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Buried (Tom Thorne Series, 6) Mass Market Paperback – May 27, 2008
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Luke Mullen, the missing teenage son of a former police officer, was last seen getting into a car with an older woman. No one knows whether he went willingly or was abducted, whether he's living or dead.
Then the videotape arrives . . .
On special assignment, Detective Inspector Tom Thorne is in charge of the investigation into Luke's disappearance. But it's the information that Tony Mullen, the boy's father, is not freely sharing that Thorne finds particularly disturbing—like the names of dangerous criminals who have openly threatened the tough ex-detective and his entire family. Something shocking and deadly may well be buried deep in old cases and past lives. But Thorne knows he doesn't have the luxury of time to dig—especially when a kidnapper brutally demonstrates that he is willing to kill.
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Mark Billingham is the author of nine novels, including Sleepyhead, Scaredy Cat, Lazybones, The Burning Girl, Lifeless, and Buried—all Times (London) bestsellers—as well as the stand-alone thriller In the Dark. For the creation of the Tom Thorne character, Billingham received the 2003 Sherlock Award for Best Detective created by a British writer, and he has twice won the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. He has previously worked as an actor and stand-up comedian on British television and still writes regularly for the BBC. He lives in London with his wife and two children.
- Publisher : Harper; Reprint edition (May 27, 2008)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 006125701X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061257018
- Item Weight : 8.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 1.12 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,484,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #25,433 in Murder Thrillers
- #26,700 in Police Procedurals (Books)
- #79,499 in Suspense Thrillers
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Lest you thing that this is a desperately dark book, there is sweet and necessary relief in the form of Thornes friend, the sad-sack medical examiner Hendricks, who longs to adopt a baby with his reluctant partner. The scenes with Hendricks bring levity and light to this story.
P.S. Note to the publishers: I know we're trying to kill fewer trees but a different or larger font would be a kindness to these aging eyes. Even with reading glasses, it was a little tough.
DI Tom Thorne and his team are searching for the son of a retired, formerly-high-ranking police official. The boy has been kidnapped, and the father has been asked for a list of those who may have a grudge against him, but he leaves one name off the list. Thorne leads the team on an increasingly trying case while still dealing with his back injuries.
Billingham is great at creating a tight, twisty plot that, starts slow but, once you get into it, keeps you involved all the way through. He switches points of view in a way that is easy to follow and which heightens the suspense of the story. His sense of place is good and the dialogue crisp. It did have an ending I did not see coming, which was great.
What is lacking, to me, and has been through the series, is character development. I don't feel I have a real sense of Thorne, at least not enough to care about him or have the same sense of involvement I have for other similar characters.
I still have a couple more books of the series on my shelves and I shall read them, but I don't see myself going forward with this series beyond that.
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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One of the things that I have to admit appeal to me about this series, is that they are set in the part of London where I live and there is much that is familiar. I recognise the London Mark Billingham writes about and the people who populate his books. Of course, the kidnapping case is not going to be easy to solve, especially when things are complicated by Luke’s location being moved. Along the way, there is the case of a previous murder – racially motivated – and the chief suspect being a boy at Mullen’s school. There are also questions as to why the father of the kidnapped boy did not give a very comprehensive list of people who may have had a grudge against him and the reasons he retired at almost the same time as a previous child sex offender vanished from sight…
Like all the Thorne books, this is comprehensively plotted and realistic. Thorne is not an action hero – but a disgruntled, weary man, coping with personal problems and a bad back. There are familiar characters that we have come to know, including Dave Holland and Yvonne Kitson, and they help flesh out the storyline. This is certainly a series that I intend to read on with and it has become one of my favourites.
Not his best Thorne book by far but it was still good. I think it could have been better at certain parts. I felt like some parts were just a little bit muddled and left me thinking, eh what just happened? A side story that kind off didn't really go anywhere really, winder if it's tied up in a future Thorne book? 🤷♀️.
The amount of swearing in it is completely unnecessary, it seems that some authors think swearing enhances the quality of a book when generally it just indicates, for me, a lack of vocabulary.
The story? Was all over the place and the final scene in the cottage was, in my opinion, rubbish.
Save yourself the two quid and read something worthwhile.