The Lagotti Boxset Book Tour

The Lagotti Boxset was gifted to me in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Book: The Heist 

Author:  Leopold Borstinski 

Publication date: August 31st 2017

Genre: Thriller 

Rating: 3 STARS 

Contains: Rape, Sexual scenes, violence and murder


Jailbird thief Frank Lagotti dreams of robbing a bank in 1968 Baltimore and spending his fortune in California. He assembles an elite crew but after the long wait for the heist, how could he know that everyone will want to kill another gang member in this slow-burn thriller?

Frank’s moll, Mary Lou wants a huge amount of money because she’s sick and tired of living a deadbeat life with her fella but is frozen with indecision. Should she stick with Frank or steal from the bank robbers and start a new life with the bank’s insider?

To succeed, Frank must overcome the bank security, his distrust of Mary Lou and his feuding crew. If anyone survives, they’ll have staged the biggest heist of their lives. Or die trying.

My Review 

Heading into this story I was excited, I didn’t really know what to expect. The Heist was such an easy read with an intricate plot that left no holes or questions for me. Everything wrapped up very well and leads excellently into book two. 


The story was really good and planned out so well. This book was a very solid foundation for the next books in this series. Although there was a lot of sexual explicit content in this story that was a bit much at times but it added to the story because the Heist is involved around Frank’s and Mary Lou’s relationship. 

Because this story is based on a crime family the Lagotti’s all the characters within this story are horrible people.

Although this story is based on a bank heist we don’t see the heist until the end of the story which was a bit frustrating but we do see all of the thought and planning behind this heist and we also see the thoughts and emotions of the people involved in this bank robbery. 


The Heist follows a lot of dark and gritty characters so don’t be looking for some sweet, kind and caring character for you to fall in love within this story. There is no character in this story who is good or will ever change to be good. These characters are criminals and have done a hell of a lot of bad shit. 

Although these people are bad I feel like Frank and Mary Lou developed quite a bit. Mary Lou learned her worth and realised she deserves to be happy and Frank soon learns to appreciate the one woman in his life who has been for him the whole time. He also realises and figures out some of the shit that she has had to go through to make sure his heist goes to plan.

Final thoughts and emotions 

All in all this story was good. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to picking up the next story to see how the characters deal with the aftermath of book one. 

A good three star read if you like gritty, crime, mafia type books. 

About The Author 

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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