Robert McCammon's THE QUEEN OF BEDLAM

Information  Synopsis  Reviews and Comments 

Information

Here are some facts about the publication of The Queen of Bedlam:

  • The Queen of Bedlam was published in October 2007 by Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster).

  • The Queen of Bedlam is approximately 656 pages.

  • A large number of trade paperback editions will be published. Click here to visit the SimonSays.com page

  • A limited number of hardcover editions will be published. Click here to visit the SimonSays.com page

  • The list price for the trade paperback edition is $16.00. The list price for the hardcover edition is $26.00.

  • A trade paperback reissue of Speaks the Nightbird in July 2007 includes a teaser chapter from The Queen of Bedlam.

Synopsis

A richly atmospheric, labyrinthine new novel from bestselling author Robert McCammon, whose epic masterwork of colonial witch-hunt terror, Speaks the Nightbird, was hailed by Sandra Brown as "deeply satisfying...told with matchless insight into the human soul."

Now the hero of that spellbinding novel begins a stunning adventure as a young law clerk in eighteenth-century New York, where a killer wields a bloody and terrifying power over a bustling city carving out its identity.

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 a slash of a blade on a midnight street? The local printmaster has labeled the fiend "the Masker," adding fuel to the volatile mystery ... and when the Masker claims a new victim, earnest, hardworking Matthew Corbett is lured into a maze of forensic clues and heart-pounding investigation that will 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 unlocking her secrets will lead Matthew to not only the answers he seeks but chilling truths he cannot escape.

—From the Advance Reader's Copy

Reviews and Comments (may contain spoilers!)

Spoilers below!!

From Publishers Weekly Online, August 13, 2007:

[Star]The Queen of Bedlam
Robert McCammon. Pocket, $16 paper (656p) ISBN 978-1-4165-5111-9

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. Matthew stumbles on the bodies of two of the Masker’s victims, including pederast Eben Ausley, the headmaster of the orphanage Matthew once reluctantly called home. Plucky Matthew, who becomes a junior associate of the New York branch of a London “problem-solving” firm called the Herrald Agency, discovers a possible link to the crimes in the person of an elderly amnesiac patient in a mental asylum who’s known as “the Queen of Bedlam.” Matthew and his cohorts later make a dangerous foray to the headquarters that the villainous Professor Fell maintains for young-criminals-in-training. McCammon brilliantly captures colonial New York and closes with a tantalizing cliffhanger that suggests more exciting sleuthing to come. (Oct.)

Genre Go Round Reviews, August 15, 2007
A review by Harriet Klausner.

From Library Journal, August 15, 2007

The Queen of Bedlam
McCammon, Robert (Author)

ISBN: 1416552618
Publisher: Pocket Books
Published: 2007-10
Binding/Price/Pages: Hardcover, $26.00 (496p)
Subject: Fiction | Historical - General; Fiction | Mystery & Detective - General
Reviewed: 2007-08-15

Five years after Speaks the Nightbird, prolific, best-selling author McCammon once again features Matthew Corbett in a pre-Revolutionary War adventure. Working as a clerk for a local magistrate, Matthew becomes involved in the hunt for a serial killer terrorizing New York in 1702. At the same time, he is obsessed with the man in charge of the local orphanage where he lived as a youth. As each murder occurs, Matthew finds himself more involved with the investigation, even as he is recruited by a new employer. Throughout, he believes that many seemingly unrelated events are actually part of a larger conspiracy. McCammon continues to build on the world he created in his earlier novel, working to present the everyday life of the period as a backdrop to the main story. His characters are well drawn, and McCammon keeps the story moving. Fans of Speaks the Nightbird will certainly enjoy this follow-up, and new readers should appreciate it as well. Recommended for all public library collections.-Joel W. Tscherne, Cleveland P.L.

OnyxReviews.com, August 21, 2007
Review by Bev Vincent. This review reveals a lot of the plot, so beware!

Entertainment Weekly, October 26, 2007
Capsule review by Karen Karbo. Contains a mild plot spoiler.

www.reviewingtheevidence.com, July 2007
Review by Sharon Katz. Full review contains plot spoilers.

...Author McCammon makes New York come alive for the readers. He perfectly describes the bustle of the city and the lives of its people. The author adds enough history to give us a view of what really happened, but he's never boring. The writing is fascinating.

As Matthew roams New York we visit Trinity Church, Broad Way (which eventually became Broadway), and we meet some factual historical characters like New York's new governor, Cornbury, who dressed in his wife's clothing.

The mystery of how the Masker intertwines with The Queen of Bedlam is solid and well crafted. There are numerous story lines that weave in and out of the main plot in this massive book, but eventually they all come together to make a magnificent story.

If you've never read any of McCammon's books try this one out. Though the author writes some superb science fiction, The Queen of Bedlam is not in that genre. Visit New York City in its early years and meet all the people who helped it become what it is today.

Reviewed by Sharon Katz, July 2007

Sleuth of Baker Street, November 2007 Newsletter (PDF file)
Review by Leeanne.

I have not had occasion to read ROBERT MCCAMMON before but am very happy that The Queen of Bedlam ($29.99 hardcover, $18.99 trade paperback) made its way into my hands. A solid, well described book, coming in at just under 650 pages, but well worth each one. It has everything! A main character with a grudge against the corrupt governor of the orphanage he grew up in, a clandestine group known as the Herrald Agency, a headstrong love interest who's nothing but bad luck to those around her, a conspiracy to take over the world through a secret university, and, of course "The Masker," a serial killer that has kept the inhabitants of New York rushing home before curfew in fear of being the next victim. A ton of plots and ideas swirling around in this novel but the author keeps them all straight and weaves them into an excellent read. It'll surely lead up to another novel, and that's fine with me.

RoundtableReviews.com, November 20, 2007
Review by Tracy Farnsworth. Contains a mild plot spoiler.

The Fright Site, November 2007
Review by Adam Groves at The Fright Site.

FreshFiction.com, November 2007
Review by Suan Wilson.

I Love a Mystery
Review by Bob Walch.

BlogCritics Magazine, December 19, 2007
Review by Dave Nalle.

Shots Magazine, January 24, 2008
Review by Ali Karim.

From Midwest Book Review, April 2, 2008
Click here to read the review.
Review by Daniel Allen.

New!!  From SandStorm Reviews, June 5, 2008
Click here to read the review.
Review by Alice.
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