Before he died, Felix Castor's fellow exorcist John Gittings made several calls asking for help, and if Castor had answered them, John might still be alive. So when a smooth-talking lawyer comes out of nowhere to claim the remains, Castor owes it to John's unhappy ghost and even more unhappy widow to help out.
If only life were that simple.
A brutal murder in King's Cross bears all the hallmarks of an American serial killer supposedly 40 years dead, and it takes more good sense than Castor possesses not to get involved. He's also fighting a legal battle over the body - if not the soul - of his possessed friend, Rafi, and he can't shake the feeling that his three problems are related. With the help of the succubus Juliet, paranoid zombie data-fence Nicky Heath, and a little judicious digging, Castor just might have a chance of fitting the pieces together before someone drops him down an elevator shaft or rips his throat out. Or not.
©2009 Mike Carey; (P)2009 Tantor
"Every bit as good as the better-known Jim Butcher, Carey hits his stride with his third hard-boiled supernatural thriller." (Publishers Weekly)
I agree with the previous reviewers of "Dead Men's Boots" -- Mike Carey writes superlative supernatural noir, and he keeps getting better with each entry in this series. I understand that he has written two more episodes -- "Thicker Than Water" and "The Naming of the Beasts" -- that have yet to come out in audio. As soon as they do, I will be downloading them. "Dead Men's Boots" has just the right mixture of suspense, humor, and horror; and Michael Kramer voices them all with a consummate actor's excellence. You can listen to this novel as a stand-alone story; but I recommend listening to its prequels -- "The Devil You Know" and "Vicious Circle" -- first, because they each set the stage for the subsequent stories. Mike Carey writes intricate, complex plots; so that -- although he does fill in the backstory we need -- having listened to the whole previous adventure provides a much richer and more entertaining experience.
Mike Carey writes paranormal mystery like a ninja throws shurikens. The themes in this book are dark and disturbing. Carey balances this novel with his patented dark humor. Carey's writing skills are on a level not matched by many authors of any genre. They only thing that would be better is more Felix Castor novels.
I loved every minute of this wonderful series and I didn't want this third and last book to end. I simply adore these characters---Felix and Juliett and everyone.
Michael Kramer is a wonderful narrator---absolutely perfect.
Love this book! Love this series!
I LOVE all the Felix Castor series on audio!! Micheal Kramer brings out the best of Fix......There are 2 more Fix books -book 4 & 5......PLEASE GET THEM ON AUDIO!!! AND SOON
It seems to me that Mike Carey just keeps getting better with his Felix Castor novels. This one is at least as good as the two previous titles, and if you enjoyed them you are sure to love this one as well. The plot is perhaps slightly tighter than in the earlier books, but to even try to describe it would be to give too much away for the reader.
Michael Kramer's great narration also merits a strong recommendation, as he manages to make both men and demons sound believable and menacing without becoming corny.
Now all we can do is to wait for The Naming of the Beasts to come out as an audiobook.
This, like the first two was a fantastic listen. Michael Kramer is as good a narrator as Mike Carey is an author. I've actually gone and looked for more Michael Kramer narrated books b/c I enjoy his voices so much.
As for this book, another perfectly woven tale with extremely well developed characters. If you liked the first two in this series, I think this one is the best yet.
I am a fan of this series, but I have to admit that a large part of the appeal for me comes from the manner in which Michael Kramer portrays Felix Castor. Dead Man's Boots is another great example of the dry humoured, synical Castor solving mysteries that seem insurmountable, while risking life and limb along the way.
I am hugely disapointed that the author/publisher has chosen to change narrators in the next book in this series.
Mike Carey is a marvelous writer. His diction and syntax are perfect. I marvel at his tight writing, great vocabulary, and tricky metaphors. If I could emulate an author's style, it would be his. I enjoy the subject of these books, but even if I didn't like reading about the paranormal, I would still listen to Mike Carey just to thrill in his mastery of the English language. To top it off, Michael Kramer is a wonderful narrator. No one else could be Felix Castor!
The series really begins to pick up with this book. The author seems to get his footing with the main character and the supporting characters start to fill out a bit more than the previous two books. It is very disappointing that this appears to be the last audiobook in this series. I hope Tantor Audio or Audible pick it up again.
I read all the time, or nearly. I always have, I guess, since I was very young ... and now, getting older, more audio than any other medium.
I read a great deal and in this genre, I can usually predict the story before I'm through the first chapter, but not when reading Mike Carey. This author is unique and unpredictable. And it's not just his story lines that are marvelous: the prose too is exceptional. He crafts every sentence and polishes it until it shines. The story shines too, from start to finish. It's filled with surprises, twists, and unique characters. I was surprised and delighted.
I'm sorry that Audible didn't see fit to record all of the Felix Castor series, but fortunately, the next two are available in print and I am reading them on my Kindle.
The narrator is, as Michael Kramer always is, excellent. The author gives him excellent material to work with, a combination of thriller, the supernatural, and a great mystery with some fascinating characters who have depth and intelligence. Very worth your time.
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