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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  83 reviews
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 ...more
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Published February 25th 2016 by Smashwords Edition
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Veronica ⭐️
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2016
Pigeon-Blood Red is urban noir set in Chicago with a real Chicago flavour.

A hit-man with a conscience, a loan shark who thinks he’s running the show and a smooth talking businessman turned petty thief, tangle together in a web of murder, revenge and second chances when a pigeon-blood red necklace goes missing.

The main character, Rico, is a likeable anti-hero. Duncan likes the reader to “know” his characters often going into background on them but don’t get too attached to any of them because he
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 ...more
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
At 238 pages, this book is jam packed from beginning to end. The mobster mentality and fast paced read of this one is what makes it great and what also draws away from it a bit. It all starts with a sketchy husband... wrong place, wrong time... and stupidly takes what is clearly an expensive necklace that also clearly does not belong to him. Thus starting a chain of events that involve quite an interest set of characters.

There's everything you want out of this kind of book/movie. Unfaithful husb
Sam (Clues and Reviews)
All my reviews can be found on Clues and Reviews

Richard “Rico” Sanders, a hit man from Chicago sets off for a normal job. He must recover a pigeon blood red ruby necklace from a double-crosser and teach him a lesson. When Rico follows his target from his hometown to sunny Honolulu, some bystanders get embroiled into the situation and soon mayhem ensues. Rico is faced with a decision: does he follow his order and kill all those involved (even if they are innocent
Book Haunt
“Pigeon-Blood Red” is a phrase coined by the gem dealers of India many centuries ago. It’s the most desirable color a ruby can have. Legend says that the first two drops of blood that come from a freshly killed pigeon are this same rich red color. In the case of this book, it refers to a necklace with 16 perfectly matched pigeon-blood red rubies.

We are introduced to partners in crime, Rico and Jerry as they begin searching their car for this priceless ruby necklace that was entrusted to them by
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This charming, classically-told crime thriller is a must for noir fans. In many ways, Pigeon Blood Red is refreshingly old-school pulp, inhabited by a familiar cast of gamblers, con men and hustlers found in Dennis Lehane and Elmore Leonard novels. In that respect, barring a reference to Google, Duncan’s story could easily be set in 1916 instead of 2016. On the other hand, in Rico, Duncan has drawn an entirely contemporary character, full of emotional complexity and facing an identity crisis. Wh ...more
May 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Robert McDuffie is a businessman addicted to gambling and is in over his head with a loan shark. He owes a lot of money and has two weeks to settle his debts. When he is being driven home he seizes the opportunity to steal a necklace that it is priceless. It is a Pigeon blood-red ruby necklace that the loan shark "owns." Rico Saunders is an "enforcer" who has been tasked with getting back his bosses precious pigeon-blood red ruby necklace and teach Robert a lesson for stealing.

Rico follows Rober
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
actual rating 4.5 REVIEW TO COME ASAP!

I highly enjoyed reading this book. I thought it was paced perfectly, and had just the right amount of action. The amount of backstory given was just enough. I loved that the point of views changed within the chapters and not every other chapter. It helped to see what each character was feeling in each situation thrown at them at the same time.

I loved the character development throughout the story, I feel like I knew each and every one of the main characters
Uma    | Books.Bags.Burgers
(I received a free copy of this book from the author and the publicist Kelsey Butts in exchange for an honest review.)

Actual Rating - 3.5


While the story isn't a long one, we still get to see the personality of each character come through. I enjoyed getting to know Evelyn. She's a woman who believes in herself and at the same time isn't scared to accept her own mistakes. While the summary of the book on Goodreads talks of Rico as the main character, for me it was Evelyn. Throug
Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
*** Note: I received this book from the author via Kelsey @bookpublicityservices, in exchange for an honest review. I am glad I got chance to read this book. ***

Books was centered on its gem ‘Pigeon Blood Red ruby necklace’ and how characters got involved directly or indirectly to this necklace. Basically this story was character driven set in Chicago, narrated in third person view and very gangster type.

Story was quiet straight actually. Robert was under neck deep debt, stole Pigeon Blood Red r
Lynda Dickson
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 17+
Shelves: adult
Robert McDuffie is a chronic gambler who, on a whim, steals a priceless necklace of pigeon-blood red rubies from loan shark Frank Litvak. Frank sends his goon Rico after Robert in an attempt to recover it. The action moves from Chicago to Hawaii, where Robert follows his estranged wife Evelyn who is on holiday with her friend Rachel. Also in Hawaii is Paul Elliott, who bumps into Evelyn, his old college girlfriend. A game of cat and mouse ensues as Rico chases them around Hawaii and then back to ...more
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this fast paced book, I easily finished it in one setting.
A Chicago based true crime novel that took me back to mafia movies that I really like.
This book is centered around a ruby red (Pigeon-Blood Red) necklace from India that 4 people are wrapped up in getting the necklace back.
I loved Rico. He is the hit-man or hero but there is something about him that you just love.
All of the characters are developed so well and add to the story line.
This book played out in my mind lik
Bonnie Kernene
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. The writing was very good and the characters were so well written. Storyline as well. Great debut novel as well. Tthe book was quite fast paced, which I do like, and I wanted more each time I read it. I had to know what else happened!
Escape into a Booksite
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
*3 Stars*

Copy kindly received via Book Publicity services, in exchange for an honest review.

This was an intriguing story that jumps between a few characters as the storyline plays out. Chicago mobsters, a hit gone wrong, failing relationships, this one has it all.

Whilst the writing style is not totally one that I usually like, and I didn't connect with the characters too much, I did want to know what would happen and see how things were ultimately going to play out. Not how I expected, that
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
Pigeon Blood Red follows a number of characters who all end up entertained with each other. In this story, Robert, an alcoholic gambler owes money to gangster Litvak. When Robert is taken by one of Litvak’s hitmen, Rico, Robert ends up stealing a ruby necklace and fleeing Chicago to Hawaii with his wife and her friend Rachel to avoid being killed as Litvak scrambles to get it back.

I can’t say I loved this one. Pigeon Blood Red felt to me like a gangster action movie. A lot of action for the sake
Rosie Amber
Mar 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Pigeon Blood Red is a mystery set in Chicago with a second setting in Honolulu. Robert McDuffie is a poor businessman, a gambler and he is in deep debt to a loan shark. After an enforced visit to Frank Litvak to discuss his outstanding loan, Robert seizes the moment when he picks up an expensive necklace that Litvak's thugs were guarding.

Robert decides to follow his wife to Honolulu with the necklace and attempts to use it to save his crumbling marriage. However Litvak's henchman pursues him. A
Keith (of the clan)
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
* Thanks to the team at Book Publicity Services and to the author for the copy in exchange for an honest review. *

I held all kind of hopes for this book simply by the cover, I think it's a wicked good cover.
(Does anyone else think the silhouette looks a good bit like Matt Damon as Bourne?)

Rico is the go to guy when you need results"If you were in a fight for your life against hopeless odds and could pick just one person to even them out, he would be your first choice every time. But if you need
Richard "Rico" Sanders, underworld enforcer, is given a job like hundreds before. What once looked like an ordinary job quickly turns sideways as he's faced with new circumstances and his own conscience. Retrieving his gangster boss' pigeon-blood red ruby necklace from a thief becomes a much more challenging feat when a couple of seemingly innocent civilians get caught in the cross-hairs. Rico is the antihero archetype that everyone loves to hate, but he gets the job done.

This book jumps straigh
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was sent this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest view. The book is set in Chicago, with a Mafia style vibe to it. Rico is told to retrieve a stolen necklace for his boss, which leads him to Honolulu where innocent bystanders get in the way of his plan. Once he starts hunting down the bystanders to tie up lose ends, he may have found himself an unlikely ally. But are these strangers worth the life of the girl he loves?
This book was really well written and incorporated
That Bookworm Boy
At the beginning, the plot was a little complex as the reader is introduced to many characters. This made the execution a bit harder. Later down the road we see how they all connect. The character development took a little while. There is a thief that is not only is introduced, but we learn about the reason behind the stealing which I thought was interesting. You never bite the hand that feeds you. The story dose flip back-and-forth between the past and present. Towards the end of the book I was ...more
Brittany Lamb
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Note: Thank you to the author and his publicist for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I actually read the second installment of this series before reading this one, so I had a bit of an idea of what I was going into. I discovered that I liked this story line more than the second book!

Duncan has a really unique way of writing that I think takes getting accustomed to, but it tells the story in a way that helps create the images in your brain. I once again felt
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Took me a long while to read this, but when I did, I really enjoyed it!
I thought that the plot was really laid out and I wished we knew more about Rachel..
I didn't like Robert.
However I loved Rico, there was something about him that I liked, he was cool and collective which made him interesting.
The book is short and leaves you wanting more!
I really want to read the next book in the trilogy as I want more Rico and Jean!
The Bibliovert
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
In both of Duncan's books, I enjoy his articulate and concise writing style.

Pigeon - Blood red is a modern gangster, crime thriller. There was suspense from start to finish. It was a fast-paced read at only 203 pages. I would recommend this book just as much as I recommended "The Last Straw."

Entertaining, Gritty and Nailbiting
Kate Avery
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
He loosened the string at the mouth, turned it over, and allowed its contents to slide into his palm: a necklace with sixteen color-matched rubies, each a prized pigeon-blood red. He held it up to the light from a window, marveled at it a moment, and carefully returned it to the pouch as though it were a delicate flower.

When a very valuable necklace is stolen, Rico is tasked by his boss; the owner of the necklace; to track down who did it and get the item back. Following the thief from Chica
Regina Foo
Ed Duncan is a good storyteller. Pigeon Blood Red has not much intense plots but overall a gripping crime story.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author via Book Publicity Services in exchange of my honest review.

Pigeon Blood Red is not the first crime/thriller novel that I read which is written by a lawyer or some sort. They started to make me think that most lawyers can write very well.

As a woman, although I would take a glance at the shining jewelries displaying at the windo
Mar 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, I would like to thank the publisher services who emailed me and asked if I would like a review copy of this beautiful book. I said yes, and here we are, and here comes my honest opinion of this book.

To begin with, the cover is beautiful and I loved that. However, when I read the synopsis on the back of the story I was confused. It did not really make sense to me. Following that train, the story itself did not make sense to me until about half way through. Mr. Duncan writes about a the
Georgia Rose
Sep 30, 2016 rated it liked it
The main man in this story is Rico, the no nonsense enforcer of gangster, Frank Litvac. Due to the bungling of his less experienced partner Jerry, his boss’s priceless necklace dripping with pigeon-blood red rubies, falls into the hands of Robert McDuffie, a failing businessman and gambler who is deep in debt to Litvac. Rico is given the job of retrieving it, and teaching the thief a lesson.

Due to a mix up the retribution doesn’t go completely according to plan but when Rico is told to correct h
patrick Lorelli
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I found myself thoroughly taken in with this book. The story was just long enough, and each character had meaning to the story. I don’t find that too often in crime stories. Written in almost like the old style or film noir. I was drawn in first by Rico Sanders you could say the enforcer. He is sent to find not only a person but also a necklace which stones are ruby and the red is called pigeon blood. Goes into more detail in the book. Once Rico finds where it is at he does not like the entire j ...more
Sulagna Mondal
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
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Ed Duncan has written a pure entertainer. His way of telling the story is to the point, without deviating much from the plot. He gives a brief background to each of the characters which blends excellently with the story and helps the readers understand his characters better.

Pigeon-Blood Red is a fast paced crime thriller. This book is a total page turner and did not let me stop until I reached the very end. From the first page to the l
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: debut-novels
A red ruby necklace wrecks havoc in the lives of 4 individuals, when one of them, a failing businessman, decides to steal it from a loan shark named Litvak. Litvak will do whatever it takes to get the necklace back, even kill someone.

I really enjoyed this book. Based in Chicago, PIGEON-BLOOD RED is a true crime novel with real Chicago flavor. It reminded me of old mob/mafia movies. This book is well rounded. There’s a little bit of everything, even a little bit of romance between multiple charac
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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. The Last Straw, the second installment in th

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