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Buried Secrets (Nick Heller) Hardcover – June 21, 2011
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Amazon Exclusive: Reacher and Heller
by Lee Child, author of the bestselling Jack Reacher series
Some say it was Virginia and some say it was North Carolina but all agree it was a bar. Everyone was drinking domestic beer, except Reacher, who was drinking coffee, and inevitably after an hour the talk turned to guys people knew. Reacher sat quiet, not really part of the group, content to ignore the war stories and the tall tales, until the name Nick Heller came up. Someone said Heller had been one of General Hood's boys, and was therefore suspect, because everyone knew Hood was as bent as a nine dollar bill. Reacher shook his head and spoke for the first time in an hour.
"No," he said. "Heller worked for Hood, but he was never one of the boys. In fact the smart money said Heller was the guy who would take Hood down one day."
"You know Heller?" someone asked.
"No," Reacher said again. "But I met a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy. And I heard things."
"I made a mental note, that's all. Heller's OK."
"As good as us?"
"Than you too?"Reacher smiled. "He's in the rear view mirror. A little closer than some."
"What's he like?"
"He drives a Land Rover. A thing called a Defender. British. Like a Willys jeep without the frills. That's about all you need to know, right there."
"So he's a caveman, like you."
"No, that's where it gets complicated. He's very smart with technology. I heard he did a couple of years in D.C. with one of those hi-tech Beltway firms. Like the CIA, but private. Better paid. And more efficient, obviously."
"I heard he's in Boston," someone said.Reacher nodded.
"There was an issue."
"Ethical, probably. Heller's got a backbone. Guys like that have problems in D.C."
"His dad was a crook."
"Financial," Reacher said.
"They're all crooks. But Heller's OK."
"Would you trust him? You?"
"Probably," Reacher said. "He's a stand-up guy. Apparently he went to bat for his brother a year or so ago. No reason to, but he did. It was a bad situation, too. But he came out ahead. Some very nice moves. There's a nephew, they say. Weird kid, but Heller does his best. And his mother is still on the scene. Someone once told me a guy who gets along with his mother can't be all bad."
"Who told you that?"
"What's he doing in Boston? Private eye?"
"Not exactly," Reacher said. "More like a private spy. He put together a crew up there. They do the CIA stuff in the office, and then he goes and does the black ops stuff himself. One stop shopping."
"Is he a Red Sox fan?"
"I hope not."
"Still, Boston. Quiet up there."
"Not very," Reacher said. "Guy I met was talking about a kidnapping. Some rich girl taken out of a night club. Billionaire father, and so on and so forth. Some serious Russians involved. I mean, serious as lung cancer. But it turned out OK."
"That was Heller?"
"Lips are sealed, but I don't see who else it could have been. It was done about ninety percent the same way I would have done it. Which means it had to be Heller. There's no one else that good up there."
"You've got competition," someone said.Reacher smiled again.
"Human nature," he said. "There are always new guys. Law of averages says some of them will be good."
"Would you call him? If you were in trouble in Boston?"
"I don't have a phone," Reacher said.
"But I'd be happy enough if he happened to show up. We could do some damage together, that's for damn sure."
“A total wow of a read…this is the kind of book you have to look up from, every once in a while, just to collect yourself….Great tension….About as perfectly plotted and suspenseful as possible, this is a tremendous high-wire act.” – Booklist (starred review) on Buried Secrets
“Crisp, clipped chapters and numerous cliff-hangers propel the action at a breakneck pace. Finder’s outstanding writing and engrossing plot twists embellish a captivating summer read.” – Library Journal (starred review) on Buried Secrets
“Compulsively readable…opens fast and never slows down….Self-effacing, wry, and ridiculously competent, Heller makes a reasonably engaging protagonist, but this thriller's real star is the suspenseful, expertly paced plot. – Publishers Weekly on Buried Secrets
- ASIN : 0312379145
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press; First Edition (June 21, 2011)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780312379148
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312379148
- Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.47 x 1.45 x 9.59 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #197,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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All fears that you could possibly imagine are rolled into one emotion-packed page turner, as a rebellious teen named Alexa is kidnapped by a ruthless killer and buried alive in a coffin....ten feet underground.
A video camera mounted over her head allows her distraught father, Marshall Marcus, and the reader to witness every terrifying, anguished moment of Alexa's torurous experiences.
Nick Heller, hero of Joseph Finder's latest best-seller, Vanished, is asked by Marshall Marcus, a friend of his father, Victor Heller, for his help in finding his daughter.
As the reader experiences in very vivid detail, the horror of Alexa's captivity, the mental and emotional torture that is inflicted on her by her deranged captor, Nick races against time, to put together pieces of the puzzle to find and save Alexa before it is too late.
If you have claustrophobia, this book will leave you gasping for air...if you don't have claustrophobia, before the end of the story, you will! Buried Secrets is going to take you on one "HELLer" a ride!
Okay...there are a couple of clichés...is there anyone Nick Heller doesn't know? And must he be flawless in his humble manner? But life is basket of platitudes and we still love our heroes to be self-effacing. It's a five star read!
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Brought in by a mega-rich family friend to find his kidnapped daughter, Nick soon discovers that the family friend is not quite as rich as was believed and that his daughters's kidnapping is just the start of a very carefully prepared plan to obtain highly sensitive government information.
The book reads well, the action is taut and the story develops almost seemlessly. The author manages to include a small selection of oddball characters, some of whom are of help to Nick, some of whom stand the test of psycopathic killers very well. His own social life, for a change in these sorts of books, progresses reasonably well in and amongst the search for the girl, helped, I guess, by his newly reacquainted squeeze who is part of the FBI team also involved in this search.
But it is Nick and his own office team who discover most of the detail which eventually leads to an excellent race against time as the kidnappers fall out and the girl is left to the mercy - or lack of it - of the afore-mentioned psychopath. For those of us who are big Landrover fans, the venerable Defender plays its part, too! 'Buried Secrets' is well up to the first book and Heller is more than a match for certain other individuals we have tended to use as reference points for comparison. It's a book which will grip you with an ending that well, makes you want for more. Let's hope book 3 is in work at the moment.
Never the less I did enjoy the book and would like to read more. I hope that Nick gets more physical in the future more dare I say Reacheresque. Other than that another good read
Cracking job Mr Finder