Mama’s Gone by Leopold Borstinski – Book Review




When children grow up, the parents must die

California gang leader Mary Lou has built a criminal empire while her adult children are desperate for their mother’s attention and love.

As her mental faculties wane, Alice and Frank Jr must acknowledge their mother is not the woman she once was and that they need to step up and take the helm, despite the stark differences between them.

But their sibling rivalry blinds both of them to their weaknesses which threatens the family when the Russian mob moves into the state. How can they fend off those attacks while fighting to decide who will lead the family now their dear Mama’s gone?




This is #4 in The Lagotti family saga….

Mary Lou started her crime empire with brains and not a small amount of violence. She is a force to be reckoned with that’s for sure.

Bobby is her adoring second husband, shrewd, a forward thinker and violent.

Frank, Mary Lou’s son…..he can do no wrong in her eyes, but he is trouble all the time…..he uses women like playthings and a prodigious drug user….she has to bail him out all the time.

Alice. Now Alice has brains….she is Frank’s elder twin, by 4 minutes but is slightly overlooked until she decides to join the family business…..she has a ‘protector’ Naldo, who will do anything for her…

When other ‘Families’ move into the area, the blood begins to flow with no one safe.

I didn’t find any redeeming qualities in any of the characters,(but that’s the point I’m sure)…..they are all scheming, conniving and violent… this incredibly dark, bloodthirsty gangster ridden page turner. A marvellous piece of mob  fiction by Leopold Borstinski…..I’ll be looking out for number 5…..

Thank you to DampPebbles Blog Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

Purchase links

Amazon UK

Amazon US


About Leopold Borstinski:


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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Publishing Information:

Published in eBook format by Sobriety Press on 18th March 2019.



One response to “Mama’s Gone by Leopold Borstinski – Book Review”

  1. Thanks so much, Lesley x

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