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The First Cut

(2006)
(The first book in the Nan Vining Mysteries series)
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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.

Genre: Mystery    Get it on Google Play

Praise for this book

"The First Cut hurtles the reader down a razor's edge of suspense to the final shattering end." - Lisa Gardner


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Hardback Editions

August 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: The First Cut: A Novel (Nan Vining)
Author(s): Dianne Emley
ISBN: 0-345-48617-X / 978-0-345-48617-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Paperback Editions

February 2008 : Australia Paperback
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Title: [The First Cut] (By: Dianne Emley) [published: December, 2008]
Author(s): Dianne Emley
ISBN: 1-86325-654-7 / 978-1-86325-654-4 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Random House Inc
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December 2008 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The First Cut: A Novel (Nan Vining)
Author(s): Dianne Emley
ISBN: 0-345-48618-8 / 978-0-345-48618-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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October 2006 : Australia Paperback
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Title: The First Cut
Author(s): Dianne Emley
ISBN: 1-86325-475-7 / 978-1-86325-475-5 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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Audio Editions

April 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The First Cut
Author(s): Dianne Emley
Publisher: Books on Tape
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April 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The First Cut
Author(s): Dianne Emley
Publisher: Books on Tape
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April 2012 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The First Cut
Author(s): Dianne Emley
Publisher: Books on Tape
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August 2006 : USA Audio CD
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Title: First Cut, the (Lib)(CD)
Author(s): Dianne Emley
ISBN: 1-4159-3450-9 / 978-1-4159-3450-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Kindle Editions

August 2006 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The First Cut: A Novel (Nan Vining Mysteries Book 1)
Author(s): Dianne Emley
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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