Blood on the Tracks by Barbara Nickless

By Barbara Nickless

A tender girl is located brutally murdered, and the most suspect is the victim’s fiancé, a hideously scarred Iraq battle vet referred to as the blistered guy. yet railroad police specified Agent Sydney Rose Parnell, introduced in by means of the Denver significant Crimes unit to assist examine, cannot shake the sensation that greater forces are in the back of this obvious crime of passion.

In the depths of an icy iciness, Parnell and her K9 associate, Clyde―both haunted through their time in Iraq―descend into the underground global of a savage gang of rail riders. There, they discover a wide-reaching conspiracy and a sequence of surprising crimes. Crimes that threaten every thing Parnell holds dear.

As the quest for the reality places her at once within the direction of the killer, Parnell needs to fight with a perilous query: Can she struggle monsters with no turning into one herself?

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Other than myself, Gentry was the only person—man, woman, or child—whom Clyde genuinely loved. I figured it was because Gentry so resembled Dougie, who’d once been the love of Clyde’s life. And mine. For an instant, I could see Doug Ayers standing in front of me, grinning at something I’d said. Tall and blond and raucous, in my face and full of life. Looking at him, I laughed, too, and took his hand. Three of his fingers were missing, the stumps oozing blood. I lifted my eyes to his, but they’d gone dead.

Kid was hurt bad a few days before his tour ended. Trapped in a Humvee that ran over an IED. Third-degree burns over thirty percent of his body. The VA tried to do everything for him, but after a few surgeries he walked away from any kind of help. ” “For going AWOL. He took to hopping freights, catching work here and there. Basically a bum. ” Tucker Rhodes. The Burned Man. Had to be. What Nik hadn’t said, although I knew he was thinking it, was that Tucker Rhodes was a coward for walking away from whatever help the military might offer.

I settled on a tree stump and waited. When Melody finished eating, I waved her over and studied the cut with a clinical eye. ” I asked. She shrugged, her plump shoulders shivering under a dirty red sweatshirt. She held out her fingers toward Clyde, who sniffed them and allowed her to scratch behind his ears. Clyde didn’t care for strangers, but he’d gotten used to our weekly visit to the camps, and he tolerated the touch of Melody and a few others. “The world does enough to you without you staying with him,” I said.

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