Crime Spree

A Buck Taylor Novel (Book 9)

Fiction - Crime
384 Pages
Reviewed on 06/22/2022
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Crime Spree by Chuck Morgan is the 9th book in the Buck Taylor series. Jimmy Weschler, Pine County's sheriff, has gone missing, and it's down to Agent Buck Taylor of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to locate him, but they are not prepared for what they find. Situated on the Continental Divide Trail, Pine County is a quiet mountain town, but it hides some deadly secrets. Designer drugs go hand-in-hand with ancient Viking rituals, and Buck Taylor uncovers evidence of multiple murders. Add a Russian hitman to the mix, a ghost unknown to law enforcement, and things take a bizarre turn for the worse. Can Buck and his team discover the connection between the crimes in time, or will more people have to die first? One thing is for sure; this will be one of Buck Taylor's toughest cases to date.

Crime Spree by Chuck Morgan could probably be read as a standalone novel, but I recommend reading the entire series to appreciate the main characters fully. This is not a story for younger readers or the faint-hearted, given the language and scenes of graphic violence and sex. It is one of the best crime novels I have read in a long while, with real characters developed in a way to let you get to know them intimately, understand them, and appreciate their strengths and weaknesses. The plot is tight, exciting, and tense, with plenty of action, and it will grip you from the start. The bizarre storyline is enthralling, written in descriptive prose that lands you right in the middle of the action. Forget sleep; once you pick this book up, you won't want to put it down until it's finished. Fantastic story, and highly recommended for fans of high-octane crime thrillers.

K.C. Finn

Crime Spree is a work of fiction in the crime and action subgenres and serves as the ninth installment in the Buck Taylor series. It is suitable for the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Chuck Morgan. Continuing the adventures of Colorado Bureau of Investigation Agent Buck Taylor, the book sees him on the trail of a sheriff who has disappeared in strange circumstances. As Buck and his team embed themselves in the mountain community, they quickly get pulled down a rabbit hole of international hitmen, narcotics, Vikings, and a possible serial killer. Only Buck and his team can find the link between it all before more innocent people are hurt.

The ninth installment in a high-quality series such as Buck Taylor feels like a decadent treat, and I’m delighted to say that readers who are accustomed to the series' compelling mysteries and attention to detail won’t be disappointed by this latest outing for Buck and his team. Chuck Morgan has done his homework on how law enforcement and criminal investigators operate, but more importantly, his gift for taking the dry procedural reality of police work and turning it into something compelling and dynamic is as present as ever. The end result is an accessible and thoroughly enjoyable mystery with a web of intrigue to pull apart as evidence is uncovered and witnesses are questioned slowly. Overall, Crime Spree is an excellent example of a mystery thriller that keeps a gripping pace as each question answered leads to even more revelations, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Vincent Dublado

Author Chuck Morgan brings you the ninth book in the crime series featuring Buck Taylor, who is out to solve another gruesome mystery in Crime Spree. This time, the CBI agent will take you to the idyllic mountain community of Pine County, Colorado. Jimmy Wechsler had only been the sheriff for a couple of months when he met an untimely and violent death. The men who attacked him were in a trance as if performing an ancient ritual killing called the Viking blood eagle. Taylor's investigation will find that drugs are involved. A nasty Russian tourist named Victor Poroshenko, a ghost operative who is extremely dangerous, is out to find those missing drugs and the people who took them. Taylor must stop whatever's coming before more bodies pile up.

Chuck Morgan's crime series is very accessible and engaging, and Crime Spree is no exception. As the story describes a macabre Viking practice that demands readers to deconstruct how it drives the human psyche to perform such an act, it pulls you into the investigation with the same degree of devotion as Taylor. Morgan's narrative has a brand of psychological shock that is bold and potent, and he has already proven this with the other books in his series. As a crime writer, he knows how to get into your head by using a broad range of emotions played out by his characters over the course of the storyline. This is the type of crime novel that sets you up for the unexpected and when it catches you unaware, it grabs you by the throat. It is the type of book that fans of crime fiction will devour in one full reading.