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The Last Straw

(Pigeon-Blood Red #2)

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When a teenage girl witnesses a carjacking gone bad, she is marked for death by a crime boss with no apparent motive. A black lawyer and a white enforcer with an unlikely history forge an uneasy alliance to protect the girl from a hit man with an agenda of his own.

After they find out that the crime boss is the father of the black teenage carjacker, Paul Elliott - lawyer
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Kindle Edition, 229 pages
Published November 25th 2017 by Creativia
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Debra
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Last straw is the second book in the Pigeon-Blood Red series and in my opinion, it is better than its predecessor.

Sandra, a teenager girl, has witnessed a carjacking which resulted in a man being shot and killed. Normally this would be a cut and dry issue where she would testify as to what she saw in court, but her eye witness account has put her under the radar of a crime boss that wants to silence her. The young man who committed the carjacking has no prior arrest history and no ties to or
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Veronica ⭐️
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2018
If you haven’t read Pigeon Blood Red, go read it first. You don’t necessarily need to read it to understand The Last Straw but you will want to because Rico is so freakin awesome.

Rico as cool as a cucumber, hit man for hire, is the best anti-hero I’ve read for a long time. Rico claims he never took out anyone who didn’t deserve it. A motto that left some wriggle room. He doesn’t have friends but he does have respect and Paul Elliot is a man he respects, they are worlds apart but also very simila
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Aakanksha
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
One day a girl named Sandy witness carjacking and murder. Soon after that, her father was killed. A renowned lawyer and a friend of Sandy's father, Paul Elliott, caught up in the middle of all this tragedy. He and his girlfriend Evelyn took care of Sandy. But a gangster name Howard wants Sandy dead, and no one knows why?

He picked Rico, but he refused to kill Sandy. He has some rules when it comes to murdering women, plus he shares a history with Paul. Howard gives the work to D'Angelo; a hot-he
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Briar's Reviews
The Last Straw by Ed Duncan is absolutely ridiculous! In a good way, of course.

Fear not fellow reader, you don't need to read the first book in this series to understand what's going on in this novel. But if you want to, I totally understand why!

I started this book with low expectations (I started it around exam time and life had been already a ball of stress) and man, did I have no idea what I was in for. This book was far better than I could have expected and was worth every second. I'm almost
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CYIReadBooks (Claire)
It all started with a car-jacking gone horribly wrong. Jeffrey Phillips, an impressionable teen caved in to peer pressure when he is tasked to conduct a car jacking — standard stuff as a loyalty test. However, not being prepared for the worst, Jeffrey is caught up in a scuffle with the driver and the driver is killed by a gunshot from Jeffrey.

Sandra Yanders was there when everything happened. She witnessed the entire ordeal and has a solid testimony.

However, crime boss Howard Forester is not hav
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Fizah(Books tales by me)
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
Actual Rating 3.5
I received a paperback from the author and Kelsey Butts from book publicity service in exchange for an honest review.

I didn’t realize that it is the 2nd book of this series, But it doesn’t make much difference. It is a Mystery Thriller, which is a genre I don’t read much, So I wasn’t expecting much.

This book doesn’t have the main character but many and important characters, Sandra is a 16 years old girl, she is also a witness of a murder…Paul is a lawyer who is a friend of Sandr
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Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, thriller
*** Note: I received review copy of this book from the author via Kelsey @book publicity services, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to author and Kelsey for giving me chance to read this book. ***

The Last Straw was character driven gangster thriller that revolved around Rico, Paul, and Sandy and the case in which she was a witness that again brought both Paul and Rico face to face. Blurb says it all about the book and what’s in it.

Characters-
Rico was professional killer, hit man, a
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Tiffany PSquared
*Many thanks to Kelsey at Book Publicity Services and the author for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

The Last Straw is a fast-paced crime mystery that begins with an accidental witness and a crime boss's mysterious motive for wanting that witness to disappear. It's a story that pits Rico - a criminal with a conscience - against a second-best hitman with a grudge. And it forces Paul Elliott - a good guy with blood on his hands - back into a world he barely escaped only a
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Uma    | Books.Bags.Burgers
(I received a free copy of this book from the author and publicist in exchange for an honest review.)

BLURB

When a teenage girl witnesses a carjacking gone bad, she is marked for death by a crime boss with no apparent motive. A black lawyer and a white enforcer with an unlikely history forge an uneasy alliance to protect the girl from a hit man with an agenda of his own.

After they find out that the crime boss is the father of the black teenage carjacker, Paul Elliott - lawyer and close fr
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Meegz Reads
*3 Stars*

ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review.

This is the second book in this series, and as such we have some familiar main characters. Mainly Rico, Paul and Evelyn. the story is told in such a way, that there are multiple things unfolding at once, and you're left trying to work out how/where, or if they are connected.

I think the story skips between the different characters a little too much, because at times I had to work to remember who and what was going on. Mostly this w
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Paul
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sometimes you need to find your self a good honest to goodness crime novel. This is not a whodunnit or killer on trial kind of book. This is the dark and murky world of anti-heroes and men who don't care that what they do is bad as long as they get there cut at the end of the day. What Duncan does is bring us to the other side of Chicago, the one the tourist brochures won't tell you about for fear it would scare you away. And a man who may kill for a living but still has managed to keep a small ...more
Shayney Hardcastle
I received this book from the author/publicist in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of the book.

When I was asked to read ‘The Last Straw’ and was sent a description of the book, I was instantly intrigued. Then when I started reading the book, those first couple of chapters just had me gripped. That first chapter is just so dramatic, it just pulls you into the book and sets you up and gets you excited for what’s to come. You get to know one of the characters instantly and it sets up one
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Michelle Stanley
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-murder
The Last Straw: A Tale about Murder, Revenge and Redemption is the second book in the Pigeon Blood Red Trilogy by Ed Duncan.

Paul Elliott, an attorney, offers legal advice to a teen who witnessed a crime, but her father doesn't want her to testify. Who can blame him for wanting to protect his child? Paul also finds himself in the centre of danger, more than expected. Fortunately, he isn't afraid to do what it takes to defend himself, even with a gun.

While searching for the man who abused his gir
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David Morgan
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
A killer with a conscience.
When a young girl is witness to a car jacking and murder she agrees to testify. When her father is killed while walking her home from school it becomes apparent she was the target. With her mother out of town, a couple who crossed paths with Rico in the first book end up taking her in and caring for her. The person responsible for trying to stop the girl from testifying is also Rico's boss. Rico refuses the job so it went to a another hit man, one Rico has history and
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Erik McManus
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was just alright for me. I would classify it as an in the middle book because it was fast paced which I liked but it wasn’t very descriptive and I found it jumped from scene to scene quite quickly.

It was an interesting concept and I haven’t read many novels with hired killers pitting up against each other before so that was fun. There was a lot of conflicts and it showed a part of the underground/black market business side that is not normally viewed by the reader. I’m not sure how to
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Brittany Lamb
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note: This book was sent to me for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I think that this book turned out to be a lot different than I expected, though I'm not entirely sure what I expected. Crime novels can be hard to predict sometimes, and sadly I have not yet read the first installment of this series (Pigeon-Blood Red), so I kind of went in blind. It didn't disappoint.

This reads a lot like a crime show that you might watch on NBC or ION Television. That's not a bad thing. I
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Katherine (KWBookReviews.com)
I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. Make sure to check out more reviews at Katherine's Book Reviews.

The Last Straw is a mystery/thriller novel by Ed Duncan. It is the second novel in the Pigeon-Blood Red series.

Summary:
When a teenage girl witnesses a carjacking gone bad, she is marked for death by a crime boss with no apparent motive. A black lawyer and a white enforcer with an unlikely history forge an uneasy alliance to protect the girl from a hit man with an
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K
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books, 5-stars
After a young girl, Sandra, witnesses a carjacking/murder, she is debating about whether to testify. A crime boss, who seemingly has no connection to the crime, puts a hit out on her. Rico, who has turned down the job, finds out that his enemy has taken the job, and Rico takes it upon himself to protect any innocents who find themselves caught up in this, predominantly Paul Elliot, the lawyer who saved his life.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was great to see some familiar characters and to b
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Faith aka Suckerforcoffe
Disclaimer: I got a free copy of the book from the author for review but all opinions and thoughts are honest and my own.
My Take
What I Liked: I read it as a standalone and I didn’t feel like I am missing out. The Last Straw is the second book in the Pigeon- blood Red series and here’s the thing, I didn’t know it’s a second book until way after I finished it, so major props to that! The storyline is really interesting with its twists and turns which I quite enjoyed.
The Last Straw is fast paced in
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Carmen
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
The little bit that I've read about Beverly Phillips I admire; she seems like one of those classy work-her-way-up type of women; and even though Howard Forester is a criminal, he seems like an otherwise ok guy. One character in this book that has a real thirst for revenge is John D'Angelo. I got a copy in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Marie’s Book Boutique
Find full review here mariesbookboutique.wordpress.com/2019...

The front cover for this book is striking, dark with a white mist and seems perfect for a crime thriller. A silhouette situated at the bottom of a man and inside that you can see a street illuminated by street in which someone holing a gun and another silhouette of someone walking away. The title is thin font in white as is the author's name. Ed's name is situated at the down the right hand side of the title, I would have liked to see
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Tori
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
thank you to @bookpublicityservices & @ricostays for sending me the second book in the Rico series!!!

This is the second book in the series (Pigeon Blood Red is the first one), and I loved this one!!! I found this one a lot easier to follow, more engaging and a lot more entertaining than the first book in the series. Ed’s mind when he writes these are mind blowing. Crime, mystery, mafia & hit men, how much more can you ask for?

This was similar to the first one in regards to it taking me a long
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3min45secs
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book introduces us to Jean, a part-time prostitute who is with a customer that does not want to pay. Following a scary confrontation between Jean and this man, we are introduced to Richard Sanders, Rico. Rico is Jean's "friend", the book never actually confirms the relationship between Rico and Jean but they are certainly close. Rico is defensive of Jean and goes to find the scumbag that Jean was with that night. One thing leads to another and Rico does what he does best.

Rico is a profession
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Julia Walker
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a rather dark, crazy story about a young girl who witnesses a murder. The police want her to testify if they get the killer. Her Mom and Dad have split and Mom is traveling the world without itinerary. Her Dad is raising her and the two of them live in an apartment complex where they have becomes friends with the lawyer downstairs. Someone kills the girl’s dad and pretty quickly they all figure out that the bullet was meant for the girl. The killer, a young man, has no previous criminal ...more
Jennifer Tooker
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it

Full disclosure, I was provided with a copy of this book by the author or their representative, however, I have voluntarily chosen to write a review. All opinions are my own.

Family ties complicate business

A teenage girl is an eyewitness to a carjacking gone wrong. As a result, she becomes a target of a hit by a locally notorious mob boss. But why would this random girl raise the ire of the local wiseguys? After an attempt on her life, she finds herself under the protective eye of family friend P
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Erica Robyn Metcalf
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Last Straw by Ed Duncan is a crime thriller filled with suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you watch the story unfold!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way.

I said it in my review for Pigeon-Blood Red, and of course I have to say it again here. Ed Duncan's writing style is so fantastic! It's so easy to read and very realistic. The action and suspense is so well don
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Allison
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Much like its predecessor, The Last Straw is a fine piece of noir set in Chicago. Killer-with-a-conscious, Rico, is still working and still at the top of his game. He gets first dibs on work, and if something doesn't sit right with him then he passes it down to the a lesser-skilled guy who can't stand being second fiddle. Rico has no problem doing the killing, but he doesn't like the idea of hurting women or kids or people who generally haven't done anything to deserve it. 

Paul Elliott, the lawy
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Jolie
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like suspense/mystery/thrillers/crime books. I like them because most of the time they can get my pulse running. Also, I am unable to put the book down. That was the case with The Last Straw. This book had me hooked. You know a book is good when you start dreaming about the characters.

As much as I liked The Last Straw, I felt lost at times while reading it. I didn’t understand the connection between Rico and Paul until Paul explained it. I don’t like being in the dark about backstories. I don’
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Courtney Giraldo
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This weeks read was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

After a car jacking gone wrong results in the death of a man, the witness to the crime, a young teenage girl is set to testify against the suspect. Before taking the stand, her father is shot and killed after walking her home from school. Clearly a botched attempt at silencing the witness, her neighbor, Paul Elliott keeps an eye on her until her mother who is out of the country can be located. A respected lawyer, Ellio
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Jonathan Carter
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
Disclaimer: The author has sent me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.



The Last Straw is an interestingly amazing crime/mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat with it’s hidden agenda, and wonderfully woven story.

Ed Duncan really did great in writing this book. It has an easy reading pace and a none complicated vernacular. All was straight to the point and won’t leave you confused and hanging. The story flows amazingly and the interwoven connection between the 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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