On Trial: Streets of Mayhem (Booker Series Volume 1) by John W. Mefford

Posted February 19, 2015 by Virginia in Reviews / 0 Comments

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Streets of Mayhem Book Cover Streets of Mayhem
Booker #1
John W. Mefford
Triller, Crime, Suspense,Fiction
Sugar Hill Press
February 10, 2015
269 pages

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.

Warning: This article may contain spoilers.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The author has never asked me or tried to influence me for a positive review, nor have I promised one.

My Impressions:

Plot: The plot was great and easy to follow.

Characters: Booker T Adams, Eva, Samantha, Justin, Alisha, Jenny, Henry and David Bradley.


Booker T. Adams is a biracial cop in Dallas, too white for some, too black for others. After witnessing an incident of police brutality, Booker assaults the officer in question and is suspended from active duty. now that he’s going lose his job, Booker is not sure what career path he will end up on. Booker is a protector by nature and he’s working through some issues, and things only get worse when there is a bomb scare at the after school club his daughter Samantha, attends. Frantically he searches the running crowed for her, but when he can’t find her he realizes there is a group of children trapped on a school bus within the cordoned off area. Terrified she is on the bus, Booker asks one of his (ex)colleagues to contact the adult trapped with them to see if she is there, before he has the chance to get and answer the bus explodes leaving thirteen children and two adults dead. Booker feels like his life is finished then he hears his daughter calling “Daddy, Daddy” and sees her and her mom Eva running toward him. Eva had taken her with her after school.
This first bomb is just the start of a string of malicious bombing that strike across the city, all seemingly racially motivated. A court house is bombed, jut as a weeding is about to take place, using the groom, the son of a very prominent and wealthy family, as the detonator. As the attacks escalate, Booker seeks vengeance on those responsible, but he begins to wonder who is actually behind these acts of terrorism. Is the perpetrator a racist, or is he just a psychopath?

Although he is suspended, has no badge or gun, that doesn’t stop Booker from acting like a cop.His first gig after being suspended is to help his buddy Justin’s sister get back money from a man who conned her. With that gig, he decides he is going to open is own private investigation firm. While he is working that case on the side, he starts hunting down the anonymous bomber who nearly killed his young daughter. He makes it his mission to find out who is terrorizing the city of Dallas.

Booker uses all his skills and pulls all the strings he can with his former colleagues to keep up with the information the police and FBI has. A Hindu Temple is bombed and Booker reaches just a little too late, while he is there a Mosques is bombed and again Booker is too late. Two bombs in two hour and Booker realizes that the bomber is escalating he knows that there is a Jewish Synod not far from there so he asks Eva to send the bomb squad over there and rushes there.He gets there and gets everyone out before the bomb goes of but still is no closer to catching the bomber.

While at a birthday party of one of the wealthiest families in Dallas, with his daughter Samantha and her mom Eva Alisha give him some info on the identity of the suspected bomber. Booker realize that it is the same puppeteer who is at the birthday party where he is but he’s already gone but Booker tracks him down to the grave of his mother and saves him from blowing up himself.

I cant wait to read the next in the series.

About 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.

The Verdict:

Highly Recommended

Rating Report
Overall: 5

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