His epic masterwork Speaks the Nightbird, a tour de force of witchhunt terror in a colonial town, was hailed by Sandra Brown as...more
His epic masterwork Speaks the Nightbird, a tour de force of witchhunt terror in a colonial town, was hailed by Sandra Brown as "deeplysatisfying...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 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. less
For me this was a really fun book that was also very well written. I loved the murder mystery in a historical setting, and there were sufficient twists to keep it interesting. It was also really interesting to read all the descriptions of New York when it was just a small town and to compare those with the way NYC looks today.