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For Harry Dresden, there have been worse assignments than going undercover on the set of an adult film. Still, there's something more troubling than usual about his newest case. The film's producer believes he's the target of a sinister curse-but it's the women around him who are dying.

Harry's even more frustrated because he only got involved with this ...

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Overview

New in hardcover from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Dresden Files series.

For Harry Dresden, there have been worse assignments than going undercover on the set of an adult film. Still, there's something more troubling than usual about his newest case. The film's producer believes he's the target of a sinister curse-but it's the women around him who are dying.

Harry's even more frustrated because he only got involved with this bizarre mystery as a favor to Thomas-his flirtatious, self-absorbed vampire acquaintance of dubious integrity. Thomas has a personal stake in the case Harry can't quite figure out. But Harry is about to discover that Thomas' family tree has been hiding a shocking revelation that will change his life forever...

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Blood Rites, the sixth book in Jim Butcher's Dresden Files (Storm Front, Fool Moon, Grave Peril, et al.) pits Harry Dresden -- a Chicago detective who happens to be a powerful wizard -- against a mysterious killer who is systematically targeting people working on an X-rated movie set.

When an unlikely acquaintance of Harry's -- a self-absorbed vampire named Thomas -- asks him as a favor to help out a friend, Harry is compelled to agree. The friend, Arturo Genosa, is a motion picture producer in the process of starting his own adult entertainment company. But someone, or something, doesn't want him to succeed. One by one, his employees are dying incredibly gruesome and seemingly accidental deaths. Harry, posing as a production assistant, investigates.

What he uncovers is pure evil. Someone is ritualistically killing members of Genosa's staff with a powerful magic curse that involves raising a demon. As Harry digs deeper, he finds himself in the middle of a deadly vampiric civil war that not only puts his life in danger but also risks the lives of hundreds of innocents. Further probing leads Harry to some jaw-dropping insights, both about the vampires and about himself.

Fans of genre-transcending sagas like Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake novels and Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire sequence should thoroughly enjoy Butcher's Dresden Files, which are equal parts fantasy, horror, and hard-boiled mystery. Powered by the author's irreverent sense of humor, this tongue-in-cheek supernatural thriller is as entertaining as it is grisly. Jim Butcher definitely puts the "ick" in magic-based fantasy. Paul Goat Allen

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451463357
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/6/2010
  • Series: Dresden Files Series , #6
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Butcher

A martial arts enthusiast whose resume 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, his son and a ferocious guard dog.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2010

    This isn't a new book.

    I love this series, but Blood Rites isn't a new book in the series. Blood Rites is book #6 of the Dresden Files series, and this series is currently up to book #12. The latest book in this series is called Changes and was released in April of 2010.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

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    Loved this episode

    Stumbled across Turn Coat two months ago and I've been voraciously consuming the series on audiobook ever since. Dresden is one of the more interesting characters ever devised in this genre (Gandalf meets Sam Spade with a huge dose of wise-ass) and James Marsters was the perfect choice as a reader for the series (as good, for example, as Patrick Tull was for the Patrick O'Brien Aubrey-Maturin novels). Although I've enjoyed all of the Dresden Files books immensely, this episode is among my favorite. Why? Well, it brings us Mouse, explains the Thomas-Harry relationship, gives us a glimpse into the Murphy family, and reveals what a cold monster Papa Wraith really is.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

    NOT A NEW BOOK

    This is a great book in the series, but it is NOT new! This is book number 6 (I believe)!! Enjoy!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    Awesome twists, turns and character development

    There was a lot more to this book than any of the others so far. It had the funniest opening up to this point, the biggest character development for several main characters, and a lot of action. Awesome book. Well worth staying up until 2:30 in the morning to finish.

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  • Posted May 14, 2014

    Oh, Harry, how we love thee. *Book source ~ Purchased at Audibl

    Oh, Harry, how we love thee.

    *Book source ~ Purchased at Audible

    Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only wizard and a private investigator, agrees to take a job recommended to him by White Court vampire Thomas Wraith. Arturo Genosa, film producer, appears to be targeted by an entropy curse and Thomas would like for Harry to protect Arturo & the people on the set and find out who is behind the curse. Since Thomas had helped Harry rescue a litter of Tibetian Temple puppies from a pretty dicey situation, Harry agrees to look into it. Little did he know he would end up with a puppy, working on the set of a porn film and getting in the middle of White Court vampire politics. Some days he really shouldn’t leave his apartment.

    Guest reviewers:
    A ~ my 16-yr-old daughter
    T ~ my 14-yr-old son
    K ~ my 13-yr-old son

    I think, by far, the most favorite addition to the growing cast in the Dresden Universe is Mouse the puppy. Everyone loves him. There’s news about Thomas that was a surprise, but everyone cautiously likes, Ebenezer and Kincaid are back and still favorites though Kincaid is a mystery that needs solving and Anna particularly liked meeting Murphy’s family though no one liked her sister. They thought it was interesting to see Thomas’s Hunger and the whole bit in the picture gallery was a big surprise.
     
    The fight with the Black Court vampires was a hit and we thought the part where Murphy had to take her pants off was funny. It really is. You’ll see. A & T did not like what happened to Harry during the fight (his injury), but K did. When asked why his reply was: “It looks cool and I know what happens in future books.” Well, ok then. :D

    Favorite moments:
    A ~ meeting Mouse or any part with Kincaid in it. (Hmmm…)
    T ~ the conclusions to any and all fights
    K ~ when Trixie died because she was really annoying

    Favorite quotes has a tie:
    “Everyone stopped to blink at that for a second. I mean, come on. Impaled by a guided frozen turkey missile. Even by the standards of the quasi-immortal creatures of the night, that ain’t something you see twice. “For my next trick," I panted into the startled silence, ‘anvils.”

    “An errand is getting a tank of gas or picking up a carton of milk or something. It is not getting chased by flying purple pyromaniac gorillas hurling incendiary poo!” ~ Thomas

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  • Posted September 9, 2013

    So far this is one of the best in the series. Currently I am rea

    So far this is one of the best in the series. Currently I am reading Dead Beat and am enjoying it too, but Blood Rites is still my favorite.

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  • Posted August 20, 2013

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    In Blood Rites , the sixth book of The Dresden Files

    In <i>Blood Rites</i>
    , the sixth book of <i>The Dresden Files</i>
    series of urban fantasy books by Jim Butcher, more of Harry's back story is delved into. Of note is that this is different from many times a character's back story is explained in the course of a series in that usually the character him or herself knows their own history well. Harry, at least for the parts about any family he may or may not have, <i>doesn't</i>
    know his own history.

    As the story begins, White Court Vampire Thomas Raith, sometimes ally of Harry and his friends, has accompanied Harry on a mission (okay, so Harry tricked him into it). After they successfully escape the bad guys, Thomas asks Harry to help a friend of his, Arturo Genosa. From there on, this story's (and Butcher's) trademark of hilarity, danger, and suspense goes on a roll.

    As he takes on the mission of saving several women who have been marked for death by some paranormal nasties, Harry discovers that Thomas and him have a connection that changes everything about how he viewed the world and his lonely place in it.

    This was a fast-paced, but albeit <i>different</i>
    book. It had two concurrent plot lines. One of them was the main story about the mystery and vagaries of Arturo and House Raith, while the other one involved a battle against the Black Court Vampires (think Dracula or Nosferatu), and the various fallout and revelations therein, especially about Dresden's idol, mentor, and father figure Ebenezar McCoy. Something similar occurred in the fifth book, but not to this extent. That book's plot line of a duel with a Red Court vampire was very much a subplot. Here, the battle against this other vampire court took up quite a bit more of the book, in an effort to set up the plot for future books.

    The part I liked best about this was that, with the exception of some of the Harry/McCoy story, and some of Murphy's emotional strains, this was a story in the series with a reasonably <i>happy</i>
    ending. For this reason, like I did with <i>Summer Knight</i>
    , I enjoyed this one.

    Another part I liked was that I got to know more of Harry's history. Sure, having less of an air of “mystery” to a character can be a bad thing at times, but not when the author handles any reveals so skillfully, as Butcher did here. We learn about the history alongside of Harry on a way that sets up future plots. Butcher did a fantastic job here.

    I suppose that the one thing I didn't enjoy was the vagueness of some of the details, such as Harry's mom's actions in the past that set up the novel's main plot, and so on. But that is a small quibble to have.

    Jim Butcher has delivered yet another fantastic page-turner that I heartily urge folks to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    There wasn't enough in the areas of the story I wanted, and maybe a little too much in the areas that set up future events.

    Not bad, but it felt like something was missing. Butcher goes back to a corner of the supernatural world he had given us a brief glimpse of in previous books and expands on it. He's done this before, has done it really well, and I think he continues to do so here. But because of connections established previously, I was left waiting for a shoe to drop that never came. There's been a sub-plot running through the novels that reached a bit of a high point in the last one. A sub-plot that started in the novel that introduced the groups that Butcher works with in this one. So I was expecting the sub-plot to pop up again. But there's almost nothing. Just a brief line in the climax about previous events.

    It also feels like Butcher is setting up a number of things for future novels. Like at some point down the line he's going to dive into unexplored territory, and a single chapter in this book was all the previous set up we may have had.

    Over all, there wasn't enough in the areas of the story I wanted, and maybe a little too much in the areas that set up future events.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    My favorite Dresden book so far!!

    This has been my favorite Dresden book so far! Many questions were answered & additional information on the world & life of Harry Dresden comes to light.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Read it twice

    I read a few books in between #6 & #7, so I needed to read this one again to refresh my memory on what happened. It was good. I think I am enjoying #7 better though. It's got a lot of action!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

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    Love Butcher!

    I love the whole Dresden series. It gets better each book he writes and this book is no exception.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Great like always

    Ditto

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2012

    Another good read in the Dresden saga

    A secret war with vampires vs. wizards. Harry needs to locate an object of historical and religious significance which has great power. Magic, action, drama, mystery and a bit romance thrown in, Michael the holy Knight features prominently and Harry's former girlfriend makes a return visit. Oh and don't forget the demons!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2012

    Great

    Great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    Super

    Great read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Excellent read

    Another great story in the Harry Dresden series. You will admire and love Harry, his family and friends as they all protect the city of Chicago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Dresden Files are always a sure thing

    Every book in this series is excellent, and Blood Rites is no exception. Jim Butcher knows how to mix action and humor, and while the premise of the book starts off innocent enough (by Dresden standards, anyway), by the end you can't help but be ensnared by Harry's problems. Blood Rites is not my favorite of the series so far, but it's still a great book and a fun read. I always recommend any of the Dresden Files books, and I feel that the series as a whole just keeps getting better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    ***** GREAT read.

    Loved it. Can't wait to get book 8.

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  • Posted January 11, 2012

    great Butcher spins

    As usual Jim Butcher keeps you guessing and spinning in this tale of of intrigue and family background. How does Dresden mannage to survive all the suspence and tragic happenings in his life?

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