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BOOKER - Streets of Mayhem
     

BOOKER - Streets of Mayhem

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by John W. Mefford
 

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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.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781943774005
Publisher:
Sugar Hill Press
Publication date:
09/01/2015
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,229,286
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.68(d)

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Meet the Author

A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, John W. Mefford has been writing his debut novel since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.

John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection to the characters.

When he's not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.

John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three curious kids, and a feisty fat cat.

Join his Readers' Group at www.JohnWMefford.com

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Booker - Streets of Mayhem (Volume 1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't finish it. It was too far fetched. Police in Dallas don't work this way, the main character would be arrested as a psycho, so I found the book boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book if you like suspense and detective books. A little slow at times but then it picks up. Definitely enjoyable and ordering the second book in the series now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lloved this book! I could hardly put it down -cant wait to read more of his writing! Jan fr Dallas
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read more from this author .
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Streets of Mayhem played out as I read it like a 50’s/60’s TV drama.   I could see them men in blue racing to the scene of each crime with the red and blue lights twirling on top of the old time police cars.    I do realize the gadgets and technology is from the current timeframe, but I guess I just over looked that when picturing the different scenes.   I love a good police drama and this was a fun read for me.  Booker is a great character.  He is diverse.  Being a multi cultural police officer working up the ranks of the Dallas Police Department made him very interesting to me.   He was able to relate to the many sides affected by the bombings.   I enjoyed how he was able to figure out more clues and the reasoning behind the crimes than the officers assigned to work the cases.     I would like to know more about his PI business.  I felt like this was sometimes a distraction from the bombings and could almost have done without it.    The two cases did not go together as smooth as I had hoped they would have. There were many typos and corrections in the grammar that could be made, but overall I enjoyed this story and look forward to more from John Mefford .
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Dave Eisenstark for Readers' Favorite Streets of Mayhem is right — somebody's lighting Dallas up one bomb at a time. And Booker T. Adams, a thirty-one-year-old Dallas cop whose career is going nowhere, is the one to stop it. But Booker has "issues" — police abuse, corruption, and racism. Booker is half white, half black, with a young daughter and a four-week suspension from the force to contemplate his role in the universe and (by the way) stop the mad bomber's racist agenda ... or is there some other motive? At the same time, Booker launches a new career in private investigation and takes his first case. Can author John W. Mefford tie all the threads together at the end? And will peace once again - temporarily maybe — descend on Dallas? I love Booker's style and his way of speaking (this is mostly a first-person narrative). John W. Mefford dishes out a platter of tough talk filled with irony and attitude. Booker's doing all he can to avoid being a loser, and you root for him. His point of view is intercut with the villain of the piece, a troubled terrorist with a theatrical touch. The mix of mass murder and broad humor might not sit well with some. And the events are beyond believability sometimes, but call the story absurdist, or surreal, or a brave experiment, and it works better, knowing full well that a series of horrific hate-crimes would play out differently in real life in the present atmosphere. But taken with the proper grains of salt, I found Booker - Streets of Mayhem a highly entertaining and enjoyable read, and I'm definitely curious to see what Booker is up to in the second installment.
donadee More than 1 year ago
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. Fans of Alex Cross and Jack Reacher will enjoy this private investigator thriller novel full of suspense, action, and crime. What did I like? This is a book that draws you in on the first page. I liked most the quintessence of the man, the selfless desire to help others. Booker has this love that goes deeper than anyone can understand about him. He feels for everyone but especially the underdog. He believes in treating everyone equal till they prove him different. But his love for his hometown was what really hit me. He didn’t want to see it hurt and did everything in his power to accomplish that feat. There are not many men that would do that wearing a badge or not. After he invested himself into his new career he seems to glow with the desire and always took the extra step. Even though this book is filled with graphic violence it still has a draw that keeps you glued to the pages. What will you like? I have already established that you are going to love the main character and will be following this series for that reason but you’re going to find that all of the characters are remarkably developed and add that addition dimension to the storyline and speaking of the storyline, wow. The research that was done, I have a little bit of background in law enforcement and I was impressed with the details. The details are accurate and explicit without drowning you in it. At one time I was forced to hire a private detective for a little problem that I had and I, of course demanded to know what I getting for my money and I can tell you that Booker is spot on in the profession adding in that desire to help makes him an even better one. You are going to see graphic details of what happens but it is described in a way that you can get past it because you want to know what happens next. The action will keep you page turning but the unexpected twists will fully keep you interested and focused. The explosive emotions that run from page to page will keep your heart rate up; everything is very fast paced and has all of the elements of a great mystery. All of the action will keep you guessing as to the next thrill that will be even more heart stopping. Even though I received this as a gift from the author I will be sticking around to follow Booker in all of his books. Can’t wait for book two..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good mystery with likeable characters and some humor. The PI is not as jaded and substance-abusing as most are portrayed - he actually cares for others rather than sleeping with every female that passes by...I really liked this book.
Brencz More than 1 year ago
I’m a fan of thrillers and received this for an honest review. I’ve never read a book by John W. Mefford so I was looking forward to it. I wasn’t disappointed. The book keep moving along at a good pace with the characters fully developed. The main character Booker was interesting and likeable. The story setting in Dallas was descriptive and the informative. The story was about Booker, his career being questionable and a series of bombings in Dallas. As I stated it as a good pace, with twist and turns. All and all, I think it was a good thriller and I look forward to reading more of Mefford’s books.
MKPMRP More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book immensely after I got into it. First few chapters were a bit difficult for me to get into the story. After that it really took off. Having lived and worked in Dallas a lot of places mentioned brought back memories. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
New author to me but a great storyteller.
surfside60 More than 1 year ago
If you like Alex Cross you need to give Booker a try, he is going to give Alex a run for his money. I love the way Mr. Mefford has taken the time to introduce to Booker. He has really let us get to know him and what his values are. But don't think for a minute that this is a boring story because it is completely the opposite! It keeps you turning the pages with excitement and action. He ties it up nicely in the end but leaves you wanting more. I am literally closing this book and moving on to the next in the series. I would definitely reccomend anyone to give this series a try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not my type of book. Starts out with bad language and racism. It must be a man's book. I am deleting it.
libriamorimiei More than 1 year ago
It 's a novel really exciting, full of suspense and twists. The pace is very addictive thanks to the short chapters, it reminded me a bit novels by James Patterson. Until the last remains the doubt of how the situation will be resolved. Dallas is a city under shock: a cowardly attack on a bus has claimed the lives of thirteen children and two adults. Booker T Adams is a police officer who was on site when the bus exploded and was terrified at the thought that his little girl Samantha was on board. He's going to look between the various remains of children and their belongings: only the desperate desire to find his little make him overcome the horror of what is living and seeing. Fortunately Samantha was not there, she was with her mother. But he decides to investigate and block those who plan to terrorize Dallas. Must do so on their own because in the meantime is suspended from duty. Booker T is a loving father, a loyal person, real, is willing to miss work in order not to lie and intervenes when making injustices like when a colleague beat a helpless and harmless homeless I recommend it to those who love  mystery and thrillers. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
bubbymama09 More than 1 year ago
Being that this is the first book of the series, I would hate to give too much away. That being said, John W. Mefford has done an amazing job at creating not only a storyline that will keep you reading for hours on end, but a truly relatable character named Booker. With the city of Dallas on complete edge from numerous bombs, Booker, a mixed race & unfairly suspended cop, makes it his personal mission to save the city. All the while, it's like you're right there with him, seeing everything play out right in front of your eyes. I really loved the fast pace of this book, as well as the "mystery man" point of view. I feel like it gave that extra bit of depth that really submersed me. I was completely captivated by the ending & couldn't wait to get started on the next book in the series!
TeresaKander More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge mystery fan, and there is something about this author which reminds me of James Patterson and his Alex Cross series, which is one of my favorites. One I started reading, I didn't want to put the book down. I just had to know what was going to happen next, and how it was all going to play out. Booker, the main character, is a very diverse character. He is multicultural, which makes him able to relate personally to many different parts of the population of Dallas. He's intelligent, has a great sense of humor, and is very attached to his family, particularly his young daughter, Samantha. I also like the fact that several of the chapters are written from the point of view of the person Booker is trying to catch. That lets us into his thoughts and motivations a little at a time so that we have some understanding of why he is doing what he does. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series. **I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.**
Silvie_MySillyLittleGang More than 1 year ago
Here's a book that had me on the edge of my seat, and wondering what came next page after page. The character of Booker is great, being a multicultural police officer working up the ranks made him very interesting. I also really liked his diversity, and determination to help find the culprit or culprits responsible for the bombings. At the end of the book it definitely left me wanting more, I am looking forward to the second book in this series. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read. I normally don't read books in this genre but I may have to reconsider.There is enough action to keep you interested without flooding the story line. It was an easy read that unfortunately I couldn't read in one sitting but I would have if I had the time. John W. Mefford gets five out of five stars. I normally don't read books like this but I have to admit it was good. I'm really excited about this series. Booker seemed to be in the middle of all the action. This first book has action around every corner. Booker and his inability to think beyond his crotch is both annoying and  hilarious to me. But you can only stay annoyed for a short time because he has the biggest heart. He would easily give his life for his daughter and her mother or for any  person for that matter. He is an example of what you would want every officer sworn to protect to be like, but there is no peace in his line of work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entirely too many plot spoilers here giving away too many details of the book. They should be banned from posting if they are going to give away details of the book. Anyway, the story is good, with lots of action and intrigue.
LynchburgMama More than 1 year ago
I love reading a book in which I can relate to the main character. Booker is a no-nonsense, non-crap-taking cop who is recently suspended from his job with the Dallas Police Department. He is a little edgy and high strung but that is what makes him good at his job. I can relate to him because he stands up for what is just and right despite some of the inner battles he faces.  After being suspended, Booker has to find other means of work which lead him to the world of private investigation. This is a deeper, darker world of secrets that leads Booker on a path of new self discovery. He not only wants to help with small issues like a money/con job for a friend of his but he wants to investigate the issue of a bomber who is terrorizing the city of Dallas. When Booker's own daughter is affected, he takes a personal stake in the matter and that pushes him to new depths of suspense. If you love a book that keeps you on your toes with some mystery, you'll love this book!
A_Gluten_Free_Mom More than 1 year ago
 Murder, mystery, and mayhem. What more can you want from a new PI story? Booker is a former cop, pushed out for being too honest in a corrupt precinct, turned private investigator. His first client is a long time friend. I loved seeing Booker stand up for what he believed in even though it had the potential to cost him everything he held dear in life.  Booker's roots run deep in Dallas. Born and raised there, he's got the inside track on the the down and dirty characters that live in the city. Can he rise above his upbringing and become a successful PI?  Mefford has a writing style that draws quickly into the story. Time is immaterial. Open up your copy and it disappears as you lose yourself in Booker's life. 
dedaDL More than 1 year ago
If you are interested in a fast paced on the edge novel Booker is for you. John W. Mefford does a excellent job of bringing you into the characters...their emotions and what drives them - what makes them tick.  There is something to be said about a book I pick up to read and finish it at one sitting. Yep - one of those books!  I don't want to get into details in case I might spoil something for you - but I do want to let you know Booker stands up for his values and does make a difference. Something our world needs more of.