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Mister Slaughter: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 3 | [Robert McCammon]

Mister Slaughter: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 3

. Mister Slaughter opens in the emerging metropolis of New York City in 1702, and proceeds to take both Matthew and the reader on an unforgettable journey of horror, violence, and personal discovery. The journey begins when Matthew, now an apprentice problem solver for the London-based Herrald Agency, accepts an unusual and hazardous commission. Together with his colleague, Hudson Greathouse, he agrees to escort the notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter from an asylum outside Philadelphia to the docks of New York.
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Publisher's Summary

The world of Colonial America comes vibrantly to life in this masterful new historical thriller by Robert McCammon. The latest entry in the popular Matthew Corbett series, which began with Speaks the Nightbird and continued in The Queen of Bedlam, Mister Slaughter opens in the emerging metropolis of New York City in 1702, and proceeds to take both Matthew and the reader on an unforgettable journey of horror, violence, and personal discovery.

The journey begins when Matthew, now an apprentice problem solver for the London-based Herrald Agency, accepts an unusual and hazardous commission. Together with his colleague, Hudson Greathouse, he agrees to escort the notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter from an asylum outside Philadelphia to the docks of New York. Along the way, Slaughter makes his captors a surprising - and extremely tempting - offer. Their response to this offer will alter the course of the novel, setting in motion a series of astonishing, ultimately catastrophic events.

Mister Slaughter is at once a classic portrait of an archetypal serial killer and an exquisitely detailed account of a fledgling nation still in the process of inventing itself. Suspenseful, illuminating, never less than compulsively readable, it is, by any measure, an extraordinary achievement, the largest accomplishment to date from one of our most gifted - and necessary - writers.

©2010 Robert McCammon (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Kristina HotMamaParry Amesbury, MA, United States 01-04-14
    Kristina HotMamaParry Amesbury, MA, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Matthew Corbett is getting annoying"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    While I am a big fan of this series - as the books move along the main character, Matthew Corbett, is becoming almost distractingly annoying. His arrogance mixed with brazen stupid choices one after another are starting to get in the way of my enjoyment of the story. With each edition the narrator's misguided hero-complex is irritating.


    Which character – as performed by Edoardo Ballerini – was your favorite?

    Edoardo Ballerni's performance in this entire series is one of the BEST parts of the listening experience. Wonderful voice, excellent characters. He really brings the book to life.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Virginia Beach, VA, United States 10-12-13
    Wendy Virginia Beach, VA, United States 10-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent performance, plot with may twists"
    What made the experience of listening to Mister Slaughter the most enjoyable?

    The performance and the complex story line create an audible book that is difficult to stop listing to. The story occurs in the early 1700s and the glimpse of life in early colonial America adds to the appeal.


    Have you listened to any of Edoardo Ballerini’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the 3rd book in the series I listened to and the performance in all three is excellent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! And I could not wait to come back to it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Roztocil Caledonia, New York United States 06-06-13
    Rebecca Roztocil Caledonia, New York United States 06-06-13
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    "More Gory and Violent than the other books so far."
    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed the entire Matthew Corbett series, and I thoroughly enjoyed this story as well. I especially enjoyed the character of Walker in Two Worlds. I would have enjoyed hearing more about him, and seeing him in other books. There was more violence in this book, which does not bother me, and it really brought the character of Slaughter to life in all his vileness. McCammon has written a great novel, and, as always, Eduardo Ballerini has brought the characters to life with his spot-on narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katie Lolo, MT, United States 08-13-12
    Katie Lolo, MT, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Less Talk, More Action & Some Tasty Morsels"

    I didn't enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed the stories in "Speaks the Nightbird" and "The Queen of Bedlam." In this installment, our protagonist and his mentor bite off more than they can chew with a seemingly mundane job gone badly awry and events turn macabre and unpalatable in a hurry. There is more action and less dialogue in this installment than the previous two. I enjoy Matthew's interrogations, so I missed the dialogue.

    The narration by Edoardo Ballerini continues to be spot on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Connie United States 08-13-12
    Connie United States 08-13-12
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    "I've listen to them all can't wait for the next"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the audiobook, The characters are all interesting, the time period is refreshing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matthew is the man


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    Mr Ballerini is excellent, I think is has multiple personalities, he personalizes each character. You forget it's one person doing the narrating.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The story you don't want to ever end


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael CENTERPORT, NY, United States 08-06-12
    Michael CENTERPORT, NY, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "not as good as the first two, but still good"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. But I would have them listen to the first two in this series before.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mister Slaughter?

    Sausage


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The climax in South Carolina


    If you could rename Mister Slaughter, what would you call it?

    I have no clue


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Seattle, WA, United States 07-30-12
    Christine Seattle, WA, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2007
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    "A strong close and a decent opening"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Mister Slaughter to and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Edoardo Ballerini – was your favorite?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alice Redding , CT, USA 09-10-14
    Alice Redding , CT, USA 09-10-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Gory!"

    I have been enjoying McCammon's series, but this one was incredibly gory. Murder after murder. It is beautifully written, but each book seems to get more violent - not sure I'll persist!

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    Moira L. Mefein Florida 08-20-14
    Moira L. Mefein Florida 08-20-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Very, very scary villain and lots of adventure"
    Would you listen to Mister Slaughter again? Why?

    Yes, because I am taken with the way that McCammon re-creates that period in history. I am also amazed at how contemporary the plots feel, when the characters, the events, and settings are so far in the past.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There's a certain youngster with a dog who is definitely my favorite. 'nuff said.


    Have you listened to any of Edoardo Ballerini’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I am an avid admirer of Mr. Ballerini's readings, and have listened to him on various McCammon books.


    If you could take any character from Mister Slaughter out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I think I would very much enjoy knowing Walker-in-Two-Worlds, who is very much a hero, regardless of the ugliness of his life.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Slaughter has to be one of the most frightening villains in contemporary fiction. He is so fully realized by McCammon that it is easy to believe he could have been a real (and terrifying) criminal.

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    Yvonne Austin, TX, United States 08-18-14
    Yvonne Austin, TX, United States 08-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Robert McCammon and/or Edoardo Ballerini?

    I enjoyed the first two books in this series. This book was quite different the style of writing changed. He tried to write cliff hangers but 2 seconds later when the next chapter started you find it was just leading... I did not like the violence gruesome and at points unnecessary.


    What was most disappointing about Robert McCammon’s story?

    The side lineage of the sausage is too haunting. I will reframe for those who have not read of listened to it. I dreaded all the fighting scenarios. I found them boring and not very engaging.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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