Crime Family

A Buck Taylor Novel (Book 10)

Fiction - Crime
294 Pages
Reviewed on 05/26/2023
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Author Biography

2021 Chanticleer International Book Awards Finalist, Book Series, CLUE Book Awards for Suspense, Thriller Fiction . . . Crime Series, The Buck Taylor Novels.
Chuck Morgan attended Seton Hall University and Regis College and spent thirty-five years as a construction project manager. He is an avid outdoorsman, an Eagle Scout and a licensed private pilot. He enjoys camping, hiking, mountain biking and fly-fishing.
He is the author of the Crime series, featuring Colorado Bureau of Investigation agent Buck Taylor. The series includes Crime Interrupted, Crime Delayed, Crime Unsolved, Crime Exposed, Crime Denied, Crime Conspiracy, Crime Unknown, Crime Exploded, and Crime Spree.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Keith Mbuya for Readers' Favorite

Nothing could have prepared the sheriff’s office in Park County, Colorado for what they saw after responding to a missing person’s call from the wife of a state brand inspector—a body with bullet wounds. And next to it, a large herd of dead cattle belonging to a member of one of the first families to settle in Park County, all lying in South Park Valley. As if nothing more could go wrong, the bodies of two kids are also discovered around the same area. The cause of the deaths of the cattle is not clear, and this only makes things harder for the local authorities. Investigative agent Buck Taylor of the Colorado Bureau of Investigations is determined to get to the bottom of it. With a local crime family complicating the investigation, angry victims demanding answers, and the clock ticking, will Agent Buck and his team have success solving the case? Get yourself Chuck Morgan’s Crime Family, A Buck Taylor Novel (Book 10) to learn more.

Chuck Morgan’s Crime Family is what lovers of crime thrillers with a touch of mystery should be looking for. Morgan had me hooked from the start with an intriguing plot. Morgan has a knack for insightfully unfolding the storyline with a subtle tone. The vivid depictions brought the scenic and rocky Colorado to life, dropping me right in the middle of the action. The large and diverse cast featured cold-blood murderers, human traffickers, stealthy sleuths, treasure hunters, gun-toting anti-government idealists, and so much more. Morgan brings out the emotions and traits of the well-crafted cast, allowing me to experience every moment of the story. This added authenticity to some of the tremendously dramatic scenes. Albeit the tenth in the Buck Taylor series, Crime Family is a stand-alone book. I loved it, and I’m on my way to get the other installments in this captivating series.

Alma Boucher

Crime Family: A Buck Taylor Novel by Chuck Morgan is the story of longtime friends Brian Cole and Tucker Clark. Tucker is under pressure from his dad to get Gunther Halverson to sign a document to sell something worth millions, but he cannot see it. Brian makes a proposal to Tucker that will force Halverson to sell. However, Tucker is unprepared for the devastation and deaths their actions cause. When a local brand inspector is found murdered, surrounded by dozens of dead cattle, Buck Taylor is called to investigate. There are no signs of what caused the cattles' deaths, and samples are taken and sent away. Buck and his team must find the cause and how the puzzle fits together.

Crime Family is the tenth book in the Buck Taylor series. Chuck Morgan had me hooked from the first page until the end. There was never a dull moment with all the action; one chapter flowed into the next. The story was fast-paced and kept me on the edge of my seat. I kept turning the pages to find out what would happen next. I was intrigued, and with all the twists and turns, I could not predict what was looming. The characters were well-developed. Each had a background description, and it was fun getting to know some of them. There were quite a few characters I did not like, but most were likable. The story was excellently written with a fitting ending.

Natalie Soine

Crime Family: A Buck Taylor Novel (Book 10) by Chuck Morgan takes place in South Park Valley, Park County, Colorado. Dr. Brian Cole, a biochemical engineer, and Tucker Clark, a farmer, are on a mission. Cattle farmer Gunther Halverson has something valuable that Tucker’s father wants, and they hatch a plan to help old man Clark. Things don’t go according to plan, and a shocking tragedy strikes both families. Colorado Bureau of Investigation Agent Buck Taylor is called to the scene, while Agent Ashley Baxter and her team investigate a mysterious case that involves conspiracy theories about a secret government lab and rumors concerning the military. One of the families has been managing a criminal enterprise and terrifying the locals, which adds even more complication to this already twisted crime case.

Chuck Morgan has created an unusual and mind-bending story. Crime Family is filled with drama, surprises, and intrigue from the beginning. The characters all have their personalities and quirks, and Chuck Morgan has provided an adequate background on each person, making it easy to relate to the various role players and family members. The novel flows smoothly and readers will follow the story easily. I enjoyed the suspense and the book is difficult to put down - a real page-turner. While the novel contains a few profanities, it is suitable for young people but not children. It is a thoroughly enjoyable tale that would make a perfect gift for avid readers. I look forward to reading more crime novels from this author.