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
Number of pages386 pages
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Crime, Mystery Thriller, Suspense, Contemporary, Abandoned, Business, Amazon, Detective

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...
  • 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.
  • Veronica
    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 story with absolutely no expectations. Wha...
  • Magdalena
    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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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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  • Murphy
    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...
  • KelticKat
    A Messy ride on the rails.I found this to be an unusual twist on the Mystery/Suspense/Crime Drama genres. Sydney Rose Parnell is a returned Iraq war veteran, suffering from "Survivor's Guilt", a Senior Special Agent with the Denver Railroad Police and a broken woman. She is not a stranger to loss - Her father left and her mother was put in prison for killing a man all before Sydney was eleven years old. Raised by her Grams and Nik & Ellen Ann Las...
  • Janice
    I have mixed feelings about this book.On the one hand, it's got a strong female protagonist (Sydney Rose Parnell) who's also dealing with her own ghosts and demons from the wars. She's got a canine partner, Clyde. The interactions between Parnell and Clyde ring true for me. I applaud Parnell's dog handling. She actually mentions feeding the dog and picking up after him. Clyde's not just a counter moving on a board here. He's treated as a real cha...
  • Rex Carothers
    Blood on the Tracks by Barara NicklessThis story takes hold of the reader on the first page and drags you kicking and screaming on an unforgettable ride. Through a war on the other side of the world, the Marines Corps brotherly mystique, into a murder mystery peppered from the past to present with a catch at the end that is, to say the least, unsettling. The strength of the protagonist, Sydney Rose Parnell, through her demons, nightmares, and phy...
  • Jim Melko
    Cant wait for #2I'll be following this series, even though I'm not usually fond of series. Rose and everyone else are amazingly strong characters, and the plot line is not straight and complete, but rather twisted and complex and layered like real life.
  • Alison Swearingen
    This was a solid mystery that kept me interested, I just didn't love it for no real reason I can describe.
  • Stephanie
    It gets an extra star because the dog didn't die
  • Bonnye Reed
    GAB This was a free Kindle from Amazon Prime. This is a truly remarkable debut novel. It is the first of a series but completely stand alone, and the characters are full, believable and carrying burdens and scars we can all recognize along with their humanity. Sydney Rose Parnell is grieving, an ex-Marine and now a Denver train cop. She and her rescue dog Clyde make it from day to day through the intricacies of maintaining peace and dependability...
  • Beth
    An excellent read, full of emotion and suspense. Beware, you may stay up all night with this one!
  • Susan
    Good story. Good characters- flawed but full of good intentions and integrity. Devoted soldiers/cops and detectives and scummy bad guys. Reminds me of Craig Johnson's Longmire in the intensity if the story and the drive of the law-person to solve the case. Sprinkled with humor. Rounded out with a loyal dog. Enjoy!
  •  Julie
    An amazing read, riveting! Looking forward to the next one
  • Carrie
    While browsing top thriller/suspense lists, I came across Blood on the Tracks and the premise intrigued me. It was different than other thrillers I’ve been reading lately but I have to admit I don’t read many police procedurals though. Sydney is quite flawed but understandably so. She has many ghosts to face (literally and figuratively) in this book. I loved her relationship with Clyde. The mystery for the most part was solid but some things ...