The Last Straw by Ed Duncan
First of all, MANY thanks to Book Publicity for shooting me over a copy of this one; I am so grateful for these relationships that allow me to access books that I might otherwise have not caught up with!
And what a pity it would have been had I missed this one, because this one really just made for AMAZING summer reading!
This is the second book in the Pigeon-Blood Red series and that alone makes me super excited, because that means I:
#1 - get to jump back to read the first book in an awesome new series;
#2 - have now found an awesome new series; and
#3 - can now start my impatient awaiting for a third book in this awesome new series.
I can say honestly that you wouldn’t need to read them in order (I hadn’t read the first one and I wasn’t lost at all), but as will great books, who would WANT to miss all the books in the series if you didn’t have to?!
First things first - can we talk about Rico?!? The fact that Ed Duncan wrote a book about a hit man WHO IS COMPLETELY LIKABLE is basically my favorite thing ever. I love a good anti-hero and Rico is the definition of anti-hero. Here is a character who does deplorable things, but in an honorable way. That feels like a crazy oxymoron, but is in fact just the core of Rico’s personality. I am stoked to go back and read the first book exclusively for the fact that I want more of Rico.
This is a book with layers - there are a couple of storylines that collide perfectly in this one, ratcheting up the tension and making it virtually impossible to set down until you see where things are going to land in the end. I love my summer reads to be fast paced and easy to read and this checks both of those boxes; never once did I get bored flying through this one, and more importantly, never once did I see the twists coming until they were on top of me. That is the mark of a great book.
As always, I refuse to give away any spoilers. What I loved about this book outside of the plot (delicious), was the fact that you have really well developed and thoughtful characters with depth to them. I think this is sometimes something that gets missed in thrillers, as the story gets caught up in the action. Ed Duncan doesn’t fall into this trap; instead he writes really compelling characters who make the action even more fun to watch. I was fully invested in Rico so I was on the edge of my seat every time things got crazy. Which translated to me not putting the book down, and devouring it instead.
Essentially it boils down to this - if you want a book that is a little bit shorter, incredibly easy to read and that will drag you so entirely into the plot that you forget to be an adult with responsibilities, this is WITHOUT QUESTION, the book that should be on the top of your summer TBR. Or scratch that, second on your TBR, because quite frankly Pigeon-Blood Red should be in there too. This is going to be a series that you fall in love with, no doubt.
And in the meantime, I’ll be over here waiting for what Rico gets up to next.
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 friend of the witness’s family - begins counseling them.
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.