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Teenager Luke Mullen is missing. He was last seen by schoolmates getting into a car with an older woman, and it is unclear whether he has disappeared voluntarily or been abducted. Police looking for the boy are pretty certain they are dealing with a missing-persons case. The son of a former police officer, Luke has no history of being out of touch, no track record of truancy or misbehavior. And they know that the longer he is missing, the more likely he is to turn up dead. Then the videotape arrives. . . . On special assignment, Detective Inspector Tom Thorne searches desperately for the boy and for anyone who might have a grudge against him or his father, former detective Tony Mullen. As someone responsible for convicting many tough villains in his time, Luke's father is asked to list a few potential suspects. But it is the names Mullen carefully omits from the list that intrigue Thorne. Has Mullen simply forgotten about the criminal who threatened him? Is he so distraught in the emotional trauma of his son's disappearance? Or is he hiding something? When the kidnapper demonstrates, shockingly, that he is not reluctant to kill, Thorne knows he does not have the luxury of time. He must dig hard and deep into old cases and past lives. He learns that secrets are as easily hidden as bodies, and that even if Luke Mullen is still alive, making assumptions is the quickest way to get him dead and buried.
Another Case for Tom Thorne
By J. Chippindale
- November 9, 2007
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.
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By EddieLove "EddieLove"
- September 16, 2007
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.
Mark Billingham is awesome, as usual!!
By K. Grimes "Karen Grimes"
- August 24, 2007
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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