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 recreation of an extraordinary era. Suspenseful, illuminating, never less than compulsively readable, it is, by any measure, a major achievement, the largest accomplishment to date by one of our most gifted—and necessary—writers.Praise for Speaks the Nightbird:
"A good story on a cold, dark night is one of the world's greatest pleasures, and this is an excellent story, full of tension and suspense."
"McCammon tells a compelling story that should find a wide readership. Highly recommended for popular fiction collections."
—Library Journal (Starred Review)
"Each clue stacks upon another as Matthew races to discover the truth, only to find that truth wears many faces, and the nightbird he chases propels him to his own soul."
"McCammon brilliantly captures colonial New York and closes with a tantalizing cliffhanger that suggests more exciting sleuthing to come."
—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Bedlam is a good book for a winter storm."
"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 . . . The rousing narrative details Matthew's dogged pursuit of the indestructible Tyranthus [Slaughter] 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."