The First Cut

The First Cut

by Dianne Emley
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The First Cut by Dianne Emley

For two minutes she was dead.

The assailant was vicious, the attack brutal—and it left her lifeless . . . until her pulse fluttered and she jolted awake. Now, a year later, detective Nan Vining is still questioning her strength, her safety, even her sanity: Can she ever again be the cop—and mother—she was before? And will her attacker someday return to finish the job, before she can track him down herself?

Shaky but determined, Vining rejoins the Pasadena PD, only to confront a murder case that strikes close to home: A slain policewoman has been discovered beneath the Colorado Street Bridge, her body bruised, her throat slit. Even as Vining struggles to recover her standing within the department, she can’t help but feel profoundly drawn to the murdered officer, Frankie Lynde—and she is deeply troubled by the baffling otherworldly visions that haunt her waking hours. Are these mere fever dreams? Or could they be, as Vining’s daughter insists, messages from beyond the grave?

Digging deeper into Lynde’s past, Vining discovers clues that set her on the twisted trail of a killer as ruthless as he is depraved—a predator whose methods and madness recall those of her own attacker. Amid a rising tide of danger, she pushes herself to bold new limits, desperate to avenge the murder of a fellow police officer . . . and to reclaim the life she lost a year ago.

Packed with suspense and action, this pulse-pounding novel will hold you breathless from the first cut to the last.

Praise for The First Cut
 
The First Cut should immediately establish Dianne Emley in the front ranks of thriller writers. . . . A great read.”—Michael Connelly
 
“Gritty, intense, and hard-edged, The First Cut is first-rate.”—Tess Gerritsen
 
“Action-packed, with plenty of suspense and enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing long into the night.”—Lisa Jackson
 
“An edge-of-your-seat plot . . . nicely developed characters and genuine suspense elevate this impressive crime debut.”Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345486172
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/29/2006
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dianne Emley is the bestselling author of The Night Visitor and the Nan Vining series: The First Cut, Cut to the Quick, The Deepest Cut, Love Kills, and Killing Secrets. A Los Angeles native, she lives in the Central California wine country with her husband, Charlie.

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TheAceFromJersey More than 1 year ago
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.
CRammer More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the characters the most. The plot was good. My problem was Way TOO many descriptive words about things that were just not neccesary. It bogged the reader down. I wish I could give it a 3.5. I will read more in this series to see how it goes because the characters are worth giving another chance or two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book. A little too much of the perverted things being described. Good storyline. Good ending of the story.
ellie75 More than 1 year ago
this was an excellent novel, it crabs your attention from start to finish. The suspence is too good. A very good thriller book. Must read.
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Nan, the very believable, flawed & interesting female protagonist kept me involved with this thriller.
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Loved it!!!!!!!!
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I like the way she keeps her characters in all of her books. A definate connection.
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DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
This book grabbed me from the first word to the last sentence.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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