Haunted former Marine Sydney Rose Parnell wants nothing more than to forget about the war. She takes a job as a railway cop, figuring the solitude and long hours will help her get her life back together. But when a young woman is butchered and the killer scrawls bloody hobo symbols nearby, Sydney and her K9 partner are pulled into the investigation. The hunt for a killer leads her from a CIA conspiracy to the deadly lair of a sadistic gang of white supremacists and ultimately into a terrifying confrontation with a predator who will force her to face her darkest fears.
“Fast-paced and intense, BLOOD ON THE TRACKS is an absorbing thriller that is both beautifully written and absolutely unique in character and setting. Barbara Nickless has written a twisting, tortured novel that speaks with brutal honesty of the lingering traumas of war, including and especially those wounds we cannot see. I fell hard for Parnell and her four-legged partner and can’t wait to read more.”
– Vicki Pettersson, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Swerve
“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. Blood on the Tracks is her first novel.