Dead Beat by Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files #7)

My #9 Favorite read of 2013

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There’s an entire world that exists alongside the everyday life of mankind. There are powers, nations, monsters, wars, feuds, alliances – everything. Wizards are part of it. So are a lot of other things you’ve heard about in stories, and even more you’ve never heard of…Vampires. Werewolves. Faeries. Demons. Monsters. It’s all real.

Harry Dresden knows full well that such creatures exist. Paranormal investigations are his stock-in-trade, and Chicago is his beat as he tries to bring law and order to a world that exists on the edges of imagination. Luckily Harry’s not alone in this struggle. And though most inhabitants of the Windy City don’t believe in magic, there’s a department that’s been set up within the Chicago PD to deal with “strange” cases: the Special Investigations department.

Karrin Murphy is the head of SI and a good friend of Harry’s. So when a deadly vampire threatens to destroy Murphy’s reputation unless Harry helps her, he has no choice. The vampire wants the Word of Kemmler and all the power that comes with it – but first Harry has to determine what the Word of Kemmler is. Now Harry is in a race against time…
An Exciting 5 Stars

This is the first of the Dresden Files to get 5 Stars from me.  I had hoped the series would continue to have Harry Dresden as a Private Detective who also happened to be a wizard, but I have come to terms with the fact this series didn’t go in the direction  I had hoped.  That aside, I have been enjoying them for what they are, adrenaline infused, bad-guy destroying, urban-wizard adventures.

Dead Beat takes weaves a more sinister and darker tale than the previous books.  Thankfully, the vampire wars are not at the forefront in this story and we are introduced a wide array of new baddies.  Additionally, Harry finally decides to (partially) change his ways and fight with other people.  This gives the series a nice breath of fresh air.  The cowboy shtick was getting a bit old.

The 7th installment of the series is without a doubt my favorite of the series to this point.  The action is non stop and the characters and twists and turns are exciting and engaging.  My interest in the series is renewed!

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