Book Review: Nothing to Hide

13 Dec

206399_w185The body was an undercover agent working to bring down Mexican drug 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.



j-mark-bertrandJ. 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.

You can read my interview with Mark HERE.


My Impressions:

Nothing to Hide is book 3 in the Roland March series. Both my husband and I feel that it is the best one yet. Homicide Detective Roland March is first introduced in Back on Murder. His story continued in Pattern of Wounds. March lives in a world that is very much black and white, right and wrong. And while his rules are easy to follow, the gray areas others establish lead March to step across the lines. In this latest book, March is investigating the murder of a John Doe that the FBI says only exists in their deep cover operation. Limited by politics and FBI secrecy, March pursues the case after the death of his partner and his administrative leave. The case takes on personal significance when it seems to tie into the spooks he encountered during his years in the Army. March is very much on his own, a place he once found comfortable, but is beginning to question.

Bertrand has developed Roland March quite a bit from the first book. Roland is a loner who has trouble with true intimacy with others, even sometimes his wife. But his continued relationships with people with sincere faith have caused him to question his own independence and doubts. His character has seen some very real yet subtle shifts towards God. And although the end of the book finds him without an acceptance of God, there is definitely an acceptance of the idea of God.

Nothing to Hide is first and foremost a gritty, suspense-filled mystery. It will appeal to those who love police procedurals. It will also appeal to those who love a conspiracy. This one will have you thinking about the shadowy life of undercover operations both here and abroad. I liked it and am glad there seems to be at least one more Roland March book in the works.


(I received Nothing to Hide from Bethany in return for an honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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