Vicious Circle by Mike Carey is the second outing for Felix Castor, ghostbuster extraordinaire. It’s another wicked blend of supernatural mayhem and hard-boiled detective story set in a dark and gritty London where the dead walk among the living.
Felix Castor, London exorcist, solved a tough case at the Bonnington Archive and now he’s doing some consulting for the local constabulary. When a couple wants to hire him to find the ghost of their young daughter he’s reluctant to take the case but unfortunately money is still tight and unpaid bills force him to change his mind. He should have followed his instincts because nothing is as it seems. The girl was taken by another exorcist. While Felix follows the disreputable kidnapper, a pair of werewolves follows him. What he thought was a simple case immerses him into a horrific plot to raise one of Hell’s fiercest demons. This time St. Michael’s Church is the center of demonic activity. The abundant twists and turns keep readers on their toes but once again Carey manages to pull together several intriguing plotlines and come up with a satisfying conclusion.
The characters are offbeat. Castor’s old friend, Rafi, is still possessed by a demon and his love interest is Juliet, a succubus. The loup-garous and zombies are back, as well as a group of excommunicated Catholics. Felix still has his quick tongue and his sarcastic wit makes the first person narrative a hugely entertaining read. Sometimes description slows the pace but there’s still plenty of action and quite a bit of violence as Felix manages to survive numerous beatings.
If you’re a fan of the “The Dresden Files” by Jim Butcher you should give this series a try. It’s another paranormal – gumshoe mix, very entertaining and very much worth a read.
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (July 28, 2008)
Price: $ 24.99