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Saturday, April 14, 2018

REVIEW: Pigeon-Blood Red by Ed Duncan @bookpubservices

Pigeon-Blood Red
by Ed Duncan

Thanks so Book Publicity Services for this copy in return for my honest opinion!
A fast paced mobster type thriller centered around a ruby necklace that's the first in a trilogy.

Publisher:  Zharmae
Published:  February 25, 2016
238 Pages
First in a Trilogy

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?

My Review:

At 238 pages, this book is jam packed from beginning to end.  The mobster mentality and fast paced read of this one is what makes it great and what also draws away from it a bit.  It all starts with a sketchy husband... wrong place, wrong time... and stupidly takes what is clearly an expensive necklace that also clearly does not belong to him.  Thus starting a chain of events that involve quite an interest set of characters.

There's everything you want out of this kind of book/movie.  Unfaithful husband, snarky mistress, hooker girlfriend with her mobster boyfriend, killing of "innocent" people, back stabbing - this is what makes it so FUN!  But with only being a little over two hundred pages, a lot is introduced without much back story.  I think the author tries to fill in gaps here and there but ultimately, the plot moves fast but it can get quite confusing at times because of this and you just are left wondering WHY? 

This IS the first in a trilogy so I think we may learn more as the book continues.  I DO appreciate that this doesn't leave you hanging and you still get a sense of closure while there are still two more books to come.  Let's see what Duncan brings forth in book two.


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