Thursday, July 14, 2011

Pattern of Wounds

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Pattern of Wounds
Bethany House (July 1, 2011)
J. Mark Bertrand
Review: This is Mark's second solo project and I couldn't put it down. It's a fantastic cop investigative novel that kept me guessing. Roland March is a homicide detective in Houston who colors right to the lines and seems to stay on the bad side of his superiors. He's got a past, but he's also a great cop. He
sees things others don't, and when they don't agree with him, he'll keep chasing the threads. When a young woman is found dead in a swimming pool, he sees a copycat crime, while others see a random murder. The plot twists and turns to the final page. Roland is not a Christian, but is surrounded by several and the conversations flow naturally. The last page ends with a twist. Can't wait for the next Roland March novel. Oh, and my husband loves these books, too.


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 relocated with his wife Laurie to the plains of 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. 


It's Christmas in Houston, and homicide detective Roland March is on the hunt for a killer. A young woman's brutal stabbing in an affluent neighborhood bears all the hallmarks of a serial murder. The only problem is that March sent the murderer to prison ten years ago. Is it a copycat -- or did March convict the wrong man?

Alienated from his colleagues and with a growing rift in his marriage, March receives messages from the killer. The bodies pile up, the pressure builds, and the violence reaches too close to home. Up against an unfathomable evil, March struggles against the clock to understand the hidden message in the pattern of wounds.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Pattern of Wounds, go HERE.

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