|Publish Date:||Apr 2010|
|Number of Pages:||431|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.5|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||4.25 x 7.0 x 1.5|
In this conclusion to a trilogy (after The First Cut and Cut to the Quick), Det. Nan Vining is still dealing with the frustration of knowing that T.B. Mann remains free. Dubbed The Bad Man by Nan and her daughter, this unknown assailant had attacked Nan two years ago and left her for dead. Just when new evidence regarding T.B. Mann appears, Nan is tasked with heading the investigation into the murder of gang banger Abel "Scrappy" Espinoza, while her partner, Jim Kissick, is assigned to follow up on T.B. Mann. What initially seems like just another gang killing is clearly something more; Scrappy's death is connected to a powerful local businesswoman and a gangster-turned-philanthropist. The tone and pacing is just right in this dark novel, and Nan's journey from victim to victor is nicely orchestrated. For most crime collections.
-Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI
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Detective Vining confronts growing gang activity in Pasadena, CA, in Emley's (www.dianneemley.com) fast-paced final entry in her Nan Vining trilogy-following The First Cut (2008) and Cut to the Quick (2009), both also available from Books on Tape. Emley's in-depth description of Pasadena and its environs lends a sense of familiarity and reality to the story, while the skilled narration by Carrington Macduffie, who also reads Cut to the Quick, will further grip listeners. Recommended for fans of Tess Gerritsen's The Surgeon and Jeffery Deaver's Lincoln Rhymes mysteries.
- Cheryl Miller Maddox, Christian Theological Seminary Lib., Indianapolis
(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Back from the dead. That’s how it feels for Nan Vining, a Pasadena homicide cop determined to find the brutal madman who attacked her a year ago. Nan’s daughter calls the unknown assailant T. B. Mann—The Bad Man. On the job, Nan breaks rules and steals evidence, building a case file based on the certainty that T. B. Mann is obsessed with women who wear uniforms, that he hunts them, kills them, then adorns them with a pearl necklace.
At the crime scene of her official assignment, the murder of an ex-con, 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, but she knows that opening her heart means losing control. Then T. B. Mann reemerges from the shadows for a final confrontation, bringing Nan to the sudden, horrifying realization that her killer has baited the perfect trap.
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