BOOK REVIEW: THE FIRST CUT
Homicide detective Nan Vining has just returned to work on the Pasadena police force after a year's leave. Nan was attacked while on duty and her attacker left her for dead. Nan recovered physically, but may never recover emotionally. She still suffers panic attacks when going into a strange house and sometimes has visions that she dare not share with her co-workers. In spite of these obstacles Nan is determined to get back to work and to live a normal life.
Nan is a single mother and has one daughter named Emily. Emily has helped her in her recovery. Emily and Nan have named Nan's attacker T. B. Mann: The Bad Man. T. B. Mann has never been apprehended. Nan is determined to see that he is caught and brought to justice.
On her first day back to work Nan is assigned to a case where a fellow police officer has been brutally murdered. A body discovered thrown carelessly under a bridge turns out to be that of Frankie Lynde, police officer and daughter of a police officer. When Nan views her body she feels that Frankie is trying to send her a message.
Nan works the investigation with Jim Kissick. As the investigation proceeds they find that the murderer is a person with twisted desires who has even used his wife to help him attract his victims. Nan's feelings or hunches help the investigation along.
This book does not close the case of T. B. Mann who is somewhere out there haunting Nan. I would like to read more about Nan Vining, her daughter Emily and T. B. Mann. The author has written a real page-turner and I am ready for more books by Dianne Emley.
REVIEWED BY PATRICIA REID
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