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Review: Streets of Mayhem by John Mefford


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. 


When I first started reading Booker:  Streets of Mayhem, two words came to my mind, Alex Cross. I didn’t think I’d come across a character that I would like as much in that genre but there is something about Booker Adams that reminds me so much of him in similar characteristics but equally as fantastic. You will find yourself immediately drawn into his character and completely absorbed in an awesome plot that keeps you tuned into the end.

Booker Adams, who is currently a police officer, finds himself in a situation that no cop wants to be in. When a situation arises that confronts his own personal ethics versus aligning with the blue wall of silence, he gets suspended from the force. In the process, things become too personal when a series bombing occurs and fuels his quest to find the suspect regardless of whether or not he still has his badge. The story told from the duel point of view of Booker and the suspect which enables the reader to absorb into an exciting plot that unravels that will keep you guessing until the end. 

Streets of Mayhem, is the first book of the Private Investigator Thriller Series of Crime and Suspense Series. The main character from the series, Booker Adams, is definitely one that if you enjoy reading this genre will desire to keep reading the series. I thought the book was refreshing from the perspective that you weren’t overwhelmed with nonstop things going on that sometimes take you away from enjoying a suspense novel. The plot was constructed and put together in a way that enables the reader to experience the action as if it were happening but also the sub plots of the book allow you to get to the character and their lives. Besides Booker, there are a handful of characters that supported the novel which hopefully will be revisited in future books. I feel this was a good introduction to the series and look forward to what is to come for Booker Adams in the future.

Reviewed by Michelle Bowles

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