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Pattern of Wounds (A Roland March Mystery) Paperback – July 1, 2011
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Roland March is looking for another killer. This killer is one who does it by stabbing, and a young woman is only the beginning. March put a man behind bars ten years back, and this murder has the same traits. March has the right guy, right? If the correct man is behind bars from ten years ago, then who's pulling these murderous stunts?
If that weren't enough, March is harassed with a series of e-mails straight from the killer. And while that can be intimidating, conflicts at work and in his marriage don't make life any easier for this man. Things are a lot closer than they appear to be, and it isn't going to be pretty in the end.
Make no mistake about it, "Back on Murder" was simply amazing. And "Pattern of Wounds" is pretty close behind. Bertrand puts his stories together like a seasoned professional, so if people compare him to Michael Connelly or Jason Pinter, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised. Man, I can't wait for his next release!
At its core, "Pattern of Wounds" is an intelligent mystery as opposed to a slam-bang thriller. Like any good mystery, it starts out with a corpse. This particular corpse bears a pattern of unique stab wounds. The story takes its time setting things up and unveiling new truths, even as it heads toward a fiery showdown. We want to know whodunit, and Bertrand's lead character guides us through a maze of suspects and motives. It is Roland March who investigates the homicide in his role with the Houston police. He also deals with questions concerning a previous case that could be connected, and looks deeper into a painful scenario from his own childhood. These three plot threads weave in and out, forming a tapestry that is rich in color and meaning, while requiring the reader to stay alert. Bertrand doesn't bang us over the head with themes or symbolism, but lets those elements seep through the tapestry in their own good time.
Roland March is a great character, driven by a moral code, haunted by things in his past, and struggling with questions about God, good, and evil. He has as much empathy for the fates of his suspects as he does for the victims, even while he hunts down those same suspects with a vengeance. He is not perfect. He can be stubborn at times.Read more ›
If anything, the characters are even more complex in this book. More of what led up to Roland March's decline prior to "Back on Murder" is exposed and the conflicts between him and his former friends are front and center as this plot unfolds. Conflict between good and bad can be boring. Conflict between good and good where perspectives are different and trust is frayed is anything but.
Again, everything was foreshadowed but twists and turns abound as each layer of the plot was exposed. Even more than in "Back to Murder" I was so certain that I had figured out the crime (I hadn't) and then the plots (there are a handful of them woven tightly together) went sideways yet again.
All the loose ends get wrapped up without cheating by the author. Bertrand can write in the same league as Robert Crais, Ridley Pearson, Greg Iles, and my other favorite authors in this genre. I will be reading book number 3 but alas, I will have to wait awhile.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
To write a police procedural well is difficult. To create a character that is both strong and vulnerable is certainly not easy. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love the story but the Kindle version has pages out of order.. someone needs to fix it!Published 2 months ago by TG08
At last, a writer that takes pride in his work and has the skills of writing mastered. Well written. A great read. Compelling from start to finish. Thank you! J. Read morePublished 3 months ago by sjorge
I love this author! Keep you interested through the entire book leaves you wanting morePublished 3 months ago by William Eiden
J. Mark Bertrand does it again. The Roland March mysteries will make a mystery fan out of you.Published 4 months ago by Oprah Winfrey Jr.
This book left me with mixed feeling about it. The descriptions of the violence/wounds were pretty graphic. Sometimes the investigations got a little over dramatic and boring. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Caty
I really enjoyed this book I think at times it dried a little bit but most of the time I couldn't get my hands on it again in the evening before he went to bed I still wonder what... Read morePublished 5 months ago by F. Douglas Van Sicklen
I like his writing. He puts humor into what is a serious situation. I bought all three of his Roland March books.Published 5 months ago by Gwynn Wilkinson