Mark Billingham - Buried - Little, Brown Book Group

Buried

By Mark Billingham
Read by Robert Glenister

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The sixth hard-hitting Thorne thriller

A MISSING BOY
Teenager Luke Mullen was last seen getting into a car with an older woman. No one can understand why he has disappeared. His father - a former police officer - knows all too well that the longer he is missing, the more likely he is to turn up dead.
A TERRIFYING VIDEO
Then Luke's parents receive an anonymous video. It shows their son, eyes wide with terror, as a man advances towards him holding a syringe.
A RACE AGAINST TIME
DI Tom Thorne recognises a psychopath when he sees one. And the scene on the tape chills him to the bone - he knows that a child's life hangs in the balance, and that every minute counts...

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  • ISBN: 9781405502160
  • Publication date: 08 May 2006
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  • Imprint: Hachette Audio
Glenister conveys well the rising panic of the kidnapper, whose querulous protestations, though addressed to no one in particular, are certainly creepy... A long, meaty, good-value listen — Telegraph
Gripping — Express

The fashion in which Mark Billingham has climbed his way to the top of the British crime writing fraternity should cause no one any surprise. His secret (as his latest book, Buried, comprehensively proves) is simple: Billingham's work is always utterly reliable, delivering gritty and authoritative crime fiction writing in which the sense of locale is always spot-on.

Here, DI Tom Thorne is asked to help in the case of a teenage boy who has disappeared. He is the son of a once high-ranking police officer (now retired), and Thorne's first endeavour is to ask the father, ex DCI-Mullen, to draw up a list of all those in his past who might have reason to hold a grudge. But then Thorne discovers that there is an omission from the list: a man who has made serious threats to Mullen and his family. And as Billingham's beleaguered hero strains every sinew to track down the boy before he is killed, he has to find out why his ex-police colleague has lied to him.

As so often before with Billingham, it's the steady accumulation of disturbing detail that makes this novel so compelling. The author eschews easy thrills, and prefers to involve the reader at a more realistic pace. This is not to say that the book lacks excitement (even Billingham's enemies could hardly accuse him of that), but just that the tension is dispensed in a way that never seems meretricious. Another solid entry in the growing Tom Thorne canon. -- Barry Forshaw

— AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW

'With Buried we're plunged back into the dark side with a vengeance . . . Billingham's plotting is as taut as ever'

Barry Forshaw

— AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW
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Their Little Secret

Mark Billingham
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'Hugely intelligent and authentic' BELINDA BAUER, AUTHOR OF SNAPShe says she's an ordinary mother.He knows a liar when he sees one.Sarah thinks of herself as a normal single mum. It's what she wants others to think of her. But the truth is, she needs something new, something thrilling.Meanwhile, DI Tom Thorne is investigating a woman's suicide, convinced she was driven to do it by a man who preys on vulnerable women.A man who is about to change Sarah's life.From number one, five-million-copy bestseller Mark Billingham comes a breathless new thriller starring Thorne and Tanner that readers will devour.PRAISE FOR MARK BILLINGHAM'One of the great series of British crime fiction' THE TIMES'An unconventional literary superstar' MAIL ON SUNDAY'Billingham is a world-class writer' KARIN SLAUGHTER'A new Mark Billingham is always a treat' SUSIE STEINER'Finely paced and polished procedural, with twists and turns galore' CARA HUNTER'Perfectly executed and with a thoroughly unnerving twist' GUARDIAN'Thorne is a terrific invention' IRISH INDEPENDENT'Mark Billingham gets better and better' MICHAEL CONNELLY

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A cluster of suicides among the elderly. Such things are not unknown to the police and the deaths are quickly dismissed by the police as routine. Only one man is convinced that something more sinister is taking place.However, no one listens to Tom Thorne anymore. Having stepped out of line once too often, he's back in uniform and he hates it. Patronised and abused by his new colleagues, Thorne's suspicions about the suicides are dismissed by the Murder Squad he was once part of and he is forced to investigate alone.Unable to trust anyone, Thorne must risk losing those closest to him.He must gamble with the lives of those targeted by a killer unlike any he has hunted before. A man with nothing to lose and a growing list of victims. A man with the power to make people take their own lives.Tom Thorne returns in Billingham's most compelling thriller to date. The Dying Hours is a haunting portrait of London's dark heart, and the darker heart of a twisted killer bringing terror to its streets.

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