Cardinal Black (eBook)
- Author: Robert McCammon
- Page Count: 464
- Pub. Date: April 30, 2019
- Status: E-Book
by Robert McCammon
About the Book:
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 Welsh village where she has fallen victim to Professor Fell's involuntary drug experiments. Her mind is quickly deteriorating under the drug's 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 adventure.
About the Author:
Robert McCammon is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels, as well as several novellas and short story collections. He is the winner of five Bram Stoker Awards and a World Fantasy Award. He is best known for Swan Song (1987), The Wolf's Hour (1989), and Boy's Life (1991). More recently, McCammon has published The Five, which Stephen King called his best novel ever, and The Border, and is writing the Matthew Corbett series, a nine-book series of historical thrillers that USA Network has called "the Early American James Bond." McCammon lives in Birmingham, Alabama.
"Matthew Corbett, eighteenth-century problem solver, returns for his seventh historical mystery (after Freedom of the Mask, 2016). This adventure takes a much darker turn as Corbett, in a desperate attempt to save the love of his life, teams up with the dubiously good Julian Devane to retrieve a potion book from the clutches of the evil Cardinal Black. Corbett and Julian make an odd couple as they travel together from Wales to London, where they end up at a secret auction with killers from around the world vying for the darkly powerful book. Despite the violence and seriousness of the mission, McCammon is able to interject moments of kindness and even humor throughout. Corbett has been in tough scrapes before, and like previous books in this series, the story is violent and dark. This time, though, Corbett is forced to wrestle with what effect his morally ambiguous work is having on him. This is a series entry that will satisfy fans and send new readers back to the beginning. Suggest to those who enjoy historical mystery series by Oliver Potzsch or Laura Joh Rowland."
— Becky Spratford, Booklist