From Cemetery Dance:
Cardinal Black is the latest installment in Robert McCammon's unique
series of historical thrillers featuring Matthew Corbett, professional problem
solver, who has been called "the Early American James Bond."
December 1703 finds Berry Grigsby living as Mary Lynn Nash in a small English
village where she has fallen victim to Professor Fell's involuntary drug
experiments. Her mind is quickly deteriorating under the drugs influence, and
the only way to save her is a potion book that was stolen in an attack on the
village orchestrated by a mysterious madman going by the name Cardinal Black.
Matthew Corbett has volunteered to travel with Julian Devane, a self-proclaimed
"fool and bad man" in the employ of Professor Fell, to hunt down the potion
book. They follow the trail to London, where the book will be sold at a secret
auction. Matthew and Julian manage to secure a seat at the auction by
masquerading as respected and feared underground operatives, but to prevail in
their high-stakes mission, they will require help from a very unlikely source.
Even if they are successful, their race to save Berry Grigsby will leave a
trail of destruction in its wake.
Cardinal Black is another extraordinary achievement from one of America's most
skilled authors, and it features some of the most memorable, compelling, and
chilling characters in the Matthew Corbett series to date, each with their own
competing agendas. This masterful historical adventure is perfectly balanced
for long-time fans of the series and new readers alike who are now joining the