Back from the dead. That’s how it feels for Nan Vining–a Pasadena homicide cop, a struggling single mother, and a woman determined to find the brutal madman who left her for dead a year ago.

She has given a name to her unknown assailant: T. B. Mann–The Bad Man. On the job, Nan breaks rules and steals evidence, building a case file based on the dead certainty that T. B. Mann is obsessed with women who wear uniforms or carry guns, that he hunts them and kills them and then adorns them with a pearl necklace.

At the crime scene of her official assignment, the murder of an ex-con in a clown suit, Nan spots a graffiti tag and is sure, against all reason, that T. B. Mann was there, too. Further complicating matters is Nan’s developing relationship with Detective Jim Kissick.

Within this sprawling panorama T. B. Mann reemerges, bringing Nan to the sudden, horrifying realization that her killer has baited the perfect trap.

From the Compact Disc edition.
Praise for Dianne Emley

The First Cut

“Hurtles the reader down a razor’s edge of suspense to the final shattering end.”
–Lisa Gardner

“A great read . . . The First Cut should immediately establish Dianne Emley in the front ranks of thriller writers.”
–Michael Connelly

“Emley is a writer to watch.”
Tucson Citizen

Cut to the Quick

Cut to the Quick’s razor-sharp pacing and twisted plot kept me on the edge of my chair from the first page to the last.”
–Mariah Stewart, author of Last Breath

“Emley sets a cracking pace.”
The Sunday Mail

From the Hardcover edition.