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Pigeon Blood Red – Ed Duncan [Book Review]

I am not sure what has been going on, but authors have been sending me copies of their books to read. And I am so grateful. A huge thank you to Ed Duncan, his publisher, and I think his book agent or something, her name is Kelsey, and she is awesome… for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Author – Ed Duncan
Pages – 250
Release Date – 2nd September 2016
Format – ebook, paperback formats

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For underworld enforcer Richard “Rico” Sanders, it seemed like an ordinary job. Retrieve his gangster boss’s priceless pigeon-blood red ruby necklace and teach the double-dealing cheat who stole it a lesson. A job like a hundred before it. But the chase quickly goes sideways and takes Rico from the mean streets of Chicago to sunny Honolulu, where the hardened hit man finds himself in uncharted territory when a couple of innocent bystanders are accidentally embroiled in the crime.

As Rico pursues his new targets, the hunter and his prey develop an unlikely respect for one another and Rico is faced with a momentous decision: follow his orders to kill the couple whose courage and character have won his admiration, or refuse and endanger the life of the woman he loves?


I read a fair amount of crime books. Though I do not often read crime noir. Usually I read British gangland crime, which I highly enjoy. This book was not on my radar, but mu curiosity was piqued when I got the email. I decided to give it a shot. Overall, I really enjoyed this book.

The story follows Rico who has to get back some pigeon blood red rubies from a man who is deep in debt to the owner of the necklace. It is an adventure in Chicago, fast paced and never giving a moment to rest when reading. It does not happen exactly how he planned, but he is told to do whatever he needs to get the jewels back to their proper owner.

I liked the characters just fine. Everyone was interesting, but there was no one who really stuck out. I was a little thrown off that Rico claimed to love Jean when he treated her so poorly at times. I thought she was a good character, but none of the others were a real favorite. Loving the characters is not a must for me, but it does help me with connecting to the story more. Perhaps if the story had been longer, I would be able to connect better.

This book is best for those who want a fast paced gangland crime noir. It is a quick read, and it is the start of a trilogy so also good for those interested in reading a series.

3.5 (rounded to 4)/5 Stars

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