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Mister Slaughter (Matthew Corbett Book 3) by [McCammon, Robert]
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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. After confronting a criminal mastermind in The Queen of Bedlam (2007), Matthew finds himself a celebrity whose exploits have become sensational fodder for colonial tabloids. This heady attention contributes to a bad lapse of judgment when he and his senior associate, Hudson Greathouse, accidentally allow a brutal murderer, Tyranthus Slaughter, to give them the slip while they transport him to prison in Philadelphia. The rousing narrative details Matthew's dogged pursuit of the indestructible Tyranthus 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. (Jan.)
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  • File Size: 877 KB
  • Print Length: 440 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press (June 7, 2010)
  • Publication Date: June 7, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003QHZ5WC
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Format: Hardcover
I'm guessing most young readers today don't know who Robert R. McCammon is, but I remember buying his first horror novel, Baal, when it was published in 1978 as a paperback original. So, I've been reading Mr. McCammon's fiction for half of my life. Boy, that's a long time!

During the 1980s and early 90s, Robert McCammon was at the top of his career having written such horror novels as Bethany's Sin, They Thirst, Mystery Walk, Usher's Passing, Swan Song, The Wolf's Hour and then a number of suspenseful mainstream books like Boy's Life, Mine, and Gone South. The author then wrote a historical novel, Speaks the Nightbird, which was the first in the "Matthew Corbett" series and dealt with a young law clerk who travels with his employer and mentor to North Carolina in the late 1600s to try a woman accused of witchcraft. What Corbett encounters is an innocent woman in jail and a town filled with evil secrets, not to mention the dangers lurking around every dark corner. Strange as it may seem, no publisher was interested in this novel. They didn't think Mr. McCammon's fans would buy a historical novel. They were wrong. But, because of his frustration in finding a publisher for his book, Mr. McCammon stopped writing altogether for nearly ten years.

Fortunately for his fans, River City Publishing decided to give Speaks the Nightbird a shot in 2002 and published an extremely nice hardcover of it. The response from the readers for the novel was so enthusiastic that the author decided to write a sequel, The Queen of Bedlam, which was published five years later and continued the adventures of Matthew Corbett after his experiences in North Carolina.
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I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of this novel before its release. For those who are interested in reading McCammon let it be known that this is the 3rd book in the series. Speaks the Nightbird, The Queen of Bedlam, and then Mister Slaughter. However, with that being said I personally think this novel stands on it's own pretty well. There are a few references of importance that occurred in Bedlam. If you start with this one, you will naturally want to go back and read the previous novels.

This story starts out with our hero Matthew in a different light. He's popular, a city hero, and thinks he's wealthy. So he becomes a bit of an elitist that "spends money he doesn't have to buy things he doesn't need to impress people he doesn't know or doesn't like. (someone else said that, I'm not sure who, it's paraphrased). So we start out kind of annoyed at Matthew for being greedy and stupid with his money. We've grown to really respect him, and you see him making bad choices and a particularly greedy choice that is inevitably, and very obviously going to lead to Mister Slaughter killing a lot of innocent people.

Mister Slaughter offers him something that in previous circumstances we know Matthew would refuse, but he's been slowly digging himself into a pit that you understand and find yourself saying, "Matthew, please don't do that... oh great, you did it!"

Matthew redeems himself by chasing after Slaughter with an Indian buddy we meet in the book. - Which is a fantastic character. Slaughter is very violent and the very description of evil.
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Format: Hardcover
Wonderful read from a good author. It begins with Matthew Corbett living beyond his means and accumulating debits. When he finds some money, he keeps it a secret from his partner, Hudson Greathouse, which, in turn, creates a situation later on when transporting Ty Slaugher to New York that causes great havic, evil and remorse. But Matthew redemns himself.

This is shorter than the first two stories but it is still a good read and holds the readers interest, beginning to end. McCammon introduces some interesting characters into this story, both good and bad. This story has moments of sheer horror in it for those readers who would rather not embark on that kind of reading.

I look forward to the next book, but I'll have to wait for Mr. McCammon to write it. I'm so glad that he decided not to give up writing altogether.
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Like many reviewers here, I discovered Robert McCammon in the 1980s, when he carved his own niche in the horror market with masterpieces such as Stinger, The Night Boat, They Thirst and The Wolf's Hour. While the premises of these books were often not entirely original, they stood apart due to McCammon's deft writing style, flowing plots, detailed description, and memorable characters.

McCammon took his unique talents to the next level with the superlative Boy's Life, which remains one of the best fantasy novels I've ever read. With his next book, Gone South, McCammon seemed poised to take his place as a niche horror-fantasy author who attained mainstream success.

Then, nothing. For YEARS.

At long last, Speaks the Nightbird appeared, and fans everywhere, including myself, were overjoyed. It was as if the years between vanished in the blink of an eye, as the inspired and moving Speaks the Nightbird ranks among McCammon's best.

Then a sequel, The Queen of Bedlam, arrived, and now we have Mister Slaughter, the third book in what has become an official series starring colonial-era investigator Matthew Corbett.

I realize I'm in the minority here, but it's my opinion that this series has declined in quality since Nightbird. McCammon has stated himself that he never intended this to become a series, and I think it shows in the inconsistent writing and seemingly forced plots, especially in this third installment.

There are certainly glimpses of the McCammon of old; the writer who effortlessly balanced the horrific with the beautiful, but I wonder if the extended break has taken something out of him.
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