Monday, July 2, 2012

Nothing to Hide by J. Mark Bertrand

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Nothing to Hide
Bethany House Publishers (July 1, 2012)

J. Mark Bertrand

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 left for 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.


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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Nothing to Hide, go HERE.

My review:

I like this series, though this book was harder to follow than the other two. After I finished it, I still wasn't sure what happened in the book. The plot was a good plot, and I can't really put my finger on it, but it was just hard to follow and I didn't really understand some parts of it. That could be just me, and it isn't that I didn't like the book. I just didn't comprehend how it all fit together.

 I am bothered by a couple of things. This book tossed the word "whore" around, needlessly in my opinion. There was a woman who was a prostitute, but the other word seems out of place in a Christian novel, but Bethany House seems to want to push the envelope on language nowadays.

The other thing: The main character is not a Christian, and doesn't seem to be showing any signs of becoming one in the three books so far. There is a lot of debate about that too in books, but I would like to see some spiritual development done with him.