Monday, May 7, 2012

Pattern of Wounds by J. Mark Bertrand


It's Christmas in Houston, and homicide detective Roland March is on the hunt for a killer. A young woman's brutal stabbing in an affluent neighborhood bears all the hallmarks of a serial murder. The only problem is that March sent the murderer to prison ten years ago. Is it a copycat -- or did March convict the wrong man?

Alienated from his colleagues and with a growing rift in his marriage, March receives messages from the killer. The bodies pile up, the pressure builds, and the violence reaches too close to home. Up against an unfathomable evil, March struggles against the clock to understand the hidden message in the pattern of wounds.


J. Mark Bertand's gruff, oddly-philosophical detective Roland March is back at it again. 

Really, I don't know how to talk about this book without repeating everything I said in my review of Back On Murder. It's realistic, it's gritty, and yet it knows where to stop and leave stuff off-screen. It's a wonderfully written book that should make fans of detective stories put down their remote and go to the library.

Again, I'd suggest this for those 18 and up, just because of the nature of the story.

Rating: five out of five stars

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