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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:
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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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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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" "

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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.