Speaks the nightbird: Matthew Corbett Series, Book 1

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"Judgment of the Witch" The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal.... "Evil Unveiled" After hearing damning testimony, magistrate Woodward sentences the accused witch to death by burning. Desperate to exonerate the woman he has come to love, Matthew begins his own investigation among the townspeople. Piecing together the truth, he has no choice but to vanquish a force more malevolent than witchcraft in order to save his beloved Rachel -- and free Fount Royal from the menace claiming innocent lives.
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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."

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series Matthew Corbett mysteries
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subject_facet Clerks of court -- Fiction, North Carolina -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 -- Fiction, Trials (Witchcraft) -- Fiction
title_display Speaks the nightbird
title_full Speaks the Nightbird Matthew Corbett Series, Book 1, Speaks the nightbird / by Robert McCammon
title_short Speaks the nightbird
title_sub Matthew Corbett Series, Book 1
topic_facet Clerks of court, Fantasy, Fiction, History, Trials (Witchcraft)