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.
I have read every book in this series thus far as such when the opportunity came for me to read
Dead Heat, I could not resist. This is the sixth book in the series, and I can’t seem to get enough of Booker. The moment, I was introduced to him; I knew I would like him. Booker is a man of integrity, which is a characteristic any good cop should possess. He was not the type of person to look the other way when innocent people were being taken advantage of by his colleagues. It was this quality that led to him being ousted from the Dallas Police Department. Booker would not allow the actions of the department to bring him down, instead he put his investigative skills to good use by becoming a private investigator.
In this installment, cops are being murdered. Booker is secretly hired by the chief of police to uncover the mastermind behind the murders. One may have expected that he would not take the job, but as a former cop, he felt an affinity to his brothers in blue and was compelled to help to solve these murders. While investigating these murders, more occurred with one hitting close to home. Booker is now more than ever compelled to find the killer before he kills again. The question is, How are these murders related if at all? What is the motive, is it revenge or is it vigilante killings
Like the previous books in the series, there is a lot going on, but everything is intricately woven together. I found this installment to be a bit emotional. Events took place that I wished had not, and it left me feeling sad. There was not a lot of action like I had come to expect. However, there were so many twists and turns its a wonder, I did not get whiplash. There was danger lurking everywhere and it was not easy to figure out who was next on the killer’s list. The ending took me by surprise. Based on the ending, I figured fans can expect more from this series.
What I like about this series is that things are not always black and white. Mr. Mefford has a way of taking his readers out of their comfort zone, causing them to experience things they would not have, under normal circumstances. He pulls you into his stories and you become invested in his characters that you can’t help but feel their pain, rejoice when they triumph and mourn when they leave.
Like the previous books in the series, Dead Heat can be read as a stand-alone. However, I would recommend that you begin reading from book one as you will be better able to appreciate the phases that the characters go through with each installment. If you love mysteries/thrillers and want a new series to sink your teeth in, then Booker would be a great place to start. You will not regret it.
Check out my reviews of the other books in the series.
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.
Nadene is an avid reader. A family friend introduced her to the fantastic world of reading with a gifted copy of Wuthering Heights. Her love of books have thought her a lot through out the years. She loves the experiences she gained through the pages of the books shehad the opportunity to read. She is never without a book and will read just about anything as long the material is compelling enough to hold her attention. She created this blog to share her love of books with like minded individuals and she hopes that in sharing her reviews visitors to the blog will discover their next addictive read. When she is not reading, she enjoys cooking, listening to music and watching television.