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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Crimeline; Reprint edition (March 1 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553560204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553560206
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.9 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #371,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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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This was published just before Jeffery Deaver got "bestseller" status and it is a good, solid read. Better than PRAYING FOR SLEEP but a little below anything after A MAIDEN'S GRAVE. That being said, I enjoyed this book. The first 1/4 is a bit slow with set-ups and a whole bunch of different characters. But once Deaver throws them all together, the ride really picks up! I can see parts of THE EMPTY CHAIR in this novel and even Rhyme's motto about evidence is worshipped of the lead Detective in this one. The plot is basically a whodunit...being who killed a college girl, another girl a year earlier, who's leaving polaroid pictures of the Detective's little girl IN HIS HOUSE and signed with threats? A lot of questions and the 517 paperback pages are needed to answer them all. Just when you think you have it all figured out, Deaver throws in his patented twists and turns and you don't know which side is up! A very solid and enjoyable read. Check it out to see how Deaver got to where he is. I've read all of his books except the 3 before this one. Got get yourself a copy!
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By Jason Birkby on Jan. 15 2000
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This is far from being Jeffery Deaver's best novel but it is a srong tale. Deaver has the ability to make strong likeable characters among the most devilish and harrowing times.
The story revolves around the murder of Co-ed. The long list of suspects from ex-boyfriends, college professors and a teenage trouble-maker keep the reader guessing till the end. Even the investigator's family slowly starts to crumble from the events.
The story line of the daughter who may be gifted is a gripping side, to which the Father ignores looking for the main killer.
Deaver has abilities to show the world of people with handicaps. He also will leave the reader holding their breath till the outcome. The book does tend to get a little long and action does slow down in the middle. Some of the violence is not for everybody. The three stars comes based on the fact that Deaver does have other books that are more well rounded. This is a strong read for any forensic criminal investagation novel fans.
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Jeffery Deaver is the master of suspense. I have yet to read one of his books that has not kept me up all night reading by flashlight.
pucksau@earthling.net is wrong, by the way, Jeffery Wilds Deaver is the same author who wrote The Bone Collector and The Coffin Dancer. I must also whole heartedly agree with dglavelle@hotmail.com. It is a shame that many of Jeffery Deaver's books are no longer in print but I keep scouring the used book stores in hopes of finding a treasure - namingly an out of print Deaver book.
Lessons of Her Death is a perfect example of Deaver's work - smart, engrossing and well written (plot line and characters). He also makes you feel for both the victim as well as the villain - Deaver shows you what is behind the eyes of a mad man. This was another Deaver book with plot twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
I highly recommend getting into Mr. Deaver's world
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Bill Corde is a former big city cop turned small town detective who is assigned to investigate a murder of a local college girl. Although signs point to a cult killing, Corde knows better and he closes in on the real killer. He discovers the victim has left him with a number of suspects and as he gets closer to the killer, the killer gets closer to him. In typical Deaver fashion, there are twists and turns with every new chapter. You are kept guessing until the very end as to the identity of the murderer. The book is a smooth read and it held my interest throughout. Deaver conveys real suspense and dread by bringing the Hero's children into the sights of the villain. Deaver and suspense fans will find this as a book worth reading.
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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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A co -ed girl is found dead in the woods and then unfolds a complex plot, with many situations and conflicting interests. Rich with a delicate prose, this book features my favorite Deaver asset, his neat language to convey emotions and describe settings as well as his passion to describe all the events of the story with colorful and vibrant details The tale is gripping because one cannot anticipate any development and if one does, run the high risk of being dead wrong. (it happened to me many times) and there also lies the high value of this work, suspense and uncertainty....with many traps.
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When I first picked up this book, I mistakenly thought it was written by Jeffery Deaver, author of The Coffin Dancer. I was not disappointed, however. The characters in this story are immediately captivating and the action seldom lets up. Some of the surprising twists had me gasping out loud. The only thing that slowed the pace was the lack of punctuation in places that made for awkward and unwieldy sentences. These missteps became easy to ignore once the story got going. I really enjoyed this book, and like other reviewers here, would like to read his earlier works.
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