Review: Gone To Darkness by Barbara Nickless

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Title: Gone to Darkness Series: Sydney Parnell #4 Genres: Crime Thriller Publisher: Thomas and Mercer Format: Print, Digital, Audio Pages: 362 Order Now


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.


This was my first novel from Barbara Nickless. It won’t be my last! She creates interesting characters and writes gritty crime fiction.

I enjoyed the character of Sydney Parnell and her police dog partner, Clyde. Sydney is a driven investigator dealing with her demons as she’s trying to solve the case and find justice.

I enjoyed the background Nickless wrote for Sydney Parnell. She’s an Iraqi war vet and former railway cop who becomes the younger homicide detective in Denver’s Major Crimes Unit.

Nickless will get your attention from the start with her gritty story telling and will keep you reading until the end.

It's safe to say that Alan Petersen loves mystery and thriller books. He writes high-octane thrillers, hosts the MEET THE THRILLER AUTHOR podcast, and reviews thriller/mystery books.

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