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Dead Men's Boots (Felix Castor #3)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  5,931 Ratings  ·  263 Reviews
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
Paperback, 534 pages
Published September 26th 2007 by Orbit
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Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I think this novel deserves a good long run and a mighty jump... the waters might be cold, but it's like Fix says about death. You get used to it real damn quick.

This world of mystery continues along its deep mystery roots, including such near caricatures of women that it nearly passes through to the other side, as if through death, to become something utterly strange and familiar. Femme Fatale? Try Femme Demonic, and you'll be on solid, unconsecrated grounds and wishing you'd paid just a little
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
3.5 rounding up. I think I enjoyed the plot of this one the most - there are serious stakes and some interesting tidbits from London's criminal history. Some good wins in this one for our heroes, too.
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

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 demonically- posse
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy the mystery aspect of these books - the mix of mystery, ghosts, zombies, and demons is really fun. I also liked seeing more Juliet this book.

Sarah Anne
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my personal faves in the series.
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Castor's cases get mixed up again and he and Juliet end up investigating the suicide and subsequent haunting of a fellow exorcist along with a vicious rape and murder by someone who may be more innocent than he appears.

I think I'm done with this series. Castor becomes increasingly less likable to me as the series continues, so the stakes keep getting lower. His primary means of interacting with people, including his friends, is by bullying and even he doesn't even particularly like his friends u
Sep 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Another entertaining supernatural noir mystery featuring hard-luck exorcist Felix Castor. Those (like me) who were disappointed at Juliet's near-absence in the last novel, will be happy to find she has a far greater presence this time round.
Good continuation of this series in which Felix finds himself helping the widow of another exorcist, who killed himself. Of course, nothing's as it seems and everything gets much more complicated. I did catch a couple of continuity errors, which I always find distracting.
Dustin Saxton
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LOVE this series. :)
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
Mary Anne
May 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mary Anne by: Brandon
Shelves: mike-carey
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Mar 06, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dead-end
The setting and supernatural elements were refreshing. And I adore books with male leads. Unfortunately, this particular male protagonist fell flat for me. While other guy leads in his profession are charming and snarky, the only endearing trait I could stick to Felix Castor was his nickname 'Fix'. Felix was sorely lacking emotion towards a prime character's tragedy, and his other relationships were as lifeless as flat soda. The only character he seemed to have even the slightest affection for w ...more
Jul 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Clay Kallam
May 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
“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
Jamie Collins
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
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There is something about the way these books are written that I really enjoy. I think it's the slightly twisted occult London where ghosts have come back. It's not as mystical and magical as others and the realism adds to the spookiness. I also really enjoy the writing style. I was a bit disappointed in the 2nd book in the series, there were far too many car chases and shopping malls. This one felt much more like London. For the most part Felix had to rely on public transport. The story involved ...more
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've been thinking 3 star ratings may be a bit low for these books, considering how gripping the narratives are, how rich the scene-setting is and how complex and imaginative the plots are. This third installment in the series definitely deserves a higher rating, taken as what it is. It scores high as pulpy entertainment that's witty and inventive, and not without its dark, horrific sides. This story starts with Castor investigating a friend who has died and gone geist - become a poltergeist - a ...more
Danie Ware
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Three Felix Castor books down, and loving every one of them. Plotlines intriguing and perfectly woven, a marvellously droll sense of humour, and a particularly visual (and occasionally visceral) use of simile that I've mentioned before. Add to this, the best depiction of demons bar none - not only Juliet, sensual and terrifying as ever (and very touching, as her story unfolds) but also the portrayal of Moloch, with very Miltonian echoes.

And props to Mike Carey for being the only author I know wh
Matt Dawson
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Goodreads star system stinks.

This book was better than the first two. It wasn't a five star book and it also doesn't retroactively diminish the rating on the first two on the series. So this gets the same rating, even though it was better than the others.
Nov 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This guy has his craft down pat, gripping chapter endings, just enough hints to make you think you missed something, and all the strings pulled together at the end into a neat little bow. Felix just gets better and better
Ed [Redacted]
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another solid effort. Carey really is a joy to read. Tight plotting and very clever writing make for a fun, if not terribly challenging, book.
C.F. Villion
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm sad that I am now on to Book 4 already...I am enjoying this series very much.
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the Felix Castor series. This review may contain spoilers for the first two books.

Dead Man's Boots opens with the funeral of a fellow exorcist, which rapidly goes sideways thanks to a lawyer who turns up to seize the coffin – as per the instructions of the deceased's new will. It doesn't help that the ghost of the exorcist still haunting the flat where he'd lived with his wife. Naturally the widow is deeply upset by all of this and she asks Felix Castor as an old friend
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Of the first three Felix Castor books, this one is not quite as good, or the others have grown on me as time has passed. The first one was something original (to me) and so I had no idea what would happen. The second novel was just frightening the entire time. Dead Men's Boots just didn't have the horror of murdering children in satanic rituals or murdering of young women.

The plot is still good, and I still enjoyed the novel, but I was never as hooked. As a plot device, Castor is cast into two s
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
This took a while to get going and then when the resolution happened it was over quite quickly.  
I suspect that Possession is 9/10 of the law featured in thoughts with this book. *evil grin*
Felix Castor is investigating why a friend of his committed suicide and why a murder has all the hallmarks of a long-dead American serial killer.  And also his friend Rafi is in danger of being handed over to experimenters, and everyone who likes him is starting to wonder why, as several of them get injure
Sarah Kazee
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was really hard to get through. There were numerous times where I wanted to stop and just call it a lost cause but didn't because I figured I had read to much, and spent to much time reading it to just give up. It wasn't that it was terrible persay so much as way over detailed and sporadic. It has about 3 different story lines it jumps between. Also the details were so much that the best way to describe it is forty words when four would do. some of it just seemed flat out silly. The id ...more
Steve Kimmins
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The Felix Castor series are almost uniformly excellent. You know straight where you are with the main character because he is unashamedly a Raymond Chandler style detective. Except that he deals with the ghostly spirit world (and werewolves, etc) that are an integral part of this world. Which is basically modern day London. Much of which I know from my upbringing!
Every book has a different detailed story but in the series they all add up, with an increasing cast list, to a climax in the final bo
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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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