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Buried (Tom Thorne #6)

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A retired copper's son is kidnapped. Many of the villains he put away had sworn revenge. So why does he fail to mention the one who is still the main suspect in a four-year-old murder?
Paperback, 505 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Sphere (first published 2006)
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Dec 08, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the sixth Tom Thorne novel and, as always, things are not going well for our country music loving detective. It is six months since Thorne went undercover amongst London’s homeless and he is still being side-lined. However, when pressure is put upon his superior officer to help with the kidnapping of a former Detective Chief Superintendent’s son, Thorne is unceremoniously loaned to the kidnap unit. Alongside D.I. Louise Porter, Thorne is sent to discover who is holding sixteen year old L ...more
Ian Mapp
Dec 12, 2010 Ian Mapp rated it did not like it
Shelves: crime
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
Jen at Reading Lark
Jan 05, 2011 Jen at Reading Lark rated it did not like it
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
Jun 20, 2013 Richard rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, crime

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
Feb 01, 2012 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, series
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
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Jan 05, 2016 Best Crime Books & More rated it really liked it
I am slowly catching up with this series and I feel like the more I read of them the more I enjoy them. This is largely down to Tom Thorne as a character! I love the fact that Thorne is a disgruntled and weary copper that had his own strange personality quirks. In addition I love how his father is still a large part of his life and is written in as dialogue when Thorne is battling with many questions. Since Torne’s last outing which saw him on the streets Undercover, he is being pushed aside hen ...more
Craig Sisterson
Sep 04, 2011 Craig Sisterson rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, thrillers, british
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
Daniel Cann
Jan 24, 2013 Daniel Cann rated it really liked it
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
Jan 07, 2012 Dan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
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
Mar 08, 2012 Spuddie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Thom Swennes
Aug 09, 2013 Thom Swennes rated it liked it
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
Aug 02, 2012 Cornmaven rated it it was amazing
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
Lizzy Baldwin
Oct 22, 2015 Lizzy Baldwin rated it it was ok
Must admit at the start of this, that I’m coming into this series pretty late because this is the sixth book in the series but I often think with series books in a crime genre you should be able to throw yourself right in and to a point I could. Quite easily. The book follows the country music loving detective Tom Thorne who appears to be a little side-lined by his colleagues (I’m sure this relates to a book earlier in the series.) However he is moved back into the spotlight when he is chosen to ...more
Feb 05, 2015 Cat rated it really liked it
I read this 500+ page book in 2 days, so I must have liked it. It is the second of the DCI Thorne books that I have read (my first being Sleepy Head) and I didn't find myself confused by all the regular characters, or the sub plots that no doubt follow through the previous books.
The story revolved around the kidnap of teenage boy leading to DCI Thorne being "loaned" to the Kidnap team at Scotland Yard where his no-nonsense outlook to the case doesn't make him popular with the powers above, but h
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
Diane Dickson
Jan 02, 2016 Diane Dickson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying this series and in my opinion this is the best yet. As with the Rebus ones it is a treat to watch as the characters develop and grow. I really feel as though I know them now and so of course I care about them. Poor Tom doesn't seem to have that much real pleasure in his life and even in his job, opinion is often fairly biased against him it seems. There is the promise of a love life but even that doesn't really seem to get off the ground and it makes you want to take him out ...more
Jul 04, 2010 Jo rated it it was amazing
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.
Mary Bloodworth
Jan 27, 2015 Mary Bloodworth rated it really liked it
For me, this book was just as much of a page turner as the other in the Tom Thorne series. However, it was a bit like a Law & Order Criminal Intent show, where the initial straightforward case veers wildly off-topic to the point that you forget what the initial plot was about. As the book went on, new threads and subplots were added until you had a bit of a tangle of subplots that were confusing and messy to sort out by the end. But I enjoyed it and stayed up way too late reading it and look ...more
Laura Crosse
Jul 14, 2012 Laura Crosse rated it really liked it
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
Oct 28, 2012 Alison rated it it was ok
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,
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
Oct 23, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it
Maybe 3.5 stars. I don't know. I don't read enough books like these to be able to really rate them. But I was entertained. I liked following the characters as they fumbled and made mistakes; the plot wasn't neat and tidy with each development leading perfectly to the next. Billingham leads the reader down other paths before allowing the characters to find the right ones. There was one plot line I would have liked to discover more about, but as the character became less important in the case, I s ...more
Michelle Douglas
Jun 01, 2014 Michelle Douglas rated it it was amazing
Another great read about DCI Tom Thorne and his colleagues working on a current kidnapping case and a case from 5 years ago and another from 6 months ago which end up being connected in a rather troublesome way.
I still miss Tom's dad for his banter but as Tom still dreams of him and quite often has him around him he is still a big presence in his life.
I love the different friendships that Tom has with Phil Hendricks and Dave Holland and await to see what happens with Louise Potter when he recove
Jun 23, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 05, 2015 Erica rated it it was amazing
I really, really liked this one. Yeah, it got a little convoluted and yeah, it could have had a little more explanation and development of certain events but it was twisty and kept me hanging on.... didn't want it to end. Thorne was in top form and I look forward to seeing what happens between him and Porter. Billingham is great at suspense and I didn't see the ending coming at all... I like that about him.... his books are pretty unpredictable. This was a great read.
Aug 23, 2014 MaryAnn rated it really liked it
Another good Tom Thorne story--this one centered on a suspected kidnapping, along with a seemingly unrelated murder or two. And Thorne's love life seems to be promising, but other parts of his life keep getting in the way.
Dec 09, 2014 Bindu rated it liked it
Shelves: detective
love and hate - extreme feelings! How can you hurt a once LOVED person just because someone has moved on. New way to hurt a loved one is to hurt the loved one's loved one! And on the way few bodies who pay the price!
Aug 08, 2015 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Phew - that's more like it - lone psychopath tracked by the invincible Tom Thorne. So much better than the gangland territory of the previous novel - I was scared for a moment of the direction his plots were moving in.
'Buried' was still a little obtuse, but back up there with the best of Billingham.
Feb 26, 2015 Hadebeer rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. Reminds me of Deon Meyer. I will certainly be looking for more of his books. I like DI Thorne as a character. I finished this in about 3 sittings.
May 13, 2014 Heather rated it really liked it
Another great read from Mark Billingham. Good mixture of suspense and substance, some interesting twists that were carefully plotted instead of thrown in at the last minute, which is a pet hate of mine. Further development of Thorne's character and why he makes the decisions he does, which always makes for more interesting reading. Can't wait to read the next one.
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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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