Paperback, 517 pages
★★★★★ – Excellent book. A favourite. Would read annually.
It would appear that Chicago is developing a bit of a zombie problem, and this putting a foul smell in local, professional wizard Harry Dresden’s nose. Dead Beat is the 7th installment of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series, and it truly is a romp through the supernatural circus. Dresden learns that a particularly dislikable vampire is threatening to hurt his friends unless he finds and delivers an immensely powerful book. With a no-questions-asked clause to this blackmail-bound contract, Harry has no choice but to renew his library card and start snooping around. Much to Dresden’s displeasure, the book is also being hunted by a ragtag gang of rival sorcerers who have no reservations about dismembering anyone in their way. Book 7 has an enormous cast of new and interesting characters, as well as many of our close favourites, such as Thomas, and Butters. Jim Butcher sets the field with conflicting interests galore, and let’s Dresden fall uncomfortably into the middle of it all.
Dead Beat is hands down my favourite Dresden Files story. The novel is the most memorable of the series simply for the sheer number of epic and unforgettable scenes throughout the narrative. As I stated previously, the story is also loaded with characters, and is certainly one of what I might start calling “Dresden All-Stars” stories.
Overall, I give Dead Beat a remarkable 5 stars out of five. I enjoyed it a great deal, and always look forward to re-reading this book in particular. Even for its significant length, Dead Beat is just a real banger of an adventure and never really slows down.
Again, listening to the audiobooks is also a magical treat only made possible by the wonderful narration of James Marsters.