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  • Posted August 16, 2011

    The First Cut

    Dianne Emily is a talented writer. From the very beginning she will pull you in, within the first 15 pages you have thrilling suspense and murder. You instantly like the main character, Detective Nan Vining as she hunts down TB Man (The Bad Man). I couldn't put this book down. This is a must read. I cannot wait to read Cut to the Quick.

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  • Posted May 4, 2011

    First rate, very well done

    Fankie Lynde is dead. Brutalized in the most unspeakable ways, stabbed savagely and the hurled down a gulley totally unclad for all to witness. A display of brutality, depraved indifference to life or what?There have been lots of psycho-murders,so what's new?

    Frankie Lynde was a very pretty young girl. Well pretty young girls are usually the targets of these deranged monsters, so what's new?

    She was also a cop on the Pasadena PD and pretty savvy. She knew her way around and even had a rep for "getting chalk on her shoes" meaning
    she often got close to the line and sometimes hung with dangerous folks.

    And she was a friend of Nan Vining's.

    Cops see their colleagues get overly adventurous and cops witness all kinds of horrors, so what's new?

    What's new is that Nan Vining had been attacked herself, stabbed repeatedly and left for dead. She had just returned to active duty when she was almost laid low with the news of Frankie.

    Same guy? Copy cat? or Someone totally separate?

    The brass at the Pasadena PD attempts to keep Nan out of this investigation, but Nan knows she is already in. Riddled with understandable fear and anxiety form her own near death eperience, she wills herself into finding the killer . . or killers.

    The tale is neatly spun and is particularly notable for the develoment of the characters. Nan emerges as courageous but subject to all manners of horrible imaginings. Is she being stalked for a second attempt? Who is pursuing whom?

    Her colleagues "on the job" are a diverse bunch and show wide ranges of moods and activity as they interact with each other. Somne are hard core crime fighters while others are "nine to fivers" looking longingly at "PT" - pension time. Ms Emley paints nicely human pictures of these folks.

    You will come to like Nan. She has all same desires as most of us. A little romance would be nice, a little peace is well received. Her ex is a bit of a bozo, but she takes that in stride

    One nice surprise is her teen age daughter who doubtless has the same fears as Nan, but is wonderfuly mature and supportive of her single mom. Nice to see some maturity in young America.

    The story is laced with great descriptive passages and thorough police work throughout. Ms. Emley obviously invested heavily in understanding cops, their work days, their habits and their ambitions and longings.
    Not to mention their many attitudes when confronting various types of folks. One gets the feeling that a good cop is especially good at reading people. While that shouldn't be surprising, it is well displayed by Ms. Emley as the cops pick up on things most of us would probably miss.

    It is a good story told with a gathering of forces and events to a
    fine ending.

    I look forward to more of Nan Vining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2007

    Keeps you reading!

    This book was very thrilling and suspenseful. I couldn't stop reading it until I found out what happened. The book is very realistic and the characters very real. The author writes great books and I hope she writes another book soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2007

    A Great Thriller

    Better start this book on a long weekend because you won't be able to put it down! It's a real page turner. I really felt 'a part of the action' as though I was walking in Detective Nan Vining's shoes. Dianne Emley creates great visual images--nail biting at times. Wonderful character development with witty insights into people's personalities. Very well written and clever narrative moves along at a crisp pace keeping the reader on edge wanting more. Can't wait for a sequel to this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2006


    I highly recommend this gripping suspense by Dianne Emley. It is definitely a book you will not want to put down until you have finished it! I eagerly await her next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2006

    great mystery

    I'm not a mystery fan, so I was skeptical when I started reading Ms. Emley's book. However, her plot is enticing, her characterization is superb, so much so that they seemed like real people. She also scatters information about places and events throughout the book, which made it obvious that she did a lot of research. That made the story all the more believable. I could not put the book down and am waiting anxiously for the next installment to come out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2006

    A Real Page-Turner!

    'The First Cut' is a suspense thriller you won't be able to put down! Dianne Emley has crafted a novel of grisly crimes, monstrous criminals, and skillful and dedicated police detectives. Her characters are complex and come alive on the page. The story's locations are described in detail and give the reader a strong sense of place. The tension builds with each chapter until the shocking conclusion, as the first Nan Vining novels ends and the reader eagerly awaits the next installment!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2006

    dark urban noir police procedural

    Four Pasadena cops have been killed in the line of duty last year Detective Nan Vining came very close to having her name added to the list as an unknown assailant attacked her with a knife leaving her clinically dead for about two minutes. Physically the single mother of a teen has healed, mentally she fears interviewing strangers and entering unknown residences as any can trigger a panic attack especially since her adversary is still on the streets. --- Though her boss has some doubts assigning her to the slasher murder of undercover Los Angeles vice cop Frankie Lynde because of the similarities to Nan¿s near fatal incident, Vining insists on leading the investigation for that same reason. Vining knows from her visions and psychic link to the deceased cop that the killer, wealthy club owner John Lesley-and his wife Pussycat were having a ménage de trois with Lynde that leaves the investigating detective hot and bothersome with desire for her former lover Jim Kissick. However, proving to a jury that Lesley is the killer needs more than a mental discussion with a dead woman. One clue has been left behind by Lynde if Vining can retrieve it before she becomes Pasadena¿s number five. --- This urban noir police procedural with paranormal elements will grip readers who know early on that psychopath Lesley is the cop killer with a thirst for blood and wild sex. The action-packed story line turns into a cat and mouse game as Vining seeks proof while Lesley uses his spouse and others to insure the cop gets no closer to the truth even as he sets up his next victim. Though definitely dark, Dianne Emley's gripping thriller will take readers on the underside of society where money can hide illegal drug abuse and murder. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2006

    Thrills, suspense, twists, turns - keep the lights on while reading!

    This thriller debut by Dianne Emley not only should captivate the most devoted suspense and thriller reader, but it also offers dramatic insights to the workings and politics of a moderate size city police department. It also captures the struggles and dedicated professionalism of a woman police officer balancing her role as a single mom, law enforcement officer and the personal, emotional and psychic stress placed on her. The author's insights to these real life demands are woven into a highly readable, suspensful story that will want readers to keep turning the pages and anxiously awaiting a next book on Officer Nan Vining!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2006

    The First Cut is First Rate

    In this keen and well crafted murder mystery, author Dianne Emley leads the reader on a suspenseful journey through the often gritty and dangerous world of police work, while at the same time adeptly exposing the psychological complexity of its main character, Detective Nan Vining. Following a brutal ambush which leaves Vining dead for several minutes, a period of recovery finds the protagonist questioning her resolve as a mother and as a cop. A personal sense of safety for both herself and her daughter is further stripped way by the always present possibility that her attacker, as yet to be apprehended, will come back to complete his handiwork. Detective Vining¿s first assignment when returning to work finds her juxtaposition to the battered body of an LAPD policewoman, triggering eerie, yet realistic otherworldly visions. Emley superbly portrays the internal struggle experienced by Vining, who wrestles with whether to accept these visions as manifestations of her heightened anxiety as precipitated by the attack, or the real possibility that the dead policewoman, in some form of camaraderie, is indeed speaking to her and helping guide the investigation. Navigating the tension between these two potentialities permits the reader to walk in tandem with Detective Vining. The reader continues to follow Vining through a number of thrilling twists and turns up to the surprise ending. All and all, The First Cut is first rate. Dianne Emley has introduced us readers to not only intriguing characters and a finely developed plot, but has allowed us to share the haunting, yet very real world of Detective Nan Vining. I¿m eager to see where Vining takes us next.

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    Posted April 25, 2010

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