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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.