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‘The Last Straw’
by Ed Duncan
Teaser Tuesday

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This is a meme for all you ‘Page Surfers’ out there!

Cover image of the book 'The Last Straw' by author Ed Duncan




“Immediately after leaving Forester’s house, Rico dropped by to see Jean. She was recovering nicely from her encounter with Perry Brumfield. The swelling under her eye was almost gone, but a nasty bruise lingered. Her headaches and other aches and pains had also subsided.

She had even forgiven herself for Brumfield’s death. Despite his brutal attack on her, from the moment Rico found out, she had feared that he would kill Brumfield. She didn’t mind Rico giving him a taste of his own medicine, or even forcing a bottleful down his throat. But killing him was a different story, at least after she’d had time to think about it. So, when her fears were realized, at first, she regretted his death and felt responsible for it.

The more she thought about it, though, the more she recognized that the world was a better place without Brumfield and that Rico had done the people of Chicago – especially its women – a favour. She felt sure she hadn’t been Brumfield’s first victim, and she was certain she wouldn’t have been his last. The severe beating Rico had intended to administer she now believed would have been too lenient, and she was happy that Brumfield had resisted. He was a scumbag, she told herself, and he deserved to die.”

Cover image of the book 'The Last Straw' by author Ed Duncan

If you still need to know more, check out those all important opening lines at:-

Book Beginnings On Friday

Just to help you get those words into some context – check out the premise below.

THE LAST STRAW‘ – (Pigeon-Blood Red Book #2) by ED DUNCAN

Cover image of the book 'The Last Straw' by author Ed DuncanIt 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 having a hitman 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 forms an uneasy alliance with the girl’s lawyer, Paul Elliott, 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.

Updated image of author Ed Duncan April 2020

The mem host image for Teaser Tuesday, updated December 2016 'The Purple Booker'

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia at:-

The Purple Booker‘.

Each week she shares her own teaser lines and invites other bloggers to do the same.

So if you have a few moments, why not stop by and see what’s on offer this time, after all, you never know where that next great read is going to come from!

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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Lorraine,

      I always enjoy a book where I like the characters I am really supposed to be opposed to. Being able to take my own unique journey through a story is what keeps me interested and invested in an author.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

  • It can be tricky featuring a snippet from the middle of a novel that captures one’s interest, but I think you’ve done well here. It sounds quite interesting!

    • Hi Kelly,

      I think that landing on such a great segment right on the 50% marker of the book, was better luck than it was judgement!

      I admit that sometimes I won’t take an extract from exactly 50% if it doesn’t sound interesting enough though, as readers do like to get some idea of what the book is about and the style of the author’s writing, without too many spoilers of course!

      I have been participating in the same regular memes for years now, perhaps I should scout around for a few new ones! 🙂

      • You know that old saying…. “if it ain’t broke, why fix it?”. I like the memes you feature. I feel they do a good job of promoting the books you read.

        • I do wonder if, by taking part and sharing extracts in three memes and then writing a review for a book, it all gets a bit ‘stale and samey’?

          As someone who tends to visit and comment on 99% of my posts (which I really appreciate by the way), your honest opinion would be appreciated 🙂

          • I don’t find it gets stale at all. If anything, seeing more about a book in one of your features can tip me one way or the other in my decision whether to read it or not.

            Just my opinion, but I say continue on as you have.

            • You Got It!

              I just needed some honest reassurance and I know you will always offer that.

              Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Laura,

      Thanks for stopping by today, it is lovely to ‘meet’ you. I love to chat and share comments about anything bookish, so I always appreciate any comments 🙂

      I have actually finished reading this book and if you take these teaser lines in conjunction with the the link to the opening lines, one is a continuation of the other, although I suspect that is more by coincidence than for any other reason.

      I have quite eclectic reading tastes and although I don’t read too much gangland / hit men themed stories, I have really enjoyed this series, the amazing characters and the author’s style of writing 🙂

      • Yvonne,
        I have eclectic tastes in reading as well. I haven’t read anything gangland or hit man related in a long time. I might just have to look into this series.
        It’s nice to meet you too.

        • The character of ‘Rico’ is definitely an anti-hero and has fast become someone I love to hate. He is a hit man with a conscience 🙂

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