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Catalog Archive / Fall 2014

Assault with a Deadly Lie
A Nick Hoffman Novel of Suspense

Terrace Books

Finalist, Midwest Book Award for Mystery/Thriller Fiction, Midwest Independent Publishers Association

“In Assault with a Deadly Lie, the ivory tower topples under a barrage of guns and violence. Nick Hoffman and his partner find that literature and an idyllic domestic life are no match for a deranged character’s revenge conspiracy.”
—Lynn C. Miller, author of Death of a Department Chair

Successful professor Nick Hoffman finds his secure, happy, college-town life changed forever after a nightmarish encounter with police. But even when that horrible night is over, life doesn’t return to normal. Someone is clearly out to destroy him. Nick and his partner Stefan Borowski face an escalating series of threats that lead to a brutal and stunning confrontation.

A novel of suspense set in the academic world, Assault with a Deadly Lie probes the disturbing psychological impact of slander, harassment, stalking, police brutality, and the loss of personal safety. What will Nick do when his world threatens to collapse? How can he reestablish order in a suddenly chaotic life?

Assault with a Deadly Lie, the eighth installment of Lev Raphael’s Nick Hoffman Mysteries, propels the series to a new level of danger and intrigue as Nick and Stefan are catapulted out of their tranquil existence by shocking accusations.


Lev Raphael

Lev Raphael is the author of twenty-four books in genres from mystery to memoir, including The Edith Wharton Murders, Burning Down the House, and My Germany. His books have been translated into a dozen languages. He teaches creative writing at Michigan State University. Visit Lev Raphael’s website at for additional information and a schedule of his upcoming appearances.





“A riveting great read for mystery/suspense fans, author Lev Raphael once again documents his impressive gifts as a storyteller, holding the reader’s rapt attention from beginning to end with unexpected plot twists and surprise twists.”
Midwest Book Review

Assault with a Deadly Lie mines a number of hot button topics: police brutality, privacy, surveillance, paranoia, guns, stalking, bullying, plagiarism, and academic ineptness.”
—Patricia Skalka, author of Death Stalks Door County

“Raphael portrays with frightening power the wrenching experience of victimization by the corporatized, PR-prioritized groves of academia, where both men teach, and by local authorities militarized into SWAT teams practicing police brutality. . . . The compelling core of this unusual novel is Raphael’s depiction of the agonizing reality of victims’ shame, in which someone ‘feels doubly exposed talking about the violation and so says nothing.”

“Most interesting is the impact on two educated upper middle-class gay men in a seemingly idyllic college town and their terror in realizing how easily lives can be destroyed.”
Publishers Weekly

“A real winner—a controversial suspense novel that could easily have been torn from today’s headlines.”
Lansing State Journal




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October 2014
LC: 2014007468 PS
190 pp.   5.5 x 8.25

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Cloth $26.95
ISBN 978-0-299-30230-6
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