The Queen of Bedlam : Matthew Corbett

  • by Robert McCammon
  • Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini
  • Series: Matthew Corbett
  • 23 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

His epic masterwork Speaks the Nightbird, a tour de force of witch hunt terror in a colonial town, was hailed by Sandra Brown as "deeply satisfying...told with matchless insight into the human soul."
Now, Robert McCammon brings the hero of that spellbinding novel, Matthew Corbett, to 18th-century New York, where a killer wields a bloody and terrifying power over a bustling city carving out its identity - and over Matthew's own uncertain destiny.
The unsolved murder of a respected doctor has sent ripples of fear throughout a city teeming with life and noise and commerce. Who snuffed out the good man's life with the slash of a blade on a midnight street? The local printmaster has labeled the fiend "the Masker," adding fuel to a volatile mystery...and when the Masker claims a new victim, hardworking young law clerk Matthew Corbett is lured into a maze of forensic clues and heart-pounding investigation that will both test his natural penchant for detection and inflame his hunger for justice.
In the strangest twist of all, the key to unmasking the Masker may await in an asylum where the Queen of Bedlam reigns - and only a man of Matthew's reason and empathy can unlock her secrets. From the seaport to Wall Street, from society mansions to gutters glimmering with blood spilled by a deviant, Matthew's quest will tauntingly reveal the answers he seeks - and the chilling truths he cannot escape.

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First was better

I feel a bit let down with this as I have been recommending this author quite a lot and the past two of his I've read, weren't that great.

I'm a believer in fully unabridged books as I feel cheated of plot points in the lesser, abridged versions. However, in this book, a massive chunk could have been omitted and you would still have retained the pace. Without it, I"m afraid it was pretty slow.

Matthew is back and head hunted by a secret detective agency. He is still determined to avenge the abused orphans of his previous home and struggles with his own safety as a masked murderer prowls the dark alleys of New York.
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- sarahmoose2000

Beautifully written, beautifully narrated.

I loved the first Matthew Corbett novel and wondered if there was any way to match the quality of that stunning book. I was so pleased to find that this is every bit as good. I love the characters, the way the author immerses the reader (listener) into the life of New York in the early 18thC, the twists and turns and red herrings of the plot. The icing on the cake is Edoardo Ballerini. His characterisations are spot-on and he brings Matthew totally to life. I read somewhere that there will be 10 in the Matthew Corbett series. I shall be downloading every one of them.
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- Enquiring Mind

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-05-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios