J. Mark Bertrand


  • J. Mark Bertrand is the author of Back on Murder, Pattern of Wounds, and the forthcoming Nothing to Hide, crime novels featuring Houston homicide detective Roland March. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and lived in the city for fifteen years. After one hurricane too many, he and his wife moved to South Dakota. Mark has been arrested for a crime he didn't commit, was the foreman of a hung jury in Houston, and after relocating served on the jury that acquitted Vinnie Jones of assault. In 1972, he won an honorable mention in a child modeling contest, but pursued writing instead.

Books by Bertrand

Historical Note

  • Write About Now is the successor to my original fiction blog called Notes on Craft. The archive there is still online and dates from March 2004 to September 2007. Feel free to explore it at your leisure.

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April 01, 2008



You'd think there would be plenty of paperback crime novels about big greedy Houston oil execs. We all know that Dick Cheney's Haliburton friends got him to invade Iraq...

J. Mark Bertrand

Maybe that's why there aren't any -- censored by Haliburton. Although a big greedy Houston oil exec does make it into No Country for Old Men, and is suitably chastised.

Nathan Knapp

Sounds like Oklahoma. Besides The Grapes of Wrath, we got nothin'. Speaking of No Country, Mark, what do you think of Cormac McCarthy's writing? I just finished The Road a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it.


You're right. There aren't a lot, but Harris Co libraries usually stock a few:

by Joan Johnston

Fade the Heat
by Colleen Thompson

The Gambit
by Greg Nunnally

J. Mark Bertrand

Thanks for the tips, Terri. I'll check them out.


I have Bronx Noir. Wall Street Noir, Manhattan Noir, Paris Noir, and Dublin Noir are in my wish list. I don't think they have an Atlanta Noir, but there's nothing noir-ish about Atlanta anyway. :-) I don't really care for books set in Atlanta.

I'd love a Montreal Noir and a Quebec Noir.

Ann Boland

Please contact me about Houston Noir. I know of its demise. AB


Houston is just too boring for anyone to take notice.
Seriously. Houston makes San Diego looks stimulating.

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