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The Devil You Know by Mike Carey
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Mar 26, 2012

it was amazing
Read in December, 2007

Mike Carey's Felix Castor series is spectacular. He got his start writing marvel Comic graphic novels, including episodes of The Sandman and is an ongoing writer of X-Men. His Felix Castor series was, I think, his first attempt at novels, and I think it was genius all the way around. Castor is a freelance exorcist in a paranormal parallel London, where it's the norm for an exorcist to sorta have a job. Carey's treatment of Castor is, at times, as a smart, effective hard-boiled detective, at other times luckless loser, always a brilliantly funny and wisecracking hapless hero. I really like Castor, even though he never seems to win (maybe that's why I like him). He's deeply suffering and essentially good. In "Devil You Know," Castor takes on a ghost-hunting case at a museum. But things quickly go awry and Castor finds himself the target of many scary foe, some of which will become returning cast in subsequent books: including a sexy succubus at first assigned to grab and eat Castor and a zombie, a loyal colleague, who manages to keep himself from decaying by extreme (and cold) measures (one of my favs). I cannot say well enough why this supernatural noir series works so splendidly ... you just have to read them all yourself.
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Anna Certainly the first novels he was happy with! I love the dry wit too.

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