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.
I know Matthew Corbett isn't really an "original" character, in many ways he is every clever detective of literature, from Miss Marple to Sherlock Holmes, and there is something Harry Potter-ish about his intellect and purity of heart, yet somehow, these books feel really different to me.
I am sucked into Matthew's world, his professional development as a "detective," and his associates and encounters. And the reader? Edoardo Ballerini is simply the best. You do want to read them in order, or you'll miss the formative experiences that develop Matthew's confidence in himself, as he grows into his career.
Perhaps someone suffering from insomnia
I could not get farther than chapter 5, not sure of it was because the of story or the narrator.
I chose this novel because of Edoardo Balerini, I loved his work in "Beautiful Ruins", and also when he read another of R. McCammon's stories (and a few other works he's read) , but boy! ...was I disappointed with this one!!! He sounded bored, and was totally uninspiring.
None, but but remember I couldn't go past chapter 5
I hope you have a better experience with this one!
I love audible during boring laundry duty. I seem to be drawn to fantasy most likely to get a break from reality. I love my family!
This book is in my top ten.
I enjoyed all the characters very much
yes i was very caught up in it.
Wonderful engaging story, and an excellent performance by Ballerini. Looking forward to the next book in the series!
I would and I have! It's a great story, very well written and extremely well read/narrated - 10/10 on all counts!
There are many moments. The whole book is one exciting moment after another. For absolute suspense, the chapters on the 'hunt' by the falcons and insane children have to be right up there. The final meeting between the Masker and his Mum is definitely another great moment.
he is a very talented narrator. Each character is depicted with sensitivity and understanding of the story. He is not just reading a book to us, he is acting each and every moment of it. I will be downloading more of his narrations, you can bank on that!
Too many narrators just read the story and it is very difficult to tell which character is actually 'speaking'. But a few talented ones bring the author's work to life, so that you feel like an invisible observer of the action. Mr. Ballerini is one of these, along with Mr. Jeff Harding and Ms Lorelei King one of the two, and now three, of my very best narrators.
Matthew Corbett, of course! he is a great character and I like the way Mr McCammon is gradually developing him into a formidable detective.
I need more Credits!! There are more Corbett books to download!!
To live, to love, to leave a legacy.
Hudson Greathouse. Not everyone knows a Matthew Corbett but everyone knows a Hudson Greathouse. Excellent character, please, please don't ever kill him!
The evolution of a very endearing character in that of Matthew Corbett as well as the introduction of new characters (Hudson Greathouse and Berry Grigsby in particular).
Matthews rapier training with Hudson.
The problem solver stops for no one loonie.
More than excited to dive into the world of Mister Slaughter.
I love the whole premise of this series, and one thing that I really respected about "Speaks the Nightbird" was the discipline it takes to write from the perspective of a character in 1699 but still make the writing sound like it was written by someone experiencing that period IN THE PRESENT. Also, the clues that Matthew Corbett put together to solve the mystery are right in the story, but it took some keen insight and creativity to figure the whole story out. That makes for a fun read.
This one . . . hmm, it's hard to say where it doesn't measure up. I mean, all of the same elements are present. Matthew's got a particularly devious killer to confront, clues everywhere to pick up and ponder and foes determined to block his progress. But the whole effort just ends up being a little less than its parts. And instead of exercising discipline in his writing perspective, it's more like the author has decided to let his characters run wild with living in the past but somehow knowing what's going to happen in the future. For example, Matthew Corbett "invents" the term "detective" as a name for his new-found profession and then, later in the book, receives a magnifying glass as a symbolic gift to mark his success at the end of the book?! Ok, I get it -- the author is having fun showing how his character created the very cliches and standard symbols for the things that we all take for granted in our present. I suppose Matthew Corbett could also invent Wall Street greed and Upper East Side snobs while he's at it, but I find these kinds of "foreshadow" insights in historical novels to be amateurish and distracting.
I'm not saying that you should skip the book. No way -- it's still four out of five stars, and if I had read this book without reading the first one, I would have been very, very happy with what I had read. It's just that this one is a shade less magical and a shade more mechanical than the first book. I'm hoping the third book gets back to the standards of the first!
I felt like I was reading a re-peat of a combination of his other books.
when he was learning to sword fight, again, was just one of many repeats.
He did a great job telling the story.
I loved his first book, then read Mr. Slaughter(?) by mistake as the second and knew I'd missed something. Then, when I read the Queen of Bedlam, it was a repeat of a combination of the first and third stories. Clearly, this must have been Mr. McCammon's first attempt at a series.I didn't believe my wife when she kept telling me we'd listened to the book already, when I knew I'd dowlnoaded them out of sequence, but we'd not listened to it yet. I'm just so disappointed because it could have been so great if not done so poorly. It was a disappointment High expectations were not met.
Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.
I should have written my review as soon as I finished the book. In retrospect, I believe this is the least violent and most cerebral book of the four. I enjoyed hearing about Matthew's life in New York, and I loved the description of the beautiful old woman in the upscale mental hospital, surrounded by her familiar things, waiting for news from the King! Matthew eventually discovers this woman's story and manages to help her and her family. I would welcome more books of this type with people helping one another to work out their lives instead of enjoying trashing one another and enjoying taking lives. Well written, well narrated, unique in literature. I hope this gifted author will produce more stories like this one.
This is a very complicated review. The start was grueling. The story picked up. the characters were good. The good and interesting characters should have been developed more. There were some great characters to develop. The summation was so quick and unsatisfying. There was so much potential!!!! I love period pieces! could have been phenomenal with some input from a third party or fourth, editor! A non infested person.
He was good, not as good as others, but his performance did not deter.
Yes and no. I finished it but there were times I just did not want to finish it. The summation should have been a surprise but strings should have eluded. I felt like the whole motive was to guide you to the next book.
I have never had such mixed feelings.
"Beautifully written, beautifully narrated."
I loved the first Matthew Corbett novel and wondered if there was any way to match the quality of that stunning book. I was so pleased to find that this is every bit as good. I love the characters, the way the author immerses the reader (listener) into the life of New York in the early 18thC, the twists and turns and red herrings of the plot. The icing on the cake is Edoardo Ballerini. His characterisations are spot-on and he brings Matthew totally to life. I read somewhere that there will be 10 in the Matthew Corbett series. I shall be downloading every one of them.
"An Audio Delight to satisfy all your senses!"
I loved this book! The book is beautifully written, and so well read that I could saviour the craftsmanship of the words, whilst enjoying the intriguing plot and the sheer delight of the characters as portrayed by the narrator. At points I laughed out loud at the delight of the language used to portray the character Matthew in his speech and thought.
The plot weaved along with subsidiary stories woven in, that made me listen for hours on end, and I was sad it came to an end. I loved the setting of New York in the late 1700's and the pompous class attitudes some of the characters were riddled with. Have recommended this to book to all my friends. Exciting finale will not leave you disappointed - read this book!
I felt that this was not quite as good as 'Speaks the Nightbird', but it is still exciting and fun, and the character of Matthew is developed well - although he is maybe a bit too perfect! It is a long book, but did not get boring or seem too long to me. I shall certainly look out for more of this series. Edoardo Ballerini narrates well.
"Loved it! Loved it!"
Very near the top with just 1 or 2 above
Going to the Queens residence
When the went to visit the Queen and found her waiting for her son
I just loved the book after reading the Nightbird sings! I am truly hooked on the Matthew Corbett novels and about to read the next one hoping it is as good once again?
"A new favourite series"
Speaks The Night Bird could have been a standalone but through this second novel we are now set up for further adventures both public and private with Matthew Corbett. Good fun and convincing historical details. Recommended.
"First was better"
I feel a bit let down with this as I have been recommending this author quite a lot and the past two of his I've read, weren't that great.
I'm a believer in fully unabridged books as I feel cheated of plot points in the lesser, abridged versions. However, in this book, a massive chunk could have been omitted and you would still have retained the pace. Without it, I"m afraid it was pretty slow.
Matthew is back and head hunted by a secret detective agency. He is still determined to avenge the abused orphans of his previous home and struggles with his own safety as a masked murderer prowls the dark alleys of New York.
one of the most naturally gifted story tellers,and this is one of his best, a must
Intriguing, interesting, different
Difficult to say, loads of good moments
His characterisation is very good except that he has NO idea how to do a Scottish accent!
The realisation of not being able to fight the inhumanity Matthew Corbett knows is occurring.
"Good, but lacking <i>something</i>"
While this was a good read, I felt a little let down comparing this work with "Speaks the Nightbird". The plot meandered a little too much, not quite enough of the cerebral plot twists.... but a good listen, nonetheless. Edoardo Ballerini turns in another excellent performance as narrator.
"a little disapointed"
Not sure yet
Not if they have read the others in this series
yes I don't feel as if the author was interested in writing this book Unlike the othe ones which are great Don't know what happened with this one.
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