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The Long Way Down (Daniel Faust #1)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  3,339 Ratings  ·  283 Reviews
Nobody knows the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas like Daniel Faust, a sorcerer for hire and ex-gangster who uses black magic and bullets to solve his clients' problems. When an old man comes seeking vengeance for his murdered granddaughter, what looks like a simple job quickly spirals out of control.

Soon Daniel stands in the crossfire between a murderous porn director; a co
Paperback, 372 pages
Published July 12th 2014 by Demimonde Books (first published April 25th 2014)
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broken finger series #1
so, wednesday before thanksgiving i took my dog on an extra long walk, getting near the end, he was tired and sticking close, so i was sloppy about holding the leash. he saw a large black and white spotted dog; at first thought he wasn't going to react, then he changed his mind. his normal sharp pull and the flexible leash wrapped around my finger and twisted. i thought a dislocation, but no--a spiral fracture, which sounds rather pretty and looks rather remarkable.

so wha
May 05, 2016 Orient rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: UF fans
Recommended to Orient by: Milda Page Runner

Buddy Reads with my friend Jokoloyo :) I’ve been waiting for this date with Daniel Faust over half a year now. My first encounter with Daniel Faust was when my awesome good recs godmother Milda recommended it to me as a great dark read. I wasn’t charmed then and after reading the blurb, I wasn’t succumbed either. Though I’ll admit, I was charmed by the cover! So why was I lured now? Because the group of cheerleaders for reading Faust was joined by more people and I felt outnumbered :D

I like gri
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)

What you should know is this : I don't like Urban Fantasy, which is baffling, given that I love Fantasy and cities - there's just something in them that never really appeal to me, a feeling of something lacking even though I hardly can pinpoint why that is.

The Long Way Down is perhaps one of my best discoveries in that genre, so although it will probably never be a favorite of mine, I cannot hide how pleasantly surprised it made me. Well done, and here's why.

The world building is vivid and ho
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Actual Rating: 2.5 Stars

Admittedly, I just don't know if Urban Fantasy is a genre I can say I enjoy. In fact that only major Urban Fantasy I have enjoyed is the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning, and even that puttered out for me around Shadowfever.

Now, I don't claim to be an expert in the genre, there's still a couple hugely popular authors I haven't explored yet (Jim Butcher, Ilona Andrews, Anne Bishop, etc.)

But generally there's this feeling that comes along with Urban Fantasy and I still ha
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
Yep, I'm giving out all the stars to this one. Maybe I'm being a little generous, but I was *this close* to writing off urban fantasy and this book has made me remember why I love this genre. There is still hope. It's not dead yet. Thank GOD!!!

Thanks to all my friends who read this and whose reviews and updates I saw. It convinced me to move this up my list and now I'm like, "Why did I wait so long?!" It's good, guys. Good writing, good pacing, good characters, good world-building, humor, a touc
Feb 05, 2017 Jokoloyo rated it really liked it
Buddy read with lovely ladies: Orient, and Nadya.

This novel is the first on Daniel Faust series. It is blending noir mystery with dark fantasy. So, we expect a quite dim story here. Especially the first half when building the setting.

As I read this novel alongside The Automatic Detective, I compare the noir aspects of both novel first. For review of The Automatic Detective please check: here

Noir mystery-theme checklist:
First person POV: passed.

- Femme fatale: passed with distinction. (view spo
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
● Demons Are Yummy Buddy Read with the BBB gang

Actual rating: 4.5 stars

Please excuse me for a minute my Little Barnacles, I need to have a Quick Self Pep Talk (QSPT™) with my little self here. Be right back.

*takes a deep breath, stands in front the mirror and repeats 10 times*

"Come on, Sarah! Put the two grey cells you have left together and write a stunningly amazing review for this book! You LOVED Danny Boy and his colleagues here! They deserve a gloriously fascinating review! Surely you h
Robin (Bridge Four)
3.5 The Darker Side of UF Stars

I read quite a bit of UF and I will say that usually when there is a male protagonist 2 different things tend to happen.

#1) There is a ton of fighting and I’m really bored cuz girl here or

#2) Way too much description of how the magic is working. *yawns*

But Daniel Faust sorta fell on the other side of that. I have no idea how any of the magic works in this world. Like absolutely none. I know he has playing cards and that his how he fights but other than that I cou
Nov 13, 2015 Gavin rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I usually fare poorly with male written UF books, but I'm glad I gave this one a chance as it turned out to be a very engaging and entertaining story. This Vegas set magical noir had a little bit of everything in the form of action, mystery, humor, and even some romance. Not that the inclusion of humor should lead you to believe this is a light read. It was pretty dark at times and the occasional bursts of humor stopped it from becoming to grim.

Daniel Faust, magician and ex-gangster, is now ope
I picked this up after I realized that Schaefer's new book/series, Harmony Black, is a spin-off. Since I received Harmony Black as an ARC from Netgalley, I figured I better start at the beginning of the whole shebang.

I'm not a big fan of urban fantasy, and have only read a few books in this genre. I'm not saying I don't like it, but for some reason, I just don't hunt down books of this type. This one was pretty good, and if it's representative of this genre, I'll probably be looking for a lot m
3/12/17 Buddy Reading with the gang over @ BB&B!
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Feb 13, 2015 Ɗắɳ 2.✽ rated it liked it
Recommended to Ɗắɳ 2.✽ by: Mr. Matt
Shelves: urban-fantasy, magic

I was first introduced to Daniel Faust thru a review from a friend of mine. I had never heard of The Long Way Down but I was intrigued, so I added the book and browsed through some other reviews. In doing so I couldn’t help but notice all the comparisons to the hugely popular Dresden Files books. There seemed to be quite a trend of most reviews I saw, comparing Faust to Dresden. I myself; however, having never read either book, or any Urban Fantasy to speak of, felt compelled to hold off on a
3 stars

Thanks, Sarah, for recommending this one to me. It was a lot of fun, and I'll definitely pick up book two.

That being said, this book had a few things -- the relationship between Faust and Caitlin seemed a little fast, and a lot of the characters felt kind of "cardboard cutout"-ish. I'm sure there will be more development for a lot of those though, so I'll be reading book two to get to know them a little better. Faust himself was pretty decently developed, which is enough to push me forwa
Milda Page Runner
Nov 20, 2015 Milda Page Runner rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: UF readers, Dresden fans
Recommended to Milda by: Gavin

“There are two answers to evil,” she said. “The first is to justify it. The evil that you do is for a good cause, you’ll be validated in the end, it needed to be done, etcetera, etcetera. Of course, once you start walking that road, it’s all downhill. I’m sure this xxx person didn’t start by drowning children. You have to work your way up to that kind of atrocity.”
“And the second answer?”
“You own it. Be truthful and accept your own nature.”
I leaned back, a line from Shakespeare crossing my mind
Mr. Matt
Jul 08, 2014 Mr. Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daniel Faust is not a good man. He's not a bad man either. He's somewhere in between. He's a Vegas magician who is a little bit different from other Vegas magicians. He can actually perform real magic. He uses his powers to run scams, cheat people around the edges, and do some odd jobs as a private detective. When he's asked to investigate the death of a young woman, everything goes to hell.

I liked this book. A lot. Going in my expectations were very low. It was cheap on Amazon, I liked the cove
Sad Sunday
Jun 06, 2017 Sad Sunday rated it really liked it
CV Of Sad Sunday
Position applying: Daniel's Faust side-kick

Hello, Mr.Faust. I know you are a very busy man, but hearing about your adventures in Las Vegas, I thought that you might be looking for some help - because it seems that old Vegas is pretty packed with monsters and other supernaturals. Even if your adventures changed from some suspense-crime into action-packed, I still want to fill the position of your side-kick (even if you have a girlfriend that is almost a side-kick, I am
Apr 04, 2016 Choko rated it really liked it
*** 3.85 ***

A buddy read with the Demon-loving readers at BB&B!

Daniel Faust, a man of magic, a broken, broke, and broken-up with magician detective, walking the streets of the seedier side of Las Vegas, looking for the criminals with "other" strengths, origins and powers... There is an empty refrigerator, a cold unmade bed, and a bottle of scotch waiting at his low-rent, low-class apartment, and the only thing missing for him to be another Marlow from the classic mystery noirs is the never e
Apr 30, 2016 Emma rated it really liked it
Well written, fast paced noir magical urban fantasy set in Las Vegas. Very good start to a new (to me ) series. Recommended.
Pippa DaCosta
All kinds of awesome! Want a proper review? Tough. All you need to know is that it's urban fantasy at its best.

I'm diving into the next one...
Nov 18, 2015 Desinka rated it really liked it
This was a really good male character driven UF. It had everything - from mystery to romance and humour and was just dark enough to sound serious. It's so much better than The Dresden Files I feel it deserves more popularity and a wider fan group.

Jacob Proffitt
Feb 11, 2015 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, steamy
This was a very enjoyable read and a lovely noir Urban Fantasy. The setup and world are grim without being grimdark and the plot and characters are layered in shades of gray with a story that is loaded with lots of really bad options and a choice to be made.

The main character is key to enjoying this kind of story and Schaefer nailed that with Daniel Faust. A magician and sometimes con, Daniel does his best with what he has at any given time. He does mostly odd-jobs, including investigations for
Dec 18, 2016 Mihir rated it liked it

Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic

Overall rating - 3 & 1/2 stars

CLASSIFICATION: Featuring a cast of anti-heroes and with a magician con-man as the protagonist, the Daniel Faust series is Richard Stark's Parker crossed with The Dresden Files and set in Las Vegas.

ANALYSIS: The Long Way Down is the first book of the Daniel Faust series and while this book wasn't my introduction to Craig's books or even to Daniel Faust's world. It is a good place to start and enter the dark, crazy world
Sarah Anne
What fun :) I'm a sucker for the slightly shady, gray area, impulsive, trying to solve a crime for emotional reason type of UF. Otherwise I'm not much of a fan of UF. Luckily, this one hit all of my highlights and I got to sit back and enjoy myself.

Daniel Faust is approached by a man who wants the murderer of his daughter to pay for his crime. As he checks into it, he gets very very angry at the man and decides to bring him a world of pain. I like this. I liked it even more that serving up that
Jul 14, 2016 Asya rated it liked it
Clever Daniel Faust deserves at least 4 stars. He outsmarts the bad guys and makes me laugh.
But irrational Daniel Faust, who seems to make his decisions in order to push the plot in the most dramatic direction, makes me want to throw the book across the room and then stamp on it.
Alright, so the rating on this one was a bit problematic. I really would have given this a 3.5 if I could have. It was better than many books I consider three stars, but just not quite good enough to be counted as four.

I think one aspect that really just brought the enjoyment down was the romantic angle. I still don't even know why that happened, and the relationship just ugh. (view spoiler) It was also gla
Michael Britt
Jul 12, 2017 Michael Britt rated it liked it
Recommended to Michael by: Orient
Actual rating: 3.25

This is a book I really enjoyed at times, and also one that my eyes almost rolled out of my head at times.

This was a pretty fun book, actually, but the bad parts were just so bad. I'll save those for the end.

This is a pretty cliche urban fantasy book. The thing I liked was that our protagonist, Daniel Faust, isn't really a good guy, per say, he just has limits to how bad he'll be. He reminded me of a more powerful Gambit when he started throwing around his deck of cards, his
T. K. Elliott (Tiffany)
On the bad side: I wish I'd found this book earlier.
On the good side: Now I have found it, I know there are another five books out and two expected!

What I Liked
Daniel Faust - I do like this character. He's grey. He's a petty criminal and fixer, not above killing people whom he thinks deserve it. He's not the main to claim the moral high ground while leaving a trail of destruction behind him.

Caitlin - best line: "it's a cultural thing". I do hope Schaefer keeps Caitlin the way she is, and doesn't
Christina  Torretta
Nov 07, 2015 Christina Torretta rated it it was amazing
Amazing! Daniel Faust reminds me of Constantine. Love it!

This starts out and I think that what we have is a normal mystery with some paranormal aspects to it. Girl lost part of her soul and Daniel Faust is going to find out why. Simple right? Not in the least!

There is so much in this book. Honestly, as the plot gets deeper and more threads get piled on, I completely forgot about Stacey. Poor girl needs her soul back and I’m over here stuck in the middle of all this fabulous drama that Schaefer r
Maria Dimitrova
Apr 09, 2016 Maria Dimitrova rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Harry Dresden fans and other UF lovers
Buddy read with the lovely people at BB&B

I almost DNFed this several times over. Don't get me wrong the book's not bad I just couldn't connect with any of the characters. Even at the end I just couldn't care less about any of them. The only bright spot was the demoness Caitlin but it's not enough to make me read the next book. To be honest I had moments when I read every third sentence I was that uninterested. The reason I didn't DNF was that the story itself was interesting enough for me t
Dec 15, 2016 Elaine rated it really liked it
I think this is a great start to a dark and intriguing series. It was different, entertaining, and kept my attention. I love stories about magic in a modern setting. I love Vegas capers with shady characters with good hearts. I love fast paced adventure. All of that is in here. This story is whimsical and yet heavy at the same time. I appreciated the mixture of to-the-point text and whimsical metaphors and picture painting. Fast paced plot and an edgy tone made for interesting characters without ...more
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