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“Compulsively readable.” —Publishers Weekly

When Alexa Marcus, the teenage daughter of a billionaire hedge fund titan, is kidnapped, it’s up to family friend and “private spy” Nick Heller—a former intelligence operative trained in the Special Forces—to find her…before time runs out.

“A total wow of a read.”—Booklist

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Overview

“Compulsively readable.” —Publishers Weekly

When Alexa Marcus, the teenage daughter of a billionaire hedge fund titan, is kidnapped, it’s up to family friend and “private spy” Nick Heller—a former intelligence operative trained in the Special Forces—to find her…before time runs out.

“A total wow of a read.”—Booklist

Alexa has been buried alive, a videocam trained on her night and day, her terror streamed live over the Internet. Who are her cunning and ruthless captors—and what do they want? And why is there no ransom request? With the help of an ex-lover, FBI Special Agent Diana Madigan, Nick must penetrate layers of deceptions and manipulations to hunt down Alexa’s abductors. He will destroy anyone who gets in his way—even Alexa’s own father, who refuses to reveal the one secret that will save his daughter’s life. Meanwhile, powerful members of a conspiracy are on Nick’s trail…and determined to make sure that their secrets stay buried. But they don’t realize how far Nick Heller will go to uncover the truth—and save a life.

 “An Action-packed, full-throttle…read-it-tonight series that you definitely shouldn’t miss.”—Lee Child

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder and his novels

THE ZERO HOUR

“Thrilling.”—The New Yorker

“Breathlessly exciting.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A labyrinth of suspense…brilliant…a master storyteller.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“A thinking person’s thriller with bite.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

HIGH CRIMES

“Fast and furious.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Exciting . . . deliciously absorbing . . . full of hair-pin turns.” —The Washington Post

“A powerhouse tale.” —Chicago Tribune

“Provocative and chilling.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Rattling good entertainment.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

VANISHED

“The best thriller of the year.” —Chicago Sun-Times

“Lots of unpredictable plot twists and a furious pace.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Lightning-paced from the first page to the last. ”—Providence Journal

“If Jack Reacher met Nick Heller in a dark alley, my money’s on Reacher. But it would be ugly. Or would it? Actually, I think they’d go for a beer together and set the world to rights—because Joseph Finder has given me a terrific new hero to root for. This is an action-packed, full-throttle, buy-it-today-read-it-tonight series that you definitely shouldn’t miss.” —Lee Child

“A humdinger....a thriller to enjoy for its Washington locales, convincing familiarity with cutting-edge spy gadgetry, and taut action scenes.” —Washington Post

“Cliffhangers galore, the fascinating tradecraft of corporate espionage, and an engrossing story will propel readers through this outstanding thriller. Highly recommended as a great summer read.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Written in staccato chapters that are emotionally supercharged and action-packed, this thriller will more than satisfy adrenaline junkies and have them guessing until the very end.”—Publishers Weekly  

“If you only read one book this summer, make it Vanished.” —Crimespree magazine

“Moves at the pace of an injected neurotoxin…You’ll curse Finder for keeping you up into the early hours.” —Shots magazine

“Even though I’d been warned that everyone who'd read it did so in one sitting, I cracked the cover at 10 p.m., figuring yeah, yeah, one sitting, right. When I passed out at 4 a.m., I was thinking, boy, if I could just keep my eyes open long enough to finish this!” —Myles Knapp, Contra Costa Times

POWER PLAY

“A white-knuckle tale of suspense.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“A fast-paced fun ride…a delicious, perfectly prepared mixture.”—Boston Globe

“A bloody, rollicking thrill ride...the plot moves at light speed.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch 

“The action is swift…keeps the plot bubbling and the pages turning.”—Wall Street Journal

“Thrilling. . . Start Power Play this afternoon and you’ll have the nightstand lamp burning at bedtime.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

KILLER INSTINCT

“Unstoppable.”—USA Today

“Masterful.”—Houston Chronicle

“Explosive…wickedly fun.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Master of a complex suspense formula...flawlessly executed violence, crisp dialogue, and taut pacing.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A first-rate thrill ride.”— Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“A roller coaster of a read.”—Cosmopolitan

“It starts off with a bang and doesn’t slow down until the last page.”—Ottawa Sun

COMPANY MAN

“It’s everything a thriller should be: suspenseful, entertaining—and, above all, thrilling.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“Once again, Finder has produced a page-turning corporate thriller with enough twists and turns for any reader.”—Denver Post

“The thriller is rejuvenated by Joseph Finder with Company Man. That’s because Finder puts the emphasis on sharply created characters instead of potentially eye-glazing business minutiae.”—Chicago Tribune

PARANOIA

“A high-octane thrill ride.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“The most entertaining thriller of the year.”—Publishers Weekly

“Jet-propelled...this twisting, stealthily plotted story...weaves a tangled and ingeniously enveloping web...[with a] killer twist for the end.”—The New York Times

“Riveting…perhaps the finest of the contemporary thriller novelists, you may think you’ve read one mystery too many. Find Finder and you’ll think again.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Page-turning perfection… Finder has that rare knack for instantly pulling the reader into the story and then tops that with surprises within surprises.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Imaginative and original, this is a gripping thriller with three characteristics too rare in the genre: humor, heart, and good writing.”—Detroit Free Press

Kathy Blumenstock
…with Heller, Finder paints an appealing hero, engaging, in part, because he's not a superhero. Comparisons with Lee Child's Jack Reacher are inevitable, but Heller's actions are never those of a lone cowboy…Racing alongside Nick Heller, you'll want one more chapter, then another, and then one more. You know he has to prevail; you just need to know how.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Finder's compulsively readable sequel to Vanished opens fast and never slows down. When 17-year-old Alexa Marcus, the spoiled daughter of Marshall Marcus, a wildly successful money manager, is kidnapped from a Boston club and buried alive in a coffin equipped with an air hose and a video camera (for Internet streaming, of course!), Marshall asks his old intelligence expert friend, Nick Heller, to find her. The search leads into an expanding world of "buried secrets," from Marshall's gold-digging trophy wife, Belinda, and his crumbling investment empire to allegations of government funding for covert operations and the Russian mafia. A number of characters from Vanished, like Dorothy Duval, Heller's "forensic data tech," and Diana Madigan, his FBI agent ex-girlfriend, lend support. Self-effacing, wry, and ridiculously competent, Heller makes a reasonably engaging protagonist, but this thriller's real star is the suspenseful, expertly paced plot. (June)
Library Journal
Following the acclaimed Vanished, Nick Heller is back in Boston to help an old friend, hedge fund millionaire Marshall Marcus, rescue his rebellious teenage daughter, Alexa, who is being held captive in an underground crypt, linked via satellite to both her kidnapper and her father. But as Nick begins the search for Alexa, he discovers an array of lies involving Marshall, a former female escort posing as Marshall's adoring wife and Alexa's mother, a U.S. senator, a scheming lawyer, and various government agents and Russian spies. Nick's expertise in Russian studies and international espionage together with the digital forensics skills of his former lover Diana help to locate Alexa—the buried brat who's, like, totally cool. VERDICT Highly recommended not only for Finder fans but for mystery lovers fascinated with digital surveillance. 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. [Major marketing campaign; see Prepub Alert, 12/20/10.]—Jerry Miller, Cambridge, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250000361
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Series: Nick Heller Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 483
  • Sales rank: 296,739
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Finder

Joseph Finder is the author of several New York Times bestselling thrillers, including High Crimes, Paranoia and the first Nick Heller novel, Vanished. Killer Instinct won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Thriller, and Company Man won the Barry and Gumshoe Awards for Best Thriller. High Crimes was the basis of the Morgan Freeman/Ashley Judd movie, and both Paranoia and Killer Instinct are in development as major motion pictures.  Born in Chicago, Finder studied Russian at Yale and Harvard. He was recruited by the CIA, but decided he preferred writing fiction. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Association for Former Intelligence Officers, he lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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1.

 

If this was what a prison was like, Alexa Marcus thought, I could totally live here. Like, forever.

She and Taylor Armstrong, her best friend, were standing in a long line to get into the hottest bar in Boston. The bar was called Slammer, and it was in a luxury hotel that used to be a jail. They’d even kept the bars in the windows and the huge central rotunda ringed with catwalks, that whole cell-block effect.

She was checking out this bunch of guys behind her who looked like MIT frat boys trying too hard to be cool: the untucked shirts, the cheap blazers, all that product in their hair, the toxic fumes of their Axe body spray. They’d stumble home at two in the morning, puking on the bridge to Cambridge, bitching about how all the girls at Slammer were skanks.

“I’m loving the smoky eye,” Taylor said, studying Alexa’s eye makeup. “See? It looks amazing on you!”

“It took me like an hour,” Alexa said. The fake eyelashes, the black gel eyeliner and charcoal eye shadow: She looked like a hooker who’d been beat up by her pimp.

“Takes me like thirty seconds,” Taylor said. “Now look at you—you’re this totally hot babe instead of a suburban prepster.”

“I’m so not suburban,” Alexa protested. She glanced over at a couple of skinny Euro-looking guys smoking and talking on their mobile phones. Cute but maybe gay? “Dad lives in Manchester.” She’d almost said, “I live in Manchester,” but she no longer thought of the great rambling house she grew up in as her home, not since Dad had married that gold-digger flight attendant, Belinda. She hadn’t lived at home in almost four years, since going away to Exeter.

“Yeah, okay,” Taylor said. Alexa caught her tone. Taylor always had to let you know she was a city kid. She’d grown up in a townhouse on Beacon Hill, in Louisburg Square—her dad was a United States senator—and considered herself urban and therefore cooler and more street-smart than anyone else. Plus, the last three years she’d been in rehab, attending the Marston-Lee Academy, the tough-love “therapeutic boarding school” in Colorado where the senator had sent her to get cleaned up.

Good luck with that.

Every time Taylor came back to Boston on break, she was rocking some different Girls Gone Wild look. Last year she’d dyed her hair jet black and had bangs. Tonight it was the skintight black liquid leggings, the oversized gray sheer tee over the black lace bra, the studded booties. Whereas Alexa, less adventurous, was wearing her ink skinny jeans and her tan Tory Burch leather jacket over a tank top. Okay, not as fashion-forward as Taylor, but no way was it suburban.

“Oh God,” Alexa murmured as the line drew closer to the bouncer.

“Just relax, okay, Lucia?” Taylor said.

“Lucia—?” Alexa began, and then she remembered that “Lucia” was the name on her fake ID. Actually, it was a real ID, just not hers—she was seventeen, and Taylor had just turned eighteen, and the drinking age was twenty-one, which was way stupid. Taylor had bought Alexa’s fake ID off an older girl.

“Just look the bouncer in the eye and be casual,” Taylor said. “You’re totally fine.”

*   *   *

TAYLOR WAS right, of course.

The bouncer didn’t even ask to see their IDs. When they entered the hotel lobby, Alexa followed Taylor to the old-fashioned elevator, the kind that had an arrow that pointed to the floor it was on. The elevator door opened, and an iron accordion gate slid aside. Taylor got in along with a bunch of others. Alexa hesitated, slipped in, shuddered—God, she hated elevators!—and just as the accordion gate was knifing closed, she blurted out, “I’ll take the stairs.”

They met up on the fourth floor and managed to snag a couple of big cushy chairs. A waitress in a halter top so skimpy you could see the flower tattoo below her armpit took their order: a couple of Ketel One vodka sodas.

“Check out the girls on the bar,” Taylor shouted. Models in black leather butt-baring shorts and black leather vests were parading around on top of the bar like it was a catwalk.

One of the MIT frat boys tried to mack on them, but Taylor blew the guy off: “Yeah, I’ll give you a call—next time I need tutoring in like differential calculus.”

Alexa felt Taylor’s eyes on her.

“Hey, what’s wrong, kid? You’ve been acting all depressed since you got here.”

“I’m fine.”

“You think maybe you need to change meds or something?”

Alexa shook her head. “Dad’s just, I don’t know, being all weird.”

“Nothing new about that.”

“But like he’s all paranoid all of a sudden? He just had these surveillance cameras put in, all around the house?”

“Well, he is like the richest guy in Boston. Or one of the richest—”

“I know, I know,” Alexa interrupted, not wanting to hear it. She’d spent her entire life dealing with being a rich kid: having to play down the money so her friends didn’t feel jealous. “But it’s not his normal control-freak mode, you know? It’s more like he’s scared something’s going to happen.”

“Try living with a father who’s a friggin’ United States senator.”

Taylor had started to look uncomfortable. She rolled her eyes, shook her head dismissively, looked around the now-crowded bar. “I need another drink,” she said. She called the waitress over and asked for a dirty martini. “How about you?” she asked Alexa.

“I’m good.” The truth was, she hated hard liquor, especially vodka. And gin was the worst. How could anyone voluntarily drink that stuff? It was like chugging turpentine.

Alexa’s iPhone vibrated, so she took it out and read the text. A friend at some rager in Allston, telling her it was epic and she should come over. Alexa texted back sorry. Then, abruptly, she said, “Oh my God, oh my God, did I ever show you this?” She flicked through her iPhone applications until she came to one she’d just downloaded, launched it, held the iPhone to her mouth. When she talked into it, her words came out high pitched and weird, like one of the Chipmunks: “Hey, babe, wanna come back to my dorm and take off our clothes and do some algebra?”

Taylor squealed. “What is that?” She tried to grab the phone, but Alexa yanked it away, swiped the screen and started speaking in the creepy voice of Gollum from The Lord of the Rings: “Must have preciousssss!”

Taylor shrieked, and they both laughed so hard that tears came to their eyes. “See—you’re feeling better already, right?” said Taylor.

“May I join you?” A male voice.

Alexa looked up, saw a guy standing there. Not one of the frat boys, though. Definitely not. This one had dark hair and brown eyes, a day’s growth of beard, and he was totally a babe. Black shirt with white pinstripes, narrow waist, broad shoulders.

Alexa smiled, blushed—she couldn’t help it—and looked at Taylor.

“Do we know you?” Taylor said.

“Not yet,” the guy said, flashing a dazzling smile. Late twenties, early thirties, maybe? Hard to tell. “My friends ditched me. They went to a party in the South End I don’t feel like going to.” He had some kind of Spanish accent.

“There’s only two chairs,” Taylor said.

He said something to a couple seated next to them, slid a vacant chair over. Extended a hand to shake Taylor’s, then Alexa’s.

“I’m Lorenzo,” he said.

 

Copyright © 2011 by Joseph Finder

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Joseph Finder Rocks the THRILLER WORLD and takes you on one HELLer a ride!

    Just when you thought he was at the very top of his game, Joseph Finder rocks the thriller world again with yet another best seller-to-be in BURIED SECRETS (June 21, 2011) 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!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

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    Secrets Aplenty

    If you enjoy books by James Patterson or James Rollins, then you will definitely like this novel. The beginning is a bit familiar. Rich girl gets drugged, kidnapped, and buried alive, while waiting for her wealthy father to pay up. But it turns out the kidnappers are not asking for money. The hero, Nick Heller, presently working out of Boston after leaving a high profile job with a D.C. company, is a slick investigator ready for almost any eventuality. When Nick gets a call from an old family friend saying that his daughter is missing, he doesn't hesitate. The author takes this premise and runs with it. Providing us with plenty of twists and action to keep us glued to the pages till we find out just who the kidnappers are and what they really want. I especially liked the author's gradual development of the character Dragomir. Slowly adding layer upon layer to the evil nemesis.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    William Miller

    Just before readong this book I have read Joseph Finder's "Vanished". I'm glad I did because it made me easily know Nick Heller's background. This book is far better than Vanished I must say. A real page turner all they way to the end. I love the way he writes with humor especially his funny comments and descriptions over almost anyone or anything. My favorite writer is John Grisham no matter what but I sure consider now that Joseph Finder will be one of the legal thrillers I will always follow. Stay funny Joseph. Good book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    Great read

    Joseph Finder writes the best intrigue books. Hooks you from the start and keeps you up nights. Enjoyed the mystery and the way the plot and characters kept evolving.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2012

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    Another Nonstop, Adrenaline-Filled Thriller From One Of The Genre's Masters!

    Whenever I read a Joseph Finder thriller -- and I've now read all eleven of them -- the only question for me is HOW good will it be; it has never been an issue of will it be good. Regarding Buried Secrets, my answer is that it is a VERY good book and it serves to foster my opinion of Finder as one of the best of the best of today's thriller writers. Buried Secrets is the second book in the series featuring Nick Heller, a former high-powered private intelligence company operative with Special Forces training who has now gone "private." In this book Heller is hired to find the kidnapped teenage daughter of a family friend, who happens to be a billionaire hedge find titan (think Bernie Madoff-type). The girl's captors are very canny and ruthless, but Heller -- with the help of his tech expert employee, Dorothy, and ex-lover, FBI special agent, Diana Madigan -- is able to force his way through layers of deception and manipulation to uncover the buried secrets behind her kidnapping. Without going into more detail, let me just say that in addition to its suspenseful and exciting plot, Buried Secrets has all the other important ingredients that should keep you glued to your seat from beginning to end -- interesting and credible characters, realistic dialogue and a fast-paced writing style. To be honest, however, Buried Secrets is not flawless but the few flaws it has are too unimportant with which to take up your time. All in all, if you haven't heard of Buried Secrets, I hope this review lets the secret out of the bag for you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

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    Best thriller I've read in a long time!

    "Buried Secrets" by Joseph Finder 'Nightstand Book Reviews' by Patti Phillips What's the definition of a 5-star book? "Buried Secrets," by Joseph Finder. Totally, slam-dunk, 5-star thriller! Ratings can be subjective, but I think everyone would agree that certain elements are apparent in each reader's choice for a 5-star book, whatever the genre. 5-star books have characters so compelling that it's impossible to forget them. Nick Heller is a former intelligence officer with Special Forces background. Heller is excellent at uncovering secrets, is loyal to his family and friends and has an ache in his heart for an old FBI flame. He has a secretary who can hack into anything and contacts going way back. And a look that you defy at your own peril. Even Heller is not always immune to 'the look.' A family friend, evasive billionaire Marshall Marcus, asks for Nick's help when his daughter, Alexa, is kidnapped. Alexa is a troubled, intelligent teenager with an earlier kidnapping experience that colors her fear of small spaces. This time, she has been buried alive with limited food and water. Finder has drawn Alexa so well that I felt her terror as she pushed against the coffin, as she tried to stay calm and lost it, as she pleaded for release, as she screamed. 5-star books can't be put down until the last word is read. I carried "Buried Secrets" everywhere. I read it while waiting in line, while eating. I just couldn't abandon Heller while he dealt with the constantly lying father, the rule conscious FBI, the sick kidnappers, the layers of secrets, the pulse-pounding race against time. A 5-star book makes me want to buy the author's next book or backlist title right away. I purchased "Vanished," the first Nick Heller novel, the day after I finished "Buried Secrets." Joseph Finder has several award winning titles to his name, as well as "High Crimes," upon which the Freeman/Judd movie of the same name was based. I'm going to read them all. A 5-star book pushes 'tell-all' buttons. I wanted to tell everyone about it. I gushed about compelling characterization and riveting storylines, achieved realistically. A 5-star book is saved, whether on an e-reader or in hardcover, so that it can be relished, studied and enjoyed again. My copy is a hardcover edition. Best thriller I've read in a long time!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2012

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    Great Joseph Finder

    I was very skeptical when I read the cover flap of BURIED SECRETS.

    I didn't know if I could read a storyline about a kidnapped girl that as buried alive for ransom. Just a chilly feeling. But Joseph Finder did a great job making me feel uncomfortable but not claustiphobic.

    I always root for his heroine Nick Heller. And fortunately you know that everyone is going to make it out alive, although there were some twists to who got killed.

    Another great Joseph Finder.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Holds up to your expectations!

    What secret could be so important it might cost a girl's life? In Finder's latest mystery, ex-intelligent operative Nick Heller seeks to answer this question. With a cast of expected characters (the rich man in dire straits with a closet full of skeletons, the terrified innocent teenager, the ruthless bad guy and an array of contacts, each with his or her own specialty) "Buried Secrets" takes you down a path strewn with corruption, lies and mortal danger. Along the way, layer by layer, you discover revelations for which some people will kill.
    Nick Heller is hired by billionaire Marcus Marshall to rescue his kidnapped seventeen-year-old daughter. Right away, Heller knows he isn't being told the entire truth. Marshall, a friend of Heller's family, has gotten into some bad dealings with some very nasty individuals and somebody wants a piece of highly important information apparently only Marshall can provide. With the assistance of computer gurus and a "sort of" ex-girlfriend working for the local branch of the FBI, Heller slowly tracks both the location of the girl and the individuals behind the kidnapping. The mystery deepens when Heller uncovers secrets nobody should have and a sociopath starts playing by his own rules.
    This starts as your average kidnapping mystery and if it continued along the same vein with a few common surprises thrown in, I was going to be disappointed. Heller is not your typical detective. He's also not the know-it-all. He's had special-forces training, but possesses very little computer savvy. A little witty, dedicated and determined, he can think logically, but most of his knowledge is obtained from his many contacts. I hoped the story would rise up to the level warranting the intensity shown by the kidnappers. I hoped the story would give reasons for the tempering of the serious situations with bits of dry humor. If you're a fan of Finder's previous work, you'll hope this one holds up to your standards. It does.

    Reviewed by Stephen L. Brayton, author of "Beta" for Suspense Magazine

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

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    Non-stop suspense

    This thriller is about as fine as they get. It has a gripping plot, interesting and distinct characters, unexpected twists, and realistic action. The clock is ticking from the very first page and doesn't let up until the satisfying end. The story is told from both the first person and third person limited points of view. But the reader is never confused about why or where they are. The setting is, for the most part, confined to a few locations in the immediate vicinity of Boston--unusual for a thriller these days, which tend to range a bit wider afield. Perhaps it was done this way to emphasize the confined world of the buried girl. It works. The prose is smooth and easy on the inner ear. This is a great summer read.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    buried secrets

    "Buried secrets" by Joseph Finder is the second book where Nick Heller (the first was "Vanished") tries to uncover a crime and find a missing person. The missing person in this book is Alexa Marcus-the carefree daughter of a Boston billionaire, who disappears after she gets drunk in a nightclub and is given a ride by a handsome stranger.

    Nick's suspicion immediately falls on Alexa's best friend Taylor, who was also present at the nightclub that night and introduced Alexa to the stranger. Also suspicious is Alexa's father Marshall Marcus, who has the FBI after him and is obviously not telling Nick something.

    Marshall's young wife Belinda, Alexa's stepmother, is no better-claiming she loves Alexa, while Nick's own nephew Gabriel-a friend of Alexa's--claims she always hated her. Then there's David Schechter, Marshall Marcus's lawyer and an acquaintance of Taylor's family-a man who knows more secrets than he lets up.

    As Alexa winds up buried alive, while some strange files are demanded from her father, the succession of shady characters continues. I thought the setup of the story works well. Overall, it was an engrossing read.

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

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    Buried Secrets

    Alexa Marcus, the teenage daughter of multimillionaire Marshall Marcus is kidnapped and Marshall asks old family friend Nick Heller to find her before she is killed. Nick pulls no stops in trying to locate the young girl who is buried alive with time running out. The ransom demand is something that Marshall cannot or will not give to the kidnappers.

    This fast paced story is so intense that you won't want to put it down. I couldn't help but wonder if Nick would be to save the girl and the day! A truly powerful read with twists that you won't know who to trust or believe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    great

    I love all his books

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    Could not put it down, great read

    Thriller from start to finish

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

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    I Also Recommend:

    One Heller of a ride!

    Joseph Finder's most recent book "Buried Secrets". Is definitely worth the time to read. You should read "Vanished" first. Because the author refers back to some of the characters in the previous book. If you like suspense keep you on the edge of your seat then this book is for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2011

    This is a very good mystery. check it out!

    I loved this book. I had never read Joseph Finder before reading Vanished and then this sequel, Buried Secrets. Now, I am looking for other titles by him and I have told others about him. This keeps your interest from the first page. Loved it!!

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

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    Where Is Joseph Finder?

    Remember the hungry young author who wrote some sizzling tales that kept you turning the pages? This book is not by that guy. This book is full of boring, ludicrous plot points. As a friend pointed out, Finder now seems to be writing by the pound. Yes, he gets blurbs from his fellow authors, yes, he has his fan club, and, of course, there are always the good early reviews from those who got the free advance copies. Ignore all of that, and save yourself the waste of time that is Buried Secrets.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    A Heller of a thrill ride!

    Nick Heller returns in a new location, but things are far from calm and relaxing for him. If you like page turning thriller/mystery stories with a twist, this is the book for you! Joseph Finder has created a great character in Nick Heller. The story may start off a little familiar- rich kid gets kidnapped...but there are many twists and turns that keep you wondering. This book reads fast and I personally can't wait for the next Heller book!

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

    Nick Heller returns

    Ex-Special Forces operative Nick Heller may have left Washington to move to Boston to open his own private agency, but his job is anything but routine. When Alexa,the daughter of a billionaire financier, is abducted, Nick is brought in to track her down. As the action switches back and forth between Nick's desperate attempts to find Alexa and the dangerous psychopathic kidnappers who are holding her captive,layers of carefully concealed lies and diabolical international schemes are peeled back to expose a situation that seems almost impossible to defuse. But Nick Heller is like a bloodhound. He'll do anything - absolutely anything - to get Alexa returned safely, including calling in favors from powerful associates in financial and government circles, pulling off some outrageous bluffs, and putting himself in serious danger. As in all his other thrillers, author Joseph Finder has done some meticulous research on the technical gadgetry used for committing and solving crimes. The reader is treated to fascinating details on GPS bugs, computer tampering, Internet and cell-phone tracing, surveillance cameras, infrared detectors, trip-wires, and a host of other high-tech toys and methods that Nick must use or outwit in his search for Alexa and her abductors. This is the second Nick Heller novel (the first was "Vanished"). I'd guess that further thrillers in this series will be forthcoming, although it will be tough for Finder to outdo the hairpin twists and turns, heart-pounding suspense, and fast-paced action that abound in "Buried Secrets." Recommended as a great summer read, but be careful. If you bring this novel to read at the beach, wear lots of sunscreen, because you won't be able to put it down. Eileen Rieback

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  • Posted November 20, 2010

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    Loved It!

    Buried Secrets is a page turner at it's best! I could not put the book down and finished it in 2 days. I loved Nick Heller. He was ingenious. At the beginning of the book it seemed like a simpler plot. By the time I was in the middle of the book it grew to be very involved. I had to read some passages twice just to understand what was happening. Excellent, Excellent book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2011

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