The river of souls

by McCammon, Robert R.

Format: Print Book 2014
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Western Allegheny Community Library Fiction Historical F MCCAMMON
Location  Western Allegheny Community Library
Collection  Fiction Historical
Call Number  F MCCAMMON
"The year is 1703. The place: the Carolina settlement of Charles Town. Matthew Corbett, professional "problem solver," has accepted a lucrative, if unusual, commission: escorting a beautiful woman to a fancy dress ball. What should be a pleasant assignment takes a darker turn when Matthew becomes involved in a murder investigation. A sixteen-year-old girl has been stabbed to death on the grounds of a local plantation. The suspected killer is a slave who has escaped, with two family members, into the dubious protection of a nearby swamp. Troubled by certain discrepancies and determined to see some sort of justice done, Matthew joins the hunt for the runaway slaves. He embarks on a treacherous journey up the Solstice River, also known as the River of Souls. He discovers that something born of the swamp has joined the hunt... and is stalking the hunters with more than murder in mind. What follows is a shattering ordeal encompassing snakes, alligators, exiled savages, mythical beasts, and ordinary human treachery. The journey up the River of Souls will test the limits of Matthew's endurance, and lead him through a nightmarish passage to a confrontation with his past, and a moment that will alter his life forever" --
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "McCammon made his name in the 1980s and early '90s as one of the preeminent American horror novelists; after a lengthy break from publication, he returned in 2002 with the first of the Matthew Corbett novels, which are not horror (although there are horrific elements). The fifth book in the series, set in 1703, finds the young investigator in Charles Town, Carolina, where a girl has been murdered. Local residents are quick to identify the prime suspect: an escaped slave, who has fled into the swamps. Corbett, however, has his doubts, and even though he's a member of the party hunting for the slave he's not sure the man is a killer. The Corbett novels are rich, atmospheric stories, the kind of historical mystery that makes the reader feel as though he really has stepped back in time. Matthew is a very well designed character, very much a man of his time but also ahead of his time, as though he has stepped out of a modern-day crime lab into the early eighteenth century. For the author's fans, a definite must-read.--Pitt, David Copyright 2014 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Macabre surprises abound in McCammon's entertaining fifth Matthew Corbett historical (after 2012's Providence Rider). In the summer of 1703, while on a visit to Charles Town in the Carolina colony, "problem-solver" Matthew and Magnus Muldoon, his "big as a mountain" new friend, join a manhunt for three escaped slaves, one of whom has been accused of murdering a plantation owner's daughter (though Matthew has uncovered evidence that implicates one of the hunters). Their travel up the River of Solstice-which the locals refer to as "the river of souls"-proves to be a journey into the genuine heart of darkness, replete with ravenous alligators, a tribe of fiercely savage Native Americans, and a seemingly demonic monster known as the Soul Cryer. McCammon resorts to a few credibility-stretching gambits in the closing chapters, but, as usual, he nicely evokes America's colonial past and deftly straddles the boundary between the explicable and the supernatural. Agent: Cameron McClure, DMLA. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Matthew Corbett series
#1 - Speaks the nightbird
#2 - The Queen of Bedlam
#3 - Mister Slaughter
#4 - The Providence rider
#5 - The River of souls
#6 - Freedom of the mask
#7 - Cardinal black
Subjects Fugitive slaves -- Fiction.
Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Swamps -- Fiction.
Horror fiction.
Historical fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Publisher Burton, MI :Subterranean Press,2014
Edition Deluxe hardcover ed., 1st ed.
Language English
Description 257 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781596066304
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