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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.

"Plot-driven and suspenseful, with well-developed characters, this should appeal to readers of Terri Blackstock." -- Library Journal

About the Author

J. Mark Bertrand is the author of Back on Murder, Pattern of Wounds, and Nothing to Hide, crime novels featuring Houston homicide detective Roland March. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and now lives in South Dakota. Visit his website at jmarkbertrand.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Roland March Mystery
  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; First Edition edition (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764206397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764206399
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,027,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J. Mark Bertrand is the author of the crime novels BACK ON MURDER (2010), PATTERN OF WOUNDS (2011) and NOTHING TO HIDE (2012), featuring Houston homicide detective Roland March. The Weekly Standard dubbed him "a major crime-fiction talent." He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and lives with his wife Laurie in South Dakota.

Find out more online at www.jmarkbertrand.com.

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With each new Roland March story another layer is peeled back or added to the loner detective. The books clearly stand on their own, but readers who want a true and fuller experience with March miss out on so much without reading the previous two novels Back on Murder and Pattern of Wounds. Nothing to Hide takes us on a wild ride down Mexico way into the realm of procured American guns bought for drug cartels. Sound familiar? The novel was written before the infamous and tragic Operation Fast and Furious conducted and under fire by the current US administration.

March and his once nemesis Jerry Lorenz are partners on the investigation of the headless corpse, one arm to the side with a skinless finger pointing in a direction which Jerry thinks might indicate where the wayward head might be. When March decides to look in that direction, he falls crossing a ditch and dings up his back and hip. To top it off there's no head in that direction or anything else that he can find.

Through a clandestine and confidential meeting with his Lt. Bascombe and the diminutive FBI agent Bea Kuykendahl, March starts his suspicious methodology of adding two and two together to make sure the number four comes up. When it doesn't, he's again in that place where he always arrives in his investigations: out on a limb and on his own but as far as the department is concerned, everything he's doing is unknown.

With insights from Jerry and a genuine fondness and respect for the younger man developing, March is impressed when Jerry discovers important information about the headless man with the pointing finger.

The investigation takes a dangerous turn when tragedy strikes.
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Nothing to Hide by J. Mark Bertrand is the third book in the outstanding Roland March murder mystery series. When Roland is called to investigate the murder of a man who was decapitated and de-gloved as a way of keeping his identity secret, at first he considers the involvement of the Mexican cartels. With Houston's proximity to the border, his guess wouldn't be too big of a stretch, but what he uncovers instead is a shocking mix of political machinations, secret agents and double agents, and a connection to his past Roland thought was long buried. Bertrand's writing is hard-edged police procedural mixed with the inner workings of a man tortured by his desire to right wrongs, even at great personal cost. The story is complicated, fast-paced, action-packed, and always, always intelligent. By the time Roland begins to uncover the truth, the reader can barely keep track of who is betraying who and just who the real bad guy is, and when the murderer is revealed, I was just as shocked as Roland. Bertrand excels at keeping me guessing (and as a frequent murder mystery reader, it's hard to surprise me). Some police procedural series go on far past their expiration date, but with Bertrand writing, I will always keep coming back to see what he's put March up against next.
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Title: Nothing to Hide
Author: J. Mark Bertrand
Year: 2012
Pages: 336
Publisher: Bethany
Note: : I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. Follow my other reviews at [...] and on twitter @lcjohnson1988
In Houston's Homicide Division, a detective by the name of March desires to solve the latest murder. A gruesome dismembered body, laid in a particular manner on a basketball court with a finger pointing in a direction leads one investigator to wonder if the missing parts are deposited in that direction. However, nothing else around the crime scene is discovered and there are no witnesses. Where does the homicide detective look for his answers?
What appears to have no direct bearing on the investigation is woven into the bigger picture after all, just exactly "appears" is something the reader must continue to understand as the story progresses. An FBI agent named Bea has a vested interest in the case, but is she for the side of law or does she have a hidden agenda?
Charlotte, March's wife, is now working full-time as a lawyer, traveling internationally following in the footsteps of her father. Does their marriage survive the stress from both careers? The young couple, who once rented an apartment from March and his wife, is becoming parents soon. March has a hard time interacting with the father, who is a minister, who has an outreach center. March has questions about his faith. Charlotte is firm in her beliefs and longs to see her husband have the same faith with her.
March was in the Army at one time and was considering staying in for a career, but something happened to change his mind or was it someone? March goes to the gun range and meets a young man named Jeff.
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It doesn't take long for Houston Homicide Detective Roland March to realize his latest case is anything but routine. The case begins with the discovery of a decapitated and mutilated body on a basketball court, staged such that the victim appears to be pointing at something. Does the posing signal the beginning of a serial killing spree? With very little information to work with, Roland quickly realizes he might not even be able to positively identify the victim, much less solve the crime. Just as he's beginning to lose hope though, the FBI contacts him with the victim's name--but much to Roland's surprise, the victim only exists on paper. In a complex and intricately written novel, Nothing to Hide is a great mystery, complete with numerous plot twists, conspiracies and shocking revelations placed against the backdrop of the present day drug war in Mexico.

It's hard to believe that it's already been two years since being introduced to Roland March. When I read Back on Murder in 2010, it was obvious that J. Mark Bertrand was a talented author and that it was just a matter of time before one of the Roland March books totally wowed me. Nothing to Hide is that book; I thoroughly enjoyed it. The brooding writing style combined with symbolic inclusions from classic literature, converge to create a brilliantly written novel that's gripping and highly entertaining.

Bertrand has done a wonderful job of evolving Roland's character. While I enjoyed Back on Murder, I kept wanting to whack Roland on the head and tell him to just follow the rules. The second book in the series, Pattern of Wounds, started to nudge Roland in the direction of intelligent rule bending and Nothing to Hide completes that transition so that the reader can fully cheer for Roland's renegade antics.
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