Buried (Tom Thorne, #6)
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Buried (Tom Thorne #6)

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Buried A retired copper's son is kidnapped. Many of the villains he put away had sworn revenge. So why doesn't he mention the one who is still the main suspect in a four-year-old murder? Full description
Paperback, 528 pages
Published May 31st 2007 by Sphere (first published 2006)
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Ian Mapp
Thats it for the series, I'm afraid. I have plodded on with these pedestrian stories for five years. I have gone from being mildly entertained to downright bored and this one fits into the latter desciprtion. I vaguely enjoyed the last one and the new series on Sky (which is also rubbish) has re-kindled my enthusiam.

I read / have read a number of UK crime series - rebus for the locations, banks for his musical tastes, Cooper for the relationship with fry but Di Thorne is the most boring characte...more
Richard
6.5/10

This wasn’t as good as some of the others I’ve read in this series. Thorne is a great character and can hold his own with some of the other detectives in a saturated market. However the storyline for this one didn’t grip me and at times I was a bit absent minded which hasn’t happened in this series beforehand.

The kidnapping of a child was a sidestep from the usual murder case Thorne gets involved in but that is eventually sorted out with bodies soon dropping like flies.

I would have prefer...more
Craig Sisterson
With Buried, his sixth DI Thorne novel, Billingham eschews the grisly serial killers of his early work, and turns his storytelling talents to the tale of missing teenager Luke Mullen, who unknowingly finds himself at the centre of an elaborate spider-web of historic secrets and present-day fears. On special assignment to the Kidnap Unit, beleaguered DI Thorne finds his desperate search for the boy, son of a retired DCI, complicated by an unpredictable kidnapper, Mullen snr trying to steer the in...more
Jen at Reading Lark
This book sucked. It was too slow paced, too boring and there were far too many under developed characters with similar names to keep track of. I think this would have been a good read if it was about 200 pages shorter. It's a flabby novel.

The title/ blurb didn't seem to match the contents of the book really at all, and I felt like even the 'exciting bits' were dull enough that I could set them down, go make a cup of tea and then carry on. Perhaps I should just give crime thrillers based in Lon...more
Kevin
Billingham has written another Tom Thorne novel that draws the reader into Thorne's world. It sometimes seems that Thorne, a lover of American country music, lives a life that could be a country song - except he doesn't have a dog or a pickup truck. Thorne's world continues to be a noire version of a police procedural novel.

After Thorne's last outing which ended with him being relegated to a desk job buried in paperwork, Thorne gets seconded to a special unit to work on a kidnapping case. With T...more
Matteo Pellegrini
Luke Mullen è sdraiato su un materasso appoggiato sul pavimento, una debole luce filtra attraverso le tapparelle abbassate. Il suo corpo è completamente intorpidito, la droga gli scorre nelle vene appannandogli la vista. È chiuso in quella stanza ormai da giorni e non sa quando riuscirà a uscirne. Perché Luke è stato rapito e viene tenuto prigioniero da qualche parte nella periferia di Londra. Un sedicenne scomparso: questo è il primo caso che viene affidato a Tom Thorne dopo mesi di scartoffie...more
Jo
Once again, Thorne is on the case, this time seconded to the Kidnap Unit and helping to search for a teenage boy who was taken from outside his school. Plenty of twists and turns and enough excitement to keep crime fans turning the pages. Loved it.
Daniel Cann
Billingham has struck on a winning formula with his popular detective series: something or someone from the past re-emerges or is discovered in the present day and it is down to world-weary DI Tom Thorne to solve things.

Billingham does manage again to infuse the plot with plenty of unexpected and dramatic developments despite the tried and tested formula. This story on the surface seems like a routine kidnapping, but it is soon apparent that it is anything but that.

I enjoyed revisiting stalwart...more
Laura
Billingham continues his trend of bringing Thorne back to the top, where he belongs, in this instalment. As I said in the review for Lifeless I really didn't enjoy The Burning Girl at all but thankfully Lifeless improved drastically on that and once again Buried has improved a little bit more. It's once again a fast-paced exciting thriller with an easy enough storyline to follow and you get to know and love a lot of the characters introduced.

It's slightly different to other Thorne books in that...more
Dan
Jan 07, 2012 Dan rated it 5 of 5 stars
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After two rather different cases for Thorne, this one is back to being a more typical "whodunnit". It starts off with the kidnap of a policeman's son but actually the plot soon becomes much more complicated. The pace is slow to begin with and then there's a huge twist nearly half way through that livens things up. As ever with the Thorne books, this is more than just the one case going on. There's another case which is loosely linked and then all the personal storylines. Thorne is still getting...more
Alison
I've read some of Mark Billingham's books before and while I wasn't blown away with them they interested me enough to read more - but having ploughed through this one I might not bother in future.
The plot here starts simply enough. Luke Mullen, teenage son of a retired copper, is kidnapped. His parents receive a haunting video of their son but there's no ransom demand - the reason behind the kidnap is a mystery. His father is asked to supply a list of criminals who may have a grudge against him,...more
LJ
BURIED (Police Proc-DI Tom Thorne-London-Cont) – G+
Billingham, Mark – 4th in series
Little, Brown, 2006, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 0316730505

First Sentence: You think about the kids.

DI Tom Thorne and his team are searching for the son of a retired, formerly-high-ranking police official. The boy has been kidnapped, and the father has been asked for a list of those who may have a grudge against him, but he leaves one name off the list. Thorne leads the team on an increasingly trying case while still dea...more
Spuddie
Sixth in the DI Tom Thorne mystery series. The teenage son of a former cop is kidnapped, but oddly enough there's no ransom note and some question as to whether it was a true kidnapping or whether Luke Mullen voluntarily went off. Thorne, still in trouble with his boss and recovering from events in the last book, is seconded to a small team working with the kidnapping squad working on the case.

As Thorne investigates and looks into the whereabouts of the list of people with grudges against Tony...more
Thom Swennes
This book, first published in 2006 is the sixth in Mark Billingham’s Tom Thorne series. Detective Inspector Tom Thorn is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a sixteen year old boy. I have read crime and police detective novels from all over the world and have noticed a great (and very difficult to describe) difference between British and American stories. Since most of the stories deal primarily with the subject of murder, I can only assume the differences lie in the details. This assum...more
Laura
Being a little generous here, as the ending really made this a 3.5 not a 4.

Once again, DI Thorne is out of his "home", this time working on a kidnapping case (last time he was sleeping rough while trying to find out who was killing homeless people). There are several problems with this case, the least of which is that the kidnappee's father is a former policeman. Who, of course, is hiding something. And of course Thorne starts digging where he perhaps shouldn't, but then he starts Finding Things...more
Cornmaven
This was my first Billingham novel, and I loved it. Very British, with that wry sense of humor sprinkled in. Billingham writes very intelligently; you can't skim the story like you can with the work of some other mystery writers.

The story centers around the kidnap of the son of an ex-police chief, with other crimes being connected to it as either red herrings or contributory. Tom Thorne, the recurring detective, of course has flaws, including not being loved by the upper management. In this nove...more
Katrina Gonsalves
I would disagree that Thorne belongs with the like of Morse or Rebus, but enjoyable. Good characters.
Sandy
I had left this novel for quite a long time before finally deciding to go back and finish it. Why? Because although it was a decent enough plotline, it was a slow moving police procedural which didn't keep my attention that well. With more exciting books calling, this got put on the back burner.

The tale was interesting and original with a few twists that finally kept me interested enough to finish! I did prefer Billingham's earlier work in comparison to this,a later Tom Thorne more meat and less...more
Amanda Meggs
My first Thorne book although number six in the series. Thorne is an interesting character who obviously has good friends amongst his colleagues but he also has a big problem with anyone who is in charge. There were many characters in this book and at times it was difficult to remember what the association was for some characters.

Police procedural novels generally make me glad I'm not in the police force, particularly in England. The whodunnit aspect was well thought out with a good twist at the...more
Bill
I had enjoyed the first DI Tom Thorne mystery I read, Sleepyhead, but this one was even better. It was a well-paced crime novel, the story moved around nicely. The characters are all excellent, along with Tom Thorne, there were DI Holland, Kitson and Porter and the pathologist, Hendricks. I was actually happy to see the potential for Thorne to have a positive relationship. The mystery was all twists and turns and there were other cases that were being worked on as well. I just really enjoyed. Ex...more
Candy Wood
After hearing an interview with Mark Billingham on NPR, I thought I'd try this book, not his latest but available. It's a good police procedural of the gritty-London variety, with enough shifts in perspective to keep readers guessing. The whole idea of kidnap and murder squads working together makes for additional tension. The bureaucracy sounds realistic, but I hope some of the tactics Thorne and his colleagues use are not, even if they result in the conviction of extremely nasty characters.
Bill Klanderman
My first Billingham book. Pretty good. Will read more.
Monica
“Buried” is the 6th book in Mark Billingham’s series that features Tom Thorne. This is another good police procedural novel…with a DI who thinks outside of the box and is a bit of a rebel when it comes to following orders the way he should. The plot is original and kept me guessing until almost the end. Billingham’s writing it hard core, not quite as edgy as Ken Bruen’s books...but often heading in that direction. I’m enjoying this series...so onwards to the next one.
Maria Grazia
Ottimo thriller teso e pieno di colpi di scena, con ambientazione e personaggi tipicamente Brtish. Come in qualsiasi thriller che si rispetti niente è come sembra, e quando si pensa che la storia debba ormai entrare nel porto sicuro della sua conclusione, riesce a far salire di nuvo il livello dell'adrenalina.
Pregevole la traduzione di Alfredo Colitto, anche se il titolo italiano, che ovviamente non è attribuibile al traduttore, è decisamente fuori luogo.
Lori
OMG this was the best in the series yet. couldn't put it down, very very good
Kieran Little


I give this book 3 stars, not because I didn't like it, but because of some of the things that happen in the book.
The storyline starts out nicely, but then cases start to get tangled, and some of them lead in to each other, which I think can be a little confusing at times.
All in all, another thrilling book from Billingham, and I look forward to reading some more of MR thorn.
Joanne
My first Mark Billingham (Tom Thorne novel) and it won't be my last. Detective mystery genre - it reads like a PBS masterpiece mystery show (Think Prime Suspect or Morse). Lots of twists and turns and nasty detective stuff. The plot is about a kidnapped schoolboy and polics efforts to find him. It you like English detective book, this is for you. Well written in a very up to the minute way.
John Watt
Another solid book from Mark Billingham. Solid plot and story, more depth to his already well developed characters. While I could not quite pin down the killer, it was obvious to me there was more to it and I was able to pick out the additional issues flowing alongside the main plot. I don't want to give details as I don't want the be a spoiler. All in all an enjoyable and easy read!!
Scott
Another great book from Billingham. Loved the first four books especially Lazybones and The Burning Girl and wasn't enamoured with Lifeless at all but it's great to see him back on form. I think Trevor Jesmond is going to be unveiled as something very nasty in future books because the hints are getting stronger. Can't wait to read Death Message. It's sat on my couch waiting for my to open it up!
Sarah (TotalTeenFiction)
Another of my favourite of this author's I think! I hadn't read this one before, and I'm reading the books in completely the wrong order at the moment but it didn't affect my enjoyment of it. Usually I can spot the shifty character but the twists and turns in this story took me off guard. A really complex story with the characters well intertwined and the sub-plots just as exciting.
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Also writes as Will Peterson with Peter Cocks.

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. Mark lives in North London with his wife and two children.
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