Pigeon – Blood Red – Ed Duncan

A crime and mobster thriller? I am a huge fan of anything mafia – Goodfellas is my favorite film, hands down. So any chance to read some mafia type thriller, I’m taking it!

Big thanks to the author and publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review.

PIGEON- BLOOD RED by Ed Duncan has us following a hit man on a mission to retrieve a stolen ruby, but nothing goes as planned and he is forced to make decisions he never thought he’d have to make.


My Thoughts: 3.5/5 stars!

This crime thriller follows a hit man who is hired to retrieve a ruby, but things go horribly wrong and this Chicago based killer finds himself in Honolulu. PIGEON – BLOOD RED by Ed Duncan is a very fast paced and quick read. If you like crime thrillers, then this will be one you want to pick up.

Richard “Rico” Sanders is a hit man out of Chicago. He’s hired for a job like any other, he needs to retrieve a pigeon blood red ruby necklace that was stolen from his boss. His mission? Get the ruby back and make the double-crosser pay for what he did. However, the chase quickly goes horribly wrong and Rico finds himself going from Chicago out to Honolulu to find this guy.

As the cat and mouse game continues, an innocent couple, Evelyn and Paul, find themselves tangled up in everything. As Rico gets closer and closer to getting his target, he must decide if he is going to follow his orders and kill all of those involved (including Evelyn and Paul) or will he refuse and risk the life of the woman he loves?

I will say, off the bat, this is a good mafia and crime thriller. The reader is thrust into the action right away and that can be a little confusing for the first portion of the book. I feel like there wasn’t a lot of connecting with the characters. I cared about them, but I wasn’t invested in them (if that makes sense). Don’t let that discourage you from reading this quick thriller though. Duncan was able to pack in a lot of action into this shorter book (just under 300 pages). There wasn’t a huge twist or loose ends, Duncan did a nice job of bringing everything together for the reader.

Overall, this is a great mafia/crime thriller. It was a solid 4 stars from me when it came to the story and action. It wasn’t lacking those thriller elements. However, I took off a little from there because I wanted more of a connection to the characters. If just felt like something was missing – maybe a little more background would have helped.


Any other mafia fans out there? I love a good mafia story – true crime and fiction are both welcome.


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