A new breed of killer has hit Dallas. The victims? They bleed blue. And the brotherhood is calling in the cavalry: one Booker T. Adams, PI.
Excommunicated from the Dallas Police Department for refusing to overlook conduct unbefitting an officer, Booker has every reason to slam the door shut when the chief pleads for his assistance. But Booker can’t turn his back on the community he’s always felt drawn to protect, even if it means getting in bed with someone who tried to ruin his life.
As pandemonium floods the city from the inside out, Booker chases an invisible plague. He can’t stop what he can’t see. And then the unthinkable happens. Another killing…and this one guts him.
Driven by an eternal camaraderie he’d once shared with his long-time partner, Booker shifts into overdrive to end this sinister game, some sort of sick vigilante justice.
A vengeful fury of his own takes hold. And the damned can hear him coming.
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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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Although this is the 6th Booker novel, I have only previously read the 5th, Booker: No Mas (Spanish for “no more”). You can read that review here. I enjoyed the last one enormously and was only too happy to re-enter Booker’s hectic, crime-filled world.
Once again Mefford combines a terrific story line with a speed of action that makes you feel as if you are actually watching the plot on the big screen. The action is incredibly fast-paced but this time we learn a lot more about private investigator Booker T. Adams, his family and his will-they-won’t-they partner Alisa and Uncle Charlie, who seems to be suspiciously well-informed about what is happening in Dallas, where Booker: Dead Heat is set.
The lovable teenager, Bolt has come from Santa Domingo to live with Booker and is still keen to help out, whether his help is wanted or not.
In Booker Dead Heat we also meet Henry who works in the District Attorneys’ office and who becomes, along with Alisa, Booker’s crime-fighting partner on an undercover mission that will see the body count rise and the plot thicken dramatically.
A serial killer is on the lose and they are killing cops and judges but why? Nothing appears to link the murder victims and the manner of each death is different.
It becomes a race against time to save those whom Booker holds most dear, spurred on by a loss which strikes much too close to home.
Throw in a police chief whose motives are a whiter shade of grey, a dangerous mobster and an old school friend who suddenly turns into an enemy and you have all the elements of a gripping read.
Like the 5th Booker novel, No Mas, Dead Heat reads well as a stand alone novel but I am definitely going to return to the earlier Booker novels to spend a little more time in Booker’s world.
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