Cut to the Quick (Nan Vining Mysteries #2)
by Dianne Emley (Goodreads Author)
The crime scene was like something out of a horror movie. Billboard tycoon Oliver Mercer has been brutally slain in his home in the Pasadena hills, joined in death by his long-legged trophy girlfriend–both of their bodies displayed in a chilling tableau. The murder scene reawakens terrible memories for homicide detective Nan Vining, who survived her own harrowing attack a...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 27th 2009 by Ballantine Books
(first published 2006)
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Mistakenly purchased this download thinking it was the first book in the Julian Kestrel series. It's not. Rich in detail about the LA area -- too rich. I don't really need to know what highway exit was taken, and whether the character turned left or right. I did enjoy the descriptions of the Salton Sea. The plot just seemed kind of pointless, there's no big mystery, and the main character is still obsessing at the end of this book over the bad man (i.e. T.B. Mann) who attacked her in the first b...more
Synopsis: The crime scene was like something out of a horror movie. Billboard tycoon Oliver Mercer has been brutally slain in his home in the Pasadena hills, joined in death by his long-legged trophy girlfriend-both of their bodies displayed in a chilling tableau. The murder scene reawakens terrible memories for homicide detective Nan Vining, who survived her own harrowing attack a year earlier. While tracking the taunting gameplayer her daughter Emily dubbed T. B. Mann-The Bad Man-she is now wo...more
This is an outstanding thriller, with an unrelenting fast pace, strong characters, a complex, well-told story with plenty of twists and turns, and a likable, intelligent heroine in Pasadena homicide detective Nan Vining. Highly recommended for thriller fans (but watch out for the rattlesnakes!).
The mystery actually solved in the course of the novel was pretty boring -- sort of Strangers on a Train with a cross dresser. This is apparently part of a series in which the female detective is dealing with a serial killer who attempted to murder her. The parts of the book that dealt with that plot were more interesting than the other mystery, but the detective didn't really interest me enough to want to pick up another of these. Mainly because she had a weird, almost sexual focus on her attem...more