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Mike Carey has been making up stories for most of his life. His novel The Girl With All the Gifts, written as M. R. Carey, was a USA Today bestseller and a major motion picture based on his BAFTA-nominated screenplay. Mike Carey has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on X-Men and Fantastic Four, Marvel's flagship superhero titles. His creator-owned books regularly appear in the New York Times bestseller list. He also has several previous novels, two radio plays, and a number of TV and movie screenplays to his credit.
In this third book in a series that began with The Devil You Know, Felix Castor is an exorcist-for-hire in modern-day London, on the trail of a serial killer who died 40 years ago. With the help of a reformed succubus and a zombie hacker, he works to uncover the conspiracy that led to the death of one of his colleagues. It's difficult to avoid comparing Castor to wizard sleuth Harry Dresden of Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files" series. Both have a similar noir-fantasy sensibility, but Castor's world is darker and more tragic, with more punishing consequences and a less redeeming hero. Carey has a good pedigree in the world of comics, having written Hellblazer: All His Engines and the graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. Verdict Expect this series to grow in popularity. Books four and five are already published in Britain. Highly recommended for fans of dark urban fantasy.-Karl G. Siewert, Tulsa City-Cty. Lib., OK Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Every bit as good as the better-known Jim Butcher, Carey hits his stride with his third hard-boiled supernatural thriller (after Vicious Circle). Felix "Fix" Castor,Åa London-based exorcist who uses music to fight evil spirits and other paranormal creatures, faces two major challenges. The burial of Fix's friend John Gittings is disrupted by a lawyer with a court order mandating that the corpse be cremated; Gittings's widow retains Fix to prevent the body's exhumation. Meanwhile, a woman asks Fix to clear her husband of rape and murder charges by proving that Myriam Seaforth Kale, a gangster who's been dead for 40 years, is actually responsible. While looking into how Kale has come back from the dead to resume killing people, Fix finds links to a larger threat from the dark side. Carey has a way with words (a character dresses "like someone who'd taken The Matrix a little too seriously") as well as a gift for creating a plausible alternate reality. (July) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
"Carey transcends his comic roots in this quirky, dark and imaginative tale that compels reader to keep turning pages long after they should have gotten to sleep." --Kirkus (starred review) on The Devil You Know "An imaginative spin on the hard-boiled detective . . . mixes horror and humor in a way that spells good omens for future Castor novels." --Entertainment Weekly on The Devil You Know "A treat . . . Castor follows up his excellent debut with this even better sequel . . . Genre-bending at its best."--Booklist (starred review) on Vicious Circle "The Devil You Know is a spectacular novel, one of the best supernatural thrillers I've read in years."--Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author, on The Devil You Know "Fast-paced . . . riveting . . . everything a paranormal thriller fan could want."--MonstersandCritics.com "The Felix Castor novels are splashed with color and texture, their characters are larger than life (or death), and the stories are, well . . . out of this world. Castor is a remarkably believable character... A wholly engaging blend of the detective and fantasy genres."--Booklist "Witty, sardonic . . . irresistible . . . leaves the readers breathless."--Kirkus (starred review) "Every bit as good as Jim Butcher, Carey hits his stride."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)