Speaks the Nightbird
Robert R. McCammon
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Murder sparks a witchcraft charge and mob fury in this “absorbing historical mystery” set in seventeenth-century America from a New York Times–bestselling author (Publishers Weekly).
It’s 1699 in the coastal settlement of Fount Royal in the Carolinas when Rachel Howarth is sentenced to be hanged as a witch. She’s been accused of murder, deviltry, and blasphemous sexual congress, and the beleaguered, God-fearing colonial village wants her dead. But Matthew Corbett, young clerk to the traveling magistrate summoned to Fount Royal to weigh the accusations, soon finds himself persuaded in favor of the beguiling young widow.
Struck first by her beauty, Matthew believes Rachel to be too dignified, courageous, and intelligent for such obscene charges. The testimony against her is fanatical and unreliable. Clues to the crimes seem too convenient and contrived. A number of her accusers appear to gain by her execution. And, if Rachel is a witch, why hasn’t she used her powers to fly away from the gaol on the wings of a nightbird?
God and Satan are indeed at war. Something really is happening in the newly established settlement—of that Corbett is certain. As his investigation draws him into the darkness of a town gone mad, and deeper into its many secrets, Corbett realizes that time is running out for him, for Rachel, and for the hope that good could possibly win out over evil in Fount Royal.
From the award-winning author of Boy’s Life and Gone South, Speaks the Nightbird is, in the words of Stephen King, “a rarity in popular fiction, a book that manages to be thoughtful as well as entertaining.”
“Speaks the Nightbird is a rarity in popular fiction, a book that manages to be thoughtful as well as entertaining.” —Stephen King
“No one can paint word pictures as vividly as Robert McCammon, and never has his palette had such depth as in Speaks the Nightbird.” —Sandra Brown
One of the founders of the Horror Writers Association, Robert R. McCammon (b. 1952) is one of the country’s most accomplished authors of modern horror and historical fiction. Raised by his grandparents in Birmingham, Alabama, McCammon published his first novel, the Revelations-inspired Baal, when he was only twenty-six. His writings continued in a supernatural vein throughout the 1980s, producing such bestselling titles as Swan Song, The Wolf’s Hour, and Stinger.
In 1991 Boy’s Life won the World Fantasy Award for best novel. After his next novel, Gone South, McCammon took a break from writing to spend more time with his family. He did not publish another novel until 2002’s Speaks the Nightbird. Since then he has followed “fixer” Matthew Corbett in two sequels, The Queen of Bedlam and Mister Slaughter. His newest novel is The Five. McCammon and his family continue to live in Birmingham.
Speaks the Nightbird
The Matthew Corbett series is by far, the best series that anyone has EVER written. I've read all of them three times. Next month, I will receive the latest installment, and I know I will not be disappointed.
Haven't read it yet, but I got the sample, and when I opened it to read it, it was on page
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Absolutely genius. After thoroughly enjoying Swan Song, and now Speaks the Nightbird, McCamnon has officially become my favorite author. His ability to describe characters, events, places etc in such elaborate detail while still managing to move the plot along is incredible. I was at the edge of my seat through every plot twist, while truly being able to connect with the characters. A great read. Can't wait to see where Matthews future beyond Fount Royal takes him!