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Dead Beat: A Novel of the Dresden Files (Dresden Files #07)by Jim Butcher
Synopses & Reviews
Jim Butcher's Dresden Files novels have been compared to Harry Potter with an adult tone and attitude. Now, in his first hardcover adventure, Harry Dresden must save Chicago from black magic and necromancy — all in a day's work for the city's only professional wizard.
"Butcher's seventh comic supernatural Dresden Files novel makes a welcome leap to hardcover (after 2004's Blood Rites). Harry Dresden, a wizard PI living in Chicago with his half-brother, who's an incubus, and his dog, Mouse, learns that his girlfriend, a Chicago police officer specializing in occult investigations, is being blackmailed by a vampire. Unfortunately, every dark-magic wielder in Chicago apparently wants the same thing as the vampire — the spells of an unpleasant necromancer, Kemmler, whom Dresden's employers, the White Council, eliminated some years earlier. With Kemmler's spells one can summon the Erlking, the leader of the Wild Hunt, and draw on his magic to achieve godlike powers — at the cost of thousands of lives. To thwart the various ghouls, sorcerers and body-stealers in their evil quest, Dresden must turn for help to a reluctantly heroic medical examiner, Waldo Butters; a pack of werewolves, the Alphas; and a fallen angel, disguised as a bookstore clerk. Horror fans with a sense of humor will be pleased. Agent, Jennifer Jackson at DMLA." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Butcher's latest maintains the momentum of previous Dresden outings and builds the suspense right up to a rousing conclusion." Booklist
"A fun-loaded series." Kirkus Reviews
"Mixing offbeat humor, a hard-boiled style, and rich detail, Butcher's first hardcover...deserves a spot in every library's fantasy or dark fantasy collection." Library Journal
In his first hardcover adventure in the national bestselling series. Harry Dresden must save Chicago from black magic and necromancy — all in a day's work for the city's only professional wizard.
Filled with "kickass adventure and supernatural fireworks," Butcher's latest Dresden Files novel finds paranormal investigator Harry Dresden — Chicago's only professional wizard — going up against a killer vampire.
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"The wildest, strangest, best Dresden adventure to date...Butcher's blending of modern fantasy with classic noir sensibilities ensures that there's never a dull moment."
When a killer vampire threatens to destroy head of Special Investigations Karrin Murphy's reputation unless Harry delivers the powerful Word of Kemmler to her, he has no choice. Now Harry is in a race against time to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead.
About the Author
A martial arts enthusiast whose résumé includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives with his wife, son, and ferocious guard dog.
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