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Mister Slaughter (Matthew Corbett #3)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  1,439 ratings  ·  153 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 445 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Subterranean Press
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WOW!!!!! AWESOME BOOK!!!! I was completey swept away in this adventure. I literally couldn't put it down. Just ask my wife who wasn't too pleased to find me still awake and reading at 2am. I really enjoyed the first two books that folled Matthew Corbetts adventures. But this one blew me away. I have never read a book that was able to take me directly into the pages and make me feel like i was side by side with Mr. Corbett on this adventure. Now all I can do is wait for Mr. McCammon to supply me ...more
Joseph Loria
One of the true pleasures of my reading life the past 8 years or so has been the re-emergence of Robert McCammon to writing. Known primarily for his horror novels in the 80s (Swan Song being the best of that lot), he went on to write a highly effective coming-of-age tale called Boy's Life, a classic for many, then moved on to a few suspense thrillers before he sort of vanished in the mid 90s. What happened, we now know, was that McCammon had moved on to writing historical fiction, which he had d ...more
I adored the first two books. I love the characters. I loved the stories. I loved the evocation of the time period. This is saying a lot for me because historical fiction usually leaves me cold--even genre mashing historical fiction. I was excited that Slaughter was going to play a central role. I was excited when the cover art was revealed. I ordered this the moment it was announced. Since it arrived at my door, I have been champing at the bit to read it...and perhaps that's the problem.

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I don't think that I've ever read a Robert McCammon book and been disappointed, and this one is no different. I have to commend McCammon on his brave foray into (or back to) colonial times; it's a reflection of his talent and ability that he can successfully manage to pull this off.... Who would have ever thought that a mystery novel staged in the early 1700's would be so gripping and entertaining? But here we are in a non-genre specific series (this is the third) that gradually becomes a sort o ...more
Joanne Moyer
Mister Slaughter is the third book in Robert McCammon's excellent historical fiction series about Matthew Corbett and his life as a 'problem solver' in early 1700s New York City.
Along wih a thrilling sometimes terrifying adventure, Mr. McCammon gives the reader a detailed and interesting look at the early years of life in New York.
Highly recommended for readers of mystery/adventure/thrillers and also historical fiction. It's got a little bit of something for everyone.
Rediscovering Robert McCammon for me was like finding a cache of comic books in the attic and realizing I hadn't read any of them. I'd read many of McCammon's books a while ago--my personal favorites are GOING SOUTH and BOYS LIFE--but for some reason stopped reading him. Maybe I thought I'd read them all. Anyway, I found this book totally by accident at the library and when I realized I hadn't read it, I pounced on it. I'd forgotten what pure pleasure I get from McCammon's work. As a writer, he' ...more
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The world of Colonial America comes vibrantly to life in this masterful new historical thriller by Robert McCammon. This is the third book in the popular Matthew Corbett series, and 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
There is a huge difference between this book and the previous two. The gore and macabre in Mr Slaughter far, far exceeds not just the previous books but any tolerable threshold for story-telling. The reader is likely to be repeatedly revulsed with either what the supposedly good characters of the book stop down to or by what happens to them.

The book has no mystery unlike in the previous two books that made them wonderful-reads. There are just a couple of powerful sickos in the name of character
The compelling aspects of the first book (and sections of the second book) are missing here. There's absolutely no mystery, the characters behavior is at odds with their usual intelligent behaviors. The gore is unnecessary and adds nothing to the story.

The whole thing is just a let down in comparison to the first books but if that was the only problem falling short of expectations I'd have been fine. The problem is on it's own this book would have made me think this was bad writing.
This is the third book in the Matthew Corbett series. It seems that many writers do two fine books in a series then fall off the tracks with the third. McCammon is a fine writer who entertains from one to the finish, however, Mister Slaughter is not so much about colonial America as is it about a deranged, sociopathic monster. If McCammon wants to write horror that's fine with me - I won't pick them up. If he wants to write historical fiction he would do better to skip the horror.
Dorian Thornley
Gave up halfway through, I love most of this guys books and none better than the first two in this series, but this was just a clunker, nothing happened and when it did, it wasn't exciting. It just felt like it was chore to write and consequently, to read. A lot of unnecessary padding, could have used some editing, and maybe a subplot as well. Life is too short to slog through a torpid book like this. Read Gone South, or any of his books really. They're usually fantastic.
Another great McCammon book. This book follows Matthew and Mr. Greathouse as they take a prisoner, Mr. Slaughter across several states to a waiting boat bound for London where he'll stand trail. Matthew and Mr. Greathouse run in to some complications in transporting Mr. Slaughter and the book turns bloody in a few places. A pretty fast-paced book and a must read for any fan of the Corbett series.
I didn't enjoy Mister Slaughter as much as I did Speaks the Nightbird and The Queen of Bedlam. There was more combat and less dialogue and investigation. I did, however, enjoy it and am eager to move on to the next Matthew Corbett novel. As was the case with the previous two, I listened to the audio production of this novel, narrated by Eduordo Bellerini.
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, Slau ...more
It took me a long time to get through this. I am a big fan of McCammon, but I found the setting of this book was not to my liking. It was also hard for me to get into the characters and plot of this book. Although a big fan, I will not be reading the other books in this series. My overall impression is "meh?"
Leah McDonald
I love this series, and Matthew Corbett is one of my favorites. This book is indeed different from books 1 and 2, in that it relies almost completely on suspense, since the plot is a foregone conclusion. Despite this, I found it compelling. The first two books contained a small amount of true gore - just enough to cringe - but this book hands out massive amounts of gore and muck. I knew that before starting it, and I didn't mind it too much, as a result. I highly recommend the Matthew Corbett se ...more
An otherwise fun adventure,the story comes to a screeching halt with an extremely violent family murder (including small children)immediately followed by the rape of a young girl. The story never fully recovers.
Matt Braymiller
Much shorter than the two preceding novel, but due to the difference in pacing between those books and this one, it is a good thing. The action is ramped up a great deal in this story. The villain is truly villainous. This one is not for the faint of heart as the brutality of the antagonist is very much in keeping with his sociopathic nature.
Matthew Corbett does a lot of growing as a person in this story. His trial by fire changes him. I wasn't sure I liked him in the opening chapters, but he sh
Randolph Carter
In one big push I finished this one. Again not a whit of supernatural but still a bit> of playing with history, which McCammon quite nicely, explains at the end. Good show. In fact I may enjoy these more than McCammon's usual "horror" supernatural thriller fare, except to call them usual now would be a disservice. Call them historico-thrillers with a little historical license.

All that said, a rolicking suspenseful read with McCammon's usual good plot and well drawn characters. Well written as
B.K.M. Isbell
Feb 07, 2010 B.K.M. Isbell rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys a good thriller!
McCammon proves over and over to me that he is an unbelievably gifted story teller. This is the third in the series of "Matthew Corbett" books, and picks up where Queen of Bedlam leaves off. My opinion is that Mr. Slaughter is a better book than is Queen of Bedlam, which is a better book than Speaks the Nightbird. I give them all 5 stars! Matthew Corbett is a young colonial who has "adventures" I would classify as thrillers as well as historically interesting. The characters are so crystal clear ...more
Bill Breedlove
This is a wildly entertaining book. I liked some of Mr. McCammon's earlier horror novels, and then he seemed to first change gears and then disappear. It's good to have him back, he is a great storyteller.

As others have said, this is the 3rd book in the "Matthew Corbett" series, but I had not read the first two when I picked this one up, and the book is entirely a stand alone piece. There are a few references to earlier events, but nothing that negatively impacted the enjoyment of this tale.

Richard Jacoby
If anyone would have asked me prior to reading McCammon's previous novel, "Speaks the Nightbird," about Matthew Corbett, "Hey want to read some books about characters set in colonial New York, Philadelphia, and Charles Towne," I would have replied that it sounds like a good cure for insomnia. These novels, however, are beautifully plotted and crafted. They are difficult to put down. This would probably not have surprised anyone who was a fan of McCammon's during the 80s and 90s when he was suppo ...more
Patricia O'Sullivan
It is 1702 and twenty-three year-old Matthew Corbett and his colleague, Hudson Greathouse, professional problem solvers, are hired to escort mass murderer, Tyranthus Slaughter, from an asylum in Philadelphia to Manhattan, where he will be deported to England and tried for his crimes. But, while en route, things go horribly wrong and it is up to Matthew to set them right, even if it means risking his life to do so.

This, the third in McCammon’s Matthew Corbett series, is by far the most action-pac
Robert McCammon is a fine, fine writer. In the third Corbett book, he has created a world that is even more harrowing, gruesome, violent, and compelling than the ones we have seen in 'Speaks the Nightbird' and 'The Queen of Bedlam'. There is a new kind of darkness here. And sadness too. The parts involving Lark, Walker, and James are excruciatingly painful and just remain etched in our minds.
McCammon does not hide behind clever or flashy tactics. Every step that he makes Corbett take is a clear
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Benjamin Thomas
Yet another awesome book by Robert McCammon!

This is the third book in his Matthew Corbett series that the author describes as the "combination of the mystery and puzzles of Sherlock Holmes, the action of James Bond, the weird villains of Dick Tracy, the atmosphere of the Hammer costume-piece horror films on the '50s, and bringing in my interest in American history, detective fiction, and whatever else I might conjure up to a series."

This time around, I would say that the emphasis is on the "wei
Timothy Dalton
Once again Robert McCammon delivers a masterpiece. Matthew Corbett has really grown on as a character and the colonial era although never before a genre that I enjoyed is now one of my favorite epics. I had previously enjoyed Wilbur Smith's ancient Egyptian saga, and then onto his swashbuckling adventures, but they didn't contain the raw substance that McCammon is able to infuse into his writings. I was very glad to hear that there will be a fourth follow up to this series, as I had previously o ...more
Ryan Rauber
Third in the Matthew Corbett series, and I've grown to love this series. This story begins in 1702 NYC, where Matthew and his associate Hudson Greathouse are tasked to escort mass murderer Tyranus Slaughter from his jail in Philadelphia to New York, for eventual transport to England. Of course this doesn't go as planned, and this quickly turns into a tale of action and suspense. I spent more than a few nights staying up much later than I should have wanting to find out what happened next, always ...more
Paula Hebert
1730, the colony of new york, the island of manhatten. I love these period pieces, especially this s eries. matthew corbett, young man employed as a "problem solver" by the first american detective agency, once again leads us through a wild adventure as he and his mentor greatpeace take on what should be a simple job; pick up a captured murderer from an asylum, and deliver him in heavy chains to a ship to send him to england for trial. well, of course nothing is ever easy, and the tale quickly s ...more
The Matthew Corbett books are McCammon's best. I understand he is to write several more in this series. This "Mister Slaughter" is the third in the series and, to understand it clearly, you must first read "Speaks the Nightbird" (excellent!) and "Queen of Bedlam" (pretty good and worth a read) first. The books begin in the late 1600's and progress through the early 1700's.

I felt "Mister Slaughter" got off to a rather slow pace for the first 10-15 pages. However, once the story got rolling, I lov
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