Her young daughter calls the man who assaulted Nan Vining, “T.B.Mann” (The Bad Man) but the Pasadena homicide cop uses other words to describe her unknown assailant.
Now, a year later, Nan is determined to find T.B. Mann. If that means breaking a few department rules and stealing evidence, so be it! As she puts together the pieces of the puzzle, Nan is convinced the man she is looking for is someone obsessed with women who wear uniforms. Apparently he stalks her, kills her and then adorns the victim with a pearl necklace. Creepy!
Complicating her obsessive search for T.B.Mann is Nan’s developing relationship with Detective Jim Kissick. Although she might like to take a little detour down Romance Lane, right now Nan’s first priority must be finding the serial killer she knows is hiding out there in the shadows.
What the attractive cop doesn’t realize is that the mysterious T.B. Mann isn’t done with her yet. He plans another confrontation and has baited the perfect trap to bring them face-to-face again!
This is the concluding novel to the author’s “cut” trilogy (“The First Cut” and “Cut to the Quick”). And, as is only fitting, she has saved the best for last.
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.