When I first started this book I honestly wasn't sure I would like it because it is written in first person. From my previous experience with first person, most of the time it is annoying and difficult to read. However, I picked this book up because it was written by a former Houstonian and included such events as Hurricane Katrina. Local fiction stories always interest me.
"Houston homicide detective Roland March was once one of the best. Now he's disillusioned, cynical, and on his way out. His superiors farm him out on a variety of punishment details...until an unexpected break gives March one last change to save his career. And his humanity. All he has to do? Find the missing teenage daughter of a Houston evangelist that every cop in town is already looking for. But March has an inside track, a multiple murder nobody else thinks is connected. Battling a new partner, an old nemesis, and the demons of his past, getting to the truth could cost March everything. Even his life." (back cover of book)
Though I wasn't sure of the first person read when I first picked up the book, the story line quickly drew me in and made it worth the read. Because I live a few hours from Houston and frequently visit the city, I was able to picture several locations very easily. The story went along at a pretty quick pace which kept me interested. I like how the author, J. Mark Bertrand, dealt out small background details here and there until toward the end of the book where the full picture is revealed. This helps keep a reader intrigued about the main characters.
This book was also extremely realistic in my opinion. It is something that could, and does, happen every single day. I found myself identifying with several different characters as I imagined what they were going through as they searched for this missing girl.
So what's the verdict you ask? Well, it's a MUST READ of course!
I am almost finished with this one and so far it is intriguing and has kept my interest. I needed some books to keep me busy while my daughter goes to Tae Kwon Do lessons. I love criminal mysteries. I'm glad I picked this one.
My husband and I have enjoyed reading Christian mystery novels for years (started with Peretti, read all of Ted Dekker's work and now Erin Healey, too). We read them aloud together. We were going on a trip recently and needed a good read. My husband picked up "Back on Murder" and we loved it. Bertrand has a wonderful writing style which really held our interest. His writing demonstrates advanced knowledge of the criminal investigation field, making the story quite believable. The protagonist is a likeable character who demonstrates intelligence, wit and self awareness. We also appreciated that while there are Christian characters and values included in the story, it is done subtly and the reader is not "hit over the head" with it, so it does not come across as stilted or preachy. We would highly recommend this book to anyone, and have already pre-ordered Bertrand's next novel!
What do you do with a trouble-maker who also happens to be a cop? J. Mark Bertrand explores the question in his new release, Back on Murder.
Homicide detective Roland March used to be the go-to guy when you wanted results, but a personal tragedy colors everything else in his life now, causing him to fall from grace with his superiors and fellow officers. Passed from one superior to another in a real-life game of "hot potato", March finally lands one more chance to catch a killer. Success means entry back into the ranks as a contributing detective and the security of a future. Failure will undoubtedly cost him his career, his sanity, and perhaps his life.
The twists and turns of this mystery will keep you turning pages wondering what's to become f March, his marriage, his investigation, and his safety.
Bertrand allows the reader a glimpse into the politics and personalities of big-city crime fighting. When the detective feels a personal connection to a case or when a case sticks in his gut, the opportunity for failure is a non-option. When lives are involved, police work isn't just a job.
An engaging read that will keep you guessing until the end, pulling for March to succeed in his professional and personal lives. A new series sure to delight readers of crime novels and mysteries alike.