The Devil You Know
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... show more
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...
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: June 1st 2008
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages no: 501
Edition language: English
Series: Felix Castor (#1)
This is a reread for me, huge fan of the Castor novels so the next little while will be loads of fun while I revisit that world. They are brilliant. So this is less a review and more a "read them - read them all!"
The Devil You Know was my second book by Mike Carey, although I didn’t realize it until after I’d already purchased the book. The first, of course, was The Girl With All The Gifts. While it wasn’t exactly filled with suspense, there was a good bit of a mystery involved in it. Carey did a great job o...
Hmm. I was pretty sure I reviewed this, but my review has disappeared. In any case, I just finished a reread, so I guess I'll use my GR review as a base and stick it up again. ~~Review After Reread~~ Despite the etymology of his name, Felix "Fix" Castor feels anything but happy or lucky. In his ...
I just couldn't get past the massive exposition dumps. The world building was all well and good, but as of 50 pages, I'd waded through three multi-page stretches of backstory and explanation, without meeting either a plot or a character who had done anything to make me care about them.
If you like your Urban Fantasy far more on the Urban Noir side than the Fantasy, a less than clear black/white dichotomy in your moralities, and some really sparkling writing, then you totally won't go wrong with this one. Putting book 2 immediately on my queue at the library. My (lazy!) review of...