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.
A perfect continuation of the first. I never think the second or third books of a series will be nearly as good as the first, but this series is an exception. Keep them coming!
Great narration by Ballerini! I can easily identify the individual characters- great reading.
told by a master teller of stories
Speaks the Nightbird began the Matthew Corbett story that goes on even after the mystery is solved. Robert McCammon weaves an assortment of loose threads into a rich tapestry of lives lived in colonial times in America. He is a true master story teller.
None better than Edoardo Ballerini. He is a master teller of stories. How can one person deliver so many distinct voices. He brings each character to life in vivid color in the mind's eye. His performance makes the story flow through time and place. Listening to this series makes long car trips fly by.
Many interesting period characters but none more memorable than Matthew himself, the solver of puzzles
Starting book 3 and already sorry there are only 4 books in this series, hope he is working on book 5.
Of the first three I have listened to this on is the best, I listened to 4:30 am as it was so engaging I could not take my earphones off. The history of early New York and New Jersey was enlightening.
I wouldn't recommend as a fabulous book. It was ok... too many names and characters to keep track of and very convoluted. I don't think ill follow the next book.
I began to wonder if I had made a mistake at the start of the book, but had trouble putting it down about a third of the way through the story. Loved the historical aspect of the period. Will be listening to more books in this series!
Once again this author puts you right into the action and your mind goes crazy with images. Mc Cammon, does a great job of keeping you in the book page by page. His character's come alive and you feel that you are apart of the story.
Once again I love the voice of Ballerini and he is able to change characters like some people change their shirts.
I felt at the end the Queen of bedlam death was very moving. The sword fights were action packed and one became concerned with the hero well being.
The ending was a little slow, but good.
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!
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