Book Affair, Book Review

Pigeon-Blood Red

Pigeon-Blood Red Book Cover Pigeon-Blood Red
Pigeon-Blood Red Trilogy Book 1
Ed Duncan
Crime thriller

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?

Rating on Pigeon-Blood Red: Four Open Books


Disclaimer: The author sent me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are entirely my own and are in no way biased whatsoever.

A crime thriller with an anti-hero? Count me in. While I love a good story with a strong, macho, brooding hero, I don’t disregard stories with anti-heroes. That’s why I thought I’d give Pigeon-Blood Red a try. From the synopsis itself, this book sounded interesting.

And it didn’t disappoint me.

Pigeon-Blood Red is a noir crime fiction that tells a story of Rico, a cold assassin with a conscience. It sounds like an oxymoron, ‘cold’ and ‘conscience’ but that is how I describe the anti-hero of this book. When he’s given an assignment, he’d do it. He’ll even kill without so much as a blink of an eye. However, he’s not afraid to draw a line when the target’s character is questionable. I say ‘questionable’ in a sense that if the assignment doesn’t deserve a bullet, he’ll think twice before he pulls the trigger.

Plot-wise, the story isn’t that unique but it still has room for surprises. For instance, I didn’t see what he did to his boss coming. Considering that he’s loyal to the person who’s paying, what he did wasn’t what I expected.

Pigeon-Blood Red was written in different points of views. I like that I get to hear Rico’s side, his partner, and the rest of the people involved in the plot. It has a bit of mystery woven in to the story. Sadly, it wasn’t as action packed as I hoped it would have.

Don’t get me wrong. There were fight scenes in story line, but they weren’t enough to put me on the edge of my seat. It felt like watching a trailer of an action movie. They were short and over before I could digest them. It wasn’t ultimately bad, though. If you like reading crime thrillers but hate the gory details violence, Pigeon-Blood Red may just be your cup of tea.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. It wasn’t as suspense as I expected it to be, but I like how it all ended. Although hit man Rico is cunning, he’s still has some iota of conscience in him.

I give this book a rating of four open books because it was easy to read, a bit fast paced, and well-written. The only thing that it lacks is the edgy factor that I expect in crime thrillers.

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About the Author:

Ed is a graduate of Oberlin College in Northwestern University Law School. He was a partner at a national law firm in Cleveland, Ohio for many years. He is the original authoer of a highly regarded legal treatise entitled Ohio Insurance Coverage, for which he provided annual editions from 2008 through 2012. Ed, originally from Gary, Indiana, lives outside Cleveland. He is at work on the second installment in the trilogy that began with Pigeon-Blood Red.