Mister Slaughter: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 3 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
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|Listening Length||16 hours and 17 minutes|
|Author||Robert R. McCammon|
|Audible.ca Release Date||May 29 2012|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #5,914 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#57 in Historical Mysteries
#209 in Historical Thrillers (Books)
#221 in Historical Mystery
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I look forward to his next volume in this series.
Otherwise, this is a wonderful series. Matthew Corbett is an engaging character, and McCammon's writing is at its best here..
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Matthew Corbett is a problem solver and in the last book "Queen of Bedlam" established an agency with Hudson Greathouse, a sort of enforced mentor to young Matthew at least in the art of combat.
As the title suggests the books focuses on Mr Slaughter - A notorious killer who Matthew and Hudson are hired to escort from the asylum back to London where he is due to be hanged. As you can probably imagine, the job goes far from smoothly.
The character of Tyrannus Slaughter is everything I hoped he would be from the moment we first meet him. A man who on the outside appears to be quite the gentleman but oozes danger with every calculated breath he takes. Despite their experience and reluctance to talk to the criminal, Tyrannus Slaughter soon gets into the minds of both Matthew and Hudson, expertly playing them off each other.
Mr Slaughter, is an expert portrayal in the game of Cat and Mouse. Robert McCammon weaves so many facets into the story and takes Matthew on about a hundred different tangents whilst still keeping the plot fresh and interesting. Personally, I couldn't get enough of the Tyrannus Slaughter, he consumed me every time he appeared on the page. Robert managed to make him both latently lethal whilst also being quite humorous in places. The "women" line is quite exquisite.
The Colonial era is once again superbly portrayed whilst still being accessible. The supporting cast is fantastic, whether the characters are in the story for seconds or throughout. If there is a criticism it is minor and that is Hudson Greathouse depicted as so cynical and cautious in the "Queen of Bedlam" makes some odd decisions in this book. However, with a great invention like Ty Slaughter manipulating your mind, this can be excused.
As with all Robert McCammon books the end is satisfying and even leaves on a bit of a cliff-hanger. All in all a fantastic entry into the series by an author that has not let me down yet. Overall rating: 9.4
Um, that's it really. Well, apart from the terrific prose which drags you into the story, the charismatic monster that is Tyranthus Slaughter, the various in-jokes/references to British actor Todd Slaughter and his career which inspired the character, the several interesting supporting characters who Matthew meets in his travels to tracks down the monster, plus more revelations about his mysterious nemesis Professor Fell.
This is really great stuff and I hope we see another Mattew Corbett adventure before too long.
In this one we see Matthew and Greathouse tasked with transporting Tyranthus Slaughter from Asylum to port for transport to England.
We realise fairly quickly that Slaughter is a nasty piece of work! He's a thoroughly despicable man who leads them on a merry dance.
For me the story really took off in the second half linking nicely to the bigger picture and the nefarious Professor Fell!
America.It is a follow on to the Queen of bedlam,but can be read as a stand alone novel.Corbert now working for the Herrald
detective agency,along with Hudson Greathouse,have to escort the murderer Mr Slaughter from pensylvania to New York where he will be put on a ship to England.An offer from Slaughter,for separate reasons,invites greed in both men and sets in motion a series of events,both murderous and tragic that make for a compelling read,with characters to care about,action,plot,and a tip of the hat towards Sherlock holmes,Robert McCammon is sure to deliver a superb series,I for one am looking to the next one.As with everything I have ordered from Amazon it was delivered on time and in perfect condition.