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.
I am totally hooked on the Matthew Corbett series. Each book continues to thrillingly engage me in the action and intrigue, and, somehow, McCammon increases this with each tale. I feel like I have to take little relaxation breaks to "rest" between listens. I can drive for hours without fear of feeling drowsy because I get so involved in anxious anticipation of what will befall Matthew and his various companions in each chapter. The characters are well-developed, and the reader, Edoardo Ballerini, conveys this very effectively in his delivery. This book had many surprises. I am downloading Book Four as soon as I post this review. I must say, I get get more grocery shopping, watering, housecleaning, and driving done in order to extend listening time!
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I've become a huge fan of this series, especially in audiobook form. I've never been that into American history, but what McCammon does with the Colonial period is absolutely fascinating. The story is good -- somewhat different from the first two, in that it's not really a mystery -- but it certainly kept my attention. Highly recommended (and yes, it's violent, moreso than the first two).
I am an avid fan of audio books!
Good book. More violence then the first two books. The narrator is terrific.
The writing isn't as detailed as the previous two books. The in depth look into life in the early 1700s was missing and weakens the writing some. It's still a worthy listen if you like the first two books.
Do not listen to this one if you have not listened to the first two. The author writes with the assumption that you have.
I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible
In book three Matthew Corbett has a tough road ahead. Matthew and Greathouse has a easy job of taking a man known as Mr Slaughter to meet his maker but one thing for sure Slaughter has different plans.Slaughter comes up with a plan to make both men from the Herald Agency rich beyond there wildest dreams and the only thing he wants in return is his freedom.Matthew of course wants nothing to do with this plan but his partner Greathouse needs the money to free Zed the third man they would like to hire to the agency.The only problem is Zed is a slave and Matthew already has the money to free ten slaves unbeknownst to Greathouse. With greed in Matthews mind they go down the long black road with Slaughter and they find out how dangerous Mr Slaughter is.With everyday and every turn Matthew Corbett is growing into a detective to be reckoned with and when his back is against the wall Matthew is at his best. The great thing about this book is the punches keep coming from every direction. Must read
McCammon is a master storyteller, and Ballerini a wonderful actor. A very enjoyable listening experience. I am looking forward to the next novel in the Matthew Corbett series.
The story is a good story but it amazes me how long this story went. I became more and more disenchanted with Matthew as well the story because it seemed to convey hopelessness, over and over again and there did not seem to be any real hope in this story. I just think it went too long.
Lark was my favorite character because despite the odds she persevered.
Edoardo Ballerina is a great performer!
The death Peter's family was particularly difficult to deal with.
Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!
This book is so good! I have really enjoyed this series by Robert McCammon, and this 3rd installment may be my favorite yet. The storyline is simply fantastic. I love the Matthew Corbett character, and the other supporting characters are so believable and so well developed. Meeting Mister Slaughter was indeed a treat. A creepy, nightmare-inducing treat.
There is also so much inherent character and charm in the time period that the story takes place in. I love to hear the language and phrasing that was used then. It really is beautiful.
I also have to mention that a large part of the enjoyment for me in this entire series is the narration of Edoardo Ballerini. He is, perhaps, the best narrator that I have ever heard in the regard that he speaks exactly as I believe the author heard it in his head. His voicings are as nearly perfect as any I have heard. I wish I could give him 6 stars. Such a great experience!
No. The over the top description of horrible murders were too much. There was no need to go that 'deep' into depravity.
Probably. I have a hard time not finishing out a series.
He can leave that character in the past.
Spoiler Alert - The scene where he kills the family is over the top for the misery level. I don't know of any mother who would willing want to put images like that in her mind. I wish I could have skipped this book in the series.
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