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Dead Men's Boots (Felix Castor)
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. Or not. . .
Delightful 3rd installment of Felix Castor
By Colin P. Lindsey
- August 28, 2008
I got very lucky a few years ago and stumbled upon "The Devil You Know" while shopping on Amazon. I ordered the book and found it to be a wonderful read exploring the trials and tribulations of Felix "Fix" Castor, a professional exorcist in a world that is a darker shade of our own. Felix practices his profession in a modern day London, but one that contains were-beasts, ghosts, demons, and zombies. Most of London toils on though paying little attention to these revenants, unless, of course, a ghost comes to haunt the place you call home or work. Whereupon Felix or one his competitors may get a call. If you haven't read "The Devil You Know" or the sequel "Vicious Circle" do yourself a favor a get yourself a copy of these books. They are simply delightful. I liked them so much I couldn't wait for Dead Man's Boots to be released here in the States and ordered it as an import.
Carey writes novels that feature complex characters, detailed and exciting plots, and some of the... read more
Carey keeps up the great work
By J. Shurin "carnivore"
- May 9, 2009
Dead Men's Boots is the third book in the Felix Castor series, written by famed comic book writer Mike Carey. Best known for his work on Lucifer and Hellblazer, Carey's series poaches creative elements from both those titles.
Felix Castor is a London exorcist. For no clearly defined reason, the dead have started to rise again - in a wide variety of terrifying forms (ghosts, zombies, werethings, etc). Worse yet, demons and devils are real - summoned by suicidal warlocks to stalk the streets. Although Carey hints towards a broad, apocalyptic metaplot, the series is skillfully composed of individual mysteries, each featuring the restless dead.
In Dead Men's Boots, Castor is hired by a unhappy wife to get prove her husband's innocence (apparently he beat a rent boy to death with a hammer). Simultaneously, Castor is unhappily bequeathed some esoteric notebooks from a fellow exorcist. The two mysteries swiftly become connected, and Castor begins to unravel a disturbing... read more
a pleasure to watch a writer mature
By doc peterson
- August 8, 2011
The third Felix Castor novel (following The Devil You Know (Felix Castor), and Vicious Circle (Felix Castor) respectively) has all of the elements that I love about the character - dry wit, self-depreciating interior monologue, non-plussed attitude, and a "noir-ish" feel to the stories, with the return (figuratively speaking - Castor is, after all, an exorcist) of some old characters. Added to this there is a confidence in Carey's writing that suggests he is getting a rhythm of his own as he writes character and dialogue. In this mystery, Castor is hired to exorcise the ghost of a fellow "spiritualist" who has "gone geist" - his restless spirit is destroying his old house and making life miserable for his widow. Concurrent with this plot, his colleague "Juliet" is seeking his professional assistance with a haunting in a church... read more
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