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ISBN13: 9781596062764
ISBN10: 1596062762
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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. 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.

Review:

"Murder and ghoulish mayhem are the order of the day in bestseller McCammon's colorful third thriller featuring 'problem-solver' Matthew Corbett and his escapades in early 18th-century America. After confronting a criminal mastermind in The Queen of Bedlam (2007), Matthew finds himself a celebrity whose exploits have become sensational fodder for colonial tabloids. This heady attention contributes to a bad lapse of judgment when he and his senior associate, Hudson Greathouse, accidentally allow a brutal murderer, Tyranthus Slaughter, to give them the slip while they transport him to prison in Philadelphia. The rousing narrative details Matthew's dogged pursuit of the indestructible Tyranthus as the killer cuts a bloody swath through the Pennsylvania wilderness. McCammon shows a sure hand balancing scenes of Matthew's quiet contemplation with the cold-blooded carnage that makes his quarry's name so appropriate." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Fans of dark historicals will enjoy this thrill ride, but they should be ready for some heavy-handed violence with a balance of historical context and intrigue." Library Journal

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WordGirlSam, January 4, 2011 (view all comments by WordGirlSam)
This is the third in a series of historical mysteries featuring Matthew Corbett, a young law clerk and problem-solver (inquiry agent) in Colonial America. Each one is reacher than the last, full of details of colonial life, fascinating characters, and satisfying mysteries. Matthew has grown from being a rather naive, but well-intentioned law clerk to being a flawed but mature and good-hearted man and detective. He and his colleague, Greathouse, exercise bad judgement at the beginning of the book that leads to tragedy and to a thrilling and frightening man hunt for a heartless murderer. Some readers may be put off by the gruesomeness of the violence and by McCammon's refusal to romanticize the period. I had a difficult time chosing my favorite book, but this one is tops. McCammon started as a writer of very satisfying horror/supernatural tales -- then stopped writing for an extended period and returned with this series. I am looking forward to his next book.
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HeatherAlexander, January 3, 2011 (view all comments by HeatherAlexander)
McCammon does it again, proving that brilliant writing style and heart-stopping suspense do not have to be mutually exclusive. His voice for 18th-century America transports the reader so thoroughly I feel the shock of the 21st-century when I am pulled back out of the story. Robert R. McCammon should be on every reader's To Read list.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781596062764
Publisher:
Subterranean Press
Subject:
Thrillers
Illustrator:
Chong, Vincent
Author:
McCammon, Robert R.
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Publication Date:
20100131
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
440
Dimensions:
9.24x6.58x1.57 in. 1.95 lbs.

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Product details 440 pages Subterranean Press - English 9781596062764 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Murder and ghoulish mayhem are the order of the day in bestseller McCammon's colorful third thriller featuring 'problem-solver' Matthew Corbett and his escapades in early 18th-century America. After confronting a criminal mastermind in The Queen of Bedlam (2007), Matthew finds himself a celebrity whose exploits have become sensational fodder for colonial tabloids. This heady attention contributes to a bad lapse of judgment when he and his senior associate, Hudson Greathouse, accidentally allow a brutal murderer, Tyranthus Slaughter, to give them the slip while they transport him to prison in Philadelphia. The rousing narrative details Matthew's dogged pursuit of the indestructible Tyranthus as the killer cuts a bloody swath through the Pennsylvania wilderness. McCammon shows a sure hand balancing scenes of Matthew's quiet contemplation with the cold-blooded carnage that makes his quarry's name so appropriate." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Fans of dark historicals will enjoy this thrill ride, but they should be ready for some heavy-handed violence with a balance of historical context and intrigue."
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