Pigeon-Blood Red

Pigeon-Blood Red

by Ed Duncan


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This interracial crime thriller tells the story of a complex underworld enforcer -- a killer with a conscience -- who is in pursuit of a small-time businessman who stole a "pigeon-blood red" ruby necklace worth millions. He trails the thief from Chicago to Honolulu, but the chase goes sideways after the hardened hit man develops a grudging respect for a couple of innocent bystanders who become embroiled in the crime: the thief's unsuspecting wife and an old flame who comes to her rescue as the enforcer closes in. The hit man ultimately faces a difficult decision: follow orders and kill them or spare them and endanger the life of the woman he loves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692769478
Publisher: Ed E. Duncan
Publication date: 08/29/2016
Series: thrilogy , #1
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Ed Duncan is a graduate of Oberlin College and Northwestern University Law School. For many years he was a practicing lawyer and a partner at a national law firm headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. Before retiring in 2012 he wrote a respected legal treatise entitled "Ohio Insurance Coverage" which he updated annually from 2008 through 2012. Ed lives outside Cleveland and is at work on the second novel in the trilogy which began with "Pigeon-Blood Red."

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Pigeon Blood Red 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
TheBibliovert More than 1 year ago
In both of Duncan's books, I enjoy his articulate and concise writing style. Pigeon - Blood red is a modern gangster, crime thriller. There was suspense from start to finish. It was a fast-paced read at only 203 pages. I would recommend this book just as much as I recommended "The Last Straw." Entertaining, Gritty and Nailbiting
xokristim More than 1 year ago
I highly enjoyed reading this book. I thought it was paced perfectly, and had just the right amount of action. The amount of backstory given was just enough. I loved that the point of views changed within the chapters and not every other chapter. It helped to see what each character was feeling in each situation thrown at them at the same time. I loved the character development throughout the story, I feel like I knew each and every one of the main characters. For some odd reason I was really drawn to Rico. I know he wasn’t a “good guy” but he was just so loyal throughout the book. I wasn’t shocked at any characters actions, but I though that was a good thing because I felt that I really knew each character and their though process. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good crime thriller. It also would be a nice start if you want to get into crime thrillers. It was so easy to read and keep up with what was going on. I haven’t read the most crime thrillers, but this was definitely the best one I have read. I can’t wait to check out more of Ed Duncan’s books!
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite Pigeon-Blood Red by Ed Duncan is a suspenseful and thrilling story of a hit man, Richard Sanders, who receives a simple assignment from his gangster boss to retrieve a necklace of rubies and bring it back to him. It’s a simple job for the likes of Rico, indeed. But things get quickly complicated when he loses the gems to a double-dealing cheater. Now he finds himself pursuing the gambler and his estranged wife through the dirty Chicago streets to Honolulu. Watch as Rico grows to respect the gambler and his wife. But when he finally hits his target, the necklace is nowhere to be found and the worse thing is that the local cops are after him. As time runs out, Rico is faced with a dilemma and his life hangs in the balance. Can he locate the necklace fast enough to avoid a more sinister outcome? Ed Duncan’s writing is entertaining and readers, especially fans of dark thrillers, will enjoy this. Rico is a well-developed character and the reader will enjoy watching him through sticky situations. The prose is tight and crisp, and it offers vivid descriptions of prolific scenes, intense action, and the characters. The dialogues are created to read naturally and they constitute a great element of entertainment for the reader. Pigeon-Blood Red has its unique twists and surprises and readers will enjoy the pace, which is fast with complex moments. Overall, this was a splendid and an exhilarating ride for me, a novel I’d gladly recommend to anyone looking for an interesting read.
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
Robert McDuffie is a chronic gambler who, on a whim, steals a priceless necklace of pigeon-blood red rubies from loan shark Frank Litvak. Frank sends his goon Rico after Robert in an attempt to recover it. The action moves from Chicago to Hawaii, where Robert follows his estranged wife Evelyn who is on holiday with her friend Rachel. Also in Hawaii is Paul Elliott, who bumps into Evelyn, his old college girlfriend. A game of cat and mouse ensues as Rico chases them around Hawaii and then back to Chicago. It's a pleasure to read a book with such excellent sentence structure, fine vocabulary, and near-flawless editing. Even though it is written in the third person, we can see inside everyone's head at one point or another. This is a bit disconcerting at first, but the author uses the technique very effectively. He has a great storytelling ability, creating not only an interesting plot, but providing us with extensive back stories for each character. While not all of it is relevant to the story, the characters are given so much depth that they feel like real people. The author keeps us guessing as to how all the disparate characters and events relate to each other, but it all comes together neatly in the end. I would love to see this book made into a movie. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post (19 November): https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2016/11/pigeon-blood-red-by-ed-duncan.html