In Buried, Mark Billingham’s sixth Tom Thorne procedural, the persnickety British detective unenthusiastically slogs through a no-ransom, no-leads kidnapping. When the snatching spawns a double murder, the body count-loving Thorne perks up and blows through two other related — and dizzingly tangled — cases in a matter of days. Chugging through unnecessary back story about London police bureaucracy, this hard-boiled tale stumbles along at first, haphazardly changing narrators. Billingham’s more personal, less technical parts — such as details of the victim’s plight (”like a stillborn baby in a big man’s coffin”) and a clumsy, tense romance for Thorne — prop up an otherwise confusing crime drama. C+
BuriedIn Buried, Mark Billingham's sixth Tom Thorne procedural, the persnickety British detective unenthusiastically slogs through a no-ransom,...BuriedTrue Crime, Mystery and ThrillerMark BillinghamIn Buried, Mark Billingham's sixth Tom Thorne procedural, the persnickety British detective unenthusiastically slogs through a no-ransom,...2007-08-06HarperCollins
Genre: True Crime, Mystery and Thriller; Author: Mark Billingham; Publisher: HarperCollins
Posted August 6 2007 — 12:00 AM EDT
- 'Castle' books 'The O.C.' star in season 8
- 'Big Brother' host Julie Chen calls eviction 'ridiculous and dumb'; says Steve 'chickened out'
- Caitlyn Jenner explains how her views on marriage equality have evolved
- Ed Burns was super nervous his first day working with Tom Hanks on 'Saving Private Ryan'
- Blue Ivy dedicates Disney favorite to mom Beyoncé on her birthday
- Spoiler Room: Scoop on 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Murder,' 'Scandal' & more
- The music we loved this week
- Force Friday: See Hasbro's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' toys
- How three worlds collided for the Shondaland cast shoot: See the exclusive photos
- 8 most polarizing celebrities in 'Dancing With the Stars' history
- All the VMAs 2015 performances graded
- VMAs 2015 Red Carpet: See All the Looks!
- Johnny Depp, Gabrielle Union, Karlie Kloss & More!