Crime Conspiracy

A Buck Taylor Novel

Fiction - Crime
392 Pages
Reviewed on 08/24/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Crime Conspiracy: A Buck Taylor Novel is a work of fiction in the crime, thriller, and suspense sub-genres, and was written by author Chuck Morgan. Written for adult audiences due to the inclusion of explicit language, scenes of a sexual nature, and scenes of moderate violence pertinent to the action of the plot, this is a riveting novel that once again sees us following the exploits of the heroic agent Buck Taylor. The disappearance of a Native American woman sparks the next case for our hero and his team, leading to many strange new clues such as hidden locations, historical connections, and much conspiracy. What results is a powerful and explosive plot with plenty of twists and surprises along the way.

Author Chuck Morgan has crafted another great story to add to the Buck Taylor legacy, and this one really takes the prize for the most intriguing and surprising so far. One of the things I especially like about the series is the continuous progression of Buck as a character, always willing to develop and learn new things, open-minded and adaptable to any situation. This makes for a truly dynamic story where anything is possible, and a hero you can root for even when it looks like all is lost. Without wishing to give away too much about the secrets revealed in this story, suffice to say the reveals are well timed in the plot, and the atmosphere is electric once the truth is unveiled. Overall, I would highly recommend Crime Conspiracy as a chilling read for action and crime fiction fans everywhere.

Jack Magnus

Crime Conspiracy: A Buck Taylor Novel is a mystery novel written by Chuck Morgan. Dee Hightower had finally finished her coursework for her degree in psychology. While most of her coursework had been completed online, she had to sit for her final exams in person at Fort Lewis College in Durango. When she was finished with her last exam, she called her husband to tell him she was on her way home. Her husband, who had fallen asleep waiting for her, woke up at 1:00 A.M., hours after she should have been home. A search party was quickly organized, but Dee seemed to have vanished off the face of the earth. She had been missing for a week when Buck Taylor got a call from Kevin Jackson, his boss and the director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Ten women had disappeared in Colorado in the last four years, and the governor was involved in this one. When Buck got to the Sheriff’s Office in Montezuma County, Sheriff Reuben Garcia was waiting for him. If anyone could find Dee Hightower, Sheriff Garcia was sure Buck would be the one.

Chuck Morgan’s Crime Conspiracy is the sixth book in his Buck Taylor series, but the author gives enough background information throughout the story to allow it to be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel. Morgan’s plot is thought-provoking, giving readers much to consider as Buck investigates the disappearance of Dee Hightower. The secondary plot concerning the fate of Professor Carmichael’s “ghost grizzly” survey team in the Weninuche Wilderness Area is a bonus for readers, giving them an additional mystery to solve. Morgan’s characters are well-defined and authentic, and while this was my first Buck Taylor novel, I soon felt as though Buck was an old friend. Crime Conspiracy bristles with red herrings and pesky evidence rules that are true-to-life, and I had a grand time reading it. Crime Conspiracy is most highly recommended.

Steven Robson

Crime Conspiracy: A Buck Taylor Novel is Book 6 of the series by Chuck Morgan, where we team up with Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) Buck Taylor as he is tasked with solving two most intriguing and high profile mysteries. Dee Highwater is a Native American woman with the world at her feet, having just completed her final graduation exam at Fort Lewis College, and now drives home to her loving family in a heady haze of excited emotion. In another part of Colorado, Professor Dale Carmichael is also embarking on a most anticipated trip into the Weminuche Wilderness Area, where he is taking four of his students on a research expedition to verify whether grizzlies still remain in the area. These two disparate journeys become triggers that lead Buck and his close associate, CBI Agent Ashley Baxter (Bax,) to inexplicable mysteries, terrifying revelations, and political machinations that will hold you spellbound in the grip of this fast-paced investigative adventure until the last word is revealed.

I found Chuck Morgan’s Crime Conspiracy to be a wonderfully compelling read, containing a superbly crafted plot that finely balances the many facets of this complex and dramatic story. All of the characters were unique and engaging, and some were positioned nicely to build on the mystique within the story; Deputy Sheriff Scott Sage was one such player that carried this potential, which was established in a very subtle way. The thing that Crime Conspiracy does perhaps best of all is to reflect what true reality is, where there are no black or white answers; life more often than not comes in shades of gray, and this book is painted in all of the richness of that color. This is a book you can’t put down, which will entertain you on many levels, and at times make your skin crawl; the kind of book that remains in your thoughts long after you finish reading.