Pigeon-Blood Red by Ed Duncan – Spoiler Free Review

Hello, everyone! After a very long time, I’m finally able to write reviews again. Yes, I’ve been in a review writing slump after my London Trip. I don’t even know why.

Today I’ll tell you more about a book that was sent to me by Kelsey Butts from Book Publicity Services in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Kelsey! But before I just wanted to say thank you for your patience and for reaching 200 followers! ❤

About the book:

Pigeon-Blood Red is a fast-paced and suspenseful crime thriller by Ed Duncan.BOOK COVER.png BACK COVER.png
Duncan says, “It’s always been said that you should write what you know. I am a lawyer – as is a pivotal character in the novel who is being pursued by a hitman – and I’m excited to be able to use my legal training creatively as well as professionally.”




Title – Pigeon-Blood Red

Author – Ed Duncan

Publisher – as far as I know, it has been self-published

Publication date – August 23rd, 2016

Version – ebook (kindle)

Price – 3.47$ for the ebook

Series – Yes, the 1st book

Trigger Warning – swearing/murder

Genre – Thriller/Suspense/Mystery

Rating – 📖📖📖 1/2


Where to buy?

Amazon (PB) Amazon (Kindle) 


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?


So first of all, I think that I have to start with the fact that the book isn’t very long. Which is a great thing to be honest? I like reading big books but when life is pretty stressful reading a shorter book is so relaxing and great. Especially if it’s fast-paced like Pigeon-Blood Red.

During the story, we follow Rico Sanders trying to get back a pigeon-blood red ruby necklace that has been stolen by a colleague of him.  I don’t think that I have to mention that Rico’s boss was certainly not amused when that necklace went missing. On that journey, the readers are going to meet a whole bunch of characters. Some that you simply have to love and others that you simply hate.  There are no in-between characters.

I can’t say that there was only one main character (Rico). For me, every single character mentioned in this crime novel is an MC. They share the same importance to the story than Rico does. Some of them were described perfectly that you knew almost their whole life after the end of book one. Others, however, were not that much described.

The chase after the necklace becomes really thrilling at a certain time of the novel and at some point, I couldn’t even stop reading. I had to know what was going to happen. And (at least that was my case) you didn’t see certain events come. I know that something surprised me because I came to a whole other conclusion and then *BOOM* it’s a whole other thing happening that I certainly didn’t see coming.

There is a lot of suspense in this book and in the end, I really enjoyed the story. I gave it a 3 1/2 rating on Goodreads.

I can recommend it to every suspense lover and crime/Thriller reader out here in the bookish community that likes to enjoy a very fast-paced read.

Praise for Pigeon-Blood Red

“In a novel with as much action as love, it is sure to be a story that will fulfil the desires of readers of all ages, genders, and areas of interest.” – 4 Stars, Red City Review

“Pigeon Blood Red at 238 pages, is not particularly long as books go, but Duncan packs a lot of story into those pages. Readers in search of a tight, well written, good guy versus bad guy, crime/action/adventure will find Pigeon Blood Red by Ed E. Duncan, an engrossing story that will keep them involved to the end. And like me, they will find themselves eagerly awaiting the next instalment.” – Mike Siedschlag

“This charming, classically-told crime thriller is a must for noir fans…refreshingly old-school pulp, inhabited by a familiar cast of gamblers, con men and hustlers found in Dennis Lehane and Elmore Leonard novels” – 5 Stars, Best Thrillers

ED DUNCANAbout Ed Duncan
Ed Duncan 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. He currently lives outside of Cleveland, OH and is at work on the second instalment in the Pigeon Blood Red trilogy. To learn more, go to http://eduncan.net/
Connect with Ed on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads


Did you read this book or do you plan to read it? If you’ve read Pigeon Blood Red what did you think of it? Please let me know in the comments below. Thanks to Kelsey for sending me a review copy! I’ll mention it again: Getting a copy of this book for free in exhange for an honest review does in no way influence my review. I’ll always give you my honest opinion.

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