From the Publisher
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 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.
From the Jacket
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.
"Plot-driven and suspenseful, with well-developed characters, this
should appeal to readers of Terri Blackstock." -- Library
About the Author
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.
Format: Trade Paperback
Published: July 1, 2012
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0764206397
ISBN - 13: 9780764206399