Rico Stays – The final instalment of an enjoyable trilogy
Rico Stays is the final thrilling book in the Pigeon Blood Red trilogy by Ed Duncan
After enforcer Richard “Rico” Sanders stepped in to protect his girlfriend from a local mob boss’s hot-headed nephew, all hell broke loose.
When the smoke cleared, the nephew had vanished, but three goons who had tried to help him lay dying where they’d stood. Fighting for his life, Rico was alive but gravely wounded.
Out of the hospital but not fully recovered, he needed a place to crash – a place where he wouldn’t be found by men who surely would be looking. A place like the cabin owned by lawyer Paul Elliott, whose life Rico had saved more than once. Trouble was, Paul’s girlfriend hadn’t forgotten Rico’s dark history. Or Paul’s fascination with him.
Using Rico’s girlfriend as bait, vengeful killers soon would be coming for him. The only question was whether he would face them alone or with help from Paul.
Duffy’s Thoughts on Rico Stays
I have thoroughly enjoyed the previous two books in the Pigeon Blood Red trilogy and have looked forward to receiving each book in the mail. I also appreciate that a hard copy is sent to me all the way from the U.S.
Rico is an old school hitman with smart come-backs and epic skills, without being clichéd. In Rico Stays, he has one of the biggest a-holes in the whole trilogy after him and he needs to call on his old contact Paul Elliott who has appeared in previous books. The lines between law and order, friendship and rivalry become blurred as Rico decides who he can trust.
The plotline moves at Ed Duncan’s usual building pace without a lull in the story. I’ve hit a bit of a funk lately with my reading and found myself skipping across pages and paragraphs with other books I have reviewed, but not here. I quite enjoyed catching up with Rico and the tangled sticky mobster webs he seems to walk into, sometimes accidentally, yet sometimes with real gusto.
Rico’s Last Stand can be read as a stand-alone book, but I would encourage readers to start at the beginning and read the trilogy. The books aren’t overly long and each page is packed with action and an engaging plot.
My favourite of the three books was definitely Pigeon Blood Red, however, Rico’s Last Stand is a solid ending to a neat little trilogy. If you love mob based fiction with characters who loiter with the underbelly of crime and lurk in the shadows making shady deals, this trilogy is for you.