“Dead Men’s Boots” by Mike Carey (Grand Central Publishing, 2009)

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The intrepid exorcist, Felix Castor, returns under the skilled writing hands of Mike Carey, and this is his biggest adventure yet!  After ignoring calls from a fellow exorcist, John Gittings, he finds his friend dead, an apparent suicide and feels guilty.  He agrees to work with the wife in putting her husband to rest, along with dealing with a slimy lawyer who’s trying to execute Gittings will to be cremated.  At the same time Castor is brought onto a case about a man who’s been brutally raped and murdered.  As Castor begins putting the facts together it’s starting to look like a dead female serial killer may somehow be behind it all.  Joining up with his quasi-friend and succubus-turned-exorcist, Juliet, and importing some help from his zombie friend who always has answers, Nicky Heath; Castor will have to travel to Alabama to get some answers and put the case together.  Dead Men’s Boots continues in this third book in the excellent series that just gets better with each new release.  If only the US could get the books published as fast as the UK, which already has the fourth book out, with the fifth due out in the fall.

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Originally written on June 10th, 2009 ©Alex C. Telander.

For an interview with Mike Carey check out BookBanter Episode 16.

Originally published in the Sacramento Book Review.