Jeffery Deaver

Books Deborah Schneider, Gelfman Schneider Email Deborah Schneider

The Lesson of Her Death

book | Fiction | 1993
US → Bantam Books
UK → Hodder and Stoughton
Detective Bill Corde gazes down at the demure body in a bed of muddied hyacinths beside a gloomy lagoon, unaware that he is about to plunge into fears as dark and dense as the waters of Blackfoot Pond. As rumors of a crazed serial "moon killer" scorch the no longer serene Midwestern campus, Corde uncovers shocking secrets about the victim's sexual encounters with students and faculty. Exposing these lurid vignettes from the underside of college life could tear apart the seemingly placid surface of the academic community, revealing scenarios of sinister ambition, intrigue, and corruption.

While he races to prevent another death before the full moon, Corde's public and private lives cruelly collide. The murderer has focused on the cop's family and leads them into an isolated world of terror from which there is no escape. Helplessly, Corde watches his guilt-haunted wife and troubled teenage son become entangled in a brilliant madman's malevolent trap. But it is Corde's learning-impaired daughter, Sarah, who is in the greatest danger — she alone may hold the key to the identity of the killer.

Sophie Baker manages the translation rights for The Lesson of Her Death

Audio Rights


The audio rights are handled by Alice Lutyens.


Translation Rights Sold

Rizzoli Editore
Wydanictwo Czarne sc
The Lesson of Her Death
The Lesson of Her Death

...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.
Library Journal

Terror steadily accelerates in this page-turner until the final riveting secrets are revealed
Publishers Weekly
Full Review

Deaver combines academic malfeasance, small-town police department politics, and family melodrama with all the requisite mystery and suspense for a double dose of pleasure
Kirkus Review
Full Review

Deborah Schneider
Gelfman Schneider
Email Deborah Schneider
Felicity Blunt
+44 (0)20 7393 4254
Email Felicity Blunt
Translation Rights
Jake Smith-Bosanquet
+44 (0)20 7393 4425
Email Jake Smith-Bosanquet