Dianne Emley gained critical acclaim for the previous books in the Nan Vining series, The First Cut, a Los Angeles Times bestseller, and Cut to the Quick. Her newest novel featuring Nan Vining is Love Kills. She lives in Pasadena, California, with her husband, Charlie.
This gripping debut page-turner examines the shadier side of humanity while providing readers with a first-rate story. However, it is not for those with delicate sensibilities. Detective Nan Vining returns to her desk at the Pasadena Police Department, one year after having barely survived a brutal attack. She is assigned to investigate the vicious rape-murder of LAPD vice cop Frankie Lynde, who worked as an undercover prostitute. Lacking substantial clues, the police turn to the public for help. While they encounter numerous dead ends, Vining, who has experienced visions since the attack, follows otherworldly clues and her keen sense of insight to find the path of a brutal psychopath. Emley introduces two plotlines here, only one of which is satisfactorily concluded. Though Emley states that she will resolve the identity of Nan's attacker in further books, the reader is nonetheless left disappointed. Despite this flaw, the title is recommended for all suspense collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/06.].-Nanci Milone Hill, Nevins Memorial Lib., Metheun, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
A year after surviving a brutal attack, Pasadena, Calif., police officer Nan Vining returns to duty in Emley's sizzling debut, a hard-edged police procedural with a psychic twist. Nan, a 34-year-old single mom who still bears emotional and skin-deep scars, has her mettle tested by her first case back. The gory corpse of young, blonde LAPD vice cop Frankie Lynde, who got "too close to her work," murmurs a cryptic message to Nan at the crime scene. Nan's ability to hear the dead may be connected to her near-death experience or may be a symptom of post-traumatic stress, but it does help crack Frankie's case and eerily provides a clue about Nan's unknown attacker, whom she and her 14-year-old daughter, Emily, dubbed T.B. Mann or "The Bad Man." Readers will cheer as the fast-paced, high-stakes investigation empowers Nan to triumph over a repugnant criminal and her fears. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.