Tuesday, August 7, 2007

The Devil You Know by Mike Carey

The Devil You Know
Mike Carey
Hachette Book Group USA
July 10, 2007
ISBN# 978-0-446-58030-4

Felix Castor, Fix to his friends, worked as an exorcist in London until a demon wormed its way into his friend Rafi and Fix failed to exorcise it. Now Fix is trying to leave his career behind and takes on work as the magic act for a children’s party. When things go less than smoothly, he finds himself saying yes to a case of ghost hunting that he knows he shouldn’t. Warned that he’s taking on more than he can handle doesn’t slow Fix down, instead he dives headlong into the mysterious haunting at the Bonnington Archive.

Fix knows there’s a connection between the Archive and some of the local bad guys when he finds himself in life threatening danger. Being seduced and nearly killed by a succubus is a big hint for Fix that someone would rather see him dead than have him discover their secrets, but he has no intention of stopping now. As the pieces begin to fall into place Fix realizes that someone among the living is torturing the dead woman, and he won’t dispatch the ghost before he sets her free from the pain binding her to the Archive.

The Devil You Know is a thrill ride from start to finish. Equipped with his talent and the tool of his craft, a tin whistle, Fix takes on everything aimed in his direction. Mr. Carey sets the monsters loose and sends a capable but decidedly reluctant hero to rein them in. With a fantastic storyline that’s based in a world where supernatural beings are no longer myth, readers are taken on an engaging journey filled with dark intent and multifaceted mystery at every turn. Fix is realistic, delightfully witty and possesses a boyish charm that will keep readers wondering what he’s planning next.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

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