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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Too violent for my taste
I'm always excited when I find a series to listen to. In this case, I really enjoyed the first two books in the series. However, Mr. Slaughter quickly became too violent for my taste. Had I been reading the book I could have speed-read through the violent sections, but one can't do that with an audio book. I might have been able to tolerate the violence more easily had I thought the actions taken were in character with the Matthew presented in the previous two books. Some work had been done to show how he'd changed and why, but I bet his mentor in the first book would have barely recognized Matthew.
The problem is largely mine -- I don't like books that are filled with violence. Nor do I like books that are what I consider to be excessively filled with suspense. However, I do feel that McCammon failed to do enough character development to justify a Matthew who would do such the dishonest thing that led to the first incidence of violence.
Ballerini was great in all three books.
Hmmmm....the entire book? No fair..... The problem really is mine, and I think other people who enjoy historical fiction and don't mind violence would probably enjoy the book and the series.
I didn't finish Mr. Slaughter, and won't listen to the rest of the books in the series. I Googled the series to learn how everything turned out.