Book Review: Pigeon Blood Red - Ed Duncan

Pigeon Blood Red by Ed Duncan is a well structured and well managed noir that excels in meticulous and rich descriptions of original metaphors and dialogues that exude a class like many modern novels, with the richest of action and twists. The plot is nuanced and elusive as are many of the stories that surround us. Or, simply, everyone is a victim, prey and mechanisms of madness itself.

For criminal world enforcer Richard "Rico" Sanders, it seemed like a run of the mill work to get back his gangster boss's precious pigeon-blood red ruby necklace and teach a lesson to the deceitful con who stole it other than the trail rapidly goes oblique and takes Rico from the mean streets of Chicago to sun drenched Honolulu.

Rico unwittingly finds himself in unfamiliar terrain when a couple of naive bystanders are inadvertently entangled in the transgression. As Rico pursues his fresh targets, the hunter and his quarry build up an implausible admiration for one another and Rico is faced with a earth-shattering choice to follow his orders to slay the duo whose guts and disposition have won his approbation, or say no and imperil the existence of the lady he loves.

I did not lose time and I decided to read it. I understand now that it is a detective story. I'm not a great reader of crime novels, but it is a genre that does not disdain, indeed quite the opposite, and sometimes I like to read.

The author proves to be a great storyteller. He describes very accurately the scenes as well as characters both from a physical point of view and especially from the psychological. And this last point is the one that affects all the characters we meet, whether they are actors whether they are mere extras with characters who are a bit restless and ambiguous that move inside a globe where greed is king.

The scenes are so well represented that we seem to find ourselves in front of those old American detective films with a mix of ingredients for a compelling story, as it is it should be a thriller worthy of respect, but here besides its elements of suspense, precisely typical of this kind, there is an interesting characterization of the human being, between vice and virtue.

In just two thirty eight pages the author creates a universe of introspection, where each character is framed with few but essential features designed not only to let the reader in symbiosis with the same but also to understand the dynamics behaviour and their progressions.

With these simple guidelines, those who come into contact with the book will be able to analyze the mechanisms of the human psyche and its evolutions and distortions in the light of the experience and the episodes that are part of the life of each human being where no one will come out unscathed and everyone will pay the consequences of this dangerous game.

With a narrative which is simple, lightweight and never weighed down by technicalities, the writer gives us a thriller with rich text content and insights like a pearl of rare beauty to cherish and appreciate page after page. When did we begin to make distinctions between what is right and what is wrong? When something hurts or threatens to do so.

Format: Paperback ♥ Publisher: Zharmae ♥ Pages: 238 ♥ Published: February 2016 ♥ Language: English ♥ ISBN-13: 9781943549504