The search for a missing child leads a courageous cop down a twisted trail of murder.
It’s been five months since Special Agent Sydney Parnell survived a violent confrontation with a gang of brutal thugs, an encounter that left her physically and emotionally scarred. Deep down, Sydney fears she isn’t ready for another investigation. But when a woman is murdered on the train tracks and a child goes missing, she knows she’s the only one who can lead the hunt for the killer. While Denver police and the FBI chase down blind alleys, Sydney focuses on a single cryptic clue left behind at the crime scene—one that will send her down a path of greed, violence, and long-ago love.
With Denver beset by a series of monsoonlike thunderstorms that threaten to flood the city, Sydney and her K9 partner, Clyde, must wade through a murky trail of murder that stretches back thirty years—all to rescue a child…and catch a killer with a long memory and an insatiable appetite for destruction.
A 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 her K9 partner, Clyde―both haunted by their time in Iraq―descend into the underground world of a savage gang of rail riders. There, they uncover a wide-reaching conspiracy and a series of shocking crimes. Crimes that threaten everything Parnell holds dear.
As the search for the truth puts her directly in the path of the killer, Parnell must struggle with a deadly question: Can she fight monsters without becoming one herself?
“A stunner of a thriller. From the first page to the last, Blood on the Tracks weaves a spell that only a natural storyteller can master. And a guarantee: You’ll fall in love with one of the best characters to come along in modern thriller fiction, Sydney Rose Parnell.”
Jeffery Deaver, #1 international bestselling author
“Both evocative and self-assured, Barbara Nickless’ debut novel is an outstanding, hard hitting story so gritty and real you feel it in your teeth. Do yourself a favor and give this bright talent a read.”
John Hart, Edgar winning New York Times bestselling author
“Beautifully written and heartbreakingly intense, this terrific and original debut is unforgettable. Please do not miss Blood on the Tracks. It fearlessly explores our darkest and most vulnerable places–and is devastatingly good. Barbara Nickless is a star.”
Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony, Agatha and Mary Higgins Clark award winning author of SAY NO MORE
Barbara Nickless worked as a technical writer, instructional designer, raptor rehabilitator, astronomy instructor, sword fighter and piano teacher before turning seriously to writing. Now an award-winning author, her short stories and essays have appeared in anthologies in the U.S. and UK. She lives with her family in Colorado. DEAD STOP is the second book in her bestselling Sydney Rose Parnell Series.