mob to help the CIA invade Cuba, Alex must decide between family and his business associates.
 
If he helps Uncle Sam and the Mafia then he puts his life on the line fighting for freedom and the chance to rebuild his Havana casinos. If he refuses the favor then death will call on him, his ex-wife and their sons. Once he agrees to one accommodation then others are sure to follow, in a decade where even presidents, assassins and presidential candidates were whacked at a terrifying rate.
 
The sixth book in the Alex Cohen series is an historical thriller novel, which rips open Jewish organized crime involvement in Jack Ruby’s death and the assassination of Bobby Kennedy. Leopold Borstinski’s searing crime fiction lays bare the making of today’s USA.

Review

I raced through the previous books in the Alex Cohen series before reading this one and I have a new favourite gangster! 

Alex Cohen is in LA to build up his empire after fleeing Cuba. He is happy with how his businesses are going but soon realises that there’s always something around the corner that could ruin everything. 

The meeting of Jack Kennedy threw me off guard, I’ll admit but I loved reading about names that are synonymous with the swinging ’60s. 

The sections where Alex unwound with friends and family felt real and honest. Gangsters are often family men, after all. 

There’s plenty of twists and turns, which always make for a great read and I loved how embroiled he got as he got sucked further and further into government schemes and other gangster’s plots. 

With sweet, poignant moments as well as the usual dodgy dealings – it’s a very good insight into gangster life. I’m looking forward to book 7! 

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