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The Devil You Know

Written by: Mike Carey
Narrated by: Michael Kramer
Series: Felix Castor, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Mike Carey, author of The Girl With All the Gifts, presents the first book in his hip supernatural thriller series featuring freelance exorcist Felix Castor.

Felix Castor is a freelance exorcist, and London is his stomping ground. It may seem like a good ghostbuster can charge what he likes and enjoy a hell of a lifestyle, but there's a risk: sooner or later he's going to take on a spirit that's too strong for him. 

When Castor accepts a seemingly simple ghost-hunting case at a museum in the shadowy heart of London, what should have been a perfectly straightforward exorcism is rapidly turning into the Who Can Kill Castor First Show, with demons and ghosts all keen to claim the big prize. 

But that's business as usual: Castor knows how to deal with the dead. It's the living who piss him off....
 

The Felix Castor Novels:

  • The Devil You Know
  • Vicious Circle
  • Dead Men's Boots
  • Thicker than Water
  • The Naming of the Beasts

By the same author, writing as M. R. Carey:

  • The Girl With All the Gifts
  • Fellside
  • The Boy on the Bridge
©2007 Mike Carey (P)2018 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"Engrossing...perfect...an ingeniously multilayered tale." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"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)

"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)

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  • Robert Elm
  • 2019-08-19

Urban Fantasy Done Right

I've read a good amount of urban fantasy and after being burned by The Iron Druid Chronicles I wasn't sure that I wanted another book in the genre outside of the Dresden Files so soon. Felix Castor though scratched my occult itch admirably. Less fantasy and more hard-boiled detective, I was happy that it was so self contained. the atmosphere is dark and a bit stylishly grubby, like London should be and the characters are just morally twisted enough to make them interesting. I will definitely come back for more and can barely wait for my next credit!

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  • Jmemoli
  • 2020-05-11

Its missing something.

The storytellers pacing is...odd to say the least. Throughout the book it feels like this great conspiracy about to unravel, the who and why's of the ghost, and an exploration of this world. Then at the last minute its dumped with a rushed scooby doo monster reveal thats very unsatisfying. Its still a good book and the narrator does add an appropriate tone to the story, but I want to be able to solve the story along with the cast.

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  • Ray Odiorne
  • 2020-01-29

Hard-boiled exorcist

At one point in this story, reference is made to Raymond Chandler, one of the great writers of hard-boiled detective fiction. This is only fitting, even though this story takes place in world of ghosts, demons, zombies, and loup-garous.

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  • Andrew Stone
  • 2019-07-12

Fantastic Book

Excellent book. Performed by fantastic duet of readers!

If you liked this book and are waiting for next book from this author I suggest you try these classic books of the epic fantasy genre:

1) The Eye of the World
2) The Name of The Wind
3) The Warded Man
4) The Way of Kings
5) The Final Empire
6) Wizards First Rule

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  • Kephra
  • 2019-04-06

funny, interesting and unique for the genre

I think this is a lot better than Dresden files etc. definitely recommend it to anyone interested in supernatural detective type stories.

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  • Lindsey Albright
  • 2019-03-14

Amazing

I loved the story. it was enthralling. I've already recommended it to a few people. It was just that good.
Also, Michael Kramer's voice gave me the shivers.

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  • Diana
  • 2019-01-11

Horror combined with misogynistic characters

Another book with women victims being forced to be prostitutes, or raped and killed. The only strong female is a demon, who is, of course very sexy.

The writing has action, and a plot, but only some of the characters get described enough to give the mind's eye something to go on. Sometimes the character's descripition comes quite a bit down the storyline, and in the meantime the mind's eye has a blank figure to work with.

The long descriptions of bodies, sex, and the loving detail in describing how women are recruited and funneled through the sex slave industry from Eastern Europe to Britain is not the stuff I look for in a book. Thus, this needs to be explained to potential buyers of the book.

I thought about returning the book after the first sex scene - but I am not used to reading books where there is so much sex, and misogyny that I thought that would be it. No. The book has more. I kept going to other books, mostly comedies to clean my brain, and wondered why the series got such a rave review on a facebook group I am on. I would go back to try to finish the book and just wondered what kind of person this appeals to.

I did go back to the Facebook group to search for the rave review and realized it was just one person.

The narration was not a favorite for me. It was a bit clipped and snooty.

The book blurb should mention that the book has sex in it, that women are abused, and that one woman is killed while being raped. Perhaps this book shouldn't belong in the Fantasy - Contemporary section it is now in.

Women don't fantasize about being tricked to go to another country and be forced to be a sex worker, or be conditioned to accept that fate, or be raped, or be murdered.

This was not enjoyable for me. Perhaps a better book blurb would help the author and publisher attract the people who find this good reading and also help people who don't find these themes entertaining avoid the book.

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  • Family Chrisenberry
  • 2018-12-09

Pendergast on Prozac

Delightful mixture of Harry Dresden and Brandon Sanderson with a good dash of pendergast, and a large helping of laughter! Phenomenal performance by Michael Kramer.

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  • Cristina
  • 2019-04-01

The devil you know for teens

The story was amazing, thought out, and flowed well. The preformance of the reader could have been better. It didn't seem to have much feeling or volume change. Had very realistic aspects yet you could never predict what would come next. Worth the read.