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On a cool October afternoon, the majestic blue sky above Dallas is polluted with swells of gray smoke, carrying shattered memories of fifteen people, mostly children, who've just been killed by an explosion on a bus. A white supremacist group claims responsibility, opening old wounds, turning neighbor against neighbor--fracturing the community.
A Southeast Dallas native, Booker T. Adams couldn't be more invested in the city…in the people he'd served for the last seven years as a beat cop for the Dallas Police Department. Without warning, it becomes personal for Booker on so many levels. And as panic grips the city, he must decide how much he's willing to sacrifice to end the chaos.
With his career called into question and his family in the crosshairs of one terrorist act after another, Booker invests every fiber of his being to protect a broken community, and to stop the brutal, senseless slayings.
If he fails, terrorism will reign in the city of Dallas.
Booker – Streets of Mayhem by John W. Mefford is the first book in the new Booker private investigator series. Right from the beginning, this book starts off with a bang and doesn’t quit. A lot of action starts this book off on the right path. Booker is a biracial cop living in Dallas. After witnessing a superior officer assaulting a homeless man, Booker is unable to look the other way, even though it will likely cost him his job. While he is being persuaded to change his story on the incident, a terrorist threat comes in and involves a bomb at an after-school program where there are hundreds of kids – Booker’s daughter included. It appears the crime is racially motivated.
When Booker loses his job, he’s not sure what career path he will end up on. Booker is a protector by nature. He decides that a career as a private investigator suits him, and decides to find out who was behind the senseless terrorist bombing attack.
I liked Booker right away. We see him for who he is – he’s tough, but vulnerable. He will protect those he loves and those he feels are being mistreated. He’s just a good guy and you can’t help but root for him. Booker’s character is what really made me love this story right away, and as the plot developed, I enjoyed that as well. The action and suspense were nonstop. I felt like I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book. The author does a great job at keeping you guessing until the end. This was a book I really liked and I look forward to reading more in the Booker series.