The Queen of Bedlam

The Queen of Bedlam 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 satisfyingld with matchless insight into the human soul Now Rob

  • Title: The Queen of Bedlam
  • Author: Robert McCammon
  • ISBN: 9781416551119
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 satisfyingld 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 buHis epic masterwork Speaks the Nightbird, a tour de force of witch hunt terror in a colonial town, was hailed by Sandra Brown as deeply satisfyingld 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 mysteryd 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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    1. Absolutely amazing! Talk about quality historical fiction. I can't even! Blown away by Speaks the Nightbird. Now blown away again by its sequel, set in New York at the beginning of the eighteenth century, when it was just becoming established. It saddens me that it is so difficult to procure copies of this series. Everyone should be able to access these wonderful books. It seems to be virtually out of print. They are available on audio but I do like to have the book as well especially with long [...]

    2. ”’Twas said better to light a candle than to curse the dark, but in the town of New York in the summer of 1702 one might do both, for the candles were small and the dark large, True, there were the town-appointed constables and watchmen, Yet often between Dock Street and the Broad Way these heroes of the nocturne lost their courage to a flask of John Barleycorn and the other temptations that beckoned so flagrantly on the midsummer breeze, be it the sound of merriment from the harbor taverns [...]

    3. [9/10]- “You’re a lawyer?”- “Not exactly a lawyer, no.”- “What, then? Exactly.”- “I’m ” What would be the right word? he wondered. Deducer? No, that wasn’t it. Deductive? No, also wrong and hideous to boot. His role was to solve problems. Solvant? No. He might be considered, he thought, a sifter of clues. A weighter of evidence. A detector of truth and lies That would do. “I’m a detector,” he said.- “A what?”Not good, Matthew thought. One should at least sound pr [...]

    4. I listened to this one on audio and loved everything about it. This is shaping up to be an epic series. Matthew Corbett. Robert McCammon. That's all you need to know.

    5. Robert McCammon follows up his atmospheric, hard to beat Speaks the Nightbird with a story that catches up with Matthew Corbett 2-3 years down the track in 1702 New York. Oh yes, this is where it all began for Matthew. This is where he ran with the stomper boys before being taken in at the orphanage to meet his arch nemesis, the child molesting Eban Ausley. This book starts off with Matthew working as a clerk for Magistrate Powers in a New York whose streets have become the hunting ground for th [...]

    6. Although The Queen of Bedlam is the 2nd book in the terrific Matthew Corbett series, this is the novel where the series truly kicks off! The first one, Speaks the Nightbird is a great book, but might have possibly been written as a stand-alone novel and can be read that way. But not only is this the tale that really introduces Matthew and his world the way we know it now, but this is where author McCammon also ratchets up the excitement and doesn't let up all the way through the latest installme [...]

    7. This is the second book of a very interesting historical fiction (mystery) set in the English Colonies of North America at the turn of th 17th century. This book, more than the first reminds me of Sherlock Holmes though Matthew Corbett's 18th century world proceeds Holmes by over 100 years. He even tried to use the label "I'm a detective." but it fell flat.I liked this book more than the first one. The first book was very good and very dark with McCammon's signature grittiness. This series tends [...]

    8. McCammon is simply amazing. The man takes a decade off from writing in the prime years of his life when many authors hit their stride. You'd think when he came back there would be some rust he'd have to knock off the wheels. Nah, he comes out of the gate with a fury and a vengeance and the first slab of goodness he throws on the table is Speaks the Nightbird. Speaks is so unique in that it provides us with such a wonderful story and characters in a setting that isn't typically done by the master [...]

    9. I never though Mr. Corbett would be my saving grace during a real shitty time in my life but this one character, and this series, has been just that. I haven't been able to read really BUT I have been able to listen to audiobooks. Listening to an audiobook where I know the characters makes it easy, and it makes it something that can distract me from everything else. Better review coming later.

    10. McCammon!! You make me want to smack my Grandma into a coma! In all forms of the word, you are badass! Once again, masterfully, you delivered another story of epic proportions. This one was a breath of fresh air, as I usually read multiple books at once, this one was paired with Stephen King’s, Cell. The horrendousness of that book only made this one all the better! So as it is, The Queen of Bedlam lies in her personal asylum, drifting alone in her mental prison. But were she to speak from the [...]

    11. It's been a couple of years since I read Speaks the Nightbird, one of my all-time favorites of any genre, and I confess to stalling quite a bit before tackling this one. After all, how could the second in a series ever live up to that previous masterpiece? So as you can probably tell from my rating, my fears were groundless, and I can safely shelve Robert McCammon on my exclusive best-of-all-time authors shelf.This is technically the second in the Matthew Corbett series, although could easily be [...]

    12. he Queen of Bedlam by Robert McCammonApril 29 (Approximately) to November 13, 2014Second book in the Matthew Corbett SeriesRecommended by internet friendsEarlier this year I started perhaps the most enjoyable book series I have read. I wanted to quickly read the second in the series, The Queen of Bedlam, but never seemed to find the time due to other obligations. I have gradually read this book and have completed it. This is the best book I have read this fall.Again, Mr. McCammon offers a beauti [...]

    13. Great book!Some authors are able to pump out 1, or even 2 or 3 books a year and still stay entertaining enough to stay on the band wagon (Say King and Salvatore). Others take time but are worth the wait. While McCammon's earlier career mirrored the first scenario, he really slowed down after publishing a fairly fast string of horror/suspense novels in the mid 80s and early 90s (Swan Song and The Wolf's Hour are probably my two favorites. I'd love to pick up a copy of The Wolf's Hour one of these [...]

    14. Wow, this one took a long time for me to read but boy was it worth it. Queen of Bedlam is the second in the Matthew Corbett series and actually much better than the first book, Speaks the Nightbird. Matthew's onto new mysteries, each somehow linked to the next and involving a whole new cast of characters, each well drawn and far from cliche (Berry was my personal favorite). Matthew is his usual upstanding, unbreakably moral self, sleuthing for justice and narrowly avoiding mishap after mishap. T [...]

    15. If you haven't invested your reading time with Robert McCammon's Matthew Corbett series, you are really missing out. THE QUEEN OF BEDLAM is one of the best books that I've ever read. Highly recommended.

    16. McCammon is an interesting guy. He started off career writing some of the best King-esque horror that was actually legit and worthy of being compared to King. His apocalyptic tale Swan Song is better than the Stand in my opinion. Stinger is a better alien novel than either Tommyknockers or Dreamcatcher. They Thirst is my favorite vampire novel of all time. Then something happened McCammon. I've read multiple versions and interviews about why he stopped writing for like a decade but the point ish [...]

    17. Just finished Queen Of Bedlam. Fortunately for Robert McCammon fans, this will not be his last book. McCammon has created a hero that we meet in Speaks The Nightbird. There is no need to read the 1st book in the Matthew Corbett series. Both books stand alone. Each are over 500 pages long and well worth it. What makes Queen Of Bedlam even more entertaining is the era it's created in. Filled with images of a long ago new colony gaining it's start at independence from England. It's hard to think of [...]

    18. Second of the Matthew Corbett series (the first book of which I liked a lot), follows Matthew's adventure in New York, 1802, where a serial killer is supposedly at work, who causes a mask like mutilation on the face of his victims. Matthew is drawn into the killer's sphere, along with trying to expose his previous corrupt, pedophile warden Ausley. He also has various friends who are quite different from one another, in age as well as in socio-economic status. One of his older friends tries to fo [...]

    19. In this massive, sprawling second novel featuring intrepid law clerk, Matthew Corbett (of SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD), who's working for a Magistrate in New York when a series of brutal killings sends him investigating the trail of a killer dubbed The Masker. But Matthew is unprepared for the hornets nest he's provoked, and danger beyond imagining. For Matthew uncovers a conspiracy that spans the new world to the old worldd a diabolical criminal mastermind who's reach is boundless. McCammon masterfull [...]

    20. I enjoyed this as much as Speaks the Nightbird Matthew Corbett is a hugely likeable character and placing him in the New York of this age works beautifully. Mr McCammon has the knack of making you read without ever realising that's what you're doing! Some writers can take a while to take you into the pages but he does it in a matter of one sentence. A beautifully written story and I'll definitely continue with this series.

    21. McCammon was akin to Stephen King back in the 80's (his book, SWAN SONG, is probably a better post-apocalyptic novel than THE STAND) , but he fell off the face of the world in the 90's. This is a sequel of-sorts to his comeback novel, SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD. McCammon's prose is richly textured - too much so, in my opinion, sometimes - but he always tells an interesting story. This one is no different. It's a good read.

    22. This book was such a fantastic read. The characters jumped from the pages and the story was breathtaking. I literally could not put this book down, and when I was doing things other than reading, I was thinking about getting back to this book. Matthew Corbett is such a great character and his adventures are wonderfully enjoyable. Definite 5 star read.

    23. Our sweet innocent man of honour, Matthew Corbett, has moved to New York City, where he has to face bigger problems than witch burnings. There's a merry serial killer called The Masker (don't ask) on the loose! Young master Corbett pursues clues, receives job offer from mysterious lady, coins the term "detective", pays a very awkward visit to a whorehouse and falls in love (though he doesn't know it yet). This is fun, breezy historical fiction without the didactic dullness common for the genre. [...]

    24. Trouble seems to follow Matthew Corbett or rather, it seems he is always able to find trouble. In the second book of the series, Matthew is clerk to a magistrate in the growing town of New York. Rather than witchcraft, the town is plagued with murders at the hand of a vicious serial killer who marks each of his victims by carving a mask around the eyes. Matthew throws himself headfirst into the search for a link between the victims that will bring him to the identity of the murderer if only to s [...]

    25. Both delightful and disturbing is how I am describing this historic mixture of horror, mystery and literary fiction. Matthew Corbett is coming into maturity in the early 1700 in New York City (population 5,000). Assuming you read the previous book (you really should before reading this one) the story is a little less philosophical and a little more action. The story begins shortly after the events of the last story, but long enough for Matthew to have healed up and gotten into the routine of his [...]

    26. This book was very different from the first in the series. Granted, the main character, Matthew is a few years older and lives as an adult, but the trials he gets into are of a different nature. This book is more action -based, where the first was more contemplative. The first addressed questions of ethics, morality, and philosophy. The second doesn't do this so much, so there is less character-building in that sense. However, the plot is equally (maybe more so) intricate and calls on Corbett's [...]

    27. I'm not sure why this mystery series isn't better known. It's enormously fun, and this entry, set amidst the evolution of rudimentary law enforcement in 1703 Manhattan, would make a great tandem read with The Gods of Gotham, in which we see the beginnings of the NYPD in the mid 1840s. I'm looking forward to reading further entries in the series.

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