Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Back On Murder by J. Mark Bertrand

If you are looking for a hard-boiled, old- school, film noir, Humphrey Bogart style, yet refreshingly contemporary detective novel- and who isn't?- then put Back on Murder on your must read list.
The wheels turn, the plot thickens, one can imagine the creative thought being captured by the author.  I could almost hear the sound of typewriter keys pounding furiously against  sheets of clean, white paper until they are ripped from the roller, set down on the vintage wooden desk, where coffee will inevitably splash onto its pristine state. But never mind, the work has been captured perfectly. And the reader breathes a sigh of relief. Roland March is Back on Murder and there will be more to come.

Read on for more details about this fabulous Detective Thriller. I promise, you will also want to wax lyrical. Don't read the first chapter if you are not planning on buying this one. Consider yourself warned.

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Back On Murder
Bethany House (July 1, 2010)

J. Mark Betrand


J. Mark Bertrand has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. After one hurricane too many, he left Houston and relocated with his wife Laurie to the plains of South Dakota.

Mark has been arrested for a crime he didn't commit, was the foreman of a hung jury in Houston, and after relocating served on the jury that acquitted Vinnie Jones of assault. In 1972, he won an honorable mention in a child modeling contest, but pursued writing instead. Besides his personal website, visit his Crime Genre website at http://www.crimegenre.com/.

The next book in this series, Pattern Of Wounds will come out in the summer of 2011.


Det. Roland March is a homicide cop on his way out.

A missing girl. A corrupt investigation. They thought they could get away with it, but they forgot one thing:

Roland March is BACK ON MURDER...

Houston homicide detective Roland March was once one of the best. Now he's disillusioned, cynical, and on his way out. His superiors farm him out on a variety of punishment details.  But when he's the only one at a crime scene to find evidence of a missing female victim, he's given one last chance to prove himself. Before he can crack the case, he's transferred to a new one that has grabbed the spotlight--the disappearance of a famous Houston evangelist's teen daughter.
 All he has to do? Find the missing teenage daughter of a Houston evangelist that every cop in town is already looking for. But March has an inside track, a multiple murder nobody else thinks is connected. With the help of a youth pastor with a guilty conscience who navigates the world of church and faith, March is determined to find the missing girls while proving he's still one of Houston's best detectives.

Battling a new partner, an old nemesis, and the demons of his past, getting to the truth could cost March everything. Even his life.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Back On Murder, go HERE.

1 comment:

Patti Lacy said...

Hmmm. Sounds fabulous.
I love film noir, so why not?