Barbara Nickless

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Barbara Nickless is the Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author of the Sydney Parnell police procedural series featuring a railway cop and her K9 partner. About Special Agent Parnell, Jeffery Deaver promises “you'll fall in love with one of the best characters in thriller fiction.” The first two books in the series won the Colorado Book Award, and Blood on the Tracks was a Suspense Magazine Best of 2016 debut selection and winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence for mystery fiction. The fourth book in the series, Gone to Darkness, arrives June 2020. The series has been optioned for television.

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Barbara Nickless Thanks for reading my books, Mike! My RR intel comes from multiple sources: books (see a few that I recommend at the end of "Dead Stop") and the inter…moreThanks for reading my books, Mike! My RR intel comes from multiple sources: books (see a few that I recommend at the end of "Dead Stop") and the internet. But mostly from working with and talking to RR employees, past and present. Boy, these men and women have a lot of stories. I've been fortunate to talk to folks from BNSF, UP and other railroads. And I've followed a railway cop around on his various tasks. I have him on speed dial. :-)(less)
Barbara Nickless Kim, thanks for a great question! You are right about Guam--I'm an Air Force brat. My father served as a bomber pilot in WWII. My maternal grandfather…moreKim, thanks for a great question! You are right about Guam--I'm an Air Force brat. My father served as a bomber pilot in WWII. My maternal grandfather was a general in the National Guard. A maternal uncle was a POW in Germany. None of these men talked much about their experiences, and after reading some great books about WWII and Vietnam (including the incomparable Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes), I became curious about what our troops were experiencing in Afghanistan and Iraq. When I read Jessica Goodell's Shade it Black and other resources about Mortuary Affairs, I knew what perspective I wanted to use in Blood on the Tracks. So, yes, a lot of interviews and research. And all those family members who dealt with the aftermath of war. Thank you for asking!(less)
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“Do not call us heroes. Not if you are calling us that in order to absolve yourself of guilt over sending us off to an unwinnable war. Some of us are heroes. But some of us never had the chance. And some of us got slammed face-first into the fact that when we looked inside, we found nothing heroic at all. —Corporal”
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“The videos that show the coffins coming back. People don’t want to know. And you and I? We’re part of what society can’t bear to remember. Because if they really think about it, if they really look at us and realize the cost we’ve paid to keep them safe? They can’t live with the guilt. They put up their ribbons and they give us fucking discounts at stores and they say, ‘Thank you for your service’ so they can go home and feel good about themselves. But if they really looked at what war does to us? Hell. They’d never let us come home.” “Stop”
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Beth Hi Barb,
I suggested some friends for MB and thought I should suggest them to you, too: CJ Lyons, Lise Fuller, Donita K. (Paul, one of our January speakers), Lynda Sandoval, Mike Befeler, Denise Vega, Robin D. (Owens), Carol Hightshoe, Suzanne Proulx, Mark Stevens, Ron Chalice, Bettina Swigger (PeakRadar.com), and MB, of course.


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Beth Hi Barb,
Welcome to Goodreads! Feel free to scan my friends list to find mutual friends and befriend them. And, you may be interested in joining some of the groups that I'm a member of, too. You'll have to start recording the books you've read, too. Have fun!
- Beth


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