Dead Men's Boots (Felix Castor, #3)
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Dead Men's Boots (Felix Castor #3)

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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 fi...more
Paperback, 534 pages
Published September 6th 2007 by Orbit
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This was another terrific book by Mike Carey. It's a pleasure to read a book written by such a talented author. His use of language is just a step above most authors. When he describes a scene, I see it clearly. His descriptions are original and extremely vivid. He uses language in an extraordinary way; unfortunately I can't describe it was well as he does it. I put a few references in my comments, but I'd have to quote almost every page to capture the number of times I was amazed and impressed....more
Third installment of Felix Castor series. The blurb advertises it as "three cases in which Castor gets hopelessly tangled even though he should know better". Not very promising... however, the reader should know better than to trust a blurb. The book's main plot, however, focuses on only two of these cases, while the other provides some sort of backstory which looks completely useless. I guess it's needed as a base for future development, since Castor novels are not standalones in their own migh...more
Mary Anne
Jul 06, 2011 Mary Anne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mary Anne by: Brandon
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Brainycat's 5 "B"s:
blood: 3
boobs: 1
bombs: 1
bondage: 2
blasphemy: 4
Bechdel Test: PASS
Deggan's Rule: FAIL
Gay Bechdel Test: PASS

When I finished the previous book in this series, I was disappointed that Felix didn't grow very much. Having now read the third installment, I forgive Mr. Carey for his earlier transgressions and applaud the way he rescued the series. Felix is becoming a proper heavy-hitter in the corner of this alternate London concerned with animated post-mortem kerfuffles, and as such h...more
**edited 12/04/13

Felix "Fix" Castor, ex-exorcist and provider of "spiritual services" (no, he doesn't know what it means either) is having woman troubles, and not just romantic ones. Sure, after the events of Vicious Circle, Pen, his unrequited love interest, isn't speaking to him, and Juliet, demonic succubus and his unrequited lust interest, has a committed relationship with another woman, but he has far more problems than that. Pen has gotten him embroiled in a nasty court case over his demon...more
Felix "Fix" Castor is in over his head in Dead Men's Boots, when he is asked for help by the widow of a fellow exorcist. Toss in the apparent murder by a 40-years-dead American serial killer and a legal battle over his demon-inhabited friend Rafi and Castor has more to deal with than 3 men can handle.

Carey has really come into his own with the third Castor novel, reminding me of the early Dresden novels by Jim Butcher. Carey has a firm grip on his characters, and his plotting is tighter than eve...more
Mar 06, 2012 Anna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror
The mystery comes together piece by piece, most of which Fix has to actively search out. This isn't a bunch of evidence that falls conveniently into his lap; he has to work for it and put all the pieces together himself. A couple of time I thought "well, that's convenient" and found out a few chapters later what I thought was a coincidence was not so much after all. That being said, Fix must have 48-hour days with everything he manages to accomplish between sunup and sundown, and this world seem...more
“Dead Men’s Boots” (Grand Central, $25.99, 420 pages) is Mike Carey’s third installment in the Felix Castor series and is three-quarters hard-boiled detective novel and one-quarter urban fantasy. In some ways, it’s like Liz Williams’ Inspector Chen series, in that the boundaries between heaven and earth have been breached a bit, and demons, ghosts and other spirits are hanging around modern-day earth.

Castor gets involved in the usual convoluted detective novel plot, which does sometimes get in...more
I'm enjoying this series, which is urban fantasy set in modern-day London. I really like the way Mike Carey writes. There is the occasional spot where I can't figure out what he's talking about - references specific to the UK, I presume, although I like to think that I understand most of those. I've visited London, and it's fun to be familiar with some of the geography as Castor wanders around the city.

As usual, the plot in this book is advanced way too much by confessions from the bad guys. In...more
Pedro Silva
An even greater improvement in a series that started out so disconcertingly meek.
My very favorite of the first three, it is finally here that I feel an accomplishment of it's genre.
It plays very cleverly within it's own rules and it expands in all the best ways.

I'll point out a flaw in which some few elements became flimsily transparent (like how certain events would connect later, or how huge personal plot developments, like what is Clara or Raffie doing ) are sparingly picked up and bring no p...more
The Elves
This is the third in Mike Carey’s Felix Castor books and it is just as good as the previous two, maybe better. These are books we love to read, that we look forward to reading. In this one our exorcist detective is once again trying to riddle out what is really going on and why he should be involved in the first place, beyond the money, while trying to keep his demon possessed friend Rafi from being transferred from the asylum into the hands of those who intend to study him and his resident demo...more
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Felix Castor is an exorcist, and lives in a world where the dead started returning from their graves a few years back, so he can make a decent living by sending the dead back to their eternal rest. Due to events in previous books, he is currently nearly broke, living in temporary accommodation and most of his old friends are not speaking to him unless they absolutely have to. He has to attend the funeral of John Gittings, another exorcist, or ghostbreaker, and feels a bit guilty, as Gittings kep...more
Elizabeth Reuter
A woman dead for decades has apparently started killing again, and a live man is taking the fall; Felix must find out how she's killing people. Meanwhile, due to events that happened in earlier books, Felix's best friend still hates his guts, the woman of his fantasies has decided she likes other women (no threesomes permitted, sorry), and an innocent man Felix accidentally stuck a demon inside of is about to be tortured for the advancement of science.

Dead Men's Boots is mostly good, thanks to t...more
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i have to say this mystery was such a roler coaster. as i was reading this book, i was thinking back on parts of the older books, but then i realized that it was this book i was thinking back to. those events just happened so long ago, and didnt seam to fit, i had forgotten they where related. and it strays so far from the original opening, im amazed the events where even linked. it was a really good ride, taking me on twists and turns. fallowing clues to such unrelated or small details that end...more
John Kirk
This is a decent story: straightforward enough for me to follow, but complex enough to keep me guessing. I think it will benefit from a second reading, so that I can pick up on more of the clues.

This is the third book in the series, and some of the problems from the second book (Vicious Circle) still apply here, e.g. the expository monologue to recap key points from previous stories. I understand that the author wants people to be able to read this book in isolation, and I support that goal. How...more
The third in the Felix Castor series, I read this in a heat-wave weather fug that may have affected my feelings about the book. I like it as much as the previous books but more so in the vein of a continuing serial story more than just a standalone story. There's no real need to have read the previous books but I'm a big believer in reading (or watching) a series in order.

The mystery this time around seemed a bit more nebulous (to my heat addled brain) than previous mysteries in that there's no...more
This story involved 3 plot lines: the lawyer who has a solid case to prevent the burial of an acquaintance of Felix (Fix) Caster; a brutal murder which seems to bear all the MO tags of a serial killer who was executed for her crimes, and; the attempts by a "researcher" to take physical possession of a friend who is held in an insanse asylum.

As Fix researches the cases, he has trouble shaking the feeling that they are related. He does have some evidence which seems to be circumstantial, but in r...more
I must say I picked up the first of the series, The Devil You Know, and found it just didn't live up to my hopes. It was "borrow from the library" rather than "buy at the the book store". Which is what I did for Vicious Circle and didn't regret it. It was enjoyable but not really must have.

I have to say, that's changed with this one. This felt a lot more polished and developed than it's predecessors. Mike Carey is definitely growing as a prose author and the series is improving.

The biggest area...more
Alex Telander
The intrepid exorcist, Felix Castor, returns under the skilled writing hands of Mike Carey, and this is his biggest adventure yet! After ignoring calls from a fellow exorcist, John Gittings, he finds his friend dead, an apparent suicide and feels guilty. He agrees to work with the wife in putting her husband to rest, along with dealing with a slimy lawyer who’s trying to execute Gittings will to be cremated. At the same time Castor is brought onto a case about a man who’s been brutally raped and...more
William Bentrim
Dead Men’s Boots by Mike Carey

An exorcist seeks to find out why a peer committed suicide. In a world where possession, demons, werewolves and exorcists are common, death has a new meaning.

I liked Felix Castro. He is a character you can identify with as far as his guilt of past actions and his desire to right wrongs he may have perpetrated. Fix is an exorcist with a highly developed conscience. He exercises his exorcist talents by sending ghosts beyond. His talents are strong but limited. I like...more
Mason Jones
Another fun read. I enjoyed the previous book in Carey's series about Felix Castor, and this is another entertaining take on the psychic detective genre. Castor gets himself into trouble very easily, and seems to spend less time on cases he's taken on as an exorcist than he does fighting groups up to no good. This time it's a society of ghosts who have discovered how to keep themselves going...and leave too many corpses behind in the process. To say more would be to give too much away. The story...more
Maybe I'm just getting a little burnt out (read all three books in a row) but this book was probably my least favorite in the Castor series (so far). I still enjoyed reading it but I think the plot was too busy for my tastes. Instead of creating one good solid story, it seemed like Carey just crammed in as many characters, locations, action scenes and mysteries as he could.

As a side note, after she played a prominent role in two of the three books, I still have no idea why Juliet decided to sta...more
Ian Cockerill
Mike Carey's Felix Castor is outstanding. Nice cynical hero with a line in laconic wit, tight plots and proper mystery books - the author doesn't cheat, everything is there for you, no deus ex machina or a new power brought out to solve the mystery at the end and a thoroughly enjoyable read.
I haven't finished the series yet, but I know I'm going to want more! Let's all hope Mike returns to the novel form at some point in the not too distant future.
Three books so far into the Felix Castor series and I highly recommend.

A wondrously difficult book to synopsize, so why bother. Mike Carey is a wonderful writer, but better yet, he is a natural storyteller. The book starts off with Felix Castor helping a friend's widow to stop a lawyer from stealing her husband's corpse, and it just goes crazy from there. It's a good mystery/thriller with wise and witty asides about London.

One of my favorite things about Mike Carey is he knows how to finish a st...more
This series about a free-lance exorsist are a cut above the cookie-cutter genre and Felix "Fix" Castor probably has more in common with Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe than with John Constantine (Hellblazer), although Carey has actually written some of the Hellblazer graphic novels. He's not a typical tough guy. He's deeply loyal to his friends. He has existential doubts about what he does, on occasion, and he does what he believes to be the right thing, even when it costs him personally. I like the...more
Another good one from Mike Carey. I do love his main character Felix Castor. Felix screws up, a lot, but he's almost always trying to do the right thing, even if it's for the wrong reasons. And his misadventures are definitely worth reading about. I have two small things to complain about. First, too much coincidence needed to make the story work. Second, there seems to have been a draft where Carey planned on killing off a character. I swear he mentioned a character being dead, and then later d...more
c2007: FWFTB: Fix, ghosts, criminal, succubus, friends. I am beginning to think that Fix has to be one of the best male protagonists in urban fantasy. 'Tis true that Dresden is still at #1 but Fix is running a close second. Mr Carey has solidified his world in this book and our somewhat flawed protagonist continues to 'grow'. I loved this outing of Mr Castor and can't wait to get my hands on the next one. Highly recommended.
William P.
Not only am I not disappointed by this installment in the Felix Castor series, I'm loving it. I'd say this is my favorite thus far. It kept the important side characters in the picture, even tied them into the main story in little ways, but kept them away from the main action nicely and neatly. The main story was strong, more interesting, coherent, and engaging, in my opinion, than the last plot and there seemed to be a lot less "here's something you didn't know about because it's not our world!...more
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Mike Carey was born in Liverpool in 1959. He worked as a teacher for fifteen years, before starting to write comics. When he started to receive regular commissions from DC Comics, he gave up the day job.

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“I'll be fine ' Pen told me a little curtly. 'Where are you going anyway '
'The United States. Alabama.'
'Looking for a change of scene '
'Looking for a dead woman.'
'Get Jenna-Jane Mulbridge to come down here and I'll make you one.”
“So what I’m getting at is this. Okay, maybe it’s cold in the grave. Maybe you come out of the light and you think, Fuck your mother, this is bad. This is worse than anything I would have guessed. But the trick is to clench your teeth, get a running start and dive.

When I hit that other country, from whose bourne no traveller back-pedals, I’m going to be moving fast. I’m gambling that the first ten seconds or so will be the worst.”
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