I'm always excited to read another book in the Alex Cohen series and Casino Chiseler was fabulous. It's like chatting to a friend that you haven't seen for a while and catching up on what they've been up to . . . and Alex has been a busy guy!
Recently released from prison, Alex is feeling somewhat neglected by members of the syndicate who he had considered to be his friends. During his incarceration he had little or no contact from any of them and he's found himself in a very different America since becoming a free man.
Appearances can be deceptive though, it doesn't take Alex long to resume connections and make his way to where all the action is - Las Vegas!
Vegas is in its infancy and it's THE place to be for mobsters - casino's, gambling, hotels, drinking and prostitution are all ways for them to ensure a steady income if they play their cards right! Alex is soon right back in the action, doing what he does best, using his charm and powers of persuasion to coerce buisnesses into paying for their protection. He's happy to be back doing what he knows and he's even happier when a familiar face from the past re-enters his life. This happiness is short lived though as someone takes umbrage to Alex's actions but it's someone else who ends up paying the ultimate price.
Despite the fact that Alex is a gangster I find him to be a very
likeable character. Underneath his tough exterior he does have morals
and can be vulnerable under certain circumstances, particularly where
his family is concerned.
Casino Chiseler is another superb book in this enthralling series. I love the fact that Leopold Borstinski seamlessly weaves fact with fiction which makes for fascinating reading. It also means that it will appeal to fans of both historical fiction and crime thrillers alike, which is a very clever move on the author's part. The short sharp chapters make for compelling reading and makes putting this book down very difficult as it would mean leaving the characters in a sometimes precarious situation - something I don't like doing, so I simply have to read on!
If you haven't read any of these books I honestly can't recommend them highly enough and I'm already eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.
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About the author
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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.
He lives near London and is married with one wife, one child
and no pets.
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