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Mister Slaughter (The Matthew Corbett Series Book 3) by [McCammon, Robert]
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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3825 KB
  • Print Length: 429 pages
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  • Publisher: Crossroad Press (5 July 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B073RSNDQ5
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4.0 out of 5 stars This series is addicting. 10 May 2017
By Pete Rivard - Published on
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If you, like me, are a sucker for crackling, well crafted historical fiction, this is the series for you. Strongly drawn male AND female characters. A hero who uses his mind because he's no great shakes with sword, pistol or fists, but is as brave and stalwart a hero as anyone you will meet via Kindle or the printed page, Matthew Corbett embodies the best virtues of what we would like to see in ourselves; intelligence, integrity, loyalty and the ability to learn from his mistakes. My only worry is that Corbett takes such a beatings from bad guys, bears, and even officers of the law that he'll be in a wheelchair sipping his meals through straws by Book Six or Seven.
5.0 out of 5 stars Last of the Mohicans meets Jack the Ripper 31 January 2014
By Nolan - Published on
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The reason I used such a nuanced and favorable review title is because this book deserves it. It's as if McCammon took the colonial woodland setting of Cooper's classic and threw in an infamously morbid and conniving killer. There are thrills, chills, suspense and mystery to be had in this great work.

I have thoroughly enjoyed McCammon's Corbett series. He has a fluid and philosophical voice that meshes well with the fast-paced thriller aspects inherent in the novel. It feels like every chapter was written to engage the reader, slipping them into New England's 18th century frontier, where true men and madmen were made.

His characters are intriguing with their depth. The reader roots for Corbett, the intelligent and conscientious detector. Slaughter is grotesque, and McCammon uses his skill of the macabre to conjure up such a hideous villain. The raucous and courageous Greathouse is always fun to spend time with. And there are new faces added to the mix, one of which is a fascinating Native American warrior.

If you are looking for one of the best thriller writers, look no further. Mr. McCammon will grab your attention and hold it long after the final page.
5.0 out of 5 stars Corbett rides again! 24 December 2014
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Mister Slaughter by Robert McCammon
December 7 to December 23, 2014
Third book in the Matthew Corbett Series
Recommended by internet friends

This is the third book and story in this wonderful series set in the early 1700s here in America...of course at that time we were still part of the United Kingdom. Matthew considered himself English. From my point of view, he was quit the British snob in many way. However he is a likeable well written character. He is only growing up, but he is learning more about what he is able to do when it is necessary.

The Matthew Corbett series is part of the Historical Fiction genre. We learn much about the dangerous settling of some of our best known cities, early Indian and Colonist interaction, hospitality towards strangers, early 18th century travel and much more. However, for me this story could also be considered part of the horror genre. I say this because of the many horrible killings that took place in this book. I would imagine for some these bloody horrible deaths would be more blood and guts than they are willing to read about. For me the whole story was worth the discomfort of these bloody and senseless murders carried out by Mister Slaughter.

We see Matthew's character develop and mature as he sets out to save the day!

I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it to most.

5 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Matthew Corbett and the Highwayman 22 December 2013
By James Tepper - Published on
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MISTER SLAUGHTER is the third in the series of Matthew Corbett detective novels. Corbett lives in New York at the beginning of the 18th century and works for the London- and New York-based Herrald Agency, a small problem-solving business . In the current adventure, Matthew and senior partner Hudson Greathouse, are hired to transport Slaughter, a dangerous and likely deranged highwayman to New York for extradition back to England to answer for his crimes. Naturally, things go horribly wrong, Slaughter escapes, and Matthew must track him down in the wilds of the New York countryside and environs and recapture him.

This novel is by far the bloodiest and most violent of the three. Slaughter is a clever monster who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, his freedom, leaving behind a trail of mayhem, gore and extreme physical and psychological violence. Matthew is aided in his hunt by two excellent supporting characters, a young London-educated Seneca indian brave and a very tough and resourceful young teenaged boy. There are a couple of ancillary mysteries and side plots to be negotiated along the way, some amusing and some that foreshadow events that will unfold in future novels.

While MISTER SLAUGHTER surely is historical fiction, and there is a lot of history here, McCammon plays the history a little faster and looser with than he did in the first novel, and some might object to non-period speech styles, but this did not bother me at all, although I did take note of it. There is an afterward in which McCammon explains that after he wrote the first novel that needed to be set to coincide with the end of the witch hunting era, he decided that a New York of the 1730s was a more interesting setting for the remainder of the series than that of turn of the century. Not wanting to age Matthew into his 50s, he decided to take certain liberties with the times and places. I understand the decision, even if it does confuse a bit of the history. If I had to work up a criticism of the novel, I guess it would be that some of the events near the end are just a bit over the top, and Matthew's physical prowess seems at times just a bit too limited to go one on one with the giant and far more experienced killer, Slaughter.

MISTER SLAUGHTER is the fastest paced of all the novels so far, and contains bits of intentional humor to offset the extreme horror that is all around whenever Slaughter is in the picture. While I do miss the supernatural horror that McCammon used to write (and in fact still does occasionally), his last half-dozen books or so, while more mainstream, are just as good (or better) and just as enjoyable as anything that he has written. I'll be ordering THE PROVIDENCE RIDER, the fourth and most recently published entry in the series, as soon as I post this review.


J.M. Tepper
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! 22 September 2014
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This is the third book I have read in the Matthew Corbett series and they just keep getting better and better. Interestingly enough, at the conclusion of this book, not previous books, the author discusses historical accuracy and how difficult that is to achieve. I am not sure why he chose to do this unless it is because of some negative comments he has received. Well, the author clearly states that his books are "historical fiction" not historical fact or textbooks. I have been a fan of history for many years, although I prefer 19th century American history to that of the 18th century. I think this author does a pretty good job with the history of the time. I was surprised to learn that this author has a reputation as an author of horror books. I had not heard of him until recently. Well, there is indeed some horror in this series, albeit not of the Stephen King type, but enough to make these books keep you up late at night. I will definitely read the other books in this series. Time to download another one now!