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The First Cut

Dianne Emley

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. Praise for The First Cut "The First Cut should immediately establish Dianne Emley in the front ranks of thriller writers. . . . A great read."-Michael Connelly "Gritty, intense, and hard-edged, The First Cut is first-rate."-Tess Gerritsen "Action-packed, with plenty of suspense and enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing long into the night."-Lisa Jackson "An edge-of-your-seat plot . . . nicely developed characters and genuine suspense elevate this impressive crime debut."-Kirkus Reviews From the Hardcover edition.

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. Praise for The First Cut "The First Cut should immediately establish Dianne Emley in the front ranks of thriller writers. . . . A great read."-Michael Connelly "Gritty, intense, and hard-edged, The First Cut is first-rate."-Tess Gerritsen "Action-packed, with plenty of suspense and enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing long into the night."-Lisa Jackson "An edge-of-your-seat plot . . . nicely developed characters and genuine suspense elevate this impressive crime debut."-Kirkus Reviews From the Hardcover edition.
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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. Praise for The First Cut "The First Cut should immediately establish Dianne Emley in the front ranks of thriller writers. . . . A great read."-Michael Connelly "Gritty, intense, and hard-edged, The First Cut is first-rate."-Tess Gerritsen "Action-packed, with plenty of suspense and enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing long into the night."-Lisa Jackson "An edge-of-your-seat plot . . . nicely developed characters and genuine suspense elevate this impressive crime debut."-Kirkus Reviews From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Lorna Raver

Length:

12h 46m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:12


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:42


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:37


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:50


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:07


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:04


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:43


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:03


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:13


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:09


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:13


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:34


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:39


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:45


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:10


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:31


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:05


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:42


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:29


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:54


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:15


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:28


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:31


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:18


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:13


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:22


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:29


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:07


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:55


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:49


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:41


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:28


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:10


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:11


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:52


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:07


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:28


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:35


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:03


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:36


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:08


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:04


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:28


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:22


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:48


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:01


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:05


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:43


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:05


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:24


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:21


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:03


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:45


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:55


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:53


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:39


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

02:59


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:17


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:26


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:36


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:33


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:32


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:29


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:47


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:38


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:22


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:35


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:46


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:09


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:46


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:28


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:44


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:02


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:02


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:14


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:50


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:07


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:54


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:17


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:54


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:47


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:53


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:10


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:28


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

02:50


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:15


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

02:00


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:36


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:08


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:58


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:22


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:48


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:54


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:26


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:43


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:54


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:42


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:15


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:20


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:10


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:04


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:15


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:32


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:39


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:46


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:13


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:14


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:41


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

03:48


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:22


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:22


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

06:29


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

02:52


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:17


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:14


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

02:40


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:32


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:09


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:44


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:43


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:48


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:15


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:21


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:03


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:29


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:25


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:51


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:09


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:33


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:56


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:20


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

04:30


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:59


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:49


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

03:43


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:32


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

04:59


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

03:15


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

03:25


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

05:01


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

05:29


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

04:46


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

05:00


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

02:04


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

05:21


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

05:21


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

04:39


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

05:18


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

03:01


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

04:56


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

04:02


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

03:33


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

04:42


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

05:14


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

05:40


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

05:29


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

03:56


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

04:44


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

03:00


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

04:21


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

03:10


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

05:13


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

04:28


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

00:24