His epic masterwork Speaks the Nightbird, a tour de force of witch hunt terror in a colonial town, was hailed by Sandra Brown as "deeply satisfying...told with matchless insight into the human soul."
Now, Robert McCammon brings the hero of that spellbinding novel, Matthew Corbett, to 18th-century New York, where a killer wields a bloody and terrifying power over a bustling city carving out its identity - and over Matthew's own uncertain destiny.
The unsolved murder of a respected doctor has sent ripples of fear throughout a city teeming with life and noise and commerce. Who snuffed out the good man's life with the slash of a blade on a midnight street? The local printmaster has labeled the fiend "the Masker," adding fuel to a volatile mystery...and when the Masker claims a new victim, hardworking young law clerk Matthew Corbett is lured into a maze of forensic clues and heart-pounding investigation that will both test his natural penchant for detection and inflame his hunger for justice.
In the strangest twist of all, the key to unmasking the Masker may await in an asylum where the Queen of Bedlam reigns - and only a man of Matthew's reason and empathy can unlock her secrets. From the seaport to Wall Street, from society mansions to gutters glimmering with blood spilled by a deviant, Matthew's quest will tauntingly reveal the answers he seeks - and the chilling truths he cannot escape.
©2007 Robert McCammon (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
An excellent sequel to "Nightbird" I highly recommend it if you like historical fiction. The linear format of the story makes it easy to follow. Also swearing and sex is limited and told in a PG13 way. It's suitable for a car trip with older kids.
I find the narrator's characterization of Matthew and the author's style of language to detract from the story. Not quite my cup of tea.
Again Edoardo is absolutely fantastic...really makes the story come alive
towards the end could not stop listening, not sure how many back roads I took to add time listening
Slow beginning, great build up of characters though, the ending well worth it, just purchased the 3rd one of the series...can't wait
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The Queen of Bedlam picks up three years after Fount Royal. Matthew is now after The Masker a new serial killer only this time Matthew is a new jr agent of the Harold Agency. The Harold Agency is a group of problem solvers "investigators" and if Matthew can solve this he will get his strips. Every twist and turn keeps going back to his child hood at the orphanage.Must Read
I have an hour commute (each way), so I listen to at least 4-6 per month. A bad narrator will kill a book for me faster than anything
The narrator is one of the very best I have ever heard. He does an excellent job of performing and lends just the right emotional emphasis. His female voices are not at all silly or off putting. Completely masterful.
This series is completely captivating. I normally dont like murder/mystery type novels but the writing paints such a clear and detailed picture...and the narrator does such a fantastic job...that I have been thoroughly entertained. I look forward to following the series.
I love the way McCammon twists the plot so you are never sure where it is going to end up. The story kept me on the edge of my seat!
I do not know what other book to compare this to since it is so unique.
Yes, Edoardo Ballerini performed in "Speaks the Nightbird" . Really excellent performer.
The Queen of Bedlam
The series thus far, I have "read" two books has been wonderful. The intricate plots and characters and the depth of the characters is very appealing, engrossing. Very nice!
Speaks the Nightbird was one of my favorite books of the past year and I really enjoyed this second adventure with Matthew. I think the story was slow in a few places, something I did not feel in the first book. Still, Matthew is a wonderful character, a thinking man who will take great risks in his adventures. I enjoyed the narrator, also, and look forward to listening to him again! I will definitely read all Matthew Corbett novels. You should, too, if you love historical fiction, mystery and adventure!
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This is truly a special series. I loved the first book, and while this second installment may not be 100% the equal of the first, it is probably 98% of it! Just a great capture of a by-gone way of life. The storyline is amazing, and is very engrossing, but the way that the author captures the feelings and the speech patterns and the ambiance of the time period is so, so good. I just love being immersed into this world.
The narrator, Edoardo Ballerini, is exceptional. I don't think I have ever heard a narrator and a novel that fit so perfectly together. I don't think there is another narrator that could have performed this book as well. Edoardo simply IS the voice of these novels. Absolutely perfect.
This is a great series, and I can not wait for the next on! Actually, I can't wait to indulge in the first two again, if you want to know the truth.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this story, its characters, and the wondrous narration of Edoardo Ballerini.
Set in 1702 in a quite young and rough New York City, our main character is an orphan who has set out to seek his way as a young adult. He encounters charming and likable characters as well as sinister denizens of the criminal underworld. He becomes an apprentice to a small detective agency that bills itself as solvers of problems. From there various crimes needing solving are presented. They eventually knit themselves together in a rather satisfying way, All of this is brought to life by Ballerini, one of Audibles premier narrators.
Much of the storyline is charming with a youthful innocence appropriate to the primary character. Yes, there are some violent and dark parts, but they complement the storyline. For much of the book I was certain that, although this is part of a series, the story would stand on its own and not need to be read in sequence. And then I got to the end of the book which leaves a large open hole in the plot -- clear evidence that the reader/listener is intended to follow on to book 3.
I recommend this book. It's good as a standalone, but clearly wants to be read/heard as part of a series. And, btw, without the ending "hole", this was a clear 5 star in my mind.
No, I would not listen to it again or at least not in the very near future. I very nearly do read books twice.
Maybe the books about the Hangman's daughter by Oliver Potzsch or the Bryce Cortenay's stories about Solomon the London thief. not so very similar apart from the timeframe. I do like stories from the 16th and 17th hundred.
Edoardo Ballerini is absolutely great!
This story made my stay awake longer than was health for me and my work!
Now that I have read/listen to Speaks the Nightbird and the Queen of Bedlam, I will take a brake from Matthew Corbett. But I will com back to him after awhile for sure.
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