I know recently I haven’t participated in many Book Blog Tours, there haven’t been very many I wanted to participate in because they haven’t been my type of genre. Also, there will be no more Blogger Book Nook on An Ocean Glimmer which I am a little upset about as I really enjoyed participating in these. If you have missed any of these posts, you can catch up with them all here.
Moving on, I have a couple of book reviews in the pipeline, I adore reading but recently it’s been really hard to find the spare time to read. July and August have truly been two of the busiest months of this year and I hope things start to calm down a little. Today I am sharing with you my thoughts on The Last Straw, the second book in the Pigeon Blood Red Series from Ed Duncan.
The Last Straw? Let me tell you a little bit about it;
It started with a run-of-the-mill carjacking. An inner-city kid with no priors and no experience with a gun fumbled the ball, and the driver ended up dead. A teenage girl witnessed the whole thing, and now a target has been placed on her back. The carjacker’s father, a notorious crime boss, is willing to move heaven and earth to prevent her from testifying, even if that means hiring a hitman to kill her.
Richard “Rico” Sanders, the best in the business, was his first choice for the job. But there was a problem. He was a “killer with a conscience” and a killer with a conscience doesn’t murder teenagers. The crime boss reluctantly turns to someone who has no such qualms, John D’Angelo. There was bad blood between him and Rico, so knowing that Rico had passed on the job, he eagerly accepted it.
Rico and the girls’ lawyer, Paul Elliott, form an uneasy alliance to try and protect her from the hitman. As the long-simmering feud between Rico and John D’Angelo reaches boiling point, bodies start to pile up in rapid succession… and old scores will be settled.
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 connection with each character, I love how he has explained their background and current circumstances, which allows you to piece together their story and understand their actions. I adored the beginning of the book as it was very engaging and kept me reading – the attack on Rico’s girl and then his hunt for the man. It was refreshing to see Rico in action, I loved his style and it was kind of cute to see his caring side.
I loved the multiple POVs as this made for varied and interesting perspectives of all important characters which contributed to the excellent pacing. The switch between the perspectives, flow of the story, and the writing was smooth, all of these features brought together a good read. For me, I adore anything that keeps you hooked and The Last Straw definitely does this! It’s filled with suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you watch the story unfold!
There were some twists and turns that I did not see coming, and that is part of the reason I like this book so much, it kept me guessing right up until the very end. A lot happens in The Last Straw which keeps the story going at a steady pace, characters are super likeable. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good crime and mystery book that wouldn’t mind disappearing for a few hours.
How about a little about the author, Ed Duncan;
Ed Duncan 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 currently lives outside of Cleveland and is at work on the third instalment in the Pigeon-Blood Red series.
I hope you have enjoyed this little review! I highly recommend The Last Straw
to all those who love something a little different and crime fiction.
*Thank-you Kelsey Butts for offering a complimentary copy of The Last Straw, in return for an honest
review, all thoughts are my own, for more information please see my About Page.