Crime Denied

A Buck Taylor Novel

Fiction - Crime
399 Pages
Reviewed on 08/10/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Crime Denied is a work of fiction in the crime and adventure genres penned by author Chuck Morgan as part of the Buck Taylor series of novels. Written for adults due to scenes that contain sexual situations, the use of explicit language and some moderate violence, this new adventure sees Buck hot on the trail of a dangerous and unexpected villain, Alicia Hawkins. Alicia is not the average serial killer, and her motivations must be slowly unpicked by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in order to understand her deadly plan. Buck has to do all this and in time to save his own nearest and dearest before they too become part of Alicia’s deadly games.

Author Chuck Morgan has crafted an excellent hero in Buck Taylor, whose relatability is grounded in realistic dialogue and a close narration which helps us to empathize with him but also admire his mind and his skillset. Morgan’s prose flows well from chapter to chapter, and it has a great sense of pacing for those moments of tension that build the web of connections surrounding Alicia and her deadly deeds. It’s really progressive to see a female serial killer portrayed with such intelligent writing and depth of character, and the cat and mouse chase dynamic is thrown off nicely by the switching of genders. What results is a really enjoyable thriller and crime mystery novel, and overall Crime Denied is certain to please fans of both hard-boiled detective tales and action/adventure crime novels.

Romuald Dzemo

Alicia Hawkins is the pretty young woman with the purple streaked blond hair tucked up under a straw cowboy hat, tight jeans, and a snap-front Western shirt. When we meet her, she's just come back to Aspen, but she is not just a harmless beautiful girl sitting in the bar. No, she is a vicious predator waiting for the next prey. Alicia is determined to fulfill a promise she made to her dying grandfather. Her disguise is perfect, and on her way to Colorado, she left several bodies in her wake, keeping a task force of federal agents at work, slicing up seven women in Florida and Colorado and one in Mississippi. But then, she’s been always a step ahead of the task force. Now, she is preparing for something big. Can Colorado Bureau of Investigation agent Buck Taylor and his team stop her? The clock is ticking!

Crime Denied is the fifth book in the Buck Taylor series by Chuck Morgan, a compelling thriller that follows a dangerous serial killer. A cunningly plotted and gorgeously written entry in a compelling series, Crime Denied explores the psyche of a serial killer and the perversity of human nature while taking readers on an exhilarating investigation. Chuck Morgan has the knack for creating characters that are realistic and genuinely flawed, scenes that are focused, and a conflict that builds up quickly and that escalates into a crisis point. Crime Denied is a page-turner for fans of sleuth and murder fiction.

Ruffina Oserio

Crime Denied: A Buck Taylor Novel by Chuck Morgan is a gripping tale of a serial killer, a crime thriller that puts the reader on the edge of their seat. Alicia is a serial killer, and when the story starts, she’s been on the road from Florida to Colorado to fulfill a promise she’s made to her grandfather, the promise to complete his count of victims. On the way, she left dead bodies as she moved on. She has succeeded so far in avoiding the federal agents and a task force investigating her. The anniversary of her grandfather is a few days away and her dream is to kill his sixteenth victim, which will also be her sixteenth victim. Can Colorado Bureau of Investigation agent Buck Taylor stop her? Time is running out for the investigator as no one knows who the next victim will be and for Alicia who might not get lucky before the first anniversary of her grandfather’s death.

Chuck Morgan has written a novel that is as entertaining as it is disturbing. The relationship between a serial killer and his granddaughter is well-explored. It is difficult to ignore Alicia when the reader meets her at the very beginning of the story. She is focused, a hunter in a bar, taking a privileged and disguised position from where she can observe everyone and choose her next prey. There is a lot to enjoy in this novel. The reader wants to know why Alicia kills. Initially, she was intrigued when she discovered who her grandfather was and then why he killed. The author captures the emotions and thoughts of the characters with unique skill. Crime Denied: A Buck Taylor Novel is a fast-paced, breezy read that has a lot of entertainment potential for fans of crime and readers who enjoy sophisticated characters.