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  • Posted May 3, 2012

    Highly Recommended, get the others first

    I came across this book at a library book sale, having not read Dianne's previous novels. I'll remedy that right away. It's very exciting to find a new writer (at least new to me), and this writer knows how to tell a story. Very interesting characters that you can get to know. Nan Vining is a fine detective, fighting her way back from a tragedy to reclaim her rightful position in the squad. As far as I'm concerned, she's there and then some.

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  • Posted June 29, 2010

    A terrific, unputdownable thriller

    This is an outstanding police-procedural thriller by a writer who really knows how to tell a story! I loved it, with its unrelentingly fast pace, complex plot with plenty of twists and turns, great characters, and an intelligent, likable heroine in Pasadena homicide detective Nan Vining. CUT TO THE QUICK is the second book in the series. Be sure to read the first one, THE FIRST CUT, before you start this one, as there's an ongoing story line that begins in the first book and continues in this one. Highly recommended for readers who enjoy a superb suspense novel with fascinating characters (but watch out for the rattlesnakes!).

    Sheila Beaumont

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2009

    Thrill Ride

    In Cut to the Quick, Nan Vining continues her search for her attacker, T.B. Mann, while solving a high-profile double murder. This is another can't-put-it-down thriller from Dianne Emley that kept me guessing until the very end. We are introduced to a compelling cast of characters, some of whom are sympathetic, and some who are repugnant. In addition, we are treated to more Southern California sights. Emley displays her talent for rich description while taking us to diverse locales, including glamorous Malibu and the strange Salton Sea. I was fascinated by the intersecting paths of the characters, and thrilled by the never-ending plot twists. Read this after Emley's The First Cut, or read it alone. Either way, get ready for a thrilling ride!

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  • Posted January 1, 2009

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    This fast-paced sequel stars a cop still mentally reeling from her near death assault

    Although she has physically healed from her brutal knife attack two years ago (see THE FIRST CUT), Pasadena homicide detective Nan Vining remains emotionally traumatized especially since her attacker has not been apprehended. When she enters the mansion of millionaire Oliver Mercer to investigate the brutal double murders, Nan fears she will not be ready to cope with what she sees. Someone using a hacksaw carved up Mercer and his girlfriend, art-museum administrator Lauren Richards.<BR/><BR/>Vining interrogates Mercer¿s business partner Mark Scoville, who initially seems friendly as he responds to her questions. However, abruptly he refuses to answer her inquiries and demands a lawyer be present. Shocked by his change in demeanor and cooperation, Vining ends her interview for now, but focuses on phone calls between him and former con man Jack Jenkins in which Scoville spoke disparagingly about his partner. She wonders if Jenkins killed Mercer and Richards showed up at her lover¿s home at the wrong time. However, Vining¿s concentration is distracted when the police arrest a vagabond mute Nitro who possesses disconcerting drawings of the assaults of Vining, a Tucson police detective, and other unknown apparently female cops; she wonders if her perp she calls TB Mann is a serial killer.<BR/><BR/>This fast-paced sequel stars a cop still mentally reeling from her near death assault (see THE FIRST CUT), which makes her refreshing as she has doubts about her effectiveness and is obsessed with Mann. The investigation into the graphic homicide in many ways takes a back seat to Vining¿s psychological trauma (wonder how she passed a police psychological screening?). Still the whodunit is fun to follow as the cops seek a particular brutal killer even if the death scene keeps reminding Vining of her own death scene, which sets up future thrillers in this series (see THE DEEPEST CUT).<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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