Buried (Tom Thorne Series #6)

Buried (Tom Thorne Series #6)

by Mark Billingham


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061255694
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/14/2007
Series: Tom Thorne Series , #6
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

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.

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Buried 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
goldengirlAB More than 1 year ago
A missing child is the theme here but it gets more complicated when the child turns out to be a senior policeman's son. Great characterizations and surpirse twists and turns when Tom Thorne suspects that the parents haven't been completely open about the abduction. One of Billingham's best yet.
gidders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wrote in a previous scribbling that I thought Graham Hurley just had the edge over Mark Billingham in the British crime writing stakes. Well I take that back. I put them neck and neck. I have read the DI Tom Thorn novels from the start and I have enjoyed the development of the characters. The denouncements to the stories are sometimes faintly ridiculous, but I love the language and the very dark humour. There are some great jokes in here!
edwardsgt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A complex plot involving an unusual kidnapping of a teenage boy, with many plot twist and turns before the truth is revealed. Good characterisation and authentic London locations.
JustAGirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mark Billingham writes great police procedurals set in North London (in and around Colindale station), which adds a certain something as his characters chase killers around places that I know. All of the DI Tom Thorne series are cracking good reads. They stand alone, though, so start on this one and then pick up all the rest!
kpoole on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My favorite Billingham book.
MyBookishWays on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pace was not as fast as his previous Thorne novels, but that's ok:) Still enjoyed it very much!
maneekuhi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Mark Billingham's Tom Thorne series; they always rate a 4-5 from me. This was another interesting plot and lot most Thorne stories, one with a crime story that is a good bit different not only from other books in the Thorne series but other crime fiction books period. (SPOILER ??) I don't think I'm giving away too much in mentioning that this is about a kidnapping without a _______ , well you can fill in the blank for yourself. One other note of some interest - for whatever reason, Billingham apparently doesn't want Thorne to get any, and once again at a climactic moment, disaster strikes (a very different disaster from the one at the conclusion of Lazybones).
JimJF More than 1 year ago
This is a great series and is a must read for those who appreciate a great detective who is only flawed by his back problem. A real pragmatist whose life is defined by his devotion to catching bad guys.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In London, retired Detective Chief Superintendent Anthony Mullen and his wife Maggie report their sixteen years old son Luke kidnapped from his exclusive school by a sexy older woman. Anthony calls in favors from his former subordinate current Chief Superintendent Jesmond so that the Metropolitan Police Kidnap Unit is supplemented by cops from other departments. Thus Detective Inspector Tom Thorne, who normally works homicide, joins the kidnap task force. He and Kidnap Unit DI Louise Porter interview the Mullens and their daughter fourteen year old Juliet. The cops find major discrepancies as they do not understand why it took twos days for the Mullens to report Luke never came home or why no ransom has surfaced. Louise and Tom believe someone who has it out for Anthony is the culprit, but in spite of his previous job the retired cop gives them very few suspects to consider. As Tom keeps digging he believes the teen is dead, but refuses to quit on the chance the lad still lives and besides if a homicide occurred, he has culprit(s) to catch. --- This exhilarating English police procedural starts a bit slow as the audience meets a bored Tom (and his sore back), who has spent the last six months in an office as a paper monitor shuffling documents after his last undercover assignment. Thus he looks forward to working the kidnap investigation although that is not his expertise. Although the rotating perspective can prove a bit confusing, the twisting case is cleverly devised so that the audience will enjoy the inquiries of Tom and Louise as each is reminded that resolution does not mean a happy ending for anyone. --- Harriet Klausner