The crime scene was like something out of a horror movie. Tycoon and playboy Oliver Mercer has been brutally slain in his posh home in the Pasadena hills, joined in death by his long-legged trophy girlfriend—both of their bodies displayed in a chilling tableau. The only evidence left at this helter skelter massacre: a size-eleven high-heeled shoe print and a long strand of hair from a blonde wig.
The gory horror of the Mercer manse reawakens terrible memories for homicide detective and single mom Nan Vining, who survived her own harrowing knife attack a year earlier. While secretly tracking the taunting, murderous gameplayer her daughter Emily dubbed T.B. Mann—The Bad Man—she is now working the Mercer case alongside her ex-flame Jim Kissick, stirring up conflicted feelings for Nan.
From the ritzy estates of L.A.’s Lamborghini-driving set to a rocky desert outpost where rattlesnakes whisper murder, Nan will risk both her badge and her heart on a case that cuts close to the bone.
“Cut to the Quick’s razor-sharp characters and twisted plot kept me on the edge of my chair from the first page to the last. Intense, smart, and relentless, Nan Vining is no run of the mill cop.”
— Mariah Stewart, New York Times Bestselling Author