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Buried Secrets (Nick Heller #2)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  5,184 Ratings  ·  514 Reviews
Finder's first Nick Heller novel, VANISHED, was published to widespread acclaim. Now Nick Heller returns in an explosive new thriller.

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
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Headline (first published January 1st 2011)
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Daniel Audet
Apr 24, 2012 Daniel Audet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 06, 2011 gert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(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
Les Edgerton
Jun 28, 2011 Les Edgerton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 04, 2011 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Maureen DeLuca
The first half of this book- this was a 4 star read. After that, this book either dragged on and on and totally went of the rails.

I'd like to first say that as a character- I LOVE Nick Heller- and I'm so looking forward to more books. There are many 4 and 5 star reviews- so I guess you can take my review with a grain of salt-

Ok read- a bit of a disappointment as far as the story goes- but Nick Heller is a OK guy in my book-can only hope the next in this series is a good one !
Suspense Magazine
Oct 11, 2011 Suspense Magazine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Gloria Feit
Jan 05, 2012 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Evan Dickens
Jul 02, 2012 Evan Dickens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 01, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Book Haunt
International investigator and ex-Special Forces Operative, Nick Heller was first introduced to us in Joseph Finder’s Vanished, the first book in the Nick Heller series, which I did a review on back in September of 2016. Here’s the link if you are interest in reading it: Book Haunt's Review of Vanished by Joseph Finder

In Buried Secrets, we rejoin Nick Heller a few months later and he has moved from Washington D.C. to Boston to open his own investigative agency. Nick has brought along his old wor
Jeff Miller
May 09, 2011 Jeff Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Book Him Danno
Mar 30, 2011 Book Him Danno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, mystery, 2011
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
Maria Elena
Mar 30, 2011 Maria Elena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Микс от хора с тъмни сделки и такива с травмиращо минало, правителствени интриги, богати магнати, руската мафия, японската мафия... и разни друфи мафии по света, криминално разследване и момиче в опасност. Книга, която се чете много леко и бързо, а действието върви динамично и увлекателно. След това обаче не остава нищо и вероятно след няколко месеца изобщо няма да си спомням, че съм я чела.
Leona Romich
Jul 25, 2016 Leona Romich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Oh God, Oh God Oh God Oh God. And Kevin Bacon

I’ve always believed that every author, no matter how talented they are, can have one ‘off” novel. For me, Joseph Finder’s “Buried Secrets” was his “off” novel.

I’ve read 3 others by him and have enjoyed them all very much. ‘Buried Secrets,’ without a doubt was, in my opinion, his weakest effort by far.

The story was somewhat interesting, though not entirely new or original. There was only 1 or 2 ‘surprises.’ Personally, I prefer more but that’s my op
May 30, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-wins
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
Jun 26, 2011 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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
Aug 06, 2011 Miles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Selena Robins
May 24, 2013 Selena Robins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mal Warwick
Apr 13, 2012 Mal Warwick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 13, 2015 Ed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller and crime story fans.
This is the best Finder novel, yet. I've read a few but I could hardly put this one down.

Nick Heller, private investigator and retired military intelligence officer, is asked to help an old friend, billionaire financier, Marshall Marcus. Marcus' daughter, Alexa doesn't return home after a night out at a nightclub. Kidnapping is, of course, suspected and for some reason Marcus does not want to call in the police or the FBI. With some trepidation, Nick agrees to pursue the case, mostly because Mar
Dec 07, 2011 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 16, 2015 Marleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: joseph-finder
Trying out new authors (I mean, unknown to me so far) is always a gamble. You can’t rely only on what other readers think of the book. Well, there are some parameters that will guide you, for sure, but ultimately it’s your own reading experience that counts - and I must say that I was rather captivated by how Buried Secrets starts off. You immediately feel something ominous is going to happen to the young Alexa Marcus, the teenage daughter of a billionaire hedge fund titan. Comes in Nick Heller, ...more
Apr 16, 2013 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 24, 2011 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 13, 2010 Phyllis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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