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Reihen: Die dunklen Fälle des Harry Dresden (9)

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Assigned to investigate the deaths of several magic practitioners, all of whom lacked the ability to become full-fledged wizards, professional Chicago wizard Harry Dresden is shocked when the evidence points to his half-brother Thomas as the killer.
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This one seemed a little darker, a bit more serious than the last couple. Still very entertaining, but it's obvious that the stakes are getting bigger. ( )
  KrakenTamer | Oct 23, 2021 |
This was another great installment in the series! I first read this book back in 2012 and I really enjoyed experiencing the audio with this re-read. Even having read this book before, there were a few times during this re-read that I had a hard time keeping up because there is just a lot going on. I think that I liked this book even more than I did the first time I read it. It was just immensely entertaining!

This is the ninth book in The Dresden Files series which is a series that really needs to be in order. Harry finds himself in the middle of another investigation in this installment. There is a killer targeting people with some magical ability and the murders often look like suicides to most investigators. As the investigation progresses, Harry finds clues leading to someone he knows cannot be responsible, his brother Thomas.

I thought that this book was really well done. I think that most readers that have it this far into the series have a bit of a soft spot for Harry. It was really great to see all of the characters that I have come to love in the series. I really liked the fact that Molly’s skills are starting to become more of a factor. Mouse was rather impressive and proved that he is definitely handy to have around. There was plenty of excitement to keep the story moving at a rather brisk pace.

James Marsters did a phenomenal job with the narration. I love the way that he is able to bring this series to life. The different voices that he uses for the various characters are very well done and consistent throughout the series. I know that his narration has added to my enjoyment of this story.

I would not hesitate to recommend this series to others. This book was jam-packed with a great mystery and wonderful characters. I cannot wait to continue with my re-read of this fabulous series! ( )
  Carolesrandomlife | Sep 16, 2021 |
Finally, we find out about Thomas’ big secret he’s been keeping from Harry. It’s a good one; and, no. No spoilers.

But before Harry learns what’s up Thomas’ sleeve, he’s faced with a psychic serial killer who is stalking magic users with minor talent. The killer is also making it look like it’s all being done by a Warden from the White Council - a Warden whose shadowy form resembles one Harry Dresden, Wizard.

Helping out on Team Dresden are Murphy and Mouse, of course. Harry’s apprentice from the last book is on hand to play a supporting role. Warden Ramirez also steps in to lend a hand.

One character who steps back in after a lengthy absence is Jonny Marcone, crimelord and gangster boss. His reappearance seems to indicate Harry will have one more resource, or obstacle, in his world for future difficulties. Marcone’s reentry also adds another aspect to the already rich political detail in Harry’s life.

The confrontation and ensuing battle take a significant portion of the final quarter of the book, but are well-written enough to stay exciting. Before it’s all over, another “baddy” shows up - one we thought was dead and gone from a couple of books ago. He, too, may add special interest to future stories as we can’t be sure he’s really, really gone this time.

My hat’s off to Butcher for keeping this series going when so many others fizzle after three or four. Here’s to continuing entertainment from the Dresden Files. ( )
1 abstimmen AMKitty | Aug 8, 2021 |
I think this is one of the first of the Dresden Files books that really feels like a more traditional mystery. (Or at least my idea thereof; I don't read much traditional mystery). Mysterious shadowy figures and murders abound and throughout it's unclear exactly who/what is responsible. There are a few clues for the reader that Dresden otherwise misses, but for the most part, we learn about happenings as they happen.

One really cool scene: Dresden takes advantage of the fact that you can draw energy from the surrounding environment in order to power a spell. He proceed to shoot off a pillar of fire 2-3 feet wide and 20 stories high into the night sky. Can you imagine being a mortal living in Chicago and seeing that? The best part: He didn't even need the fire. He just needed to freeze a chunk of Lake Michigan. Love it.

Another great part about this book in the continued characterization. We learn more about Mouse's magical nature (A real temple dog!). We get another cool scene of Marcone saving the day (he's really starting to make a habit about that). And we get a much better look at House Raith in general and Thomas in specific. For the most 'human' of the vampires, they're still kind of terrifying when they want to be.

So far as larger world building, the stage doesn't change overly much. There are more details about what exactly happened in Dresden's past with He Who Walks Behind.

Oh and that scene at the end with Lash. I really liked her. I liked seeing how Dresden dealt with the power he had and the power he could stand to gain. It was neat to see how just as she changed him, he changed her in turn. It will be interesting to see what fall out there will be from that (if any) in future books. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
Chicago has been hit with a rash of suicides. Women, who are entry-level practitioners of magic. Demoted Chicago PD Sergeant Karrin Murphy asks wizard Harry Dresden to inspect the most recent death scene. Using his unique powers, Dresden becomes convinced the victim did not kill herself, but had her emotions twisted to do so. He thinks the White Court (vampires) are responsible, and suspicion falls on his half-brother, Thomas. Many of his posse are involved, including Mister, Mouse, his apprentice, Molly Carpenter, Bob the Skull, Carlos Ramirez (a fellow Warden), deadly Lara Raith (Thomas's sister and de facto head of the White Court, and mob kingpin, Gentleman Johnny Marcone, who is a major presence in this installment of the Dresden files. A lot of slicing and dicing of evil-doers in this one, and a return to the caves at stately Raith Manor. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
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