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.
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"Every bit as good as the better-known Jim Butcher, Carey hits his stride with his third hard-boiled supernatural thriller." (Publishers Weekly)
Faint hints of a British Dresden
unauthentic, charismatic, sardonic
If only life permitted such a thing!
I am beginning to think that Fix has to be one of the best male protagonists in urban fantasy. 'Tis true that Dresden is still at #1 but Fix is running a close second. Mr Carey has solidified his world in this book and our somewhat flawed protagonist continues to 'grow'. I loved this outing of Mr Castor and can't wait to get my hands on the next one. Highly recommended.
Once again Fix battles demons, weres and ghosts, as well as ever day human psychos in his own inimitable and reluctant way. Sometimes selfish, often lazy and occasionally guilt-ridden, our hero's efforts to help the widow of an old friend and fellow exorcist lead him in to danger. Thank heavens (or should that be hell?) for the delicious scary Juliet, a succubus trying hard to give up her soul sucking ways and a great character.
If you have read the preceding Felix Castor books and enjoyed his dry outlook you will not be disappointed.
Dead Men's Boots is one of my favourite Felix Castor stories. Funny, suspenseful and well crafted.
I lasted an hour with the audio-book before removing it from my Kindle. This is dire.
American narrator Michael Kramer's feeble attempt at a generic 'English' accent (which at times makes Dick Van Dyke's infamous Yank-ney brogue seem like a exemplary exercise in phonetics) deprives the reader of any of the subtleties of Carey's description, and of his barbed Scouse wit.
The result is a good book ruined by a poor and distracting reading. Dire, as I said.
Readers (or listeners) to a first-person narrative NEED to commit to the lead character - their eyes and ears, and their voice in the unfolding tale. When that commentary is poorly interpreted in such a conspicuously false manner, that commitment is impossible.
I had high hopes of this audio-book, but found it unbearable
Fans of Carey and Castor should avoid this, and Mr Kramer should seek an appointment with a decent dialect-coach.
Castor, though his wit, charm and personality are lost in this terrible reading.
Anyone who could provide a consistent, convincing English accent. A Liverpudlian, preferrably - as the fist-person narrator's voice borrows a great deal from the inflections and nuance of the author's own.
Why employ an American actor who clearly CANNOT maintain a decent English accent - his phrasing and intonation waver from sentence to sentence, and is clearly (and poorly) rendered - to narrate work by a writer with such a distinctive British (specifically Liverpudlian) voice.
I would certainly try another Mike Carey book, but not one narrated by Michael Kramer. The Felix Castor novels are intrinsically British - it doesn't make sense to have them being read by an American putting on a poor British accent, it's completely distracting.
It's pretty similar to the Ben Aaronovitch Rivers of London series - set very firmly in a "real" London, but with interwoven elements of fantasy. Both have a good sense of humour.
Possibly, but not on where he reads a British author.
The story is great (I have read the book), but with an audiobook it is very difficult to get past a narrator that doesn't work.
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