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The Lesson of Her Death [Mass Market Paperback]

Jeffery Deaver
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March 1 1994
Bill Corde looks down at the face of the murdered girl and sees the horror of sudden death. He cannot know, as he stands there at the trampled, muddy scene beside the college girl’s corpse, that his own life is about to slip into terror. He cannot know that everything he holds precious is about to shatter before his eyes. He cannot know that his career–and his family–are about to enter a new dimension of danger. For Bill Corde, the killer is everything he fears most. For Sarah, Bill’s wild, learning-impaired daughter, trapped in a world of frustration and ridicule, he may be just the person she’s been waiting for. Someone who understands her worries and loneliness. Someone who signs his notes “The Sunshine Man.” Someone she can run away with–even a perfect stranger.

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Attorney-author Deaver, whose Manhattan Is My Beat was an Edgar nominee, delivers a harrowing and substantial suspense thriller. The investigation into the murder of Auden University coed Jennie Gebben, whose mutilated body is found in a "bed of muddied hyacinths," coincides with crises in the life of Lt. Bill Corde of New Lebanon, Ind. While the case draws Corde into a maelstrom of academic politics and sexual obsession, his learning-impaired nine-year-old daughter writes stories about a wizard named the Sunshine Man, his teenaged son constructs sexual fantasies from multiple viewings of a science fiction film, and his wife finds comfort with the young professor who tutors their daughter. As more murders occur at the financially endangered college and hysteria about cult killings pervades the community, Corde's family is harassed by snapshots and notes somehow secreted into private areas of the house. As Corde follows an intricate trail emblazoned with sadomasochism, bisexuality and vaulting academic ambition, he is surrounded by well-drawn secondary characters: his children, the villain, certain venal academics and a security guard. Terror steadily accelerates in this page-turner until the final riveting secrets are revealed.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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One murdered college student and then another seem to indicate the presence of a serial killer in the small town of New Lebanon. Bill Corde, the investigating detective, finds his family threatened by a killer who appears to know them all too well. As Corde hunts the killer, others scramble to protect their own secrets until Corde at last learns the complex pattern leading to the deaths. Corde's nine-year-old daughter, Sarah, hampered by a learning disability, is both a potential victim and star of the story. The family's struggles to identify and deal with her problems make a highly satisfying counterpart to the police-procedural aspects of the plot. Although the author ( Mistress of Justice , LJ 8/92, among others) has overloaded his story with characters and subplots, he provides enough complications to entice any reader-detective. The characters have the inconsistencies and frailties of real life. Highly recommended for popular fiction collections.
- Elsa Pendleton, Boeing Computer Support Svcs., Ridgecrest, Cal.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Jefferey does it again! Sept. 2 2003
By regina
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This was a very good book. The begining was a little slow, but when it picked up I couldn't put it down. Jeffery has you mistrusting all of the characters. Jeffery has done it again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early gem July 22 2002
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I don't know how people get it into their heads that early Deaver books are not as good as his later ones. ALL of his early books are of an incredibly high class, equally as good as his more recent. They are slightly different, in tone perhaps, but the quality remains the same.
This is an idea book...there is so much of interest going on at once. It is the kind of book i adore...the kind with a central core plot, but one with many other subplots (usually to do with simple events in the lives of the characters) all orbiting around that core-plot, but never really touching it. It makes the books rather realistic, and such a feast for the reader. So much is happening, just like real life. (For another brilliant example of this, check out "Cry Wolf" by Tami Hoag, which is one of my favourite books of all time.)
Deaver's writing is very good, and his characters are great. Very human. He gets into everyones head, and shows us inside, so incredibly well that it looks remarkably easy. I have not met an author who actually can get inside his characters heads so well, and make whats in there seem so simple and ration, especially in the heads of his killers.
The plot is good...interesting, exciting, twisting. There are some nice subtle twists, although they are not quite as pronounced or as shocking as in some of his other novels. Indeed, the identity of the killer is discovered in the final 100 ish pages, and there is no real surprise about their identity from then on. (Which, having found out so early, you would expect there to be.)
If anything, this book is perhaps a bit too long. But not much...
This is not Deaver's book, but that doesnt really clarify matters at all. As all of his books are exemplary, and much better than most authors working today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Jan. 11 2002
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This is one of Deaver's earlier works. I'll echo most of the other reviewers and say that this isn't his best. It is, however, still a very strong story. Deaver's weakest is still as good or better than most writer's best.
This is a strong plot, but there are fewer twists than Deaver has become known for. The characters are also very good. He makes you cheer for Corde and wonder how his coworkers can be so stupid.
Again, it's not his best, but you still won't be disappointed by it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good - but not one of his best Oct. 11 2001
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I have read all of Jeffrey Deaver's books, and have enjoyed each and every one of them. While, this book was engrossing, I did not feel that it was up to par with some of his others, like "Bone Collector", "Coffin Dancer", "Devil's Teardrop", or my all-time favorite - "A Maiden's Grave" - all of which I would rate as 5+-star books. I'm looking forward to reading another new book by him.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better Oct. 5 2001
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While the plot was intriguing and had some nice twists, Mr. Deaver was just a bit too fond of his surprise segues from one section to another. It was as if he was testing how clever he could be in duping the reader and leading them down the wrong path before they realized they had switched to a new character. Doing this every now and then is fine, but it happened nearly every other page! Yes, we see how clever you are. Get over it. His later stuff is definitely better.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Probably the weakest of his books Feb. 3 2001
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I've read all of Deaver's books and this is probably the weakest. That, however, is like saying that a painting is one of Da Vinci's weakest -- the guy is so good that even his earlier, poorer stuff is still worth reading. I found this book fun and gripping, but it has the same flaws (hard to empathise with the characters enough to really get into the story) as his other earlier work.
This is quite fast-paced (not as fast as his later work) and quite chilling in parts. He really knows how to get inside peoples' heads, particularly loonies, and describe their thought processes scarily well. Good for a rainy day or when you're sick at home, once you've read all of his others.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Lesson of Her Death Dec 13 2000
By Tammy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading and enjoying so many of Jeffery Deaver's books, "The Lesson of Her Death" was a total disappointment. You don't get into the characters, don't feel how they feel. The ending was a let down. Usually, it takes me three days to a week to finish a book...this one took me over three weeks to finish ! I would not recommend spending your dollar on the book at all.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Rhyme series is more captivating Oct. 24 2000
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The Lesson of Her Death, although interesting enough to read in a speedy manner, was definitely not one of Deaver's best. I found a lot of stereotypical characters and scenarios and it didn't grab my attention as much as his other novels. I think Deaver hit something really good with the Lincoln Rhyme series, because Bone Collector and Coffin Dancer were outstanding, but this tale of a disfunctional police officer/family and the 'cult'/'moon' killer was much more weakly portrayed. I think I will stick with my buddy Det. Rhyme.
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