Vicious Circle

Vicious Circle

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by Mike Carey
     
 

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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.
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Overview

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...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In Carey's fine second supernatural thriller (after The Devil You Know), FelixCastor, an exorcist with paranormal abilities who lives in a near-future England where ghosts and zombies are an accepted reality, is suffering from guilt after an attempt to separate a master demon, Asmodeus, from a friend, Rafi, ended with the evil spirit gaining even more control over Rafi. Fortunately, a new case provides distraction. Melanie and Stephen Torrington, who believe that their young daughter's ghost has been kidnapped, hire Castor to uncover some last trace of their child. The investigator soon finds that his employers haven't been fully truthful with him as he starts crossing paths with lycanthropes and other undead beings. Carey's imagined universe has some nice satiric touches (the term "zombie" has been designated a form of hate speech), and the well-developed main character appears more than capable of carrying a series for many books to come. (July)

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Adult/High School

This follow-up to Carey's The Devil You Know (Grand Central, 2007) returns readers to a modern-day London where ghosts and zombies have become part of daily life. The novel revisits the lives of many characters introduced in the first book, including the protagonist, Felix Castor, but it stands alone. Castor has returned to his life as an exorcist and quickly becomes involved in a "missing ghost" case that isn't as open-and-shut as it first appears. Similar in style and subject matter to Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's Brimstone (Grand Central, 2005), the book combines the detective thriller with supernatural elements to create a plot filled with suspense, ghoulish apparitions, and the Catholic Church. The narration provides a nice mix of dialogue and action, with humorous undertones sprinkled throughout, as Castor must rely on the help of zombies, werewolves, and a succubus to solve the mystery. Although the story begins slowly, it quickly picks up and comes to a satisfying end, finishing Castor's current adventure with a few subplots that are likely to be tied up in the next novel in the series.-Kelliann Bogan, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH

Kirkus Reviews
Comic-book writer turned novelist Carey (The Devil You Know, 2007) resurrects his hero, exorcist Felix Castor, for another throw-down with supernatural forces in this intricately plotted tale set in London. Although many second novels disappoint, Carey's fans have nothing to worry about. If anything, this book ratchets up the action, making it even more compelling than The Devil You Know. This time around, Castor is working from his own slightly seedy office when a couple visits him with a compelling story. They have lost their young daughter in a terrible accident-but even more distressing is what happened to the child's ghost following her death. Castor, moved by their story, takes their case and unwittingly mires himself in a complex and deeply dark plot that pits the worst Hell has to offer against a shadowy band of men who not only want to stop it, but also kill Castor in the bargain. At stake: one simple, innocent soul that could, if wrongly used, bring Castor's greatest nemesis to date to the pinnacle of earthly power. Castor and his usual bunch of cronies from the previous novel-his landlady, Pen; Nicky, a zombie who is right at home on the Internet; and Juliet, an alluring succubus who has hung out her shingle as one of Felix's competitors-are all once again caught up in Felix's case, which only turns more deadly at every twist and turn. The story line never falters under the author's deft plotting, and his main man Felix retains that all-important dark sense of humor that somehow matches the London he inhabits. Carey juggles characters and bits and pieces of plot like a man with a thousand arms, catching each word and positioning it in exactly the right place in this deftlycrafted, can't-turn-the-page-fast-enough read. Agent: Meg Davis/MBA Literary Agents
From the Publisher
"Kramer...proves adept at translating the dangers and quandaries facing an exorcist who is wondering if he has the right to banish spirits to oblivion." —AudioFile

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446618717
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
592
Sales rank:
228,557
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

M.R. Carey is a pen name for an established British writer of prose fiction and comic books. He has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on X-Men and Fantastic Four, Marvel's flagship superhero titles. His creator-owned books regularly appear in the New York Times graphic fiction bestseller list. He also has several previous novels and one Hollywood movie screenplay to his credit.

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