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 have to admit the villain of this piece is horrifying. The descriptions of his sprees while Matthew searched him out, were beyond my imagination of evil. I truly had a hard time waiting for this book to resolve which kept me listening long into the night.
The characters were again so vivid that I was attached to many that were merely passing through. Walker and Lark were particular favorites that stayed with me. This is a true gift to create people you wished you knew personally.
Several reviews of how this book was not as good as previous. I thought it was right up there with the others in the Matthew Corbett Series. Matthew is growing up and getting more confident and bold. He is still intellectual and thoughtful. For anyone that has not read the series, the first book, he is trully a child with overwhelming sense of curiosity and right and wrong. By book three he is becoming a man, with Sherlock Holmes skill and little 18th century, James Bond. So both interesting and exciting.
Sherlock Holmes has nothing on this kid. Matthew Corbitt is smart yet sweet. Excellent read. I love the way the narriator read Mister Slaughter's character.
Like the other books in this series this one starts slow before picking up and turning into an enjoyable read. It picks up right where the last book left off and we get to enjoy Matthew Corbett's continuing journey as a budding "problem solver". Unlike the other books this one isn't so much a mystery story (until the end at least) as it is an adventure. If you are reading this for the sleuth aspect then you may be disappointed but if you are reading because you enjoyed the characters and ongoing story line then you will like it. It's an adventure more than a mystery.
Toward the end it gets a little bit fantastical as too many things appeared to intersect for my taste. One of the strengths of the first two books to me was that they painted a generally believable cast of characters. The characters are still true but the story takes certain turns that feel forced. Having said that I will absolutely be downloading the fourth book shortly and am hoping for more - provided the installment #4 doesn't go too far.
I am a data warehouse admin with 2 kids and a long drive to work/drop off schedule. I love to listen to audiobooks during my commute!
I loved the Corbett series! I love historical fiction and mystery - this is the best if both worlds! It makes me feel as if I am walking a day in the life of the late 1600's and with each twist of the plot, I think "how is Matthew going to get out of this one?" I can't wait to read the next one. Edoardo Ballerini is the perfect reader! I want to read the next book as soon as it comes out, but will wait for the audible version because Edoardo makes the complete experience. Is there an accent that he can't convincingly pull off??? So, Mr. McCammon and and Mr. Ballerini - get to work 'cause this fan wants more!!!
I stuck with the series on the basis of my enjoyment of book 2, but this book was a disappointment. Too much repetition of grisly scenes, too much rain (how this author loves bleak, rainy weather), too few characters, too many tortured metaphors. I downloaded book 4 hoping that the author would wrap things up in book 4 with more of the style of book 2. It was not to be. I enjoy historical fiction, and the settings for these books are wonderful, but the author really needs a good editor.
I like the Matthew Corbett series, the characters and the historical information.....but....its individual books do tend to go on too long. This one in particular could have been about 1 hour shorter. The anti-hero, Slaughter, was depicted as having such super-human ability to survive and create mayhem, that it became a parody of itself. Mr. McCammon, please restrain yourself. If I were reading this book, instead of listening to it, I would have quit about 3/4 through it.
Like mysteries, not much in to SciFi, hate vampire books. Like most all years of history.
Normally after listening to two books by the same author I get bored with their style. Not so with the Matthew Corbett series written by Robert McCammon and narrated by Edoardo Ballerini. The combination makes for exciting listening and great entertainment. This book continues Matthew's adventures while you watch him grow and mature as the series continues. Can't wait to go directly to book 4 of the series. Hope there are more to come.
OMG, Matthew, what the heck were you thinking? You just know a chararcter with a name like Tyranthus Slaughter is not going to be a cream puff. This story is brutal, terrifying , and redeeming all in one. When the usually self assured, yet humble Matthew is so full of himself in the beginning, you know he will be taken down a few notches pretty soon. I really enjoy the way Mc Cammon portrays the Native Americans, twice now they have pulled Matthew's foolish butt out of the fire. This story is like the energizer bunny... just keeps going and going, sometimes it's so repulsive that you would like to turn it off, but you just can't- you need to know what happens! Very satisfying- as the first 2 books were. PS- Eduardo Bellerini is my favorite narrator, too
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Book 3 of the Matthew Corbett series. Not as good as book 1 & 2. I thought the author spent too much time on certain subjects but all in all it is still a good read. I am looking forward to book 4.
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