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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; First Edition/ First Printing edition (October 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416551115
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416551119
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Set in Manhattan in 1703, this spellbinding sequel to Speaks the Nightbird (2002) from bestseller McCammon finds Matthew Corbett, a 23-year-old magistrate's clerk, on the trail of the Masker, a killer who stalks prominent businessmen. Matthew stumbles on the bodies of two of the Masker's victims, including pederast Eben Ausley, the headmaster of the orphanage Matthew once reluctantly called home. Plucky Matthew, who becomes a junior associate of the New York branch of a London problem-solving firm called the Herrald Agency, discovers a possible link to the crimes in the person of an elderly amnesiac patient in a mental asylum who's known as the Queen of Bedlam. Matthew and his cohorts later make a dangerous foray to the headquarters that the villainous Professor Fell maintains for young-criminals-in-training. McCammon brilliantly captures colonial New York and closes with a tantalizing cliffhanger that suggests more exciting sleuthing to come. (Oct.)
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Robert McCammon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of nineteen novels, including the award-winning Boy’s Life and Speaks the Nightbird. There are more than four million copies of his books in print.

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Robert McCammon is the New York Times bestselling author of nineteen novels, including the award-winning BOY'S LIFE and SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD. There are more than four million copies of his books in print. His latest novel, THE RIVER OF SOULS, is the fifth book in the Matthew Corbett series. It is available now from Subterranean Press in both trade hardcover and Kindle formats.

Visit his websites: www.robertmccammon.com and www.matthewcorbettsworld.com

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By William A. Greiner on November 10, 2007
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This is a great sequel to "Speaks the Nightbird" that continues the story of early Americas first detective(in McCammons early fictional America that is!). This book is great ...but to be honest I did not find it as good as "Speaks the Nightbird'...but never the less it is a worthwild read.One reviewer said the book was boring...that is nonsense....I found it very engaging the first 300 pages .The last 300 pages is when the action really picks up and picks up it does. It is hard to put down.
It does have a cliffhanger...( without giving it away I do not know how the main character can resolve what seems like an impossible conflict) but knowing McCammon he will pull it off in the next book.If you liked "Speaks the nightbird" you will love this book and the charcters that populate it.If you have not read "Speaks the nightbird" read that one first...even though this is a stand alone story the first book establishes the lead charcter and will richly enhance your enjoyment of the second book as you witness the growth of the main charcter.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Wayne C. Rogers on January 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
For the many of Robert McCammon's fans, it couldn't be a more wonderful experience than to finally have him back writing again after such a long period of inactivity. Known primarily for his horror fiction from the late seventies to the early nineties, Mr. McCammon said goodbye to the publishing industry when they refused to accept any writing from him, except that which pertained to the horror genre. One of his unpublished novels from the early nineties (Speaks the Nightbird) eventually made it into print five years ago. This is the historical novel that first introduces Matthew Corbett to the reading public. The positive reception of this book by the reading public was nearly overwhelming and certainly encouraged Mr. McCammon to write other books with Matthew Corbett as the lead character. In fact, The Queen of Bedlam is the second book in this highly suspenseful series, which takes place in Colonial America. The author is now at work on the third "Matthew Corbett novel and has plans to write at least two more books in this new series. I just hope that I'm around to read them when they're finally finished.

Though I don't generally read historical novels, Speaks the Nightbird certainly hooked me with its dark intensity and the need for its young protagonist, Matthew Corbett, to see justice prevail at all costs. Because I enjoyed this particular novel so much, I naturally sought out the second book in the series, The Queen of Bedlam, and wasn't disappointed with Mr. McCammon's unique gift for storytelling.

The Queen of Bedlam picks up with the character of Matthew Corbett a few years after his experiences in the Carolinas, having saved a woman from being burned at the stake for the practice of witchcraft.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John C. on October 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I eagerly anticipated the sequel to "Speaks the Nightbird" and it was worth the wait. In "Queen of Bedlam" we again meet law clerk Matthew Corbett who fought to prove the innocence of an accused witch in "Speaks..." This time Corbett is on the trail of a serial killer as well as seeking justice for the abused children in the orphanage where he grew up. McCammon has an incredible ability to transport the reader to New York in 1702. This book is full of suspense as well as humor. I enjoy a,well written,historical mystery as well as the writing of Robert McCammon. "The Queen of Bedlam" gives a healthy dose of both.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Foss on November 18, 2007
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For those of you looking for a horror novel from Mr. McCammon, this is not the book you are looking for. But give it a read anyway. And don't be daunted by it's apparent length. It's a relatively fast read that belies its 600+ pages.

As I read this, I thought Mr. McCammon must have had fun writing the book. I certainly had a lot of fun reading it. Besides being a good detective story, with good guys, bad guys, and eccentrics abounding in an early 1700s New York setting, there is a good bit of humor in the book. I was laughing out loud picturing the new governor's appearance in front of the city's 18th century movers and shakers. Among my favorite lines in the book is one dealing with the silver pocket watch that took a licking . . ., and another summing up the business philosophy of Polly Blossom, who runs the city's highbrow house of ill repute. I'll let you discover that gem for yourself.

I hope this is not the last we see of Matthew Corbett, Hudson Greathouse, Marmaduke Grigsby and the crew. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PFS on December 10, 2007
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I suppose McCammon is revving up for an entire Matthew Corbett/Harrald Agency series, which is fine by me. Initially, I was distressed to hear that one of my favorite authors was retiring several years ago, but he returned with the awesome "Speaks the Nightbird" and seems to have retained that steam and acquired a new creative direction. I still might long for the McCammon of old but this new stuff is just so much fun to read I'm ready to travel with him as long as he continues to produce books of this caliber.

At 600+ pages it reads so smoothly and swiftly I could have easily read 600 more. Considering that McCammon has chosen to write his latest novels in a more formal and slightly archaic language, it's a testament to his skill that the work never comes off as stilted or pretentious. Also on display are McCammon's unique gifts for setting up suspense with gratifying payoffs. He never cheats his readers or insults our intelligence. Also, I have to say that the climax of the book literally had me gritting my teeth and holding the book tighter, as corny as that sounds.

So, this is officially a gushing review and a statement that I can't wait for the next volume.
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