Mark Twain wrote: I have always felt friendly toward Satan. Of course that is ancestral; it must be in the blood, for I could not have originated it.
#1 in Sydney Rose Parnell
Category: Modern Detective Mystery
Average Rating: 4.0
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?
Sydney Rose is very nearly too damaged to be sympathetic or likable. Her "ghosts" are just too weird. I do like her dog, though. Clyde definitely redeems this story. The story is captivating and suspenseful with a truly surprising twist at the end.
Emily Sutton-Smith performs well, giving enough distinction to character voices to make following dialog possible. I look forward to the next book in this series.
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