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The Devil You Know (Novel)

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The Devil You Know
The Devil You Know Book Cover, written by Mike Carey
The Devil You Know Book Cover,
written by Mike Carey
Author(s) Mike Carey
Series Felix Castor
Publisher Grand Central Publishing (Hardcover)
Orbit (eBook)
Publication date July 10, 2007
Media type Hardcover
Length 416 Pages
ISBN 978-0446580304 (Hardcover)
Followed by Vicious Circle

For other uses of the word Succubus, see Succubus (disambiguation).

The Devil You Know is a novel written by Mike Carey. It is the first work in the Felix Castor series by this author. In this work the character Ajulutsikael, also known as Juliet, is a Succubus.


  • Title: The Devil You Know
  • Author: Mike Carey
  • Published By: Grand Central Publishing (Hardcover), Orbit (eBook)
  • Length: 416 Pages
  • Format: Hardcover & eBook
  • ASIN: B000QRIGVM (eBook)
  • ISBN-10: 0446580309 (Hardcover)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446580304 (Hardcover)
  • Publishing Date: July 10, 2007

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Plot Summary

A violent ghost in a world where spirits are rarely mean-spirited is a clue to a deeper mystery in this engrossing dark fantasy debut from comics-writer Carey. Felix Fix Castor is an itinerant exorcist who (like a certain famous group of Hollywood ghost-evictors) alternates between dispatching spooks and doing stage magic at ungrateful children's birthday parties. When he's summoned to end a haunting at London's prestigious Bonnington Archive, he finds a vengeful specter with a blood-veiled face that resists methods for extirpating the usually docile dead. When Castor begins probing more deeply, he quickly finds himself harassed by a ravenous succubus, a belligerent fellow exorcist and a slimy Eastern European pimp. The resolution of this ingeniously multi-layered tale will satisfy fans of both fantasy and detective fiction. Fix Castor's wisecracking cleverness in the face of weird nemeses makes him the perfect hardboiled hero for a new supernatural noir series.

Book Review

The following review can be found in the External Links below:

  • 5 of 5 stars
  • Reviewed On: October 21, 2007
  • Reviewed By TJ "Brewser"

I just finished the book 10 minutes ago. Mike Carey hit on every cliche of the hard-boiled detective genre. And I mean that as the highest possible compliment. All the best hard-boiled detective stories are ultimately about the murder victim, and a flawed champion seeking to lay his or her troubled ghost to rest by exposing the culprit. (For the record, I'm aware of how pompous that last sentence was. I've got a few beers in me. Give me a freakin break.) Carey adds a new layer with the supernatural element, making the victim's ghost a real rather than a metaphorical presence. The casting of an actual succubus in the femme fatale role was a nice touch, too. And no matter how outlandish the story became, Carey's feel for realistic settings and characters kept the whole thing grounded. It was gritty, disturbing, funny and surprisingly tender. At the end, Carey seemed to be laying the groundwork for a continuing series. I hope I'm right, because I'd like to read more.

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