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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.

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  • Christine
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 07-30-12

A strong close and a decent opening

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Despite or perhaps because of the sometimes overlong descriptive passages, I felt compelled to listen to all three books of the current McCammon series. Mister Slaughter is designed to close the New York chapter of Matthew Corbet's detective career, put his pending love life (but not his sex life) on hold and launch him into new territory, emotionally, socially and professionally.Mister Slaughter continues the series' creepy fascination with lusty, violent and faceless sex as well as the detailed descriptions of the infliction and receipt of pain and suffering. As a reviewer of the first book notes, this is not a series you want children, including teenagers, to over hear while you might thrill in the sordid details.

What other book might you compare Mister Slaughter to and why?

I might actually compare this book to MacBeth. Flowing descriptive phrasing, the character's desire to understand himself through violence and conflict (absent the obsession with a mother figure) serve to keep the reader engaged through McCammon's internal dialogue and occasionally over-wrought prose.

Which character – as performed by Edoardo Ballerini – was your favorite?

Sky Walker, the Native American whose sad life poignantly reflects the past two hundred and fifty years of destruction of the North American Indians was beautifully interpreted by Edoardo Ballerini.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The book is best heard over a few days, but not too many. There are a lot of characters, many twists and turns all of which require some time to absorb.

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good series

I love the Corbett/Greathouse series and this one did not disappoint. A little slow to start but picks up speed at a steady pace.

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Fear and Gore

Very suspenseful up through the end! but a little too much like Sweeney Todd for my taste, pardon the pun.

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thanks for the time travel

powerful storyline with captivating characters. level of detail in descriptions best I've ever heard. narrative voices were excellent. overall a real treat.

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  • Kathryn
  • TAYLORS, SC, United States
  • 07-31-17

Every time I try to turn it off...

Every time I try to turn it off...
I come back for more! There are certainly problems with the Matthew Corbett series: the title character is a little too lucky, the narrative has a bit too much bloat, coincidences are a little too common, the violence is a little too gratuitous. And yet, I keep listening and keep wondering what will happen next. McCammon has me hooked, and I will read everything in the series.

“AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”

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Another excellent entry!

I only offer the four star rating as it compares to the first book in the series: Speaks the Nightbird. As a genre thriller, it was excellent!

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Fantastic

I am now on my 5th book by Mr McCamman. He is a brilliant writer. I will now start the Mathew Corbett book. Thank you so much for the excitement and adventures.
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Well!

So I have found my favorite writer and reader all in one series!
I had read a review about this book being more gruesome- it was. I find myself eagerly waiting to find out just what Matthew Corbett will say or do next.I do find though that I lose interest as the end comes and the story is being wrapped up.
I love Eduardo Ballerini's many voices! I have gone over my data each month to finish out a story

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My Favorite Villain !

This story is of Matthew Corbett, master in training of problem solving. All he has to do is transfer a notorious murderer from the asylum. What could go wrong ? A very dark genius , Mister Slaughter, or just Slaughter to his friends. Love this series.

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Hooked completely

If you like Sherlock Holmes get this series. Mcgammon is an incredible writer. It's one part horror one part Holmes.