“Blood on the Tracks” is a gripping thriller by Barbara Nickless. It’s the first in a series featuring Sydney Rose Parnell, a Denver railroad police officer (and who knew that occupation even existed?). Sydney Rose is not your average cop. For starters, she was a Marine who served in Mortuary Affairs in Iraq. That meant scooping up what was left of soldiers after IEDs. In her case it also meant PTSD, which included seeing the ghosts of those who died. When her special ops boyfriend had been blown to shreds, she inherited his Malinois, Clyde, a military working dog also suffering from PTSD.
Sydney Rose is on the trail of The Burned Man, a badly scarred veteran aimlessly riding the railcars of the west. He is suspected of murdering Elise, a kind-hearted woman who befriends hobos. Sydney Rose teams up with Detective Cohen in this page-turning, heart-pounding novel. The author skillfully weaves a memorable story through and around the Iraqi war and its fallout.
Each chapter begins with a written quote from Sydney Rose, usually a paragraph from her journal, a newspaper interview, or a class paper. Written in first person, we see the world through Sydney Rose’s compelling lens. She is a courageous woman, invariably employing dark humor in her fight for sanity, her quest for normalcy. “Blood on the Tracks” will challenge and grip you, right to the end. Enjoy!
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