Book Review: Buried (DC Jack Warr #1) by Lynda La Plante

Name:  Buried (DC Jack Warr #1)
Lynda La Plante
Number of Pages: 
352 (Kindle)
April 7th 2020 by Zaffre
Genre: Crime


DC Jack Warr and his girlfriend Maggie have just moved to London to start a new life together. Though charming, Jack can’t seem to find his place in the world – until he’s drawn into an investigation that turns his life upside down.
In the aftermath of a fire at an isolated cottage, a badly charred body is discovered, along with the burnt remains of millions of stolen, untraceable bank notes.
Jack’s search leads him deep into a murky criminal underworld – a world he finds himself surprisingly good at navigating. But as the line of the law becomes blurred, how far will Jack go to find the answers – and what will it cost him?
In BURIED, it’s time to meet DC Jack Warr as he digs up the deadly secrets of the past . . .

My Rating:


My Thoughts:

Buried is the first of the Jack Warr books and introduces us to this detective at a point in his career when he’s fairly uninspired, until a case comes along that really captures his attention and all that changes.

The case Jack’s team becomes involved in starts with a body found in a burnt out cottage in the middle of nowhere. Evidence found at the scene creates potential links to a number of other cases spanning previous decades; a renowned train robbery in the 90s, and even further back, to a diamond theft. The opportunity to link and possibly solve some of these famous cases proves a real challenge, something Jack can finally give his all to, much to the initial delight of his boss, who has been pushing Jack to apply for a promotion.

Jack Warr has the potential to become an interesting main character. After being initially uninspired by his work he commits fully, throwing himself into solving the interconnected crimes. Over the course of the investigation he becomes acquainted with the group of women at the centre of at least one of the crimes, or maybe more, and these acquaintances mean Jack doesn’t see the present day situation as straightforward, acknowledging that at this time there may be other threats.
This view becomes more focussed more as Jack looks into his own past. Adopted at a young age, Jack has had a calm, regular family upbringing, but he is driven to seek out his biological parents, particularly his father. Revelations along the way change him, and his viewpoint of both himself and his career, and going forward this could become interesting. It’s really hard to talk about why without giving spoilers so I’ll leave it there.

The story has some really well developed characters, from Jack himself to the group of women potentially at the centre of the investigation. They have a list of past crimes between them that covers a wide range, but apparently they united to create a children’s home, a safe place, and to move on with their lives. Of course, things didn’t turn out that way, and the women went their separate ways. Jack encounters each of them and has to work out what really happened years ago and whether any or all of them were involved, and if so, what will he do about it?
We’re also introduced to Jack’s colleagues who in some cases are vying for recognition, either professionally or personally, and a boss who at some points is very focused on taking the investigation down a totally different route to what Jack suspects is the truth.

When it became apparent what was going on and who was really at the centre of the plot I became intrigued as it how it would all play out, especially given Jack’s evolving viewpoint, so it was a fast-paced read to the final revelations. I don’t tend to read that much crime, but I would be tempted to pick up the next of the Jack Warr books, Judas Horse.


17 thoughts on “Book Review: Buried (DC Jack Warr #1) by Lynda La Plante

    • pagesandtea says:

      I think I’d be tempted with book 2 when my ‘I fancy a crime read’ mood comes around again. Having met these characters I’d be interested in what happens to them next.


    • pagesandtea says:

      I don’t think I’ve ever read anything featuring her more well-known characters but I’ve probably seen a few tv adaptations.
      This was an interesting beginning to a new series and I’m interested enough to want to know what happens next for the characters.


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