Thursday, July 5, 2012

Nothing to Hide by J.Mark Bertrand (A Roland March Mystery)

While lovers of Regency Romance novels read Jane Austen to bask in words like "thither" and "mischance" (homage to Nora Ephron), J.Mark Bertrand fans revel in phrases such as "grisly homicide", "non threat target", and "inter agency cooperation". It's kind of refreshing, actually.

Roland March is a contemporary version of the old fashioned hard-boiled detective--a tough-guy with attitude and a (well hidden) soft core. March solves crimes around the seedier parts of Houston, and has a reputation for doing things his way. He is married to Charlotte, a lawyer, who happens to be a Christian. Their marriage has weathered some storms and it still has its shaky moments.

In Nothing to Hide, March's investigation of a murder leads him, unwittingly, into the bowels of the underworld, the sleazy realm of drug cartels and gun running. As truth is often stranger than fiction, Bertrand's book, inspired by a real life incident, was completed about the time that the Fast and Furious operation came to light--giving his plot an eerrily, prophetic quality.

As Roland March crosses the borderline--literally and figuratively--the lines become blurry, you will wonder along with him who to trust in this practically perfect "paranoid thriller". --Did you even know there was such a thing?

Nothing to Hide is a brilliant stand alone novel, but I recommend that you read (at least) Back on Murder-- the first book--to really squeeze every ounce of enjoyment out of the Roland March Mystery series.

Give to people who think you only read Jane Austen and really blow their minds. ;)

Read on for more...

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Nothing to Hide
Bethany House Publishers (July 1, 2012)

J. Mark Bertrand


J. Mark Bertrand lived in Houston, where the series is set, for fifteen years,
earning an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Houston. But after
one hurricane too many he left for South Dakota. Mark has been arrested
for a crime he didn't commit, was the foreman of one hung jury and served
on another that acquitted Vinnie Jones of assault. In 1972, he won an
 honorable mention in a child modeling contest, but pursued writing instead.


A grisly homicide. An international threat.

The stakes have never been higher for
Detective Roland March.

The victim's head is missing, but what intrigues Detective Roland March
is the hand. The pointing finger must be a clue--but to what? According
to the FBI, the dead man was an undercover asset tracking the flow of
 illegal arms to the Mexican cartels. To protect the operation, they want
March to play along with the cover story. With a little digging, though, he
discovers the Feds are lying. And they're not the only ones.

In an upside-down world of paranoia and conspiracy, March finds himself
dogged by injury and haunted by a tragic failure. Forced to take justice into
 his own hands, his twisting investigation leads him into the very heart of
 darkness, leaving March with nothing to lose--and nothing to hide.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Nothing to Hide, go HERE.


Rachna Chhabria said...

Nothing to hide sounds good, Cheryl. I like the title a lot.

Cheryl Klarich said...

Thanks Rachna! J.Mark Bertrand's writing is superb.
Definitely NYT best seller list material.

Daisy Carter said...

This sounds pretty good, thanks, Cheryl! I haven't read a crime novel in quite a while - I might just check it out!

Cheryl Klarich said...

Hi Daisy--Nothing to Hide is wonderful reading for the serious crime novel lover!

Misha Gericke said...

Nothing to Hide sounds wonderful. Haven't read a good thriller in a long time. :-D

Cheryl Klarich said...

Misha! Nothing to Hide is a great book--I suggest asking your library for Back on Murder also--more excellent writing and a great intro to Roland March's character.