Dead Beat (Dresden Files Series #7)

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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.
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Overview


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.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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. (May 3) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Practicing wizard Harry Dresden dedicates his life to protecting mortals from the unseen world of vampires, werewolves, zombies, and other supernatural creatures that inhabit present-day Chicago-and the rest of the world. When he discovers that a half dozen evil necromancers are all vying for possession of an ancient manuscript that promises to endow one of them with supreme power, Harry's life becomes a fast and furious race against time to find The Word of Kemmler before they do. With an incubus for a half-brother and a talking skull for a companion and advisor, the antiauthoritarian Harry manifests an infectious charm that will appeal to fans of Tanya Huff's "Blood" novels and readers who enjoy noir mysteries or supernatural crime series like Charlaine Harris's "Southern Vampire" series. Mixing offbeat humor, a hard-boiled style, and rich detail, Butcher's first hardcover in his "Dresden File" series (there's enough background information for new readers) deserves a spot in every library's fantasy or dark fantasy collection. Highly recommended. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Seventh installment-but first hardcover-in the Harry Dresden series: a mix of the supernatural and bounding adventure. Chicago's wizard-detective lives in a nonelectric basement apartment kept clean by faeries. Harry's roommate is his super-handsome half-brother Thomas, a vampire who specializes in feeding on beautiful women but not turning them. Both Harry and Thomas live under the aegis of the White Court, of which Harry's a high member. Black Court vampire Mavra, beheaded by Harry in a previous outing, returns here to blackmail him. She's threatening Harry's secret heartthrob, Karrin Murphy, director of the Chicago PD's Special Investigations unit, which tracks down supernatural criminals. Mavra has photos of Karrin shotgunning a bad guy; he deserved it, but it's still a felony, and she could get life-or worse, if Mavra decides to make nasty use of the lock of Karrin's golden hair she's acquired. To prevent that, she tells Harry over his empty but waiting grave in Graceland Cemetery that he'll have to find and hand over The Word of Kemmler, a spell that apparently will give Mavra top powers. In Harry's wizard lab in his cold sub-basement, a talking skull named Bob warns that Kemmler is a ferociously evil necromancer who spent more than a hundred years starting WWI and has been twice killed by the White Court. The Word of Kemmler is his fourth and possibly worst book of necromancy; it frightens even Bob. And now it's Halloween, when the barrier between this and the spirit world is weakest. Adventures blossom like shotgun fire as Harry and medical examiner Waldo Butters are attacked in the morgue by a walking dead cop with his throat slit, flanked by zombies, and Harry faces all mannerof cold, palely glowing folk walking about Chicago as a Tyrannosaurus tosses the undead over five-story buildings in a "carnivorous earthquake." A fun-loaded series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451460912
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/2/2006
  • Series: Dresden Files Series , #7
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 46,424
  • Product dimensions: 4.58 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.17 (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

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    Addicted to Modern Magic

    Jim Butcher is a genius at writing a series that never gets old. Book Seven and still as fantastic and exciting as the first. I found hours passing me by and coulfn't wait for those free moments to grab my datapad and reaf some more!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    Highly recommend for readers that love this type fiction.

    I have been reading the entire series. Love them. Hate to put them down. Sometime they get a little far fetched, but just let your imagination soar. Will read more his his writings. Not sure if I would recommend any of his books for a book club reading because you really need to appreciate this type of book to enjoy them.

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  • Posted May 28, 2014

    An excellent ride! *Book source ~ Purchased at Audible Hallowe

    An excellent ride!

    *Book source ~ Purchased at Audible

    Halloween is right around the corner and Chicago is experiencing some really weird things. Weird and bad. Murphy goes out of town for a little R&R and Harry gets sucked into the bad happenings in his town when Black Court vampire Mavra demands Harry bring her the Book of Kemmler or some incriminating photos of Murphy killing defenseless ‘humans’ will be sent to the police. While looking for the book though Harry finds out something big and catastrophic is going down on Halloween night and it’s up to him to stop it. Since when is Harry’s life ever easy?

    My Guest Reviewers:

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

    This series continues as a favorite. Everyone loves the magic and the humor as well as many of the characters. This book talks about necromancy and they enjoyed learning about how it works in the Dresden universe. The plot was a good one with twists, turns, new far-reaching plot points (such as about the War and info about the Erlking and the Wild Hunt) and imminent peril to Harry and it was extremely enjoyable to listen to. As far as narration goes, James Marsters has reached his stride and we would have a very hard time listening to another Dresden book if he wasn’t narrating it.

    Favorite characters besides Harry:
    A ~ Ramirez, Bob and, of course, Mouse. She was disappointed Michael was not in this book.
    T ~ Lasciel, Ramirez and Mouse
    K ~ Sue and Mouse

    Favorite moment:
    A ~ Butters thought Harry was gay and there’s a part towards the end with Bob and Sue that I won’t mention due to spoiler avoidance
    T ~ The whole part with Sue, Harry’s threat to Mavra
    K ~ The whole part with Sue

    While there were many to choose from we whittled it down to a tie for favorite quote:

    “We are not going to die.”
    Butters stared up at me, pale, his eyes terrified. “We’re not?”
    “No. And do you know why?” He shook his head. “Because Thomas is too pretty to die. And because I’m too stubborn to die.” I hauled on his shirt even harder. “And most of all because tomorrow is Oktoberfest, Butters, and polka will never die.”

    “What's with that?' Butters screamed, his voice high and frightened. 'Just covering his head with his arms? Didn't he see the lawyer in the movie?” 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    To Beats

    I WANT TO GO! -Banana Bounce

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    The Dilemma theory part 1 the telling of many lives chapter:1

    Ive seen alot a whoooole lot ive lived many lives as many different personalities and heres the first. It seemed to be a day like any other for stallions like me we went to the fields and harvested crops the princesses controlled the day and night in their castle. The farmers, earth ponies like me went out to the fields early morning and and worked until breakfast then went back to work. All day long except meal times was work we were only to take holidays off for we were feeding all of equestria the sisters castle rose high above the fields shining right at this time the everfree forest was just begining to grow and as it grew the more land we lost and every once in a while a farmer would go into the forest to find out what the hay was going on only to never be seen again. it was a simple life but i couldnt ask for better. I was working the fields when they came royal guards from the palace except they were a pair of lunas night guards. But wait i thought its the middle day. The guards gestured everypony in the fields over the unicorn card opened the scroll and cleared his throat. ATTENTION THE PRINCESSES HAVE REQUESTED AN EXPEDITION BE HELD TO GO INTO THE FOREST WE ASK FOR ANY SOULS WILLING TO VENTURE FORTH INTO THE FOREST IF YOU GO AND RETURN YOU WILL RECEIVE A THOUSAND BITS FOR THE TROUBLE. A thousand bits i thought thats alot but the danger never mind the danger a thousand bits ILL GO i raised one of my hooves in the air everypony turned and looked at me i froze im not the pony who liked attention.i i will go i repeated the guards gestured me forwards and i stood next to them.WILL ANYPONY ELSE CO

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  • Posted February 8, 2014

    Masterful story telling as always

    Jim Butcher does it again in this installment of the Dresdan Files series, excellent read. Love the twists to the characters keeping the reader intrigued. Anytime a book can get me to speak aloud while reading, I'm hooked. ("Go Sue!!")

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    Leaders Den

    ?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2013

    Dresden does it again.

    Getting closer to 5 stars here. How is Dresden going to cope with getting the Grey Cloak. Why not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Good, but...

    Harry is REALLY getting on my nerves. His constant whining, his ineffectual attempts at magic, his idiotic propensity to champion the wrong women; it's enough to drive a regular reader insane. And the worst is his constant insistence that he is very powerful. Yet, somehow, every villain simply kicks his butt, until some act of god, or rescue by a friend, or sheer happenstance lets him survive.

    I just like my heroes a little mor heroic and less bathetic. I get the whole concept of a flawed hero, but really, you can take this premise too far, and Mr. Butcher does, on a regular basis.

    That said, this outing is well plotted and full of interesting action. Well worth reading. Just don't try rereading the series in one big gulp like I did, or you too will be rooting for the villains to finish ol' Harry off, once and for all. Yes, he's that annoying in large doses.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    So good!

    All the Dresden Files are a must read!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    I can only hope that when Mr. Butcher was writing the ending of this book, he was smiling and giggling about what was happening as much as I was when I read it.

    What can I say? I'm an easy mark. I know it. This book proves it.

    As the story went along, I was thinking it was a pretty average entry into the series. Which isn't a bad thing. So far I think the series has averaged out to be good. We get to explore a new corner of the setting. We get some cameo appearances from characters that have played bigger roles in the previous novels. We get some advancement on a few of the plots that have been running in the background of the series over all story line.

    And then we get to the climax, and it's the most amazing "we're going to take A and then add it to B" since that whole chocolate and peanut butter thing that everyone raves about.

    And it's not just the combination of A and B. It's how it's done. With the focus of the plot, when A is introduced, your brain automatically jumps to what's going to happen. It's a Chekhov's gun. And then Butcher takes the time to explain the reasons why what your brain has decided must happen is very unlikely to occur. And then we reach the climax, where not only does it happen, but it has to happen if our heroes have any chance of saving the day.

    I can only hope that when Mr. Butcher was writing the ending of this book, he was smiling and giggling about what was happening as much as I was when I read it.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    This book was right up there with Book #1. It had drama, funny

    This book was right up there with Book #1. It had drama, funny parts, a great plot, everything! LOVED IT!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Great read

    I love this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    Super

    Great read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Good entertainment!

    I liked the series but it did not do the books justice. In the right hands, this series could go from mediocre to Fantastic. They replaced some of Harry's things like a drumstick for a wand and no staff, jacket (typical of his persona) My 18 year old son, who has never read any of the books, liked watching them and the actors were good and believable.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Excellent series of books that keep you on your toes...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    Amazing read

    This series of books is one of the best!! I love these books! If you like mysterys mixed magic and the supernatural you will definatly want to read them. I very highly recommend reading this series!! You will not regret the purchase i promise you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    I loved it. But then I love all the Dresden file books. So exciting, so much suspense. Love the charcters,especially the wizard,,his humor is so great.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Highly Recommended - check it out!

    I love this series - for fantasy and wizardry fans. I could read it again.

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