Review: Dead Men’s Boots
The latest Felix Castor novel (for US audiences at least) is an enjoyable supernatural mystery, albeit one that doesn’t offer much that’s new to the series. “Fix” Castor is a freelance exorcist in a world in which ghosts, zombies, and werewolves have become fairly routine. He’s also clearly modeled off of John Constantine, a character that Mike Carey wrote for years previously. And I pretty much view this series as the stories he wasn’t able or allowed to tell while writing for Hellblazer.
This time around Castor is dragged into 3 cases at once. First he’s investigating the sudden suicide of a colleague who had been working on the case of his career. Then there’s the mater of a man on trial for murder whose claiming he was possessed at the time of the crime. And in the background Castor has to fight to protect a demon possessed friend from becoming a paranormal lab rat.
The multiple plot threads are all fairly strong but ultimately they don’t hold together quite as strongly as I would like. Dead Men’s Boots makes for a decent perpetuation of the series, but Carey is definitely capable of better.