White Night (Dresden Files Series #9)

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In Chicago, someone has been killing practitioners of magic, those incapable of becoming full-fledged wizards. Shockingly, all the evidence points to Harry Dresden's half-brother, Thomas, as the murderer. Determined to clear his sibling's name, Harry uncovers a conspiracy within the White Council of Wizards that threatens not only him, but his nearest and dearest, too...

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Overview

The inspiration for the Sci Fi channel television series

In Chicago, someone has been killing practitioners of magic, those incapable of becoming full-fledged wizards. Shockingly, all the evidence points to Harry Dresden's half-brother, Thomas, as the murderer. Determined to clear his sibling's name, Harry uncovers a conspiracy within the White Council of Wizards that threatens not only him, but his nearest and dearest, too...

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In the ninth installment of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files -- a supernatural saga that blends hard-boiled mystery with contemporary dark fantasy -- everyone's favorite staff-toting wizard detective, Harry Dresden, investigates a series of suspicious suicides involving Chicago-based witches. Soon, though, he is drawn into a deadly and potentially apocalyptic power struggle that includes rival vampire factions, a nightmarish army of ghouls, a gangster kingpin, an undead femme fatale, and Dresden's vampiric half brother, Thomas.

When Dresden finds bizarre calling cards magically hidden on the bodies of alleged suicide victims (references to Exodus 22:18: "Suffer not a witch to live"), he sets out to find the killer before more innocent practitioners can be killed. Accompanied by tough Chicago cop Karrin Murphy, his overzealous apprentice, Molly Carpenter, and his trusty temple dog, Mouse, Dresden is shocked when he discovers that his list of suspects includes more than a few old adversaries -- and his very own brother, who has been keeping something secret…

If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, Butcher should be more than pleased with the success of his Harry Dresden novels (Proven Guilty, Dead Beat, Blood Rites, et al.). Since the publication of Storm Front in 2000, dozens of comparable series combining pulp noir mystery with contemporary fantasy have been released -- some of which, like Charlie Huston's Joe Pitt novels and Mario Acevedo's Felix Gomez saga, are quite exceptional. Longtime fans of Butcher's series, as well as new devotees of the Sci-Fi Channel's Dresden Files show (www.scifi.com/dresden), should thoroughly enjoy Butcher's latest romp through Chicago's paranormal underworld. Paul Goat Allen
Publishers Weekly

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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When Police Lt. Karrin Murphy calls in hard-boiled P.I. and professional wizard Harry Dresden to investigate an apparent suicide, Dresden recognizes that the deceased is, in fact, a victim of murder—and that the killer is targeting witches. Sensing a vendetta that involves the supernatural underworld of modern-day Chicago, Dresden, along with Murphy, rushes to find the killer, even if the search leads him uncomfortably close to his own family. The latest in Butcher's (Dead Beat) supernatural noir series featuring Dresden delivers a tricky plot complete with against-the-clock pacing, firefights, explosions, and plenty of magic. Longtime series fans as well as newcomers drawn by the SciFi Channel's TV series based on the novels should find this supernatural mystery a real winner. A good choice for most fantasy collections, this has strong crossover potential.


—Jackie Cassada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451461551
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/5/2008
  • Series: Dresden Files Series , #9
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 45,141
  • Product dimensions: 4.46 (w) x 7.66 (h) x 1.14 (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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  • Posted May 29, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Great addition to the series..

    This was a great book! There isn't any other series that I've read yet that is worth 24 books to its name like this one. It stands out from the crowd and while may start out a little slow the first 25 or so pages, once it picks up speed it won't let you put it down.. simple as that. I stayed up til four in the morning finishing this book, and it was worth every minute. The characters are perfect, along with their flaws and personalities. They all feel like they have been fully fleshed out by Butcher in a way that only he could. If you are debating whether to get this book, don't think about it, just do it..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2009

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    White Night, the Dresden Files, Book 9

    The best Dresden Files book since "Summer Knight"!!! When helping Chicago's SI with a suicide, Harry finds that his brother, a vampire of the White Court is the prime suspect. Working along side Murphy, their relationship is growing beyond that of just friends, but can Harry get over that she and Kencaid went to Hawaii? Once a coven is found to be Thomas's next target, an old enemy of Harry's shows her face. And, his old childhood friend and first love, Elaine is there to protect the witches of the coven. The weight of being a warden is bearing down on him, along with teaching his apprentice, Molly. Once again, with the aid of Marcone and Lasciel, Harry is able to uncover a threatening plot of the White Vampires.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2014

    Jim Butcher keeps Harry on his toes yet again.

    Vampires, witches, friendships and a giant dog! Harry Dresdan is a world class hero, and a hero of the other realms too! Great story with enough twists to keep you thinking ahead to where Jim Butcher is going to take his cast of characters this time! Each installment to the Dresdan Files is so unique in the approach to the woes of our hero and his companions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    highly recommended - love the character

    yet again Harry gets into more than it seems he can handle, and yet he pulls thru. a must read. love Harry's sarcastic attitude.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

    Never boring

    I always enjoy reading this series because of the humor. It makes me laugh and cry.

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    This was a great story.

    I love this series, The Dresden Files.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    Outstanding

    Freaking sweet

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Another great one

    S

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    The main story and action elements are good as ever, but the clutter of subplots could have been handled better.

    I think this trip into the world of Harry Dresden shows just how complex the world has gotten over the course of nine books. There are a large number of call backs here. I'm having trouble thinking of one of the previous stories that wasn't brought up, even just briefly in passing, in this one. And I think that may have been why Butcher may have had a little bit of trouble juggling them all in this story.

    For example, one major subplot that's been brought up repeatedly in the past several novels seems to have been officially ended in this book. It had such a build up that I was expecting a future novel to be about this subplot coming to a head and all of Harry's close friends having to deal with the fall out. Instead, it's sacrificed in the climax, probably to make room for a new subplot that was introduced at the same time.

    And it's not just major characters and subplots that are falling victim here. A couple of supporting characters are set up as a couple, but given the history of events between them, I can't honestly see how that could possibly have happened. I mean, from what I'm reading, there has been some blood spilt here, but that doesn't seem to stop these two from being a couple.

    Over all, the main story and action elements are good as ever (and Ramirez is starting to grow on me), but the clutter of subplots could have been handled better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    NovaslayerX: dresen files rock

    It could of been better but ill give it a 4/5,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    Nazain

    Sits singing to the plants

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    Allissa

    Eh.......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Chloe

    Marcaline, Zachs my bf..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    To other "Lily"

    Please change your name im the lily that just joined

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Troy

    Im back!!:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    First Lily to other Lily

    My name is actually Linka lm just in fox form.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Leo to courney

    We need u at campjupiter Res 1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Fawn

    She looks around.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    Amanda

    Huh?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Princess Lightning

    Jumps out of the tree "hi"

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