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Buried Secrets (Nick Heller #2)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  3,493 ratings  ·  402 reviews
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.

Alexa has been buried alive, a videocam trained on her night and day, her terror streamed live over the Internet. Who are her cunning an
Paperback, 496 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2011)
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Daniel Audet
I started "Buried Secrets" by @JosephFinder the other day, this being my first book by him. The first thing that stuck me was the coolest dialogue, both internal and between the characters and the unique language of his author voice. Hip, not-run-of-the-mill bestseller structure at all. Take a look, peruse a few pages of this book at B&N or Target, and you'll see what I mean. The other things are Finder's slick execution of both the plot and how our hero Nick Heller navigates his way into a ...more
I didn't realize at first that this was book 2 in the Nick Heller series... but in no way did I feel like I missed out on any past information. This book was great! It was an exciting read as we uncovered the mystery right along with Nick Heller. Joseph Finder definitely has a way with words. I enjoyed reading how he described people through Nick's eyes; which made for some good laugh-out-loud moments! I also want to note that Finder used NO "bad words" in this entire novel, which is so rare now ...more
Les Edgerton
Wow. Just when you think thriller writer Joseph Finder can’t possibly top himself… he does just that. His latest masterpiece—and, like every single one of his novels, it is just that—a masterpiece—Buried Secrets doesn’t have a single wasted word and there’s not a single page that can be read leisurely. Finder is simply the best at creating and maintaining tension. I read it on my Kindle and discovered I hated their feature of posting at the bottom the percentage of the novel read to date. At ten ...more
i think Goodreads recommended this one and good they did. i listened to this audiobook to and from work and found myself parking and not leaving the car until the chapter was over. it was that good. The narrator did awesome and consistency in character voices and the accents were great!

As usual, i wasnt aware this was one of those returning character novels. Publishers dont care to make that stuff known upfront. But i didnt feel like i missed anything. This one read as a stand alone and once it
(same review for both books in the series, copied and pasted. because i'm lazy).

i came upon the nick heller series by accident, and am seriously resenting there being only TWO books! so damn good!

here's what you need to know:

- similar to jack reacher, but better. nick heller has a great sense of humour and is far more self-aware then dear jack.
- way smart - the story arcs, the characters, the dialogue
- leaves us with some questions throughout (nick doesn't tell us EVERYTHING) which actually mak
Jeff Miller
Having read 3 of Joseph Finder's books before I was prepared for a taught and well written novel. I was not expecting just how good this book was.

His novels I had read before involved corporate life and corporate espionage and this book is the second book with the "private spy" Nick Heller. I had not read "Vanished" the first book introducing him, but was able to read this novel without needing the backstory from the 1st novel.

In this book a family friend contacts him after his daughter has gone
Joseph Finder is absolutely one of the best thriller writers.In his 2nd novel " Buried Secrets", you will find yourself racing from chapter to chapter to find out what happens next.This novel is Amazing!

Nick Heller is called to the home of billionaire financier Marshall Marcus, an old friend of the family who had employed Nick's mom, when his 17 year old daughter Alexa doesn't come home one night. Suspecting that she has been kidnapped for ransom, Nick sets his private investigation in motion us
Evan Dickens
I loved Buried Secrets, just as I have loved and devoured every Joseph Finder book since I discovered the absolutely brilliant Paranoia (my pick for best pop fiction work in the 2000s). This book is another high-octane thriller, with Finder's usual immaculate research into the worlds of technology, espionage, and high finance. It also represents Finder's continuing desire to modernize the dialogue and narration, with pop culture references galore.

In short, highly recommended, but I write to exp
Gloria Feit
It is a hard task to review such a well-written novel, peopled by interesting characters and with a well-drawn plot, yet have reservations because it seems to reverberate with clichés. There is Nick Heller, the second appearance by this former superspy turned Boston PI, who seems to be too good to be real. He knows everyone and seems to be smarter than them all; and some of the other characters seem like cardboard figures, especially some of the FBI personnel.

Yet the book is exciting, even rivet
Suspense Magazine
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 disco ...more
Jane Stewart
4 stars. Great suspense, good process peeling the mystery. I didn’t want to stop reading.

Boy, is he a good writer. I like the way clues are discovered throughout the book instead of a tell-all at the end. I like neat things Nick does to get information. Several of the author’s books are two years apart. I like that. He’s not churning them out in a rush.

I have three complaints. 1. The subject matter was tough to take. A girl is kidnapped and placed in a coffin underground while waiting for ranso
This is a decent character piece. The plot line is much the same as many "hired expert" books, and the tension methods are also not completely uncommon either.

As I read this book, I found myself watching an author write a book about a character that the author knows very well, that we know to some depth, but not as much as I would have liked. I made the mistake of reading this second book in the "Nick Heller series" before reading the first. But I also noticed that there were many suppositions a
Augusto Pinaud
Burried Secrets is the second novel in the Nick Heller series. I have read Paranoia and Vanished (the first book on the Nick Heller Series) before, and this book show once more that Joseph Finder has a unique ability to turn things, and keep you invested in the story.
This book, like the others I have read, grab you, make you want to finish the story, you know there is something that will turn, you just don't know. It's like be on Disney's Space Mountain, you know it will turn, but you don't kno
Gina Williams
Buried Secrets by Joseph Finder (2011 St Martin's Press) ARC via giveaway

May 28, 2011

With an introduction quoting Edgar Allan Poe, a master of the macabre, Joseph Finder sets the tone for his newest Nick Heller novel, Buried Secrets.

Alexa Marcus and her best friend, Taylor Armstrong set out for a night of partying at the hottest bar in Boston called the Slammer. It doesn't matter that the two young girls are underage, they're out to have a good time, and what could possibly go
Mal Warwick
A Thriller That Explores the Intersection of High Finance and High Crime

Buried Secrets opens much like a standard-issue detective novel, with Nick Heller approached by an old friend to investigate the mysterious disappearance of an old friend’s daughter. Heller is not a PI, really, but, well . . . a sort of private spy who just happens to be a former Special Forces soldier with connections in the FBI and other, unnamed federal agencies.

Gradually, we learn that this is by no means a typical detec
Bill Garrison
BURIED SECRETS, by Joseph Finder, is the second novel featuring ex-special forces private eye Nick Heller. This is a good novel, but not as great as some of the reviews claim, and I recommend it to Finder fans and those looking for a good thriller full of twists and turns.

Heller is summoned by an old family friend, Marshall Marcus, to find his missing 17-year old daughter. Alexa was last seen leaving the club with another man. Heller quickly discovers Alexa was drugged before she was taken. Soon
Cathy Reynolds
I won this book form the Goodreads Firstreads Giveaway program.
Let me start by saying that I'm a Libraian. Although I read alot, this is the first time that I have read anything by this author. I do order books by Joseph Finder for the library and my patrons that read his books.
I thought this would be a perfect way to finally read something by this author and to let the library patrons know about a really good book.
Sadly, this is not the case. When I read a mystery, I want all the ups and downs,
From the first sentence, Buried Secrets is constant suspense and action and continues to the very end.

When Alexa Marcus left to meet her friend, Taylor Armstrong, for a night out at the hot new club, Slammer, she had no idea the night would end with her being held hostage as a pawn in an international intrigue. After her father, Marshall Marcus, receives an email with a link showing Alexa alive but held enclosed in a coffin underground, he calls on his friend, Nick Heller, a private investigato
Book Him Danno
I enjoyed this book, it was fast paced and kept me reading. I took longer then usual due to leaving it somewhere and then having to really look for it.

I would have given it a 5 star if the end of one character hadn't been so fast, he was a difficult person and then his demise was swift and why do the bad guys always feel the need to tell how they did everything and then end it? I did like that the real bad guy was extremely nasty, he made for someone you could really hate. My blood pumped harder
When private investigator Nick Heller returns home to Boston to set up his own agency, he soon gets an urgent case closer to home than expected.

Alexandra Marcus - teenage daughter of hedge fund titan and Heller family friend Marshall Marcus - has been kidnapped. But it's no ordinary kidnapping - she has been abducted by professionals, buried alive in an underground casket, a video camera streaming her desperate pleas live over the internet. With a limited supply of food and water, time is quickl
This is my first Joseph Finder book and it won't be my last.

I was particularly interested in the way the author switches between Nick Heller's point of view (POV) in the first person and the omniscient POV. I'd recently been reading Lawrence Block's comments on how to do this well and Joseph Finder does it well. He uses Nick's POV to keep certain things from the reader, things only Nick knows that contribute to the twists and turns the story takes. He uses the omniscient POV to show the reader w
Selena Robins
You can’t go wrong with a Joseph Finder Thriller. Fully developed main characters, secondary characters. He creates unique, cool and witty dialogue for all this characters, that will pull you in from the first page and not let you go until the end. BURIED SECRETS is another page-turning, suspense/thriller with a plot that stays with you even after you read the last page.

His protagonist, Jack Heller is an addictive character that makes you wish he appeared any every Finder book. I am fascinated w
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Maria Elena
Nick Heller is back! I read Buried Secrets within a couple of weeks of finishing Vanished and I have to say that this second book in the Nick Heller series is much more intense. In this instalment, Nick Heller is searching for Alexa, the kidnapped daughter of billionaire and family friend Marshall Marcus. The reasons for the kidnapping are not clear and Nick is not getting the information he should from Alexa’s father.

Nick’s characteristic sense of humour (I got strange looks on the bus because

At first look, BURIED SECRETS is the sort of book I generally don’t read. There are people with too much money, the children of people with too much money who are held captive because of it, the FBI, some very, very bad people whose cruelty makes the Mafia seem childish, government skulduggery, the FBI, and it is the second in a series and I like to read series from the beginning.

In its favor is the setting, Boston, my hometown, and it was a Goodreads giveaway. These two pros outweighed the six
This is the second of Joseph Finder's Nick Heller novels. I've read them both now and really like them. The recurring characters felt like old friends. Nick is a likeable hero. The plot was compelling and the reading was easy. A bit of flexibilityis needed in the believability department, but I've yet to read a thriller that didn't require some suspension of disbelief. Two bits that bothered me a bit more though (view spoiler) ...more
Joseph FInder never ceases to amaze me with his tales of espionage and his detailed character development. BURIED SCRETS was no exception and I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves sitting on the edge of their chair.

Nick Heller is a great character and mixes wonderful wit with a true taste of adventure. He delves into the depths of the issues and then leaves the reader wondering what he'll do next. The kidnapping of the daughter of a family friend brings Heller and his crew into the act
Thomas Waite
Joseph Finder's sequel to Vanished is a fast-paced and enjoyable read. When 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, Marshall asks his old 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 gove ...more
I won this book on Goodreads Firstreads. Thanks to Goodreads and the author!

Nick Heller is the man in this story! I like the story and how Finder brings back a few characters from the previous mystery (VANISHED). I like the nice and easy flow of this story.

I do think that the friend of the kidnapped girl should have gotten a harsher punishment. She aided her BFF in a trapped. I was reminded of watching that show on the ID Channel called FRIENIMIES" Just when you think your best friend is there f
When Nick Heller is asked to get involved in the disappearance of the daughter of a friend, he doesn't hesitate to drop everything to do so. But when he discovers he is being lied to about practically everything, he gets pissed. It doesn't stop him from getting to the bottom of the kidnapping but he is not happy about it. Holster Graham does a very good job of keeping the tension high and the emotional level taut. However, when it came to female characters, he fell down on the job. I could rarel ...more
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Joseph Finder’s plan was to become a spy. Or maybe a professor of Russian history. Instead he became a bestselling thriller writer, and winner of the Strand Critics Award for Best Novel for BURIED SECRETS (2011), winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel for KILLER INSTINCT (2006) and winner of the Barry and Gumshoe Awards for Best Thriller for COMPANY MAN (2005).

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