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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August 07, 2009


George Melcher

Luminol is a great tool, partnered with an IR light, to spot hidden bloodstains. Nonetheless, unlike in CSI, luminol alone will not solve a crime. A good lawyer can contest circumstantial evidence and some physical evidence as well, including luminol findings. DNA, however, can make or break a case. To get a successful conviction, you need a combination of both physical and circumstantial evidence. Lack of either one can cause reasonable doubt.

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