The Summer Reading issue of The Weekly Standard features a review of all three of my Roland March novels titled “Divine Deduction: Christian crime fiction comes of age.” Jon L. Breen compares the books favorably to such staples of the crime genre as Michael Connelly and Ian Rankin, declaring yours truly to be “a major crime-fiction talent.” Needless to say, I’m flattered. The authors Breen invokes are among my favorites, and just to be mentioned in the same breath is an honor.
Many writers are able to carry readers along by employing nice phrases and descriptive passages, bits of humor, character involvement, and curiosity about how it will all turn out. But few have Bertrand’s relentless narrative power.
The review includes summaries of the three novels, a selection of Breen’s favorite passages, and some reflections on the challenges for a religious publisher promoting my kind of fiction. Since I’m looking for a new publishing home, I especially appreciated the close:
Perhaps the ideal new publisher would be a major mainstream house, one that won’t ask Bertrand to compromise his beliefs but can get behind this extraordinary writer and gain him the wide audience he deserves.
I can’t argue with that. Follow the link to check out the whole piece!
If you love my Roland March series and wish you could introduce more people to the dogged and depressed Houston homicide cop, here’s a perfect opportunity. Since Friday, the first book in the series, Back on Murder, has been available as a free e-book on a variety of platforms — Kindle, Nook, and more. The goal in sharing the book this way is to hook more readers on the series. Over the weekend, Back on Murder became the #1 free title in Amazon’s Kindle Store. Those numbers fluctate all the time, but it’s good to know more readers are discovering Roland March for the first time.
Publishers Weekly called the world of Roland March “gritty and chilling,” and Books & Culture editor John Wilson declared this “a series worth getting attached to.” The three novels in the Roland March series are, in order of publication:
Back on Murder (2010)
Pattern of Wounds (2011)
Nothing to Hide (2012)
The stories focus on March’s life and career as he investigates a gang-related murder somehow connected to a missing teenage girl, a knife-wielding serial killer stalking Houston’s affluent West University neighborhood, and a deadly conspiracy involving the FBI and the Mexican cartels. The novels have been praised for their realism, for their writing, and for engaging thoughtfully with serious themes.
If you haven’t read Back on Murder yet, download the free e-book and give it a try. If you like it, both of the follow-up volumes are available as specially priced e-books, too. If you’re already a fan, share the news with your friends. You’ll make this crime novelist very happy indeed.
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