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Jeffery Deaver
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21 July 1994
When Detective Bill Corde looks at the beautiful face of the murdered girl in the mud, he does not know his own life is about to turn into a terrifyingly real nightmare. For the girl's killer is now on the trail of Corde and his unsuspecting family: his wife, teenage son, and imaginative but vulnerable daughter, Sarah. Sarah, who alone knows the identity of the killer...

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  • Paperback: 503 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet, London (21 July 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340610557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340610558
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeffery Deaver is the Number One bestselling author of thirty-two novels, including the 2011 authorised James Bond thriller, CARTE BLANCHE, three collections of short stories and a non-fiction law book. A former journalist, attorney, and folksinger, he has received or been shortlisted for numerous awards around the world, including Novel of the Year from the International Thriller Writers Association for THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND, the Steel Dagger for Best Thriller from the British Crime Writers' Association, and the British Thumping Good Read Award. He was recently shortlisted for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Best International Author.

His most recent novels are THE OCTOBER LIST, a thriller told in reverse; THE SKIN COLLECTOR, a Lincoln Rhyme novel; and XO, a Kathryn Dance thriller, for which he wrote an album of country-western songs, available on iTunes and as a CD.

You can find out more about Jeffery on his website, Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter @JefferyDeaver.

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The best psychological thriller writer around (The Times)

Deaver knits a seamless fabric of tightening tension right up to the explosive double whammy ending (The Times on A MAIDEN'S GRAVE)

Brilliant (Minette Walters on PRAYING FOR SLEEP)

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A compelling early thriller from the bestselling Jeffery Deaver. Repackaged in new series style.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but not Deaver's best 19 July 2004
By M. V. Clarke VINE VOICE
This Jeffery Deaver novel, set in New Lebanon, a somewhat out-of-the-way American town, has many of the author's trademarks: a complex plot, with unexpected twists at the end, the work and personal struggles of the central character, and several colourful individuals. However, it isn't one of his best novels.

Detective Bill Corde is responsible for investigating the death of a university student in New Lebanon, a case that proves to be very demanding for him and those around him. Deaver leads the reader through a number of possible motives and patterns - looking at cult killing, the twisted imagination of two teenage boys, and the inner workings of the university community. There are numerous sub-plots, involving Corde's children - mainly Sarah, a highly creative child with learning difficulties, and also Jamie, a disillusioned sporty teenager. We also learn about Corde's police history, how the family copes with Sarah's dyslexia and dyscalculia, yet all of these fail to form a coherent whole. This is a weakness of the novel, and atypical of Deaver, usually the master of the unexpected twist and connections between seemingly unrelated strands.

There are good points - the character of Sarah, and the way she deals with her condition, and how other people respond and react to her is fascinating. Also, there's a tense climax, typical of Deaver.

If you're a fan of Jeffery Deaver, and have read plenty of his other works, do read this book - it's not his best, but it does have its moments. If you're not familiar with his writing, don't read this one first - it'll give you an unfair impression. Try any of the Lincoln Rhyme series, or A Maiden's Grave, The Devil's Teardrop or The Blue Nowhere first.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not terribly memorable 5 July 1999
By A Customer
Apparently according to the cover 'you'll never forget it'. Sadly it's more likely that you'll find it difficult to remember. I bought this earlier Deaver novel because his Lincoln Rimes novels impressed me so much. I guess he had to cut his teeth on some rather more mediocre stories first. The story is set in a small University town where a young 'co-ed' - why is that word so irritating to the English ear - is found dead. The investigating officer Bill Corde finds himself and his family drawn into danger and mystery - his daughter's imaginary friend holding the key. It develops quite well but some of the action is sign-posted long before it arrives. One is conscious of being led through the story, being pointed towards the likely bad guy but at the same time knowing there must be more to it than that. Sadly at the end the bad guy turns out to be the one person with the cast iron alibi - how unusual! - But the biggest mystery of all and one which was lost on me, was why did he get involved with Corde and his family - that just didn't gel for me. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a bad book. It's just so much less worthy than the Coffin Dancer or the Bone Collector.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Deaver at his worst? 24 April 2006
By J. Gray
I, like so many, am an avid Deaver fan but for the first time I was praying for this book to be finished so I could start forget all about boring Bill Corde and his boring family. The Lesson of Her Death - dont read this book!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a typical Jeffrey Deaver 14 Dec 2001
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I could not believe this book had been written by the same author as "The Coffin Dancer", "A Maiden's Grave" etc. As I had read quite a few of his other books, I felt sure that it would get better but it never did. I felt no empathy whatsoever with the dull main character "Bill Corde", or with any of his family, and a book loses its interest for me when I do not care about the people in it.
The only slightly exciting bit came when the plot started to reach its climax towards the end. There is a bit of a twist but you have to get through so much tedium to get to it, it is hardly worthwhile.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not his usual standard 30 July 2007
I am a fan of Jeffery Deavers' Lincoln Rhyme novels and was looking forward to this one. In this he departs from the Rhyme novels and writes a stand alone story. The basic premise is a killer is trying to get to a detective through his family. On the whole I enjoyed the book, but I would not say that it is his best. There are 2 story lines and I couldn't really get to grips with either of them and felt that the tie in at the end was a bit loose. The killer appears to come from nowhere and the suspense appeared weak. As I say in the title this book is not up to Deavers' usual excellent standard.
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