Buried Secrets

By Joseph Finder
(St. Martin's Press, Mass Market Paperbound, 9781250000361, 496pp.)

Publication Date: January 3, 2012

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When Alexa Marcus, the teenage daughter of a billionaire hedge fund titan, is kidnapped, it's up to family friend and "private spy" Nick Heller--a former intelligence operative trained in the Special Forces--to find her before time runs out.

Alexa has been buried alive, a videocam trained on her night and day, her terror streamed live over the Internet. Who are her cunning and ruthless captors--and what do they want? And why is there no ransom request? With the help of an ex-lover, FBI Special Agent Diana Madigan, Nick must penetrate layers of deceptions and manipulations to hunt down Alexa's abductors. He will destroy anyone who gets in his way--even Alexa's own father, who refuses to reveal the one secret that will save his daughter's life. Meanwhile, powerful members of a conspiracy are on Nick's trail and determined to make sure that their secrets stay buried. But they don't realize how far Nick Heller will go to uncover the truth--and save a life.

About the Author
Joseph Finder is the author of several "New York Times" bestselling thrillers, including "Buried Secrets", "High Crimes", "Paranoia "and the first Nick Heller novel, "Vanished". "Killer Instinct" won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Thriller, and "Company Man" won the Barry and Gumshoe Awards for Best Thriller. "High Crimes" was the basis of the Morgan Freeman/Ashley Judd movie, and "Paranoia" was the basis for 2013 film with Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman. "Killer Instinct" is also in development as a major motion picture. Born in Chicago, Finder studied Russian at Yale and Harvard. He was recruited by the CIA, but decided he preferred writing fiction. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Association for Former Intelligence Officers, he lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Praise For Buried Secrets

Praise for New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder and his novels


“Thrilling.”—The New Yorker

“Breathlessly exciting.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A labyrinth of suspense…brilliant…a master storyteller.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“A thinking person’s thriller with bite.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)


“Fast and furious.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Exciting . . . deliciously absorbing . . . full of hair-pin turns.” —The Washington Post

“A powerhouse tale.” —Chicago Tribune

“Provocative and chilling.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Rattling good entertainment.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


“The best thriller of the year.” —Chicago Sun-Times

“Lots of unpredictable plot twists and a furious pace.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Lightning-paced from the first page to the last. ”—Providence Journal

“If Jack Reacher met Nick Heller in a dark alley, my money’s on Reacher. But it would be ugly. Or would it? Actually, I think they’d go for a beer together and set the world to rights—because Joseph Finder has given me a terrific new hero to root for. This is an action-packed, full-throttle, buy-it-today-read-it-tonight series that you definitely shouldn’t miss.” —Lee Child

“A humdinger....a thriller to enjoy for its Washington locales, convincing familiarity with cutting-edge spy gadgetry, and taut action scenes.” —Washington Post

“Cliffhangers galore, the fascinating tradecraft of corporate espionage, and an engrossing story will propel readers through this outstanding thriller. Highly recommended as a great summer read.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Written in staccato chapters that are emotionally supercharged and action-packed, this thriller will more than satisfy adrenaline junkies and have them guessing until the very end.”—Publishers Weekly  

“If you only read one book this summer, make it Vanished.” —Crimespree magazine

“Moves at the pace of an injected neurotoxin…You’ll curse Finder for keeping you up into the early hours.” —Shots magazine

“Even though I’d been warned that everyone who'd read it did so in one sitting, I cracked the cover at 10 p.m., figuring yeah, yeah, one sitting, right. When I passed out at 4 a.m., I was thinking, boy, if I could just keep my eyes open long enough to finish this!” —Myles Knapp, Contra Costa Times


“A white-knuckle tale of suspense.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“A fast-paced fun ride…a delicious, perfectly prepared mixture.”—Boston Globe

“A bloody, rollicking thrill ride...the plot moves at light speed.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch 

“The action is swift…keeps the plot bubbling and the pages turning.”—Wall Street Journal

“Thrilling. . . Start Power Play this afternoon and you’ll have the nightstand lamp burning at bedtime.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


“Unstoppable.”—USA Today

“Masterful.”—Houston Chronicle

“Explosive…wickedly fun.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Master of a complex suspense formula...flawlessly executed violence, crisp dialogue, and taut pacing.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A first-rate thrill ride.”— Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“A roller coaster of a read.”—Cosmopolitan

“It starts off with a bang and doesn’t slow down until the last page.”—Ottawa Sun


“It’s everything a thriller should be: suspenseful, entertaining—and, above all, thrilling.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“Once again, Finder has produced a page-turning corporate thriller with enough twists and turns for any reader.”—Denver Post

“The thriller is rejuvenated by Joseph Finder with Company Man. That’s because Finder puts the emphasis on sharply created characters instead of potentially eye-glazing business minutiae.”—Chicago Tribune


“A high-octane thrill ride.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“The most entertaining thriller of the year.”—Publishers Weekly

“Jet-propelled...this twisting, stealthily plotted story...weaves a tangled and ingeniously enveloping web...[with a] killer twist for the end.”—The New York Times

“Riveting…perhaps the finest of the contemporary thriller novelists, you may think you’ve read one mystery too many. Find Finder and you’ll think again.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Page-turning perfection… Finder has that rare knack for instantly pulling the reader into the story and then tops that with surprises within surprises.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Imaginative and original, this is a gripping thriller with three characteristics too rare in the genre: humor, heart, and good writing.”—Detroit Free Press

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