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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (216 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dianne Emley Narrator: Lorna Raver Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Detective Nan Vining Thrillers Release Date: August 2006 ISBN: 9781415934517
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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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lesli | 2/17/2014

    " I can't even begin to explain where this went wrong. Maybe from page one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marti | 2/16/2014

    " This book was fairly interesting, but there were a number of perverse sections. For that reason, I am not passing it on to friends of ours in our former hometown. Obviously, this series could last a long time, with Detective Nan Vining hoping to find the madman who brutalized her. There are short blurbs by both suspense writers, Lisa Jackson, and Lisa Gardner. Somehow, I don't think that I shall seek out any subsequent books in this series. It was so brutal at first, that I almost didn't continue reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 2/8/2014

    " This one I grabbed off the shelf of the library. It was a good book and if the author has written others I'll try them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 1/24/2014

    " Vining a cop and a victim returns to work at the PPD (Pasadena)a year after an assault that left her for dead to solve the murder of a LAPD vice cop. She is also trying to solve her own "murder". Refreshing in that the characters are well developed and show "warts and all" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hans Mastbroek | 1/10/2014

    " read in Dutch translation as "De eerste snee" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 12/28/2013

    " I just finished the book I enjoyed it but felt there was too much in the storyline about T.B.Mann. Also, there were some grammatical errors that caught my eye. I felt like this was a book between a three or four star rating. because of the grammatical errors, I am giving it three stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 12/21/2013

    " Entertaining enough, I suppose, but a bit run of the mill. Certainly not a cut above the rest. (Yes, I really had to- sorry!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/18/2013

    " Pool read. Would definitely read the sequel "Cut to the Quick" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 12/16/2013

    " *** 3.5 stars *** "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Bender | 11/28/2013

    " Some pretty graphic sex in the first chapter that actually seems to work into the story--not gratuitous at all. I'll keep posting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherry | 11/15/2013

    " Very enjoyable if you like strong, but flawed female characters. I'll read other books by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole Lessard | 11/5/2013

    " Mildly graphic thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 6/9/2013

    " the genre is police v. horrific serial killer. it's particularly well-done with a woman Pasadena police officer heroine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casey | 5/31/2013

    " Very exciting but at the same time kinda disturbing. FYI do not read this while alone at the laundry mat it will be very creepy....or maybe that's just me getting too involved in a book about a psycho serial killer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Senator | 5/13/2013

    " Ohhh SO GOOD. Review coming soon! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 1/13/2013

    " Read for my mystery book club. The story takes place in Pasadena and the valley so it was fun to read because of the location. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry | 12/1/2012

    " Loved it. Loved it. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenneth Funk | 8/16/2012

    " Listened to this book on audio. I wasn't sure that I would like it when it began but Nan Vining is growing on me. Hopefully she eventually gets TB Man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Serena | 6/15/2012

    " i just started this book so far its good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 4/22/2012

    " A really good read. I would definitely read more by this author. "

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About the Author
Author Dianne Emley

Dianne Emley gained critical acclaim for her books in the Nan Vining series, including The First Cut, Cut to the Quick, and Love Kills. She lives in Pasadena, California, with her husband, Charlie.

About the Narrator

Lorna Raver, named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year, has received numerous Audie Award nominations and fifrteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. An experienced stage actress, she has also guest-starred on many top television series and starred in director Sam Raimi’s film Drag Me to Hell. Her numerous audiobook credits include The Age of Innocence, Up from Orchard Street, The Lodger, Selected Readings from the Portable Dorothy Parker, and Diamond Ruby.