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BuriedIn Buried, Mark Billingham's sixth Tom Thorne procedural, the persnickety British detective unenthusiastically slogs through a no-ransom,...BuriedTrue Crime, Mystery and ThrillerIn Buried, Mark Billingham's sixth Tom Thorne procedural, the persnickety British detective unenthusiastically slogs through a no-ransom,...2007-08-06HarperCollins
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Buried

Genre: True Crime, Mystery and Thriller; Author: Mark Billingham; Publisher: HarperCollins

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+

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