The Queen of Bedlam

The Queen of Bedlam

eBook - 2007 | First Pocket books hardcover edition
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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 eighteenth-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, 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...while young law clerk Matthew Corbett has other obsessions in mind. Earnest and hardworking, Matthew spends his precious spare time attempting to vindicate the abuses he witnessed growing up in the Sainted John Home for Boys, at the hands of its monstrous headmaster. But Matthew's true calling lies not in avenging the past but salvaging the future -- for when the Masker claims a new victim, Matthew Saulis 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.
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2007
Edition: First Pocket books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781416571575 (electronic bk.)
1416571574 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK M MCCAMMON
Characteristics: 1 online resource (645 pages)

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sandratm
Jan 04, 2017

I've not read any of Robert McCammon's work before but I will be looking for others. McCammon writes about New York and the environs when it was a series of mud roads and isolated small villages. He does a good job of creating a sense of place and atmosphere.

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ravensview
Feb 23, 2012

Set in Manhattan in 1703, this spellbinding sequel to Speaks the Nightbird (2002) from bestseller McCammon finds Matthew Corbett, a 23-year-old magistrate’s clerk, on the trail of the Masker, a killer who stalks prominent businessmen.
Liked this - will read the next one too, some time

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stevereader
Jan 30, 2011

Absolutely brilliant - a great read - must read the others in this series

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