Today I have a review of The King of Warsaw, now available from Amazon Crossing! A big thank you to Over the River PR for the invitation and for the gifted book. Read all the way down to find out how you can win a copy- international!
What an enthralling read!
In 1937, Jakub Szapiro is a boxer and a hero of his Jewish community in Poland. When he’s not boxing, he works for a seedy crime lord, and everyone fears his wrath. He is paid well for his efforts, which include murder among other crimes. Jakub wants to be king of the dark underbelly, and he’s well on his way.
At the same time, Hitler’s mercury is rising. More violence is promised to the community in which Jakub has also been a terror. The Jews are hoping to find comfort in Palestine. But Jakub doesn’t want to go… He wants to be the king of Warsaw.
King of Warsaw is a dark and gritty story with a strong historical backdrop. I felt completely immersed in Poland during this time period. The writing, along with the pacing, is compelling.
I highly recommend The King of Warsaw to fans of dark, gripping historical mysteries and thrillers. This book reminded me of Andrew Gross’ historical thrillers I happen to love, too.
I’ve read some fantastic translated books via Amazon Crossing this year and last. I’m grateful this imprint is sharing these talented authors with us.
I received a gifted copy. All opinions are my own.
About the Book:
A city ignited by hate. A man in thrall to power. The ferociously original award-winning bestseller by Poland’s literary phenomenon—his first to be translated into English.
It’s 1937. Poland is about to catch fire.
In the boxing ring, Jakub Szapiro commands respect, revered as a hero by the Jewish community. Outside, he instills fear as he muscles through Warsaw as enforcer for a powerful crime lord. Murder and intimidation have their rewards. He revels in luxury, spends lavishly, and indulges in all the pleasures that barbarity offers. For a man battling to be king of the underworld, life is good. Especially when it’s a frightening time to be alive.
Hitler is rising. Fascism is escalating. As a specter of violence hangs over Poland like a black cloud, its marginalized and vilified Jewish population hopes for a promise of sanctuary in Palestine. Jakub isn’t blind to the changing tide. What’s unimaginable to him is abandoning the city he feels destined to rule. With the raging instincts that guide him in the ring and on the streets, Jakub feels untouchable. He must maintain the order he knows—even as a new world order threatens to consume him.
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Have you read The King of Warsaw, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR