Mister Slaughter
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Mister Slaughter

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by Robert McCammon, Vincent Chong
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In this third installment of his Matthew Corbett series (after Speaks the Nightbird and The Queen of Bedlam), McCammon delivers a twisted tale of pure evil. In 1702 New York City, Matthew and his colleague Hudson Greathouse agree to take on the assignment of transporting evil mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter from an asylum near Philadelphia to a waiting ship docked in New York. Along the way, Tyranthus strikes an unusual deal with the two men, setting in motion horrific carnage that leads back to Philadelphia. Matthew faces the misery of his mistakes and begins to figure out a battle plan to face this devil. But by the time Matthew catches up to him, a dark plot that reaches beyond the new colonies has been hatched. VERDICT 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.—Ron Samul, New London, CT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596062764
Publisher:
Subterranean Press
Publication date:
01/28/2010
Pages:
445
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why in the world isn't this series more popular? McCammon is an absolutely terrific writer who was crapped on by his publisher after he decided to stray from the strict "horror novelist" label they tried to pin on him. It's their loss. The Matthew Corbett series, which is set in the early 18th century and starts with Speaks the Nightbird, is perhaps the most exciting, best written, most immersive example of contemporary fiction this bookworm has come across in a over a decade. Do yourself a favor, reader. Pick up this series and enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have purchased several nook books and this is the only one I have had a problem with. This Book is a little over 900 pages. It stops at page 867 then skips to the last page. I took it to the instore help. The clerk said to archive it for 2 months and it should be updated. Two months later and they said 6 mo to a year. I have had this book over a year and nothing has happened. I am unable to get a refund. I would really like to know the end before I move on to the next in the series. It is a very good story. (Not as good as the 1st)
jkappy1954 More than 1 year ago
This really has been a good series, however there seem to be some pages missing from Mister Slaughter.  My ebook goes from p. 382 to p. 392.  Not sure whether there's really anything missing or not,.  It could actually end where it appears to, but it seems somehow incomplete.
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I love this series! They get better and better.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read the first three books in the series and this one seems to be more in the vein of Mr. McCammon's horror stuff than his mysteries. It's fine if you're into that, but for those of us who are not (and should have thought a little bit harder about this fact before reading a book titled "Mr.Slaughter" from a horror writer) it's both terrifying and depressing. The other books before this had elements of these things for sure, but there was enough mystery and adventure to make up for it. As I'm the sort that has to read a book cover to cover once I start the thing (the first half was good despite Matthew getting inexplicably less mature than he was in the books preceding this, I had hoped the end might make the middle part worth all the terror, sadness and gratuitous violence), I forged ahead anyway and was dismayed that this book is not programmed properly for the Nook and gets stuck halfway through the last chapter. I reported it to Barnes and Noble about a month ago and am waiting for it to get fixed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great. Highly recommend all in the series! I don't even like period fiction, but I can't put these down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a slight departure in story construction from the previous books in the series but it works smoothly trasitioning from the second book and introducing new charactors
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Matthew Corbett returns in his third adventure. From the first page, Mr. McCammon brings the reader to the edge of their seats, and when the story is over, we are left wanting more.
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Fast paced and entertaining! I couldn't put this book down.
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JSnyderPA More than 1 year ago
At the beginning of Mister Slaughter, which takes place shortly after The Queen of Bedlam(the second book in the series) Matthew Corbett is now a celebrity after his harrowing experiences in the second novel. He has also been marked for death by the sinister Professor Fell. Both Corbett and Greathouse are hired by the city to escort a prisoner, Tyranthus Slaughter, from an asylum outside of Philadelphia back to New York so he can be shipped to London for hanging. Slaughter is accused of murdering several people in England before making his way to the colonies in order to hide. Now, what should be an easy task for Corbett and Greathouse proves to be more difficult than either of them expects. As Slaughter is quick to figure out the weaknesses of each man and to put them to use as he entices them with the prospects of a hidden cache of money. Against their better judgment, they decide to have Slaughter lead them to the buried coins and then to keep him as a prisoner, rather than granting his wish and allowing him to escape. However, he does manage escape. Hudson Greathouse is seriously wounded during the prisoner's run for freedom and then Corbett blames himself for letting greed cloud his better judgment, knowing if he had only made the correct decision , Slaughter would still be in chains and on his way to face the hangman's noose. But, this is where the story really becomes vintage McCammon. With the help of a nearby tribe of Indians, Greathouse is given basic medical attention, while Corbett chases after Slaughter, determined to catch the man who almost killed them. To do this, he will have the assistance of Walks in Two Worlds, a warrior who has his own demons to battle, but decides to help Corbett in his quest. For me, this is when the adventure actually begins as Slaughter leaves a trail of blood and guts for Corbett to follow. You see, Slaughter isn't your ordinary, everyday killer. No, he's a special breed of psychopath who thoroughly enjoys the destruction of everything he encounters. Nothing makes him happier than butchering an entire family with his large knife or straight razor. In fact, Slaughter makes Hannibal Lector look like a Boy Scout by the sheer amount of carnage he leaves behind in his wake. At first, Matthew is determined to capture Slaughter alive, but as time passes and more people are murdered, he changes his mind, realizing this person is a monster in disguise, and that the only way to stop a monster is to kill it. The journey of chaos and mayhem that Matthew takes will slowly aid him in becoming a man as he witnesses the death of friends and eventually has to kill another human being in self-defense. Even more, his whole outlook on life changes as he comes into contact with an evil so corrupting and vile that it leaves him shocked and disgusted by man's inhumanity to his brethren.
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ReaderRick More than 1 year ago
This book is a good read, but not on the level of the prior Matthew Corbett books. McCammon is one of my favorite authors and the author of my all time favorite book (Boy's Life - if you haven't read it, do so!). I was just happy to see one of his new books on Nook!
Piratewench More than 1 year ago
I have read the second and third book in this series and waiting for the first book to be available in nook form. Love Robert R McCammon. I just wished more of his books were available for nook. Kept me interested throughout. Reccommended.
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