J. Mark Bertrand’s latest installment of the Roland March series is here. Now I will admit this was the first one I read and was a little excited for some action in my reading. Here is what Bethany House is saying about the newest J. Mark Berstrand book:
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.
Like I said I was looking for a little action in my reading. I love a good mystery and shoot’em up from time to time. There is nothing like when justice prevails and good conquers evil. So when I received this book I was so very excited.
Roland March is gritty without be annoying. He had the qualities you look for in someone you want to root for. As a women reading this I did find it refreshing that there was a small portion written about his relationship with his wife and their struggles. As a detective for the Houston Police Department he did have trouble trusting his fellow officers during all the changes at the precinct which forced him to go rogue.
I did enjoy the plot and story line involving the gun trafficking and Mexican cartel. The story itself was well written and easy enough to follow, despite it jumping back twenty years every few chapters. I did like the supporting characters in the book as well, they were intriguing without over taking the main character.
The only negative about the book was, I felt, at times I needed to read the previous two books. I felt as I was missing something I should have read and kept double checking. Where as I think the author meant it as a stand alone novel in a series at times it felt more like a continuation. Despite that, due to its action and mystery I may have to go back and read the first two.
I would recommend this book to a friend but only with the disclaimer of read the first two in the series.
I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion