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The Devil You Know

Felix Castor, Book 1
Narrated by: Michael Kramer
Series: Felix Castor, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Felix Castor is a freelance exorcist, and London is his stamping ground. At a time when the supernatural world is in upheaval and spilling over into the mundane reality of the living, his skills have never been more in demand. A good exorcist 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. 

After a year spent in 'retirement', Castor is reluctantly drawn back to the life he rejected and accepts a seemingly simple exorcism case - just to pay the bills, you understand. Trouble is, the more he discovers about the ghost haunting the archive, the more things don't add up. What should have been a perfectly straightforward exorcism is rapidly turning into the Who Can Kill Castor First Show, with demons, were-beings and ghosts all keen to claim the big prize. 

But that's okay; Castor knows how to deal with the dead. It's the living who piss him off....

©2007 Mike Carey (P)2018 Little, Brown Book Group

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  • Jerry
  • 28-06-2019

Great book, but ask Finty to read it!

Another excellent book from Mr Carey, but I found Kramer's pseudo-English accent annoying. It seems to wander between Boston and Adelaide, stopping only briefly near London to admire the view...

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  • Miss R L Colman
  • 21-05-2019

Enjoyable story, but narrator not my cuppa

I enjoyed the story, although a little linear for me. The book is based in London, but there are lots of Americanisms in the phrasing & the narrator, while having a pleasant voice, is just too American to play an English character.

if you can forgive the messy geography in vocal vs setting, then it's a good easy listening book.

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  • Nik
  • 22-03-2019

Intriguing and a grower

I wasn't convinced when first starting this but after some perseverance it developed into a really good listen. So much so I will continue the series. Good listening.

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  • Joanne
  • 26-02-2019

The devil indeed

I was looking for a new series having finished the Dresden files and although this isn’t Harry Dresden it’s a very close second. The narration takes a bit of getting used to however it suits the story of Felix Castor and chums, and I found be warming to the combination.
Don’t let the thought of him being an exosist put you off as there are flashes of humour and the story’s zoom along at a fantastic pace. Which I found me lurching from book to book. Highly recommended

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  • Grace
  • 22-11-2018

A refreshing slice of London Noir

I’m surprised I’ve not come across these books before but glad that I’ve finally found them.

The main character (Felix Castor) has a slight touch of the John Constantine’s but generally more polished and less sleazy. If you are a fan of the Hellblazer comics or Peter McLean’s Burned Man books you will love this.

As a Londoner I did find the narrators accent a little eccentric but it did not detract from they story or the overall performance.