Buried Secrets (Nick Heller #2)
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 c
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...more
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...more
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...more
In short, highly recommended, but I write to exp...more
Yet the book is exciting, even rivet...more
i read mostly romance, but am finding myself completely bored with most. so i sought out my other favourite books - suspense-ish. 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...more
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 rans...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
His protagonist, Jack Heller is an addictive character that makes you wish he appeared any every Finder book. I am fascinated w...more
Nick’s characteristic sense of humour (I got strange looks on the bus because...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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