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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (TRD); 1 edition (April 3 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451461401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451461407
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. At the start of Butcher's superlative ninth Dresden Files novel (after 2006's Proven Guilty), hardboiled wizard detective Harry Dresden learns that someone is killing Chicago's minor wizards. Joined by his police friend, Sergeant Murphy, and his Amazonian apprentice, Molly Carpenter, Harry discovers that his brother, Thomas, is a prime suspect. As a Warden of the White Council, at war with both the Red Court of blood-drinking vampires and the White Court of psychic vampires, Harry has to go into action. And there's plenty of that, including a battle with ghouls on the lakefront that turns into a gripping flashback of another encounter with ghouls some years before in New Mexico. The large cast features such finely drawn characters as gangster Gentleman Johnnie Marcone and Harry's first love, Elaine Mallory. This installment is sure to get a lift from The Dresden Files TV series, which debuted on the Sci-Fi Channel in January. Author tour. (Apr.)
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*Starred Review* This time, when Harry Dresden gets a call from Murphy, it's off the record, because she has been demoted, things in SI are politically shaky, and the police have already declared a suicide. Once Harry gets a good look, though, the suicide is clearly a murder with magical intent. As he investigates, hoping as always to stop the killer before more die, evidence points to the worst possible suspect: his half brother. In another complicated case, there are a lot of very powerful players, and with the war between the White Council and the Red Court vampires, politics are played hard and fast. In tracking down the killer, Harry manages to catch the attention of the White Court vampires again, too. On top of all that, he is still teaching strong-willed, occasionally impulsive teenager Molly Carpenter, and the teacher-student dynamic is difficult for him. And oh, yes, Lasciel, the demon trapped in a coin Harry has secured under his summoning circle, is a lingering presence. As usual in the Dresden Files, of which this is volume 9, Butcher puts the characters in a lot of danger, creates appalling moral choices for them, and spins an excellent noirish detective yarn in a well-crafted, supernaturally charged setting. The supporting cast is again fantastic, and Harry's wit continues to fly in the face of a peril-fraught plot. Regina Schroeder
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GinRobi on Sept. 25 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Murphy calls Dresden to the scene of what is being classified as a suicide. But something doesn't feel right. And with his own brand of investigation, manages to find a hidden message: one that even the police would never have found. A message for him. Exodus 22:18. `Suffer not a witch to live.' Murphy things perhaps a religious fanatic. Harry doesn't think so.

As Harry investigates, he's finding more of the 'supernatural underclass' are turning up either dead or missing. And he doesn't like the looks of things. A security tape points right at Thomas, Harry's half brother, and Harry refuses to believe it. His brother wouldn't do that. But finding Thomas is an investigation in itself ~ Harry can't find him and he's started to get worried.

As Harry delves deeper, he and Murphy are targeted more and more, and he's suddenly thinking of a bigger picture. There's more to these supposed suicides, he's sure of it.

Without warning, Elaine pops into the story, surprising Harry with the actual amount of strength she has as a wizard. However, she's keeping a low profile; she doesn't trust men, refuses to be controlled by them again, and is staying on the down-low, refusing to call attention to herself. She wants nothing to do with the Wardens or the White Council and will do anything to keep it that way.

The investigation grows more complex, time is running out, and Harry has to figure out a way to stop the threat of a bigger war.

Harry knows he can't do it alone. But is he willing to throw his friends in the fray and watch as they get hurt or, worse yet, die?

I saw a different side of Harry in this novel, and at times, he even scared me.
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I consider the Dresden Files series to be a continuing masterpiece. Every single book in this series contains a densely-plotted and clever mystery, plus excellent characterizations, witty dialogue, endlessly fascinating rules of magic, and a sardonic hero whose observations have actually made me laugh out loud on several occasions. This latest book is no exception. I am especially pleased that the action in this series is serious and threatening without burying the reader in gore (as in Laurrell K. Hamilton's recent Anita Blake novels), and the sensuality depicted in this series never becomes explicit (also as in Laurrell K. Hamilton's recent Anita Blake novels).

For readers who crave good urban fantasy and liked the early Anita Blake novels, this series is of a similar flavour, but superior because of the intricate plotting and the welcome addition of humour. I do believe, however, that fans of mystery, general fantasy, and action-adventure will also be thrilled by this series. I guarantee that you will become addicted as soon as you read any one of them, though I would recommend starting from the first book in order to fully appreciate all of the returning characters in this, book nine.
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By Maurice on Oct. 15 2014
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Usually a series gets a bit boring after two or four books. ABSOLUTELY not the case here. It is also important to read the books in sequence. It seems that the author continues to build his current story on facts or situations that arose from his previous books. In other words Dresden is improving, learning, growing. It is excellent. His fight scenes are credible, fast paced and well described that you can imagine the scene in your mind. I enjoy how he slips in comments related to Star Wars, PS3 games, and even old TV series like Wonder Women! My guess that he is building Dresden up to take over the white council at the end. Introducing Molly into the series provides new potential for spin-off stories. Getting harder and harder to put the books down. I said already, so far a strongly recommended series like the Codex Alera series. Getting book 10 !!
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My brain in summer: I can read things, but not a lot of it absorbs; I can enjoy things at the time then later forget the details. Such was my state of mind when reading this instalment of "The Dresden Files". Bob's great, Carlos Ramirez is great...and if I remember correctly (which I may not) Priscilla the Bitch was great too. As for other details of the book? Molly Carpenter is a sex symbol for horny old men. Now my brain rests.
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By Bootsy Bass TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 30 2014
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It seems impossible but these HARRY DRESDEN books just keep getting better and better. I hit a point around book 6 or 7 ( I can't recall exactly) where the series dragged for me but every book since then has been better and better.

I highly recommend this series.....If you like Urban Fantasy Harry Dresden is the king. Thanks JIM BUTCHER for this incredible series.
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