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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2009

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    The Deepest Shock

    In The Deepest Cut, Nan Vining uncovers new gang activity in Pasadena, puzzles over signs from the ghost of Frankie Lynde (found murdered in The First Cut) while continuing her search for her attacker, T.B. Mann. Dianne Emley has given us a suspenseful police procedural filled with memorable characters, shocking violence, and a plot filled with surprising twists until the stunning climax. All this set against vividly drawn California locales, from the central coastline to the San Gabriel Mountains. How will Nan uncover T.B. Mann's true identity while keeping her daughter and herself safe? Once you start this book, you won't be able to put it down, let alone exhale, until the last page.

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  • Posted March 4, 2009

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    Some time ago I read an article about an author in which the writer criticized the author for not creating likable characters. I found myself remembering that comment with The Deepest Cut, the final entry in Dianne Emley's trilogy. Some of you may be thinking "How can you possibly not feel sympathy for Nan Vining when she was almost killed, left with major scars by a sadist?"

    Certainly, I felt sympathy but as for liking, feeling kinship for - no. That was primarily because of her obsession with finding her attacker almost to the exclusion of then-and-now lover Detective Jim Kissick and her 14-year-old daughter, Emily. She's tough, yes, but also tough on those who befriend her.

    Nonetheless, The Deepest Cut is a chilling read. As Nan investigates the murder of a snitch, Scrappy, she determines that his death is somehow tied to her attack two years earlier. Her superior, Sgt. Early, is concerned about the emotional toll the attack may have taken on Nan, feels she may be seeing what isn't there in order to hunt down the man who almost killed her. Nan and Emily have named him T. B. Mann - the bad man; he haunts Nan both day and night. She is convinced that he is a serial killer who finds pleasure in gruesomely killing police women.

    This intense preoccupation leads Nan to disobeying orders, stealing evidence, breaking her oath, and almost alienating Kissick and Emily. She follows a tortuous path along which she meets the sinister Marvin Li, the mysterious Pearl Zhang, and other assorted offbeat characters. This path will eventually lead to a face-to-face with the maniacal T. B. Mann.

    Emley has embellished her narrative with detailed descriptions of Pasadena streets, and the bloody work of a psychopath. This reader would have preferred fewer GPS-like details which seemed to impede the story's flow and less gore,

    - Gail Cooke

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

    Thrilling !

    Dianne Emely weaves a suspenseful portrayal of a policewoman who is trying to manage all the elements of her life while dealing with the hauntingly psychological overlay brought about by the pursuit of a very bad man. The reader has an opportunity to travel with Nan Vining through well known California landmarks, while simultaneously living the drama of an ace police officer, mother, lover, and target of the determined T.B. Mann. Super read!

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  • Posted November 23, 2008

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    an exhilarating investigative thriller

    In Pasadena, California, Police Detective Jim Kissick heads the investigation into the murder of former gangbanger Abel ¿Scrappy¿ Espinoza inside a facility owned by first generation Chinese-American Mrs. Zhang. Assisting him on the inquiry is his lover, Nan Vining, a single mom of fourteen year old Emily. On a valuable mural, the culprit paints China Dog 187. Whereas Nan believes the killer is T.B, Mann as she calls the Bad Man who almost killed her (see THE FIRST CUT), Jim assumes it is gang warfare.<BR/><BR/>Their boss Sergeant Early reassigns Jim to follow up on the near deadly assault of Nan as new clues have surfaced; Nan will work the Sparky homicide as the lead. Nan informs Jim how she broke the law to learn more about her attacker and her theory he is a female police serial killer; he scoffs at her belief. As T.B. Mann continues to operate under the radar screen, the sole connection remains a deranged artist Nitro who vanished. Soon Mann will attempt to complete the killing of the only one to survive with her daughter as the lure.<BR/><BR/>Although it seems obvious that Nan is obsessed with capturing TBM and would fail a psychological screening unless she was Oscar level performer, readers will enjoy this entertaining California police procedural that goes down two paths before converging. The story line is filled with action even when the lead couple stops for lunch to talk about the cases or when the ghostly elements limited to not much more than a butterfly alit on Nan¿s shoulder. Fans will enjoy this fine sequel that stands alone as an exhilarating investigative thriller.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted July 20, 2010

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    A superior investigative thriller

    This isn't the final installment of the series, but it does bring to an electrifying conclusion the storyline running through the first three books that began when Pasadena homicide detective Nan Vining was knifed nearly to death by an extremely twisted serial killer. Don't worry, this isn't just another serial-killer story. The high quality of the writing, the compelling characterization, the vivid portrayal of the Pasadena setting, the fast pace and unrelenting suspense, the psychological depth and subtlety, and the shocking, unexpected revelations in the final confrontation between Nan and the psychopathic killer make for an outstanding and most satisfying read.

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  • Posted May 3, 2009

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    Another great read from Dianne Emley!

    Whew. What a finger-nail-biting read to the end! In "The Deepest Cut" Pasadena Detective Nan Vining continues her personal hunt for T.B. Mann, who nearly killed her in "The First Cut". While working on her latest assignment, HE continue to taunt Nan and, in her gut, she knows he is somehow behind these latest murders.

    As her relationship with fellow detective, Jim Kissick, heats up, Nan fears he will try to stop her from pursuing her obsession. The parallel murder investigations keep us wondering . . .we just KNOW he (T.B. Mann) is behind them. We are kept on edge wondering if they will be connected and if Nan or her loved ones--daughter Em and Jim--will be hurt along the way.

    Dianne Emley is a superb writer with an amazing ability to weave words, create visuals and well-defined characters. And her wry wit adds some relief until the next wave of anexity grabs you.

    Drawing on the Asian culture in Pasadena adds a great dimension--from the gang element to the para-normal moments with twinkling chimes and butterflies linked to Chinese customs. WHERE did she come up with the idea for those human directionals? What a clever way to use them. And the character, Li, is so well defined and strong--what a great movie role!

    "The Deepest Cut" will keep you flipping pages to find out if Nan survives and if T.B. Mann is finally exposed and captured. And just WHO is he anyway? You'll be surprised.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2009

    Good Read

    Diane is an amazing writer. The plots of all three books in this series were great, but I find the characters lacking. I wish there was more depth into Nan and Jim's relationship. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to read a good suspense novel by a great writer.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

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    "Cut" Trilogy is at the "Cutting-Edge" of Suspense

    Being a voracious reader of nearly 10,000 books, I can spot talent when I see it. What can I say about Dianne Emley's three (3) "Cut" novels....WOW!!! Great stories, wonderful characters, very captivating with lots of twists and turns, tons of suspense and each book was a great read. I have followed dozens of authors over the years and read all their books. I have added Ms. Emley to my favorites and will look forward to her 4th book with Nan/Jim and Em in early 2010.
    Ronnie M ~ Newfoundland Canada

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2010

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