Review: Vicious Circle

Vicious Circle is the second Mike Carey novel to feature Felix Castor, a private eye/exorcist that borrows equally from Philip Marlowe and John Constantine.  The first book in the series, the Devil You Know, had a lot of promise for a series, but generally spent too much time setting up the world.  Fortunately, with the exposition safely out of the way there Carey is given free reign to hit the ground running this time out, and it makes for a huge improvement.

The story involves a missing child case with the added twist that the child is already dead.  Carey milks the setup for all its worth, throwing in were-creatures, renegade catholic sects and a few demons for good measure.  Furthermore he masterfully pulls off the trick of making all these supernatural elements come across as a mundane part of the London setting.

I’m looking forward to reading more of these.

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