Book Review: Pigeon Blood Red

Author: Ed Duncan
Pages: 238
Stars: 4/5
Recommended to: fans of crime novels.

Rico is on the hunt for a man who stole a priceless necklace from his boss who happens to be a loan shark. It seems like an easy mission for this hit man, get the necklace back and everything will be fine, right? Wrong. Amidst cheating scandals, secrets, and past lovers, Rico botches his job. Will he be able to finish the job he set out to do or will his conscience prevail?

First off, can we talk about how gorgeous that cover is? As soon as I pulled it out of the package, my jaw dropped.

The second thing that I thought of was that the main character, Rico, has the same nickname as my dad. He also enjoys crime novels, so I’ll be recommending this one to him.

The style of this book almost reminded me of The Pelican Brief with how different stories were intertwined to create one novel. There was also a distinct voice that Duncan has with his writing, one that added to the quality of the book. The novel reads very well as a movie (which I could see it being adapted to at some point.) With the fast pace, it felt like it was over all too soon but the novel wasn’t lacking anything in terms of plot or pacing.

I thoroughly enjoyed every second of reading this book. It had everything I wanted in it, a likable main character, witty dialogue, and twists at every new chapter. Although some were predictable, others were not. However, Duncan is not afraid to kill off characters that you like, something that I both love and hate at the same time. I genuinely found myself rooting for multiple characters throughout this book even though I knew rooting for one character meant the death or injury of another character I was rooting for.

I’m happy to report that this is only the first in the series and I will definitely be keeping my eyes out for the sequel! Ed Duncan is a name to keep your eyes out for when it comes to crime thriller novels.

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review by Ed Duncan after Kelsey, his publicist, reached out to me.

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