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Louisiana Expat in the Great Plains
About Me:
J. Mark Bertrand is the author of the crime novels BACK ON MURDER (2010) and PATTERN OF WOUNDS (2011), featuring Houston homicide detective Roland March. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and now lives in South Dakota with his wife Laurie.

Find out more online at www.jmarkbertrand.com.
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James Lee Burke, Georges Simenon (the hard novels more than the Maigret books), Graham Greene, Jean-Patrick Manchette, Friedrich Durrenmatt, Philip Kerr, Ken Bruen, Jorge-Luis Borges, Sebastien Japrisot

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The Body We Left

This is another flash fiction piece that originally appeared at Tribe's excellent Flashing in the Gutters site.

Way out there, we couldn’t do anything but bury the girl and leave a marker for someone to find. With Ray already limping from his knee injury, we couldn’t carry her back, and if we just left her in the woods, half naked and cut up so bad, animals would come along and no one would ever find her, or even know who she was. So I dug with the camp shovel, doing what…


Posted on April 21, 2007 at 12:13pm

The Code You'll Live By

This short piece originally appeared on Tribe's excellent Flashing in the Gutters site.

Not your fault your first shot missed, not your fault the punk returned fire. Not your fault Reymond's vest didn't cover his paunch or that he stood stock still in the doorway, fumbling with the thumb break on his new duty rig.

Not your fault he got killed.

Punk was Reymond's word. Everyone on the street was a punk to him. Or a kid.

You don't have…


Posted on April 21, 2007 at 12:01pm

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At 4:08am on October 21, 2008, James McKenna said…
The body we left. I like that, great opening.
Jim McKenna
At 12:56am on August 14, 2007, Lyn LeJeune said…
Expat from Louisiana....i regularly expat to the Appalachian Mountains to write. Hometown in New Olreans, born in Abbeville...100% Cajun here!
My book, The Beatitudes, is a paranormal thriller set in New Orleans. It will be out in the fall and I am donating all royalties directly to the New Orleans Public Library Foundation. Libraries support the infrastructure of a great city, so I have started The Beatitudes Network to promote awareness of the importance of public libraries in NOLA.
The blogsite www.beatitudesinneworleans.blogspot.com describes the Network, has excerpts from The Beatitudes, recipes, and more. Merci mille fois. Lyn Lejeune.
Writers, please pass the word…..it’s for a good cause….don’t let the libraries of New Orleans or the US go the way of The Great Library of Alexandria. P.S. just posted an excerpt on my Crimespace page.
At 11:51am on April 21, 2007, J. Mark Bertrand said…
Thanks, Steven! I appreciate the kind words.
At 11:49am on April 21, 2007, Steven Torres said…
The Pattern of Wounds...read the first fifty - they were great stuff. Welcome aboard here.
At 7:08am on April 21, 2007, J. Mark Bertrand said…
Thanks for the welcome, Eliza. Nice to run into you here!
At 6:47am on April 21, 2007, Eliza Tucker said…
This is the same Eliza over at RWN. We have a mutual friend (as far as Crimespace friends go), and I caught sight of you on his profile. Good to see ya!

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