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.
Robert McCammon series is fantastic. When you first read Sings The Night Bird, the only thing you hope for is the story to continue, and it does.
I started out listening to my audiobooks to relax, but its so great I tell everyone, "you have no ideal what you are missing. Anywhere!
This was my first time reading Robert McCammon, Mister Slaughter was great! I could not put my phone down. It held my curiosity to the end and as it went it developed.
Matthew Corbin he developed into more of a determined man, instead just a well to do person he became a true force.
Oh no I like a book that I can return to finish it took time.
I cannot wait until River of Souls, is in Audiobook format.
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.
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.
Another GREAT story in this series! Edoardo Ballerini is FANTASTIC! He is by far my favorite narrator.
I think it will be a while before I have any spicy sausages!
Robert McCammon has a twisted mind....and I love it!
The characters that McCammon fleshed out in the first two books in the series - and they were both considerably longer and more involved, simply aren't the same people in this book. Matthew Corbett has turned into a fop of questionable principles (and seems to have lost most of his deductive abilities), and Greathouse has been made into a fool, which he definitely was not in the previous book. Not sure what happened to the continuity of the characters, but wonder what pressure the author was under to do such a hatchet job on them.As usual, narrator was very good.
The first two book of the series are very worthwhile; for a satisfactory listening experience, I'd recommend stopping after The Queen of Bedlam.
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!!!
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