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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.