From the Publisher:
The Providence Rider is the fourth standalone installment in the extraordinary series of historical thrillers featuring Matthew Corbett, professional problem solver. The narrative begins in the winter of 1703, with Matthew still haunted by his lethal encounter with notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter. When an unexplained series of explosions rocks his Manhattan neighborhood, Matthew finds himself forced to confront a new and unexpected problem. Someone is trying--and trying very hard--to get his attention. That someone is a shadowy figure from out of Matthew's past: the elusive Professor Fell. The professor, it turns out, has a problem of his own, one that requires the exclusive services of Matthew Corbett.||The ensuing narrative moves swiftly and gracefully from the emerging metropolis of New York City to Pendulum Island in the remote Bermudas. In the course of his journey, Matthew encounters a truly Dickensian assortment of memorable, often grotesque, antagonists. These include Sirki, the giant, deceptively soft-spoken East Indian killer, Dr. Jonathan Gentry, an expert in exotic potions with a substance abuse problem of his own, the beautiful but murderous Aria Chillany, and, of course, the master manipulator and "Emperor of Crime" on two continents, Professor Fell himself. The result is both an exquisitely constructed novel of suspense and a meticulous recreation of a bygone era.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Robert McCammon graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.A. in 1974. Following a series of advertising jobs, he began working at the Birmingham Post-Herald, as a copy editor, in 1976. The publication of his first novel, 1978's BAAL, led him to full-time writing career; from then until 1992, McCammon averaged about one novel, along with a handful of short stories, each year. A best-selling author, he has won a World Fantasy Award--for his 1991 novel, BOY'S LIFE--and five Bram Stoker Awards--three for novels (1987's SWAN SONG, 1990's MINE, and BOY'S LIFE) and two for short stories: "The Deep End" (1988), and "Eat Me" in 1990. While mainstream critical opinion of most of his work has been somewhat divided, BOY'S LIFE, with its fictionalized autobiographical account of a 12-year-old would-be writer during an Alabama summer in 1964, received almost universally positive marks. Although 1992's GOING SOUTH was an extension of his previous book, McCammon began to move away from the horror genre. Beginning in 1992, he took some time off from writing to be with his family. McCammon has indicated that, in the future, his fiction will continue to be less horror, and more mainstream and historical, but given his tremendous marketability as a horror writer, it remains to be seem whether this will be the case.
"Hair's-breadth escapes and the teasing promise that characters who appear to have been disposed of might resurface in future adventures make this a rollicking good yarn." 03/19/2012