Blood on the Tracks (Sydney Rose Parnell #1) by Barbara Nickless

Blood on the Tracks (Sydney Rose Parnell #1)

A Suspense Magazine Best of 2016 Books Selection: DebutA young woman is found brutally murdered, and the main suspect is the victim’s fiancé, a hideously scarred Iraq War vet known as the Burned Man. But railroad police Special Agent Sydney Rose Parnell, brought in by the Denver Major Crimes unit to help investigate, can't shake the feeling that larger forces are behind this apparent crime of passion.In the depths of an icy winter, Parnell and...

Details Blood on the Tracks (Sydney Rose Parnell #1)

TitleBlood on the Tracks (Sydney Rose Parnell #1)
Release DateOct 1st, 2016
PublisherThomas & Mercer
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Crime, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Blood on the Tracks (Sydney Rose Parnell #1)

  • Christine
    4.5 starsWell, my goodness—yet another outstanding debut thriller!! I cannot believe how many wonderful new authors I have discovered this year. It is a real pleasure to add Ms. Barbara Nickless to the list.Blood on the Tracks is a thoroughly engrossing read about Denver railway cop and former Marine Sydney Rose Parnell, her K9 partner Clyde, and their efforts to bring down the murderer of a young woman named Elise. Elise was known to the railw...
  • Veronica
    **Reread July 2018: Still a solid story.**I was dithering back and forth between giving this four or five stars. Since I stayed up late to finish it and because I thought it did a really good job of dealing with PTSD in war veterans, I settled on giving it the rare five stars."There’s no escaping death, Corporal Parnell. Not for any of us. Not even when you’re young. Not even when you come home." This is a new to me author so I went into the ...
  • Tracie Payne
    This was EXCELLENT! At first it was a little shaky but I think it was just me. I loved Sydney's voice and inner thoughts. She was a serious bad ass but she was also broken. I loved Clyde a ton. This had a great mystery and it kept me guessing the whole time. I can't wait for the next book and I'm shocked this was the first novel for this author. The writing was fantastic.
  • Mark Stevens
    "Blood on the Tracks" starts out as a thriller, morphs into a mystery, and turns back again into a movie-ready action-packed finish. But if you mention "movie," that sounds like this story hits the usual marks and follows the normal arcs. It doesn't. It's messy--in a good way--because it feels so driven by character. It's ambitious and sprawling. The story swoops from big picture (hey, stop that train!) to intimate. It's both violent and raw. "Bl...
  • Tulay
    More than five stars.This author must have been studying the eyes of everyone since birth, she is more mature than her years on this earth. Description of places, cold, blowing desert sand short, but you feel like you were there with her characters. Marine Sydney Parnell back from Iraq, she is strong and haunted by the ghosts of soldiers she picked up, sometimes just the few body parts, so they come back home. Gripping story, beautifully written,...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Once in a while, a book turns up that right from the start sucks me into the story and makes me fall in love with its characters. Blood on the Tracks is a book like that. I was instantly hooked with the story and I could not for my life figure out the truth about the young woman death before Syndey Rose herself figured it out. Railroad police Special Agent Sydney Rose Parnell is a new favorite heroine of mine. Her past in the army has left her wi...
  • Shelley
    The temptation is to star the book and leave it at that. But most critical objections I've seen were to the language and subject matter of the novel, the less-than-angelic depiction of American troops, and the heroine's ETOH and drug use. While not to everyone's taste, surely, those are silly reasons to object to a book. (If you don't like these things, don't read the book. What on earth are you doing reading in this genre?)Those things don't bot...
  • Theresa Alan
    This is great writing. The story and characters grab you right away and the pace is unrelenting.Railroad cop and Iraq veteran Sydney Parnell is brought in to help track down The Burned Man, a man known for riding the rails and suspected of a vicious murder of a woman who reached out to people in need, including those who ride trains. The Burned Man is an Iraq vet who has burns over thirty percent of his body, including his face. He should be easy...
  • Donna
    This book was a solid 4 stars. I enjoyed this. It falls into the Mystery/Crime genre and there were many things to like about this one. I liked the MC. She is not the normal MC for this genre. She was flawed and a little broken, but she was also strong. Her side kick is a dog which in some way makes her even more likable.The story line meandered a bit, but I loved the plot points and there were some great twists. The thing that I liked the most w...
  • Joann
    Special Agent Sydney Rose Parnell is introduced as a railway cop. I never knew we had such cops but we do and that intrigued me along with the story line of the homeless people who catch out on rail cars. I enjoyed the railroad angle and looking into the subculture of the hobos that is seldom talked about today. Another great part of this book is Sydney's canine partner, Clyde. He is a dog to love, for sure. This novel also has a very high body c...
  • Pam
    WOW! That was amazing! There were so many twists and turns and I LOVED it! This Author kept me engaged and excited about the story from the first page! The last 10% or so, I think I was holding my breath the entire time! Fantastic!!!! Highly recommend this one!
  • CD {Boulder Blvd}
    Written in 1st POV, you meet the very complicated person of Sydney Rose Parnell. I'm not a fan of 1st POV but I thought this book was really well written. Secondary characters aren't always well developed in 1st POV and in this book, there were a number of well developed secondary charters (as well as a few ghosts). We also have Clyde, a very well developed service dog who is an excellent side kick and integrated into the many scenes very well.Sy...
  • Audra B
    2.5 stars. It didn't hold my interest and I ended up skimming a lot of it. I was never able to picture or connect to the characters or the setting. There was no concept of time for me...I had no idea this all took place in about 48 hours. Do people really say "murder cop?" That was weird. I also didn't like her descriptions and metaphors of things. It was way too much and didn't fit.
  • Paula Adams
    Lots of action, based in Colorado during the winter mostly in the railyard. Several of the police detectives/officers were in the Marines in Iraq and have secrets they have to live with. People go missing every year from the railyard at the same time every year. It's a combined effort between the Denver PD and the railyard police to find out what is happening.
  • Lauren
    Blood on the Tracks4.5 StarsSydney Rose Parnell, is an Iraq war veteran struggling with PTSD and working as a railroad policewoman. She is called in to help on the investigation into the brutal murder of a young woman with ties to the hobo/train jumper community. Sydney is a wonderful heroine and her relationship with her canine partner, Clyde, is truly special. The author's research into PTSD and the mental health issues plaguing veterans is tho...
  • Chris
    Blood on the Tracks is riveting, rapid-fire, and relevant. From the very first page I was hooked by the writing: the dialogue is gripping, the pacing is spot-on, the setting is rich, and the plotting masterful. As if that weren’t enough, Nickless gracefully paints complex characters with such insightful detail, I feel like I’ve known them—and loved them—for years. Throw in a skillful portrayal of police procedure and voilà! The best myst...
  • Judi
    Best book ever!I loved this book. You have those books that you don't want to finish, because it is that good. Special Agent, Sydney Parnell, served in the Iraq war with the Marines. My husband was a Marine and this book served a special place in my heart as I lost him two years ago. Once a marine, always a marine. This book so honored this special band of heroes.When Sydney comes back from the war, she has secrets that she must keep about what w...
  • Books-fly-to-me
    Fabulous!Great read! I especially enjoyed the intimate play-by-play of a woman dealing with her past and her PTSD. Well drawn characters that scared the crap out of me reading as I did in the dark, alone, in the night.
  • Judy Collins
    Review to follow.
  • Tom Spear
    OutstandingI read it of mysteries and thrillers. This has been one of the best. I can hardly wait for her next one.
  • Martha b
    Wow what a great first novel. Very exciting and interesting. Sydney rose is a really good character . Looking forward to the next book.
  • Harold Kasselman
    This is one of the best mystery police procedurals I have ever read. You know a book is great when you feel depressed that it has ended. But I will buy Barbara Nickless' next book in this series. This is a gripping, and intelligently written masterpiece. The lead character Sydney Rose, a railroad cop and ex-marine, is a fascinating figure. She is a product of her experience both as a child and as a war veteran who served in a gruesome role in the...
  • murphy ✌ (daydreamofalife)
    4.5 / 5A bit brilliant and a bit brutal.I'm no stranger to crime fiction, but this is one of, if not the first, book that I've read that so closely follows someone who's returned from Iraq. Normally, I prefer my fiction to be just a tad more fictional, being that the war in Iraq is too close to home for me. That being said, I found myself drawn to this book immediately while reading the synopsis.At first I felt heartbroken, imagining the weight o...
  • Jacqui
    Barbara Nickless' Blood on the Tracks is the story of Burned Man, a homeless ex-marine whose face is destroyed by an IED, who now rides the rails and eats from garbage cans. On his way home to get married, he's arrested for murdering his fiancée. The evidence is overwhelming, but not to Senior Special Agent Sydney Parnell, another ex-marine, and her partner Clyde, a former military working dog, both now serving as police on the railroads. She wa...
  • Linda L. Morrison
    Jaw dropping, edge of your seat thriller!From the first chapter, I was sucked in and couldn't put it down. Loved the characters, total believable story, and a canine that captures your heart. Kept me reading long into the night. If this is Barbara Nickless' first novel, she did her mother proud. Hope to see a sequel in the near future!? I'll be waiting and watching for it.A five star Bravo!!!
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  • Bart Hopkins
    Blood on the Tracks by Barbara NicklessThe short of it is that I really enjoyed the book. Very unique. Humor. Suspense. It has all the good stuff.The longer story is that I'm an Amazon Prime member, which means I get to choose a free book at the beginning of each month. I think that's how I got this one. I don't really remember, but that's got to be it.There were a lot of things I enjoyed about the book. The behavior and language of the character...
  • Jane Smith
    Action Packed Murder Mystery Is All Around Good BookSydney Parne!! Is a 28 year old Iraq veteran now working as a railroad cop. In Iraq and served in Mortuary Services, picking up and caring for the dead. She is haunted by these victims, as well as an incident that occurred over there. Her partner is Clyde, a retired war dog. Memories of her time in Iraq are sprinkled throughout the current day story. A young woman is found brutally murdered in h...
  • Aristotle
    Post-Traumatic Reading Disorder (PTRD)The author relentlessly, constantly hammering me with the PTSD story line has given me post-traumatic reading disorderNot an easy read. This book was a dark cloud that hovered just over my head.Like an Oklahoma storm cell about to explode!I felt like i was running from a tornado through a sea of quicksand in the dark.I was just waiting for the lightning bolt to burn me to a crisp.The heaviness of the subject ...
  • Chris
    Mixed emotions after reading this story. So much horror in war. Although the setting and genre is a murder in contemporary Denver, so much is about the aftermath and memories of being in Iraq and the horrors, atrocities, and nightmares that returning military carry with them. It was good, but emotionally hard to read. Sydney, for me, was not the most likable protagonist, which makes her all-the-more real. Her military dog, Clyde, was her best fri...