In 1702, a vicious serial killer terrorizes the bustling
city of New York. The killer targets respected citizens
with no obvious links to one another. A young inquisitive
clerk, Matthew Corbett, becomes drawn into the murders.
Matthew always looks for answers regardless of where it
leads him. This mental acuity and honesty leads him to Mrs.
Herrald, a businesswoman, who is impressed with his ability
to evaluate and analyze facts. She offers him a position as
Using his eye for detail, Matthew tackles his first
assignment of finding the serial killer, now dubbed by the
press as "the Masker." Matthew looks at forensic clues from
the murder sites provided by a brilliant doctor. In his
investigation, Matthew explores the human spirit and its
ability to withstand unspeakable terrors. He struggles with
the injustice he sees and the realization that not all evil
can be brought to justice.
In his second Matthew Corbett novel, Robert McCammon
evokes a richly detailed life of historical New York City.
He captures the dark side of human nature and interweaves
it with a complex plot in an emotionally charged page-
turner. At the violent and surprising climax, McCammon
leaves some plot elements unsolved for the next installment
of this superior series.
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
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.