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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.
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By shelley on 10-04-17
Good sequel- first is better...
This is a good follow up to Blood on the Tracks.
When a woman (the daughter-in-law of the railroad owner) supposedly commits suicide on the train tracks and her little girl is abducted there is a good foundation for a mystery. But this is a mystery that began almost 30 years ago. It has everything you would expect in a good mystery:
Sex, betrayal, infidelity, money, love, a heroine railroad cop (Sydney Parnell) who suffers from PTSD and major feelings of guilt for the things she done in her past to protect. Now she's on a mission to save the little girl along with her ex military dog Clyde.
This is a good book, it does get a little complicated at times with the different relationships and quite a few characters. The ending is a segue into Sydney's future in law enforcement and a change in agencies.
Emily Sutton-Smith does a very good job narrating. If you found this review helpful please indicate so.
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By Wayne on 10-22-17
Sydney and Clyde - Book 2
Dead Stop is Book 2 in the Special Agent Sydney Parnell series by Barbara Nickless. I've looked forward to his novel since Blood on the Tracks was released one year ago. Sydney Rose Parnell is a special agent for a railway line and she is stationed in Denver. She is also an ex-Marine who has a K9 named Clyde.
The potential listener should read the publisher's summary which sets up the novel. Compared to the first novel in the series, which I rated 5 stars, the Dead Stop plot is more gritty/graphic/raw as it deals with in more detail with Sydney's PTSD and murders going back 30 years. I like both Blood on the Tracks and Dead Stop equally well. Emily Sutton-Smith's narration is superb.
Listeners who enjoy great suspense mysteries will enjoy this outstanding police procedural. Listening to the series in order is unnecessary, but doing so provides useful background.
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