Review: Pigeon Blood Red by Ed Duncan! With an EXCERPT from the story!

Disclaimer: I have been given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Eek! Another review! I’m so excited.

Duncan’s website for more information:

“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 hit man – and I’m excited to be able to use my legal training creatively as well as professionally.” – Ed Duncan



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?

“In a novel with as much action as love, it is sure to be a story that will fulfill 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 installment.”  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 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 is the original author of a highly regarded legal treatise entitled “Ohio Insurance Coverage,” for which he provided annual editions from 2008 through 2012.

Ed currently lives outside of Cleveland, OH. He is at work on the second installment in the Pigeon-Blood Red trilogy.


A 4 Star

Coming in an easy read for anyone, Duncan’s story connects to the mysterious world of people who get themselves in tough situations, forced to do unthinkable measures. One person’s mistakes affect all those around him or her, even his/her very own life.

We meet Robert, who is the person who is responsible for the mess that the other character get into. He’s not a very kind man… perhaps more of a cheater and liar and a thief. As you can see, I did not like his character very much on the “Will I Befriend Him?” scale. Even so, Robert is the reason there is even a story. As his gambling gets worse and he ends up having to steal a precious jewel, he ends up leaving his ex-wife and wife’s “friend” to settle with the aftermath.

This story brings in a lot of characters with interesting backstories. So many of them are so diverse as in where they grew up, their personalities, and so forth. You don’t just see Rico (as said in the summary), but you also see in the eyes of many other characters.

It was really fascinating to find that this book contains a lot of character flaws. To be realistic, not all characters needs to be absolutely incredible and morally right. Duncan’s characters all have their own flaws. Rico, Robert, Evelyn… In this way, while I loved a lot of characters, I also saw them as actual people, realistic people.

I’ll be honest: I have seen a plot similar to this one in other cases. I did-however- appreciate everything else that came with this novel. The tensity, the relationships, the settings… There was a lot of moving around, a lot of point of views switching in chapters. There were some characters I did not care about all that much about as far as their back-story goes; but I did love reading about the actual main characters.

I think Paul would have been my favorite overall. His main concern was protecting Evelyn, and for that I thought that was so adorable. I loved Rico too, mostly because his character was so quiet outwardly, but when looking into his thoughts, you understood his motives and his emotions. Their characters really stood out to me, which is weird because they were almost complete opposites. Paul, the caring and loving guy who is a lawyer and a proper man… then you have Rico who is a hit man, paid to take people out and struggles a lot at showing how much he cares.

Romance? Eh, not that much, but then again this is only the first book.

Comedy? Little bit, most of it was just for smiles.

Getting into? A little confusing at first, but once it gradually sped up I understood what everything was.

Language? Very easy.


If you’re interested in giving Pigeon Blood-Red a chance, take a look at this excerpt! 🙂

Pigeon Blood-Red Excerpt

Note: You do have to download this link. I apologize, but it was the only way I could get it posted. If it doesn’t work, comment and tell me so I can attempt to fix it or get a different version to post.  


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