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Book Review: Booker: Hate City

I received a copy of the book Booker: Hate City from Beck Valley Books in return for doing this review as part of the virtual book tour.  All of the opinions are my own.

From the moment Booker: Hate City by John W, Mefford opens, you know it is going to be a messy ride:

“He was afraid to look in the mirror.

Heaving breaths surged from his lungs, as bile dripped off the corners of his mouth. Squeezing his eyelids shut, his heart fluttered with a drumroll cadence. Searing heat poured out of his chest like molten lava.”

With that opening, we are pulled into the world of Booker Adams, a former Dallas police officer with some skeletons in his closet, who is now working as a PI. There are numerous references in the book that I imagine are being made to the previous titles, Booker: Streets of Mayhem and Booker: Tap That. But, I definitely do not think it is necessary to read the former titles to enjoy this third in the series. I was able to enjoy it, but would like to go back and read the two prior volumes to fill in those details.

The book has a few different plot lines working throughout. Being a conspiracy theory fan, I loved the setting of the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, TX, a place I’ve actually visited. For those unfamiliar, the Sixth Floor Museum is dedicated to the John F. Kennedy assassination and is housed in what was once the Book Depository where Oswald was working at the time. The opening scene has Booker standing in the window where the Oswald had positioned himself to take the shot. This setting and the story line of stolen items from the museum definitely piqued my interest early on in the book. In addition to this plot line, there is a grisly killing of a CEO of an energy company that is doing fracking – a nice tip of the hat to a current event to balance against the historical event of Kennedy’s assassination. But, is there a connection between the two cases? That, my friends, is part of the book’s appeal. You just aren’t quite sure what is coming next throughout.

Booker is a very likable character. He has charm, but not too much of it. He is honest, but as I said before, has some skeletons in his closet. He has a sense of humor that comes across in both dialogue and what we know of his thoughts. The character development is excellent for such a short book. I feel like I get to know the characters quickly, but without them being left too shallow. If you’re someone who loves a thriller-type mystery, you’ll like this book. If you’re someone who likes a conspiracy theory thriller, you’ll like this book. There is a lot of different things that are appealing about the book and I think it makes it attractive to a broad audience. Being someone who likes mystery, thriller AND conspiracy theories, the book was a home run for me as a reader.

The tension that builds as the story unfolds chapter by chapter, introducing new characters, new settings, but without giving too much in the way of explanation of the mystery provides great motivation to continue reading. I loved the unfolding, rather than straight forward telling, of the story.   And I found myself driven to continue reading to reveal the next piece of the story and to get to know the characters just a little bit better.

Overall, this book is a short, fun and tension-filled read. I look forward to going back and reading the other two volumes in the series to fill in some details that were left a little fuzzy for me in this third installment. But, I definitely enjoyed the book without having read the first two volumes.

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Now, the information about the book, previous titles and the author:

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After a life filled with destruction of others and himself, and his body ravaged by disease, there’s only one thing left for Javier Calero to do. Leave a legacy that will finally bring meaning to his life—and to the death of an American president more than fifty years ago.

The CEO of a green energy company is murdered behind his million-dollar estate, his neck nearly severed in two. Recruited to aid the widow and find a savage killer, Booker finds himself in the middle of a family train wreck.

Days later, thrust into the crossfire of a deadly sniper, Booker eludes sure death with the uncanny arrival of a young woman who only wants to save her father from harm. But she can’t do it without Booker’s help.

Joining forces with a Latin spitfire, Booker and his new sidekick, Maggie, embark on a twenty-four-hour quest to hunt down a killer determined to make an indelible mark on history—just like the one that struck down John F. Kennedy a half-century earlier, which launched a cascade of assassination investigations and theories.

BOOKER – Hate City weaves a historic tale of thrills and suspense, examining the justifications of the unjustifiable.

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Check out the other books in the series

Booker: Streets of Mayhem (Booker #1)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.

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Booker: Tap That (Booker #2)

A performance for the ages.

Courtney Johnson brings the house down in the heart of the vibrant Dallas Arts District. Later, shrills pierce the hallways of Wyle Theater when Courtney, a budding Broadway musical star, is found dead, a single bullet to the head.

Driven to find the killer before panic tears apart the arts community and all those who support it, private investigator Booker T. Adams discovers evidence of a professional hit, then uncovers a lovers ‘ triangle that takes him all the way to the mean streets of Boston.

And then it happens again. Another performer killed, someone Booker had met. Rocked by the shocking murders, performers and patrons alike fear that a serial killer is on the loose, and no one knows when and or where another dead body will show up.

But professional obligations quickly morph into personal vendettas. Running against an unforgiving clock, Booker is forced to solicit the help of a crime boss, The Shark.

With his life threatened at almost every turn, and his heart being put through a meat grinder, Booker taps into every resource at his disposal to stop more than just a killer.

But at what price?

Full of unforgettable characters, bone-chilling suspense and stunning thrills, BOOKER – Tap That is a wild ride that will test even the most fervent reader’s quest for a luminous reading experience.

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About the Author

A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, best-selling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels 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 with 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 opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

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