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Nothing to Hide (A Roland March Mystery Book #3)

Nothing to Hide (A Roland March Mystery Book #3) [Kindle Edition]

J. Mark Bertrand

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The Stakes Have Never Been Higher for this Homicide Cop

Publishers Weekly calls J. Mark Bertrand's writing "gritty and chilling." He returns once more to the streets of Houston for another twisting mystery featuring Detective Roland March. This time, a new case is launched by the discovery of a headless corpse...only the investigation quickly becomes complicated when a blood sample analysis brings a phone call from the FBI.

The body was an undercover agent working to bring down Mexican cartels. The feds want the case closed rather than risk exposing other agents in the field, but March can't abide letting a murder go unsolved. And he doesn't have to dig long to figure out something isn't right. Someone is covering something up, and it seems that everyone has something to hide. Maybe even March, as the case soon intersects, unexpectedly, with the murder that led him to become a homicide cop, all those years ago.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1112 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 330 Seiten
  • Verlag: Bethany House Publishers (1. Juli 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0073UPUG4
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5.0 von 5 Sternen 3rd in Roland March mystery series is powerful storytelling 3. Juli 2012
Von Christina Lockstein - Veröffentlicht auf
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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Well worth reading and enjoying! 3. Juli 2012
Von lighthouse88 - Veröffentlicht auf
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. While he is impressed with this young man, something seems amiss, shrouded in some way that the detective does find out, but not until it is almost too late. These are just a few highlights of the various plots of the story.
Expertly woven in this story are murder, mystery, intrigue, spies, covert operations, rogue agents, the involvement of the United States Government and crossing into Mexico. The reader is kept spellbound by the characters in this novel, figuring out who is for or against whom. Many times I thought I figured out the way the story was going, only to be surprised by the many twists and turns introduced in various parts of the action. Every page turned by the reader leads down a path of more intrigue and action, so much so that it is a hard novel to put down. The author includes small interludes of flashbacks for the March character, but not enough to divulge where the author is leading you until the very end of the book.
I had never read a book written by J. Mark Bertrand before. I really am hooked now! He weaves together so many characters from so many different backgrounds you might think it is hard to follow all the action; it isn't hard at all. He grabs the attention of the reader from the word "go" and doesn't let go until the very last page. You will enjoy this novel immensely, so grab a copy and settle down to get lost in a wonderful work of fiction.
My rating five stars.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen With . . . Nothing to Hide 2. Juli 2012
Von Nicole Petrino-Salter - Veröffentlicht auf
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. March is compelled to stay away from the case, but when has that ever stopped him from searching for the underlying truth. Plagued by the recurring physical pain from his fall but determined to get to the bottom of this convoluted trail of deceit and weapons, he is rescued from one unexpected crisis by a young man (Jeff from the gun range March frequents) who knows someone from March's distant past. Gun fans, you're in for a treat with this book.

Woven in between the investigation are references to Dante's Inferno, the ugly smugness of atheism, March's history as an MP in the Army, Carter and Gina's due date for their first child approaching, and Charlotte's new faith causing ripples of silent anger in March's psyche. Charlotte is less visible in this offering but her presence resides at a distance in March's heart.

The scenes in Mexico rival those in thrillers and warrant a tighter grip on the bookcovers or your e-reading device. Intense, riveting, and emotional. And possibly presenting the slightest chink in March's spiritual armor.

If you've read any of the Roland March novels, I don't need to tell you how superb the writing is, but I will anyway. Roland March IS J. Mark Bertrand - or vice versa. This is a character who's come to life through the pages of these stories, and in an ever growing and enlightening way, we see through all the bluster and proclamations of his aloof aloneness. The language and tone for March, for Charlotte, for every character rings right. Descriptions, quirks, nuances of behaviors, actions, and personalities give visual recognitions and perceptions to the intimate details of each person, place, and thing. I'm not a gushy praiser of authors, but there's no question J. Mark Bertrand is a student of people and a master at creating characters. He was indeed born to write. And complex mysteries are his forte at present.

Another great read and clever title from J. Mark Bertrand with Nothing to Hide.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Mystery, Great Suspense 7. Juli 2012
Von Melissa - Veröffentlicht auf
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. The maturity of Roland's character is one of the highlights of this novel (and really this series). The introspective nature as well as flashbacks that are included throughout this story helps the reader to better understand Roland and his actions. In the end, his determination to work in the grey area of protocol becomes his greatest strength. This is not something I expected when I first started this series.

Living in Texas, the Mexican drug war that has spilled across the border is on the news most nights. Using the gunrunning aspect of this unfolding story works beautifully. This part of the book feels as though it's very well researched and how it is incorporated within the story is highly believable. Given the violence that's inherent with the Mexican mafia, the storyline fit perfectly and gave this book a very realistic feel.

As with all the books in the Roland March series, the investigative process is one of the most fun parts. I have very much enjoyed following Roland through the ups and downs of solving the case. Through the political pressure, tight action, and frustrating dead-ends, this series excels at thrusting the reader into the dangerous and often times inglorious world of crime solving.

Not to be understated in this series is the depth of emotion the characters go through. Bertrand does not hesitate to make some unpleasant and oftentimes heartbreaking decisions in his writing. While some readers might not enjoy the less than upbeat nature of these stories, I find them refreshingly authentic. Additionally, the emotional turmoil of these characters opens the door for natural spiritual dialog and exchanges. While this series does not thump the reader on the head with an abundance of spirituality, it does include good spiritual themes and some excellent Christian characters (who too have evolved with the series).

While I've enjoyed each of the Roland March books, Nothing to Hide is my favorite. The plot is intricate and well executed, with plenty of surprises along the way. This book does seem to be the end of the series, though it is open ended enough to allow for the possibility of more. Hopefully we haven't seen the end of Roland. He's finally become a very likable character.

Review title provided courtesy of Bethany House
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4.0 von 5 Sternen For all you mystery readers out this series! 6. Juli 2012
Von Katie McCurdy - Veröffentlicht auf
Out of all three books in the Roland March Mystery series, this newest one, Nothing to Hide, is probably my favorite. J. Mark Bertrand does a very good job of keeping his characters realistic and giving you a glimpse into what being a Homicide Detective is really like. Not all that glamorous or easy, that's for sure!

I won't pretend to like Roland--he was okay in Back on Murder and barely tolerable in Pattern of Wounds--though in Nothing to Hide I will admit he was a tad better. That said, it wasn't a surprise to me when I began growing attached and more interested in other characters within the book. Namely, Terry Cavallo and Jeff. I always perked up when either of these two entered the scene. Needless to say to those who've read this book...I was in for some major surprises concerning them!

The whole mystery/intrigue/conspiracy was great, even if I did get confused a few times. But I pushed on through and experienced a great adventure alongside Roland. The things that take place and are touched on in Nothing to Hide are very mature in nature--description of mutilated corpse, rape, torture--so I wouldn't recommend this series to younger teens.

I'm not sure if Bertrand has more in store for Roland, but I would read them. True, Roland is a pretty rough and cold guy, but he's blessed to be surrounded by some great friends who love him anyway--and the mysteries are always sure to be great! For all you mystery readers out this series!

I reviewed this book for the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance. Thanks to the publishers, Bethany House, for sending me a review copy. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.
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