THE FIRST CUT by Dianne Emley (Ballantine Books, c2006, ISBN 0-345-48617-X)was an exciting and well-written debut novel.
Set in Pasadena, CA, Nan Vining is an officer with the Pasadena PD, returning after a year's absence after a brutal attack. Frankie Lynde, a vice cop from LA is killed and dumped in their backyard. Now, Nan and Jim must solve the case while Nan wrestles with her own demons.
The book begins:
No one knew her here.
The introduction of the character of T.B. Mann (aka the bad man) and the ending of the book (although one door closes, another remains open)leads me to believe this will be either a series or have a sequel.
Either way, I will be looking for the next book.