A young woman is found brutally murdered, and the main suspect is the victim's fiance, 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.Read more...
A young woman is found brutally murdered, and the main suspect is the victim's fiance, 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?
- ISBN-13: 9781503936867
- ISBN-10: 1503936864
- Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
- Publish Date: October 2016
- Page Count: 374
- Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds
Series: Sydney Rose Parnell #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-08-29
- Reviewer: Staff
Part mystery, part antiwar story, Nickless’s engrossing first novel, a series launch, introduces Sydney Rose Parnell, a veteran of the Iraq War who handled the disposal of bodies and is now a railway cop. Tucker Rhodes (aka the Burned Man) suffered severe burns in Iraq. He has settled in L.A., where he has cut himself off from everyone, even former lover Elise Hensley, a family friend of Sydney’s. When Elise calls Tucker declaring that she loves him despite his disfigurements, he returns home to Denver only to find her savagely knifed to death. With much evidence pointing to his guilt, Tucker implores Sydney to prove his innocence, aware that the inevitable delving into their shared war history may well upset the life Sydney has built for herself. Nickless skillfully explores the dehumanizing effects resulting from the unspeakable cruelties of wartime as well as the part played by the loyalty soldiers owe to family and each other under stressful circumstances. Agent: Bob Diforio, D4EO Literary Agency. (Aug.)