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?
“Call him if you want. I never seen a dead man answer a phone yet.”
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Pigeon-Red Blood by Ed Duncan is a mystery/crime novel. It’s the first book of the Pigeon-Blood Red series.
The book is separated into three parts. In the first part, we have the description of the «bad» characters, how the Pigeon Blood Red necklace was stolen, and who took it. In the second part, we learn about the lives of the innocent bystanders who are going to be involved in the hunting. Also, half of that part is located in Honolulu where the action happens. In the third part which is located back in Chicago the
couple earns Rico’s respect and there is his dilemma between saving his girlfriend’s life or following his boss’s orders. The story is enthralling and a bit complicated because it goes back and forth between present and past. There is a steady flow of information which makes it easier to capture your interest. This story reminded me a lot of the old crime movies, it doesn’t contain much bloodshed it solely focuses on the mystery and the main character’s principles. I loved Rico from the very beginning. He was like a calm force.
He never raised his voice, he was good to the people who were close to him but he also was deadly. What attracted me to him was that he wasn’t bad of a choice but because of where his life took him. (Not sure if it makes sense to you but I had to say it) My favorite part was the ending.
I finished it in one night, I couldn’t stop until I knew Rico’s decision. I highly recommend you to give it a chance and I will rate it with 4 stars.