“Macabre surprises abound” in this historical thriller by a New York Times–bestselling author, centered on the search for an escaped slave accused of murder (Publishers Weekly).
Accompanied by his new friend Magnus Muldoon, professional problem solver Matthew Corbett is in the Carolina colony, where three enslaved people have managed to flee their captors—one of them accused of killing the daughter of a plantation owner. Their quest to close the case will take Matthew and Magnus to the place known as “the River of Souls” as they encounter alligators and Native American warriors—and a terrifying being known as the Soul Cryer . . .
“Entertaining . . . [McCammon] nicely evokes America’s colonial past and deftly straddles the boundary between the explicable and the supernatural.” —Publishers Weekly
Praise for the Matthew Corbett Novels
“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.” —Booklist
“[An] extraordinary series.” —Horrornews
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.