Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Devil You Know - Mike Carey

Hellblazer lite.

Not much of a surprise given Carey is writing it, and it is a pretty reasonable book, but certainly if this character and Constantine walked past each other on the street they'd do a double take.

Castor is not quite down to that sordid and nasty level, though. As an exorcist who has chucked in the job in a world where ghosts are real and the average person knows about it, he gets drawn back in to something that is quite sordid, involving trafficking and Eastern Europe, and a ghost mystery.

Werewolves here, for example, are just another variety of ghost, and one of the funniest threats seen recently - 'I can rip your throat out before you get to a second note' - said to Castor, who employs a tin whistle of all things to put down the undead.

If he gets bored and chucks in the ghost busting, he can always sit in with the Chieftains, the Pogues, Flogging Molly or the Dropkick Murphys or someone, we suppose.

3.5 out of 5

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