Despite or perhaps because of the sometimes overlong descriptive passages, I felt compelled to listen to all three books of the current McCammon series. Mister Slaughter is designed to close the New York chapter of Matthew Corbet's detective career, put his pending love life (but not his sex life) on hold and launch him into new territory, emotionally, socially and professionally.Mister Slaughter continues the series' creepy fascination with lusty, violent and faceless sex as well as the detailed descriptions of the infliction and receipt of pain and suffering. As a reviewer of the first book notes, this is not a series you want children, including teenagers, to over hear while you might thrill in the sordid details.
I might actually compare this book to MacBeth. Flowing descriptive phrasing, the character's desire to understand himself through violence and conflict (absent the obsession with a mother figure) serve to keep the reader engaged through McCammon's internal dialogue and occasionally over-wrought prose.
Sky Walker, the Native American whose sad life poignantly reflects the past two hundred and fifty years of destruction of the North American Indians was beautifully interpreted by Edoardo Ballerini.
The book is best heard over a few days, but not too many. There are a lot of characters, many twists and turns all of which require some time to absorb.
I tried, but just couldn't finish it. Literature doesn't need yet another stereotypical noble savage who speaks as though he was never exposed to contractions.
This is the third Matthew Corbet story I tried and there is so much potential for good books, here. Unfortunately, the writer never finds his way back to the interesting characters he introduces, and can't seem to decide whether Matthew is a grown-up or not. The use of names that sound like what the character is comes off as totally amateur.
I had hope for this series but it only got worse.
The voice actor did great until required to produce a Scottish accent. *ugh* Just stahp, dude.
Eclectic bookworm...I listen to a little bit of everything. Give up after listening to something for 20 minutes and don't like it.
I enjoyed this installment better than The Queen of Bedlam - mainly because it had a faster pace and more compelling characters. First there's Slaughter, who is a lot like Hannibal Lector from Silence of the Lambs, but with more idiosyncrasies. Despite being a complete psychopath, he has gentlemanly and debonair mannerisms, as well as dry sense of humor that can be entertaining at times.
Then there's Walker, the Native American who "walks between two worlds." Walker is more or less the foil to Slaughter's character - serious, noble-hearted, and wise.
I also liked that Matthew has some humbling experiences that force him to reevaluate his values and acknowledge that he's a "mere mortal" like everyone else. As I noted in my review of the a Queen of Bedlam, he had been getting a bit full of himself.
There was one aspect of story that I was a bit disappointed in, because though it was meant to be a shocking twist to the plot, I had totally predicted how it would play out by the beginning. And my guess is that it was fairly obvious to other readers as well. That said, I found the rest of the plot to be interesting and unpredictable.
I'm now completely addicted to the series. It's like Harry Potter - for adults who like historical fiction, as well as mystery / crime novels. Major props to Eduardo Ballerini for his stellar performance as narrator. He nailed the voices of the new characters, particularly Slaughter.
Another terrific installment. I was riveted. Somewhat gruesome, but more refined than graphic and always in service of the plot. And not the usual sexual torture of women around which so many thrillers revolve.
l like McCammon's historical thrillers, and his brilliant, but naive protagonist. This book was a bit too violent. but still hard to put down. The hero , Matthew Corbett has 9 lives, and is still trying to be civil and honorable in a dangerous profession, being a detective. Ballerini is a superb narrator. His reading makes each character individual and you can almost picture each one of them, by the voices he assigns them.
I listen to a lot of audiobooks.
I was really surprised by the choices McCammon made with his characters in this third book in the Matthew Corbett series. The entire premise is not consistent with the characters he has crafted in this first two books, especially Matthew! (Spoilers ahead) I had a seriously difficult time believing that Matthew, a firm believer in justice and the law, would go on a crazy quest to recover stolen money from a prisoner. From that point on the book took a pretty drastic turn for the worse. Low point of the book was the murder of a Pioneer family (with apparently helpless Pioneering women....) and the rape of a young girl. Ugh. I will not be reading the rest of these books. Terribly disappointed!
I have enjoyed the first two books in this series and am looking forward to the others. McCammon is a master at vividly describing scenes and emotions from an era where everyday life was difficult and dangerous. I love the characters and the premise of Matthew's adventures. The mysteries are very well thought out and unraveled as the books progress. Well worth the time and credits. Ballerini is an amazing narrator. He switches voices from character to character effortlessly and has a wonderful voice!
None stop action! Once the book was over, I couldn't wait to get the next!
Mrs Such's sausage! wasn't expecting that
Love his voice and his ability to move from one character to another
Complicated plot, good characters. The Walker encounter was great but too short.
Not to be mistaken I must first say that I consider Robert McCammon to be one the of finest writers I know. His style is wonderful, his build up of his characters is outstanding and his stories are complicated and well thought out.
I enjoyed the first two books detailing Matthew Corbett's adventures despite the occasional irritation at his mistakes and weakness. However, this one, Mister Slaughter, finally revealed the bumbling, idiotic and whiney detective who can not even fend off a woman and who was single handedly responsible for more deaths and destruction that many real world serial killers. In fact, I wonder if he really is a serial killer as his moves seem to be more designed to bring about more death than deter them. I can only assume that some critic convinced Mr McCammon to put a bit more violence into his stories or perhaps he wanted to mirror George RR Martin's addiction to killing off the most likeable characters in a book and instead let his book down.
In this series for sure I have been turned off but not the genre. I wont be buying the next in the series should there be one but I will most certainly enjoy reading other of Robert McCammon's writing.
I have not heard anything by him before but Edoardo Ballerini is an outstanding narrator and I will certainly look for more from him.
I don't often write reviews preferring to leave that to others who are much better writers than I. Only when I have been moved to warn others do I tend to say anything and this is one of those times. Obviously I am not in the majority reading the reviews but perhaps that is because some reader simply turned off the book and went onto something more appealing and so didn't write their reviews.
I am only sorry about one thing:
That I couldn't listen to it all at once. I listened every day, at work, all day long, then while driving home. Great Story & characters!!