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The Last Straw (Pigeon-Blood Red)

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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 a
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Paperback, 227 pages
Published December 2nd 2017 by Independently published
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Debra
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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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Fizah(Books tales by me)
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
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, fiction
*** 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 frien
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Escape into a Booksite
*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  ·  review of another edition
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
Brittany Lamb
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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Kirsty
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Carmen
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Marie
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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Erik McManus
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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3min45secs
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Erica Robyn
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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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Mike Siedschlag
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Last Straw is the second installment of the Pigeon-Blood Red series.



Interestingly, the print copy I received for review does not mention the first book, or that this is indeed a sequel. The Last Straw can easily be read as a stand alone. I don't necessarily advise that though, just because the first book is also a very good read.



Author Duncan does give us enough background from the first book to keep the relationships among characters clear but (thankfully) does not retell the entire first
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Gemma Bray
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t know The Last Straw was the second book in the series until researching for this review. While reading you aren’t at a loss to the story but after reading, I would definitely recommend reading Pigeon Blood Red first. I love Rico as a character, he’s brilliant and is the best anti-hero I’ve read. Rico always gives his enemies a chance whether they take it or not is up to them, of course, there is a softer side to Rico when he’s with his girlfriend Jean.

Ed gives the reader a deep connecti
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Seana
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was offered a review copy of The Last Straw after reviewing the first book in this series, Pigeon-Blood Red. I enjoyed this book for some of the same reasons I did that one, including its fast paced, easy to read storyline. Although this second book involves several of the characters from the first, I think Duncan has upped his game a bit with this one. There is more introspection on the part of the two main characters, hitman Rico and lawyer Paul Elliott, and a relationship between them is sl ...more
Books, Cooks, & Hooks
Gritty, and full of raw emotion, readers of urban crime fiction will be sure to enjoy this one.

A murder in the midst of a carjacking, and suddenly 16-year-old Sandra's life is changed forever. She is the only witness, making her the target of an evil crime boss, who will stop at nothing to keep her from testifying.

Paul Elliott, lawyer and friend to Sandra and her father, work to protect Sandra while also watching his own back. Rico, a hitman, who is no stranger to violence and gore, and who als
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Sulagna Mondal
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Read my entire review here: http://www.diaryofabookgirl.in/2018/0...

The Last Straw by Ed Duncan is the follow up story to Pigeon-Blood Red. Both of the books are edge-of-the-seat, gripping and racy thrillers. The characters in the previous book are definitely in this one too, but if you read The Last Straw without reading the prequel, it won't be a problem. I'd rather say that Ed Duncan has done an excellent job in subtly incorporating the story of the previous book through his narration in The
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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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Jo-Ann Duff (Duffy The Writer)
I thoroughly enjoyed book one in this series, Pigeon Blood Red, and was looking forward to spending time with  'almost' heartless Rico, a gun for hire, and his cronies.  The second book throws together two men who hate each other and two who were tangled up in the cat and mouse chase across Honolulu which was Pigeon Blood Red.
 
You don't need to have read the first book, but as with all book series, it certainly helps. The locations are completely different, and there are some new, well-crafted c
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legenbooksdary
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a continuation from a previous book that has been published but it can be read as a standalone. After reading this story, I find that there were a few things that I find to be vague but I think that if I were to read the first book first, there would be a higher chance that I will be able to grasp the story even better.

For the first few chapters, I kept getting confused about the characters. Somehow, it still haven't stuck in my mind about which name belongs to who and so on. I wou
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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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