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The Devil You Knowby Mike Carey
Synopses & Reviews
Felix Castor is a freelance exorcist, and London is his stamping ground. It may seem like a good ghostbuster can charge what he likes and enjoy a hell of a lifestyle — but there's a risk: Sooner or later he's going to take on a spirit that's too strong for him.
While trying to back out of this ill-conceived career, Castor accepts a seemingly simple ghost-hunting case at a museum in the shadowy heart of London — just to pay the bills, you understand. But what should have been a perfectly straightforward exorcism is rapidly turning into the "Who Can Kill Castor First Show," with demons and ghosts all keen to claim the big prize. That's OK: Castor knows how to deal with the dead. It's the living who piss him off...
"A violent ghost in a world where spirits are rarely mean-spirited is a clue to a deeper mystery in this engrossing dark fantasy debut from comics-writer Carey. Felix 'Fix' Castor is an itinerant exorcist who (like a certain famous group of Hollywood ghost-evicters) alternates between dispatching spooks and doing stage magic at ungrateful children's birthday parties. When he's summoned to end a haunting at London's prestigious Bonnington Archive, he finds a vengeful specter with a blood-veiled face that resists methods for extirpating the usually docile dead. When Castor begins probing more deeply, he quickly finds himself harassed by a ravenous succubus, a belligerent fellow exorcist and a slimy Eastern European pimp. The resolution of this ingeniously multilayered tale will satisfy fans of both fantasy and detective fiction. Fix Castor's wisecracking cleverness in the face of weird nemeses makes him the perfect hardboiled hero for a new supernatural noir series." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[A] funny, frightening, thoroughly absorbing thriller....Carey transcends his comic roots in this quirky, dark and imaginative tale that compels readers to keep turning pages long after they should have gotten to sleep." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Carey's voice as a novelist is wry and has a certain clever flair....The Devil You Know is an incredibly odd beast and Felix Castor will magically dazzle you with his strange misadventures..." NewsaRama
"[Carey] comes with a distinguished background in comics, graphic novels and screenwriting and this [is] clearly evident in the slickness of his writing here....In short this book is gem. My inner critic shut down within a few pages and thereafter I read this for pleasure. I look forward to the next Felix Castor adventure." Infinity Plus
"[B]uried just slightly below all the excess verbiage is a quintessentially quality Carey story, packed with ambitious ideas and knotty twists. (Grade: B)" Tasha Robinson, The Onion A.V. Club
"Carey does occasionally falter in falling back on basic thriller mechanics, but he ultimately succeeds, thanks to his antiheroic sleuth, who may exercise demons but has a place ready for him in the underworld." Sarah Weinman, The Los Angeles Times
"The job-turned-mystery angle works fine...until it hits a rather chunky spot of explanation near the end. By then the book will have woven a haunting spell over most readers, ensuring anticipation of the next installment..." VOYA
Felix Castor used to cast out demons for a living in London. But in a time when the supernatural realm is in upheaval, his skills are in renewed demand. With old debts to pay, Castor is left with no choice but to accept one final, well-paying assignment: a seemingly simple exorcism.
About the Author
Mike Carey is the acclaimed writer of Lucifer and Hellblazer (now filmed as Constantine). He has also written story arcs for The X-Men and Fantastic Four for Marvel Comics and a movie screenplay, Frost Flowers, which is to be filmed by Blue Star Pictures. He is currently writing a comics adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere.
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