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The Long Way Down

(Daniel Faust #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  4,452 ratings  ·  380 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
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Published (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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Read this for a couple of book group challenges and was pleasantly surprised that I liked it!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
💥 November 2, 2018: only $0.99 today!

Daniel Faust and Cait are Mine Mine Mine Buddy Reread with my MacHalo Wives and Daughters and Stuff (DFaCaMMMBRwmMWaSaS™) ☢

Previous rating: 4.5 stars. Please Craig Schaefer forgive this despicably low rating, I was ridiculously young and naive when I first read this book.
New rating: 5 stars. That's the beauty of inflation for you.

And the moral of this reread is : ain't no stitches like Caitlin Stitches. Just ask Danny Boy.

Yep, that sounds about right.

Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

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
Sh3lly (
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
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
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** 3.85 ***

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

Second read with my friends at the MacHalo's and it is even better this time around:):):)

*** 4.15 ***

"...“Of course, the best lies are always wrapped in verifiable truth. It makes the filling easier to swallow.”...

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
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ɗẳɳ  2.☊
Feb 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ɗẳɳ 2.☊ by: Mr. Matt
Shelves: urban-fantasy, magic
My introduction to The Long Way Down came via a friend’s review. In browsing through some other reviews, I couldn’t help but notice all the comparisons to the hugely popular Dresden Files. Since I hadn’t read any Dresden, or much Urban Fantasy to speak of, I decided to hold off on reviewing this book until I had a chance to read the first of the Dresden Files. This helped me to gain a better understanding of the genre and get a better handle on some of the tropes. Now having read both books, I c ...more
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
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Montzalee Wittmann
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The Long Way Down by Craig Schaefer and narrated by Adam Verner is an intriguing fantasy story that takes the reader down a crazy magic road. There is the main character, Daniel, who is a sorcerer and is asked to do a job. A girl is murdered and the cops are just blowing it off. An old man that is like a grandfather to the girl knows who killed her. This job leads to more than Daniel expected. Lots of ritual magic, demons, unleashing the end times if he can't stop it. Very exciting! Loved the ch ...more
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
3/12/17 Buddy Reading with the gang over @ BB&B!
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a first book it wasn't bad, and i think my love obsession with fantasy in general and urban fantasy in particular stood in the way of me liking it more , as a fan of Dresden i tend to hold all new works to that standard ,, a lot of series did good like the iron druid or Alex verus or .....
This book has a Sandman Slim feel to it, only it's in Vegas instead of LA ,not as crazy but going in that direction i think, i don't know ...
The writing is light and to the point ,the main character is cool
Mr. Matt
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, fantasy-urban
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 (If I say it's bad, it's bad)
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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
Read the first 2 books and a novella. Conclusion:

My first thought once I finished book 1 was: Wow, that's pretty dark and different (in a good way). I love it when the world-building is more compact and well-structured, rather than having all the Clichés and so many magical creatures that you feel overwhelmed. I also enjoy more self-centered heroes, who are not afraid to put their own needs first. The demons are terrifying, the romance is unique and interesting and I was curious to know more.

Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably 4.5 - few things that the author needs to work out but it’s fun so who cares?

I’m not even going to review the series today, I’m off sick and I’m just going to power though book by book. How many can i read before bedtime, I wonder?? 🤔
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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