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Vicious Circle by Mike Carey
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Vicious Circle

by Mike Carey

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Felix Castor is hired by a pair of grieving parents to find the ghost of their daughter, somehow stolen by the mother's ex-lover, but things turn out to be much more perilous than expected when both the Catholic Church and their adversaries turn up to stake a claim. Another good installment in an exciting series. Again, the Constantine similarities are there, but Castor is much more a working-man's exorcist rather than a cynical occultist, so the story hits very different notes than Constantine. Granted, he also isn't as funny as Constantine, but he's a solid character nevertheless. The mystery in this installment gets turned on its head more than once during the story and there are a couple of reveals that were frankly a little stunning. Great read! ( )
  -Eva- | Sep 4, 2018 |
Poor Felix, everything always happens to him, and he has to make no win decisions. :( Really enjoy the writing style and the narrator on this one! ( )
  shaunesay | Jun 21, 2017 |
It was o.k. I laughed a couple of times and I mostly wasn't bored. I'll read another. ( )
  mkunruh | Nov 13, 2016 |
A few convenient remembrances just in time to save his hide, but I really quite enjoyed it. ( )
  SadieSForsythe | Feb 24, 2016 |
Hard-boiled detective story, with an urban fantasy setting. Oh yeah, and includes ghosts/demons/undead as "citizens". The lines of good and evil don't follow the traditional paths: here some humans are bad, some undead are good, and some of each are the opposite.

The story is a bit slow to pick up... I actually got a bit frustrated with the delay in the story gearing up because I had selected this book for a trip and didn't have any alternatives handy, and I wanted an immediate escape from flight delays.

Fortunately, the story does pick up not too far in, and once it did, it became a very engaging mystery/detective novel. The mystery Felix is trying to solve might be non-traditional (ghosts), but the detective-procedural was actual pretty "normal". It was traditional hard work and a few hard knocks that allowed Felix to solve the mystery, not a deus-ex-machina.

I think if you read the first book in the series and liked it, you'd like this one at least as much, maybe more since there isn't as much time fleshing out the world. If you hadn't read the first book, though, I still think you can start with this one and not be lost for long - the slow part at the beginning sets up the world sufficiently for newcomers, and the detective story is completely stand-alone. ( )
  crazybatcow | Mar 23, 2015 |
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Felix Castor has reluctantly returned to exorcism after a successful case convinces him that he really can do some good with his abilities---"good," of course, being a relative term when dealing with the undead. His friend Rafi is still possessed, the succubus Ajulutsikael (Juliet to her friends) still technically has a contract on him, and he's still dirt poor.
Doing some consulting for the local cops helps pay the bills, but Castor needs a big private job to really fill the hole in his bank account. That's what he needs. What he gets is a seemingly insignificant "missing ghost" case that inexorably drags him and his loved ones into the middle of a horrific plot to raise one of hell's fiercest demons.
When satanists, stolen spirits, sacrifice farms, and haunted churches all appear on the same police report, the name Felix Castor can't be too far behind...

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"Felix Castor knows how to deal with the dead. It's the living who piss him off. Castor has reluctantly returned to exorcism after the case of the Bonnington Archive ghost convinced him that he really can do some good with his abilities ('good', of course, being a relative term when dealing with the undead). But his friend, Rafi, is still possessed; the succubus, Ajulutsikael (Juliet to her friends), still technically has a contract on him; and he's still - let's not beat around the bush - dirt poor." "Doing some consulting for the local constabulary helps pay the bills, but Castor needs a big, private job to really fill the hole in his overdraft. That's what he needs. What he gets, good fortune and Castor not being on speaking terms, is a seemingly insignificant 'missing ghost' case that inexorably drags himself and his loved ones into the middle of a horrific plot to raise one of Hell's fiercest demons." "And when Satanists, sacrifice farms, stolen spirits and possessed churches all appear on the same police report, the name of Felix Castor can't be too far behind."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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