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Dead Men's Bootsby Mike Carey
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You might think that helping a friend's widow to stop a lawyer from stealing her husband's corpse would be the strangest thing on your To Do list. But life is rarely that simple for Felix Castor.
A brutal murder in King's Cross bears all the hallmarks of a long-dead American serial killer, and it takes more good sense than Castor possesses not to get involved. He's also fighting a legal battle over the body — if not the soul — of his possessed friend, Rafi, and can't shake the feeling that his three problems might be related.
With the help of the succubus Juliet and paranoid zombie data-fence Nicky Heath, Castor just might have a chance of fitting the pieces together before someone drops him down a lift shaft or rips his throat out.
"Every bit as good as the better-known Jim Butcher, Carey hits his stride with his third hard-boiled supernatural thriller (after Vicious Circle). Felix 'Fix' Castor,a London-based exorcist who uses music to fight evil spirits and other paranormal creatures, faces two major challenges. The burial of Fix's friend John Gittings is disrupted by a lawyer with a court order mandating that the corpse be cremated; Gittings's widow retains Fix to prevent the body's exhumation. Meanwhile, a woman asks Fix to clear her husband of rape and murder charges by proving that Myriam Seaforth Kale, a gangster who's been dead for 40 years, is actually responsible. While looking into how Kale has come back from the dead to resume killing people, Fix finds links to a larger threat from the dark side. Carey has a way with words (a character dresses 'like someone who'd taken The Matrix a little too seriously') as well as a gift for creating a plausible alternate reality. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Readers seeking a leisurely summer read won't find it in this irresistible tale, which will have them staying up much too late for the pleasure of 'just one more chapter' before dousing the lights." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Castor is a remarkably believable character...and his cohorts...are not your standard detective-thriller bit players, but Carey makes it easy to suspend disbelief. A wholly engaging blend of the detective and fantasy genres." Booklist
"Expect this series to grow in popularity....Highly recommended for fans of dark urban fantasy." Library Journal
A brutal murder in King's Cross bears all the hallmarks of a long-dead American serial killer, and it takes more good sense than Castor possesses not to get involved.
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