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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006125701X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061257018
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.2 x 4.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. British author Billingham's taut sixth procedural to feature London policeman Tom Thorne (after Lifeless) establishes him as one of the best new hard-boiled voices. Assigned to investigate the kidnapping of 16-year-old Luke Mullen, DI Tom Thorne knows it won't be a straightforward case when he discovers the boy's father is ex–Det. Chief Supt. Tony Mullen. As Thorne and his new partner, DI Louise Porter, dig deeper into the kidnapping, they discover unsettling connections to an unsolved hate crime and to Grant Freestone, a wanted man with a grudge against the senior Mullen. An unexpected twist in the case turns kidnapping into murder, and Thorne and Porter are thrust into a dangerous game of cat and mouse against a criminal with disturbing ties to the police force itself. With its effortless point-of-view shifts that illuminate the unfolding stories from myriad angles, this superb suspense thriller cements Billingham's place along with such American heavyweights as Michael Connelly and Dennis Lehane. (Aug.)
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The sixth entry in the Tom Thorne series finds the London homicide detective assigned to a kidnap detail seeking out the teenage son of a retired police official. Soon after Thorne admits he needs a body to really sink his teeth into a case, he gets two--the kidnappers. They're found slashed to death, the teen's prints are all over the knife, and he has disappeared. But Thorne believes the young man's been reabducted, and he digs into the father's past to find out who might have done it. He starts with the man the ex-cop failed to place on his list of known enemies, a child molester on the lam for murder. Meanwhile, Thorne copes with a steadily worsening back injury, late-night appearances by his dead father, and the romantic travails of his best friend, medical examiner Phil Hendricks. On the bright side, his kidnap-squad counterpart seems to fancy him when she is not freezing him out of the investigation. Billingham is a television writer, and Thorne's ripe to star in one of those deliciously dour procedurals the Brits are so skilled at turning out. Frank Sennett
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More About the Author

Mark Billingham is one of the UK's most acclaimed and popular crime writers. A former actor, television writer and stand-up comedian, his series of novels featuring D.I. Tom Thorne has twice won him the Crime Novel Of The Year Award as well as the Sherlock Award for Best British Detective and been nominated for seven CWA Daggers. His standalone thriller IN THE DARK was chosen as one of the twelve best books of the year by the Times and his debut novel, SLEEPYHEAD was chosen by the Sunday Times as one of the 100 books that had shaped the decade. Each of his novels has been a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller.

A television series based on the Thorne novels is screening in the USA on Encore in June 2012, starring David Morrissey (from "The Walking Dead") as Tom Thorne and series based on the standalone thrillers RUSH OF BLOOd and IN THE DARK are currently in development with the BBC.

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Mr. Mark Billingham's Tom Thorne novel was very good.
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Outstanding characters, well crafted, well rounded, and ones that keep you interested and involved.
Terry Weiss
Yes we get the message he misses his dad, he feels guilty and traumatised but enough already!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale on November 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Mark Billingham was born and brought up in Birmingham. Having worked for some years as an actor and more recently as a TV writer and stand-up comedian his first crime novel was published in 2001.
Though still occasionally working as a stand-up comic, Mark now concentrates on writing the series of crime novels featuring London-based detective Tom Thorne. Mark lives in North London with his wife and two children.

For any new readers who have not read any of the DI Thorne books, you are missing a real treat. Start reading them now, I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Buried is the sixth book in the Tom Thorne series and they have all been equally good. It is not always easy for an author to maintain the high standard they have set themselves with previous books and even the best of them have the odd bad novel, but Mark Billingham seems to have been able to maintain a high standard with all of his offerings and long may that continue.

A sixteen-year-old boy has disappeared and the obvious conclusion must be that he has been kidnapped. Luke Mullen, to make matters worse is the son of a former high-ranking police officer. While no one is prepared to take the final step and say outright that the boy must be dead. Detective Inspector Thorne is brought on to the squad of officers dedicated to locating Luke.

The first and most obvious thing to do is identify and locate anyone who may have had a grudge against his father, a man who incarcerated a lot of villains in his years as a police officer. This case is going to be complicated and it is going to take time to sift through the suspects. Unfortunately time is the one commodity they have not got . . .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EddieLove on September 16, 2007
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Thorne is back in this tale that weaves the procedural aspects of the last two books with the psycho killer vibe of the first three. As usual the pace is swift, Billingham expertly teases out the climax for close to 80 pages. I'm a strong Billingham / Thorne advocate. Yes, Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson are the reigning grandmasters and perhaps both are better writers. It's just that their books aren't as entertaining Billingham's.
My one problem is the scene when Thorne roughs up a civilian lawyer. He comes off as a self-righteous bully and it belies the heroic, cynical humanism that we love Tom Thorne for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Grimes on August 24, 2007
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My review will be very simple. I've read every one of Mark Billingham's novels, and he just gets better. He has truly brought Tom Thorne to life.
Billingham is gritty (ok, Mark, you probably hate that word, I know!!), funny (well, of COURSE!), and never lets you go from the first page. All I can say about Mark Billingham and BURIED is.....Cheers!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SDRTX on January 2, 2008
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Detective Inspector Tom Thorne is assigned to investigate the disappearance of the son of former detective Tony Mullen. When evidence lead police to suspect kidnapping rather than a runaway, Thorne digs into Mullen's ex-cases for answers.

BURIED is a all about the human beings, their frailties, and a penchant for secrets, enhanced by characters who come alive through the writing of Mark Billingham. All the characterizations feel real and dimensional. It helps to have a sympathetic everyman protagonist. The slightly taciturn Tom Thorne, grieves for his father, has a love of country music, while is well-respected on the job has made enough enemies to him slightly off-balance. I liked that there while there was a love-interest, the relationship didn't take front and center. The star of the story was a well-plotted storyline with enough twists and turns to keep the pages turning well into the night.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By snowbear on January 13, 2013
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I expected a bit more from Billingham after reading his last book. This book seemed kind of "anti-climactic" all the way through.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gideon Reader on December 21, 2010
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This review applies to every Mark Billingham that I have purchased/consumed.
I will not go into superlatives about the depth and quirks of his marvelous ability to tell a story.
The "feel" of the books is enough, coupled with his ear for dialogue to move Mr.Billingham into the company of Richard Price.
Simply put Billingham writes it. I buy it.
If the talented gentleman is reading this, I owe you a large and decent single malt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen Simpson on September 29, 2008
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I found this a slog and contemplated giving it up but persevered purely because I already have the next book in the series and didn't want to miss any links that might trace back to this book.
The kidnapping at the beginning had promise but Thorne plods about asking questions at the school etc. picking up on a possible suspect for a previously unsolved crime which was an interesting storyline, but I never felt that there was any sense of urgency to find Luke.
I really feel that it could have been less drawn out and maybe 100 or so pages less would have made all the difference. About two thirds through the story picks up pace but as most people would have put the book in the charity shop pile by then, it's a bit late.

In Billingham's previous books (Scaredy Cat, Lazybones, Sleepyhead and even Lifeless) Tom Thorne was far more interesting than in this book. I just couldn't relate to him in this one...and I'm really finding the constant references to his fathers death in both this book and 'Lifeless' tedious now. Yes we get the message he misses his dad, he feels guilty and traumatised but enough already!

I like my hero's to be flawed but not boring.
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