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 enjoyed this book on tape. The story is interesting, the characters are entertaining, and the plot is engrossing. The narration is also excellent.
Criteria: 5* What work out! 4* My bod hurts but . . ? 3* 30 min feels like 15 2* This will never end 1* Screw it, I'm going back to bed!
Yes! I have never been a fan of mysteries and I'm still not except when it comes to this series! Honestly, I'm beginning to think that I'd read anything by Robert McCammon . . . I started with "Swan Song" and enjoyed the writing so much I thought I'd give "Speaks the Nightbird" a shot and I'm glad I did, now I'm hooked on the series!
I love them all, but Matthew is wonderful because he's so meticulous about everything. I especially enjoyed the line in the book when his companion bursts out in frustration at him stating how he:
... HATES the way Matthew looks unconcerned and as though he's thinking of all manner of other things while HE, his friend, is very upset and explaining something very important only to finish explaining and find that Matthew has picked up every word and subtlety completely!.....
(please excuse my grossly inaccurate paraphrasing based purely on memory of my one time listening of the book) - The way Mr McCammon actually casts the dialog is a beautiful example of the authors craft for providing descriptive character detail without shoving it in your face. There are many ways to describe things and Mr Mc Cammon uses them all. :-)
All the characters are well sketched out and developed for the reader, most are left with enough room (visually) for imagination to fill in the rest with the exception of owner/writer of the "Earwig", initially called the Lady Bug". Robert McCammon depicted this character so well he nearly jumped out of my IPOD and stood in front of me! At any rate, every time this particular character spoke in the book his image was stored so strongly in my mind I had to hold back a giggle so people wouldn't stare at me like I was crazy! A truly entertaining character that I look forward to reading more of!!!
Only one, the book previous to this in the series - "Speaks the Nightbird". As with every book, new Characters require new voices and since this book takes place in a completely different location with Matthew being the only continuing character, I'd say that Edoardo Ballerini did an outstanding job! I found it easy to determine who was speaking by the unique style developed for each voice
The book was difficult to get sucked into at the beginning and that's the reason I gave it 4 stars . . . I wish I could give it 4.5 stars. I don't remember what the key event was that finally pulled me in or how far into the book I was, but once that happened, yes, I wanted to listen to the remainder all in one sitting, but due to the length, I found it impossible. Still, at the beginning there were quite a few stops and I found myself looking at other material. My suggestion is to plug on and remember my confession at the beginning of this review, I am NOT a mystery fan . . . this series is the ONLY one I'm following. I don't think the lag lasted beyond two hours . . .
These are well crafted stores written by a talented writer! I haven't written many reviews but I felt obligated to do so in this case . . . the only reason I got on line was to purchase book three in the series! :-)
I know he's got some other books out there, what is the chance that Audible or a subsidiary will convert some of Mr. Mc Cammon's older books? He appears to have a following here on Audible . . . ???
Have not read the print version and don't plan on it.....Matthew would not exist for me without Edoardo Ballerini's narration!
Matthew of course, but I also really liked "Berry"....a woman with guts & her own unique vision....wish there would have been more of her in the story.
I like how Matthew seems to be growing with each new adventure....OMG...the gauntlet, how evil!! I can't imagine what devilment awaits in the next installment!
These books start a bit slowly but the characters are enjoyable and you grow to know them. Edoardo Ballerini does a great job of reading. His accent is perfect for Matthew and his voice changes are excellent and easily distinguishable. The story line is entertaining and one of things I enjoy most is that while Matthew is extremely intelligent the author doesn't allow him to make absurd leaps to conclusions or seem too super intelligent. Even the heroes of the story have their flaws and I think too often in these books the main characters are too smart, too perfect, too unrealistic.
I am well over 125 audio books in at this point and have only recently discovered Robert McCammon. Starting with Swan Song and now this series - a much different kind of book from Swan Song - I am thoroughly enjoying his writing.
This spell binding book is a follow up to McCammon's "Speaks the Nighbird". This author is absolutely amazing! The book starts just a slight bit slower than the first book, but quickly catches up and ends stronger than the first. This book is very hard to put done as it becomes very intense! A GREAT listen! These two books are absolutely not a waste of credits! I am waiting for the next book!
Ballerini's performance is awesome. He is able to give each character a different voice, making the book seem to be read by many narrators. His brilliant performance truly brings these books alive! I will definetly listen to more of his work. His accents bring this book to life! WOW!
The Queen of Bedlam is a very well read audiobook. The narrator is very eloquent and keeps is very consistent with the many voices he uses for the character of the book.
I just finished the 4th book in the series and found #2, The Queen of Bedlam, to be by far the best of the lot. I think the author must have had a good editor for this book -- brisk pace, fewer tortured metaphors and over-use of adjectives, more humor, lots of enjoyable characters and changes of scene. I read books 3 & 4 on the basis of my enjoyment of book 2, but enjoyed them less and less, I'm afraid. If he's written more books in the series, I won't be reading them. Too repetitive, slow-paced, and mediocre writing after #2.
I have recommened this book to only a select few. The awfulness is hard to take.
The historical context.
Matthew Corbit of course. He has the most interesting backgroundd and demeanor.
There are a lot of anachronisms that are distracting to the story.
This is my third book by Robert McCammon and the second in the Matthew Corbett series. I liked Matthew in the first of the series and was very pleasantly surprised to find I like him even more in this book. The "good" characters are likeable and the "bad guys" are very bad, indeed, and the plot was engrossing. The history is interesting, there are gruesome crimes, sword fights, plenty of action, wonderful development of relationships with the other characters and thankfully, none of the "gross" language that is so common today. The ending insures I will be listening to the third in this series.
The narration is first class and only adds to the enjoyment.
I highly recommend this series.
Amazing story , clever witty writing and read beautifully . This is my second Matthew Corbett book , can't wait to read the others .highly recommended .
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