Booker - Tap That

A Private Investigator Thriller Series of Crime and Suspense

Fiction - Thriller - General
300 Pages
Reviewed on 02/20/2015
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Reviewed by Dave Eisenstark for Readers' Favorite

Booker's at it again in Tap That. This time, author John W. Mefford has him investigating the Dallas murder — almost before his very eyes — of Courtney Johnson, a young musical theatre star. The arts community is understandably shocked, particularly when another performer is killed. Booker — still dealing with past cases, a new girlfriend, and issues with his estranged wife and five-year-old daughter — jumps into the investigation at the behest of a Dallas performing arts association that finds the murder of their artists disturbing and potentially detrimental to their fund-raising efforts. Meanwhile, the ghost of an old case takes Booker on a wild ride to Boston, Chicago and Tulsa, with the promise of putting his old nemesis — the dirty cop who got Booker tossed off the force — in prison.

John W. Mefford has again injected the private eye genre with a cast of wild, edgy characters, a wry sense of humor, and far-out action. Booker is the attraction, of course, and he doesn't disappoint, though he himself is often disappointed. Throwing Booker — half black, with humble roots — in with the artsy set is a nice bit of genius, and Booker – Tap That – plays that tune with hilarious results. Also entertaining is Booker's habit of walking into surprise right hooks to his chin, and a somewhat accidental, uncanny ability to solve cases, hook up with the wrong woman, and land on his feet again. There may be a little too much going on here, with two plots vying for attention and a few too many characters to keep track of, but all in all, a fun read, meant to be taken in good spirits, and an effective continuation of the series.