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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite
Kevin Hopson guides his readers down Mean Streets, a fast ride full of action and mystery. Gary Thompson, a driver for a local chemical company, returns from a business trip, and his girlfriend, Sandra Gonzalez, calls him to a diner to meet with her. He happily obliges, but when he gets there, she asks him to give her some time apart. Devastated and upset, Gary retreats down the mean streets of Los Angeles, where he is almost mugged before he takes the knife from his attacker and thrusts it into his coat pocket. He drinks away the rest of the night and awakes to detectives pounding on his door. Sandra has been murdered, and due to his agitated reaction after he left the last place where she was seen alive, Gary is the prime suspect. Worried about the knife in his coat pocket, Gary tries to process his lover’s death while attempting to prove his innocence.
Mean Streets is a short story with all the elements of a crime novel. The writing was fast-paced and clear so even though the story was concise, it didn’t lack information or feel rushed. The characters were three-dimensional, and it was easy to follow their motives. Kevin Hopson’s story could be easily digested over a lunch break or subway ride, entertaining readers who do not have a lot of time, without the need to break it into smaller chunks. I didn’t spot expletives or intimate situations, but as there are mentions of murder, attempted murder, and a mugging by knife point, I recommend the book to mature readers who enjoy crime fiction.