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From a Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Newly minted homicide detective Sydney Parnell faces a savage killer whose endgame is to capture her. And keep her.

Iraqi war vet and former railway cop Sydney Parnell is now the youngest homicide detective in Denver's Major Crimes Unit. In the past, gut instinct has served her and her K9 partner well. But it's not a trait Len Bandoni, her old nemesis turned reluctant mentor, admires. Not until Sydney's instincts lead to their first case: a man tortured and beaten to death, then left in a refrigerated train car with cryptic messages carved into his body.

The victim is a well-liked member of an elite club called the Superior Gentlemen. At first glance, the club appears harmless. But beneath its refined surface swim darker currents.

As Sydney; her K9 partner, Clyde; and Bandoni investigate the grisly murder, the three develop a bond that carries them through a shocking series of crimes and a horrifying conspiracy that threatens the detectives’ lives and promises to bring their beloved city to its knees.

©2020 Barbara Nickless (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Don’t miss this EXCELLENT Procedural!

This is book four in the Sydney Parnell series. As with many series each book in this one can be listened to as a stand alone however I would suggest listening in order. The protagonist (Sydney Parnell) suffers from PTSD, deals with it daily but seems to be doing better with it than in previous books. She starts out in this book getting transferred from Train Police to Homicide Detective with the Denver Police. She has a new partner who compliments her character very well. And of course there’s Clyde, her canine partner who completes her.
Sydney’s first day on the job begins with the murder and torture of a man in a refrigerated train car. It appears to be a hate crime. Then there’s another murder. At first it’s not linked until it’s discovered that the second body shares some of the same torture. Meanwhile, someone is stalking Sydney.
Interesting twists with a believable plot and characters.
If you have kindle unlimited this book is free to borrow with the kindle edition.
Emily Sutton Smith is one of the best. She narrates this book beautifully.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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Amazing Book Amazing Series

If you haven't discovered Barbara Nickless' books featuring ex-marine now railroad cop Sydney Rose Parnell and her Belgian Malinois Clyde you are in for a treat. The author knows how to move her stories along without being redundant and has a lot to say about the world we all live in. However, I recommend you begin with book #1 as there are threads that start there that weave through all the books. I don't think you will be disappointed.

Emily Sutton-Smith is my favourite narrator and she was outstanding in the delivery of this story

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I love Clyde, what a Warrior!

Clyde and Sydney are Warriors! I definitely like the book, the author, the story , the excellent narrator, and of course Sydney . But I love Clyde. this is the fourth book of this author and every single one has been been good reading for an 81 year old mystery lover.

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Complex

The mood of this story is brighter than in past novels. I like how the team worked together to solve the mystery of the crime. The story line is complex and engaging.

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Just couldn't get into it

This book got very good reviews, as did the narrator. I read 3/4 of it and finally just couldn't do anymore. The narrator had a boring monotone voice. And it just went on and on. The 11 hours could've been done in 5 hours.

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Excellent Thriller!

Barbara does it again with a unique and interesting plot. This book comes up with a plot even close to anything I’ve ever read about. Intense and mysterious call me you will not be disappointed in this book. This whole series has been terrific. A character from this book now has his own series “Dr.Even Wilding” which I totally love. I cannot wait till the next books on both these series are released! Emily Sutton-Smith did a great job with the narration.

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Just. Gets. Better.

With each book I read in this series, I grow to love these characters even more. Sydney is so strong, resilient, headstrong, and full of heart. Cohen gets under my skin more with each story as well. I liked him from the beginning, but now he's downright lovable. Yet he's still very realistic and stays true to character. He loves Sydney, but not everything she's done in the past. He hasn't lost his morals or brains by falling in love with her.

Then there's Bandoni, who plays a big part in this story. He and Sydney are oil and water. He's abrasive, condescending, and downright crass. There isn't anything these two agree on, except the concept that Cohen is a good cop. But as Bandoni, Sydney, and Clyde work a homicide together, it's great to see the little changes in his attitude toward her. He may be an old dog, but there's still hope that he can actually learn new tricks.

I sincerely hope this isn't the last of the series. I'm absolutely not ready to be done with these characters and the situations they find themselves in. There's so much more yet to explore here, and I'm all for it. These are great reads, full of suspense, excitement, humor, a little angst, and a smidge of romance. Even though this book could be read as a stand-alone, I highly recommend starting at the beginning. In order to appreciate these characters, you really need to meet them at the beginning.

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Good series.

Loved the story. loved the characters especially klyde but the major cussing especially the f bombs. The book was great without that!

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Brilliant

Brilliant, clever , a puzzle of clues and questions with no answers. I love Sydney, she is smart, kind and brave, she walked through danger and dark paths of criminal minds without losing herself with Clyde at her side. The story is well written and narrated, can't wait for the next one.

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Loved this series!

Loved the whole series. Story lines were good. Looking forward to reading more from this author!