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The Devil You Know by Mike Carey
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Feb 07, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: recently-read, paranormal
Recommended for: Hellblazer fans, urban fantasy fans
Read in February, 2008

This book was a slow starter, but once the intrigue picked up, I was hooked. Carey takes a unique approach to ghosts, lycanthropes, zombies, and so on; he then mixes that with a classic murder mystery, and for me, the set-up worked. I suppose it helps that I'm a fan of Hellblazer and Lucifer, which are Carey's graphic novels. There is definitely a sense of John Constantine in Felix "Fix" Castor, a down-on-his-luck exorcist who takes a seemingly simple job that quickly grows more complicated. Carey sets the book in an alternative universe, and gives background and backstory in dribs and drabs, and I found his world-building worked. I just discovered Carey continued the series, and I hope it makes the jump to this side of the pond; I'm curious to see how things work out with Juliet, Fix's newfound succubus apprentice, and if there will ever be a resolution for Fix and Rafi, a friend who's fallen quite literally to the dark side.
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