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Book Review: Pigeon Blood Red by Ed Duncan

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Title: Pigeon-Blood Red
Author: Ed Duncan
Published: February 25, 2016 by Zharmae
Format: Paperback
Source: Author for Review
Pages: 250
Goodreads’ Rating: 3.77 / 5
My Rating: ♥♥♥ 1/2 / 5 stars
Synopsis: 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?

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My Thoughts:

*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not alter or influence my opinion in any way*

Pigeon-Blood Red is the first book in a trilogy following three main characters, but mainly Rico, the hitman. There were a number of characters introduced throughout the book, some of the time, the way they were introduced confused me slightly, however, it became clear as the time went on.

The characters were well written and multi-dimensional. I enjoyed seeing the main character, Rico, grow and change throughout the story as he developed feelings for a woman and decided to protect her, no matter the cost.
The love story was not a big part of the whole story, which was refreshing. It was there on the side as an added extra, but did not take over the story.

As a lover of crime stories, I did enjoy this one. It was a short book of only 250 pages, but it got to the point and I didn’t find myself getting bored. As I mentioned previously, there were sections in which I was a bit confused about characters as they were being introduced out of nowhere, and you may find this too.. all I can say is persevere and it will all make sense to you.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a quick read, with a bit of action and characters who are relatable. 

Thank you again to Ed for sending me a copy of this book. I really did enjoy it.

Meet the Author:

Ed is a graduate of Oberlin College and Northwestern University Law School. He was a partner at a national law firm in Cleveland, Ohio for many years. Ed, originally from Gary, Indiana lives just outside Cleveland. He is at work on the second installment in the trilogy that begun with Pigeon-Blood Red

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