The year is 1995 in Montreal. While waiting innocently for his buddies, the body of eleven-year-old Daniel Desrochers is suddenly riddled with shrapnel when an explosive-laden jeep across the street detonates. His young life draws to a close after a four-day coma. The gruesome event sends a wake-up call to the drug trafficking within a thirty-mile frozen stretch of the St. Lawrence River. Yet, amid the involvement of federal officials in Canada and the United States, the one person to ultimately bring down “one of the biggest and most powerful drug gangs on either side of the border,” is Jeff Buck, a police chief living hundreds of miles away in the small town of Reminderville, Ohio. This is his story.
Together with Lindsay Preston and best-selling author Jon Land, Buck tells a gripping drug ring tale that makes TV’s Law and Order look like child’s play. Based on true events with various name and detail modifications, Buck’s account covers a grueling nearly fourteen-year span of sleuthing as an undercover agent, detective, and chief of police for the Reminderville PD. Buck opens with a list of all involved in the 2008-2009 case followed by the Montreal incident and his last undercover case (1995) before taking on his role as chief. Thirteen years later, Buck shifts back to an undercover agent, a.k.a. “Dope Ghost,” when he takes on a case to nab a kingpin that opens into a full-blown investigation crossing international and tribal boarders.
Reading like first person Joe-Friday scripts of from another TV show, Dragnet, Buck’s five-sectioned narrative continually flows from one brief chapter to the next. Chapters balance a combination of the case with engaging dialogue aptly capturing the sinister drug trade and Buck’s covert operations that connect Ohio, New York, and Ontario. While the case unfolds bit by bit, Buck also includes case photos, maps, and plenty of historical back stories. Of particular interest is the chapter describing Hells Angels’ origins, which date back to 1948 when displaced and disenfranchised WWII veterans find the freedom they crave by joining biker gangs. Closing with Buck’s personal dreams and goals and the aftermath of perpetrators, Takedown is a fascinating and highly recommended read.
|Author||Jeff Buck with Jon Land & Lindsay Preston|
|Page Count||304 pages|
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|Category||Mystery, Crime & Thriller|