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Mister Slaughter (The Matthew Corbett Novels) Kindle Edition
A chilling crime thriller set in colonial America by the New York Times–bestselling author: “The Corbett novels are rich, atmospheric stories” —Booklist on The River of Souls
In 1702, Matthew Corbett is an apprentice problem solver for the Herrald Agency, currently tasked with accompanying serial killer Tyranthus Slaughter on a journey from a Philadelphia asylum to the New York City waterfront. But during the trip, Mr. Slaughter tempts Matthew and his colleague Hudson Greathouse with an unexpected offer—leading to catastrophic outcomes. This darkly compelling novel delves into both the mind of a murderer and the process of a city and a nation moving into the future.
Praise for the Matthew Corbett Novels
“Rousing . . . [A] page-turner.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Freedom of the Mask
“This popular series takes us to a long forgotten time with characters who never fail to entertain.” —The Florida Times-Union
“Excellent . . . full of tension and suspense.” —Stephen King on Speaks the Nightbird
From Publishers Weekly
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From the Back Cover
- ASIN : B099N7XT93
- Publisher : Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (August 17, 2021)
- Publication date : August 17, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 7386 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 413 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #152,801 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Mr. Slaughter is Matthew Corbett's third adventure. I enjoyed it immensely. The pace of the novel is breakneck and Mr. Slaughter's character (to whom we were introduced in Matthew Corbett's adventure number two, The Queen of Bedlam), is a spine tingling 1700's serial killer whose pure evilness rivals the hair-raising Hannibal Lecter. A warning, there is a lot of gruesomeness in this book. And the victims are innocent, which makes the horror all the more shocking and deplorable.
I heartily recommend Mr. Slaughter, with a caveat – you really should read book numbers one and two first to understand the characters and storyline completely. For example, in Mr. Slaughter Matthew is having a crisis of conscience which evolved from something that took place in book number two. I am in the middle of The Providence Rider, book number four. Which is, by the way, also awesome...
I’m not sure WHAT I’m going to do once I’ve read all of Matthew’s adventures. There should be a support group out there somewhere.
I am excited to see where the series goes next!
Top reviews from other countries
In this one we see Matthew and Greathouse tasked with transporting Tyranthus Slaughter from Asylum to port for transport to England.
We realise fairly quickly that Slaughter is a nasty piece of work! He's a thoroughly despicable man who leads them on a merry dance.
For me the story really took off in the second half linking nicely to the bigger picture and the nefarious Professor Fell!
Matthew Corbett is a problem solver and in the last book "Queen of Bedlam" established an agency with Hudson Greathouse, a sort of enforced mentor to young Matthew at least in the art of combat.
As the title suggests the books focuses on Mr Slaughter - A notorious killer who Matthew and Hudson are hired to escort from the asylum back to London where he is due to be hanged. As you can probably imagine, the job goes far from smoothly.
The character of Tyrannus Slaughter is everything I hoped he would be from the moment we first meet him. A man who on the outside appears to be quite the gentleman but oozes danger with every calculated breath he takes. Despite their experience and reluctance to talk to the criminal, Tyrannus Slaughter soon gets into the minds of both Matthew and Hudson, expertly playing them off each other.
Mr Slaughter, is an expert portrayal in the game of Cat and Mouse. Robert McCammon weaves so many facets into the story and takes Matthew on about a hundred different tangents whilst still keeping the plot fresh and interesting. Personally, I couldn't get enough of the Tyrannus Slaughter, he consumed me every time he appeared on the page. Robert managed to make him both latently lethal whilst also being quite humorous in places. The "women" line is quite exquisite.
The Colonial era is once again superbly portrayed whilst still being accessible. The supporting cast is fantastic, whether the characters are in the story for seconds or throughout. If there is a criticism it is minor and that is Hudson Greathouse depicted as so cynical and cautious in the "Queen of Bedlam" makes some odd decisions in this book. However, with a great invention like Ty Slaughter manipulating your mind, this can be excused.
As with all Robert McCammon books the end is satisfying and even leaves on a bit of a cliff-hanger. All in all a fantastic entry into the series by an author that has not let me down yet. Overall rating: 9.4
Um, that's it really. Well, apart from the terrific prose which drags you into the story, the charismatic monster that is Tyranthus Slaughter, the various in-jokes/references to British actor Todd Slaughter and his career which inspired the character, the several interesting supporting characters who Matthew meets in his travels to tracks down the monster, plus more revelations about his mysterious nemesis Professor Fell.
This is really great stuff and I hope we see another Mattew Corbett adventure before too long.
America.It is a follow on to the Queen of bedlam,but can be read as a stand alone novel.Corbert now working for the Herrald
detective agency,along with Hudson Greathouse,have to escort the murderer Mr Slaughter from pensylvania to New York where he will be put on a ship to England.An offer from Slaughter,for separate reasons,invites greed in both men and sets in motion a series of events,both murderous and tragic that make for a compelling read,with characters to care about,action,plot,and a tip of the hat towards Sherlock holmes,Robert McCammon is sure to deliver a superb series,I for one am looking to the next one.As with everything I have ordered from Amazon it was delivered on time and in perfect condition.