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.
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Yes! Mr. Slaughter is one of the best books I have ever listened to. Even though it is set in the 19th century, it is as entertaining as any 21st century thriller. There is tenderness by strangers, stealth by a young man and his companion and slaughter by a creature you could only call the embodiment of evil.. There is tenacity and triumph. You are missing out if your don''t listen to this book,.
Speaks the Night Bird. It is by the same author and carries you on an adventure that is unrelenting.
Again, like Book 2 (Queen of Bedlam), this book kept my interest throughout, the mystery was developed and resolved in a consistently entertaining way, and the main characters were quite likable. The narrator does a great job with each of the characters too.
The only negative was that there was bit of redundant and tedious writing that made me antsy and impatient at points.
However, even with that flaw, I still would recommend this as a fun and engaging listen. And I do plan to listen to Book 4.
I just wish it were on sale like Book 2 and 3.
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.
There's a certain youngster with a dog who is definitely my favorite. 'nuff said.
I am an avid admirer of Mr. Ballerini's readings, and have listened to him on various McCammon books.
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.
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.
I would highly recommend this audiobook which never dragged or faltered from the first chapter to the last, and kept me guessing. The narration is fantastic and the storyline excellent. It had me intermittently horrified and then laughing out loud. Robert McCammon is an excellent author, and Edoardo Ballerini is one of the best narrators I have encountered in audiobooks.
It's hard to say - I really like ALL the characters in this book.... I guess I would have to go with Matthew, but Hudson Greathouse is always a winner and even the terrible Mr Slaughter is extremely amusing at times with his sly comments and observations.
His narration is wonderful. He creates the different characters seemingly without effort. He made me break out laughing so many times, he really knows how to deliver a line.... and other times I was cringing in horror and could hardly bear to listen!
I think Mr Slaughter has to be the most memorable character as he is just such an evil person and quite a complicated man as well. The way the story all ties in together at the end is wonderful, and leaves you wanting to get on to the next book immediately. So many unanswered questions!
Great book, great narration. Thoroughly enjoyed this.
A satisfying tale
Learning the ingredients of Mrs. Such's sausages. The peppers were not enough...
Mr. Ballerini's performance was masterful. Most notable is the fact that he maintains the consistent characterizations for all of the characters throughout the series.
Mr. Slaughter was most memorable character for this story. As the prevailing villain, I was intrigued to learn how he became so villainous.
It seems each installment of the Matthew Corbett series is better than its predecessors. The same is true of Mr. Slaughter.
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.
This is the 3rd book in the series I listened to and the performance in all three is excellent.
Yes! And I could not wait to come back to it.
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.
I would recommend the audiobook, The characters are all interesting, the time period is refreshing.
Matthew is the man
Mr Ballerini is excellent, I think is has multiple personalities, he personalizes each character. You forget it's one person doing the narrating.
The story you don't want to ever end
Yes. But I would have them listen to the first two in this series before.
The climax in South Carolina
I have no clue
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.
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