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

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

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by 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


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.

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Library Journal
Loner detective Roland March returns for another grisly mystery (after Pattern of Wounds). A headless corpse has been found, and March must partner with his onetime nemesis, Jerry Lorenz, to solve the murder. The FBI informs the two detectives that the victim was an undercover agent tracking illegal firearms heading to Mexico. They want the case buried in order to protect other undercover agents, but that doesn't stop March and Lorenz from investigating on their own. VERDICT Plot-driven and suspenseful, with well-developed characters, this should appeal to readers of Terri Blackstock.

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Baker Publishing Group
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A Roland March Mystery , #3
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J. Mark Bertrand is the author of the crime novels Back on Murder and Pattern of Wounds, the first two novels in a series featuring Houston homicide detective Roland March. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and now lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with his wife. Visit his website at www.jmarkbertrand.com.
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. For more information, visit www.jmarkbertrand.com

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Nothing to Hide 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Jai13 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It kept me guessing and I really enjoyed the characters in the book. I couldn't put it down once I started it. Just when I thought I had it figured out there would be a twist to the story. The story also dealt with situations that happen in real life. I have read all 3 books and enjoyed everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Reminds me of the Jack Reacher novels so if you love them you will love this series!
CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
The moment a Mark Bertrand novel arrives, it jumps near the top of my TBR pile. I love the sarcastic edge to his detective novels. Detective Roland March has an edge mixed with a craving for the best in humanity. Yet he's a homicide detective in Houston who is constantly confronted with the worst in people. This isn't the first book with Roland. For people like me who've read the prior books, the prior characters are woven in -- just enough to tie the books together. Yet if this was your first encounter, those characters and hints don't distract from the full force action in this novel. This is a gritty police detective novel that will appeal to readers who like a novel that doesn't preach yet has heart.
JoHuddleston More than 1 year ago
Detective Roland March follows his hunches even in the face of probably losing his job. Twists and turns dominate as March follows lead after lead. Until he realizes he can trust no one. When he takes things into his own hands he finds himself so deep into the chain of command of the villains he can’t turn back. His plan will either make him the hero or the dumbest cop in town. Memorable characters, great mystery plot and descriptions, a fast-paced page-turner.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great story by this author.
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Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Nothing to Hide is the latest novel from J. Mark Bertrand where the reader is once more following the detective Roland March who has been called to the scene of a grisly murder. This time its a decapitated body where all visible signs of identification have been removed, no tattoos, no skin left on either hand and no head, with any possible dental record identifications long gone. Only one clue remains on the body, a finger pointing into the woods. Is that where the head is? Is that the direction Detective March must begin this investigation? Or is there something someone really wants to hide? As he launches into a confusing investigation that turn up more questions than answers, Detective March injures himself while trying to cross a gully and resolves to self medicate himself over seeing a doctor, even though this injury seems to cause him immeasurable pain. A meeting with FBI leads him to Agent Bea Kuykendahl who informs him that she knows who his John Doe murder victim is, but insists on keeping his identity a secret to prevent another undercover agent from being murdered in the process of an ongoing sting operation. She provides him with a folder filled with false information she requires him to investigate to ensure whoever has murdered John Doe, feels that they made a huge mistake. She believes it's only with March's help, that together they can bring this case to a close. However when the information that March begins to uncover doesn't make sense, he can only conclude that someone else besides the murderer has something to hide, something they will do anything to prevent from being revealed. I received Nothing to Hide from J. Mark Bertrand compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. This one was a bit confusing for me to understand. Having read the prior Roland March mystery's, I was determined to follow this one through to the end. I have to say however that this one did not resonate with me like the ones before, and with so many various leads that Roland spent chasing, encounters with the FBI, people from his past with ties to the Mexican cartel, and the time spent at the Gun Club, left me wanting so much more from this one. I would rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars and for those of you who love crime/mystery novels, then you will undoubtedly will want to pick up this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why on earth is the NOOK version two dollars more than the Kindle version? Is the NOOK (my reader) trying to make itself a marketplace loser??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit going on here. We are in the past then we are in the now. Oh and back to the past. Then further into the past. Pay attention... you might miss something. Enjoy.