Mike Carey wrote more Castor novels after this, but The Devil You Know is the best of the series so far.
Michael Kramer is an excellent narrator, giving life to each character and fitting the tone and style of the novel superbly. (I found him so good that when I read the next two novels of the series in paperback, I could hear Kramer's voice in my head - wonderful!)
The birthday party is a fitting opening to Castor's story, giving just the right glimpse of his lifestyle, motives and sense of humor. All in all, an excellent alternate reality tale, putting a great spin on the concept of "were" kind. Succubus Juliet is beautifully rendered for all five senses.
Sadly, Vicious Circle and Dead Men's Boots are not as good, but I liked The Devil You Know so much that I will give Thicker Than Water a try, even go so far as to order from the UK before it is even released in the states...
I love most of the work Mike has done in the comic book world, so when I found out he had writen a novel I jumped at it with great enthusiasm. I enjoyed reading Lucifer and Hellblazer and was pleased to find that The Devil You Know was of the same vein. The Protagonist Felix Castor is enough like John Constantine to feel familiar with but just different enough to avoid law suites.
The story drags you along on a thrilling but plesant roller-coster ride of a murder mystery, with plenty of twists, without over doing the action or "fantasy" elements. It is well balance and writen in that perfect way that sucks you right into the reality in which Felix lives. Along with the serious themes their is a good smatering of humor and sarcasm. Best of all there is plenty of back story, character development, and foreshadowing to leave you craving the next Felix Caster book.
Come on Mike give us more...
I have not read something so imaginative and tactile since reading american gods by niel gaimen. The story very much reminded me of the neil gaimen book 'Neverwhere' but was a considerable lighter read than American Gods. If you love science fiction, you will love this story.
I feel kind of bad for comparing this series to the Dresden Files, it's just that it's my Urban Fantasy Gold Standard. In the story we are introduced to Felix Castor who is an exorcist. He doesn't recite any rites or preacher the word of good, instead he plays a recorder to remove bad spirits.
There are many concepts that are immediately familiar for any Urban Fantasy fan Werewolves, demons, and supernatural powers all move the story along with a hunger for more.
In the Devil You Know Mike Carey spins a wonderful mystery that we questioning until the very end. The events of this book bloom even further as the second book, Vicious Circle, builds on great characters.
Avid reader, mom, business owner.
The Story itself was alright. A little slow to start, there is a lot of set-up and I found it took away from the story instead of being seamless in the narration. Vanquishing ghost via wistle idea is not that sexy, but I honestly thing most of my dislikes of this story were made up by the truely fantastic turn of phrases. Carey paints a picture with his words and his dry witt had me enthralled. The story has a real noir feel to it, all dark and stormy. The characters are gritty and not really fleashed out, there is lots of room for growth. Overall I'm looking forward to reading the next.
From the very beginning---a wonderful scene of a horrible boy's birthday party and Felix dressed weirdly---I was enthralled. I absolutely adore Michael Kramer's sardonic narration and Mike Carey's excellent, descriptive writing.
I'm so glad I found this book and even happier that there are more books about Fix!
I have just discovered Mike Carey's novels since I joined Audible; and that discovery, alone, justifies my membership cost. With "The Devil You Know," Mr. Carey introduces us to his series protagonist, Felix Castor, who exorcises ghosts for a living. The series takes place in London, in some unspecified near future, when the dead have, unaccountably, begun to stick around to haunt us. The living need to make adjustments; and exorcism comes into great demand. Mike Carey manages to make his first novel both scary and funny, and his protagonist both hard-boiled and likable -- especially considering the supernatural beings he has to deal with every day: ghosts, demons, zombies, and were-creatures (but, fortunately, not vampires!). Mr. Carey writes intelligently -- sometimes even beautifully -- creating intricate, fascinating plots that will keep you awake listening all night. American actor Michael Kramer does a good job of creating the myriad English accents, and of giving each of the characters unique voices. I would recommend "The Devil You Know" and its sequels to anybody who likes a supernatural mystery. Although the novels can stand alone, I suggest listening to them in sequence -- beginning with "The Devil You Know," just to facilitate the continuity of episodes.
I read the first Felix Castor book, The Devil You Know, by Mike Carey. Someone I trust recommended this series, about a ghost hunter/exorcist living in and old house in London and trying to make a living at it.
Interestingly, right after that I picked up book 5 of the Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher, about a wizard living in the basement of an old house in modern Chicago and...um...trying to make a living at it.
The two series could be considered nearly exact copies of each other, with some small differences. Felix is definitely more British in tone, nature, outlook, and with that reserved humor you get from the Brits. This series is also a bit darker in tone than the Dresden books. Harry is very American, smart-aleck, forward, brash, outspoken. And Butcher pulls out more traps and tricks and supernaturals (so far) than Carey has done. Both are very well-written and excellent fun. I've just downloaded the second Felix Castor, Vicious Circle, to hear next.
I'm not a big mystery fan, but this was so much fun. I listen to audiobooks at work and "The Devil You Know" made a couple of days just fly by. This was a mystery-detective-supernatural-film-noir-y kind of thing that just grabbed my right from the start! Never a boring minute. I know I'll enjoy it when I listen to it on the next rotation.