Death Masks

By Jim Butcher

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Roc, 2003

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, mystery, paranormal mystery, paranormal, vampire

Series: The Dresden Files; 5

ISBN: 9780451459404

Audience: Adult

Number of pages: 374 (378 including an excerpt from Blood Rites).

Setting: Chicago, IL

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: When Harry wanted to get some information about his ex-girlfriend, Susan, he was forced to meet his informer on a television show.  Between his lack of friends on the White Council and his status as a wanted man among the Red Court vampires, most of the people affiliated with the paranormal community, prefer to keep their distances form Harry.  This is all about to change.  Before the night is through, Harry will be sought out by a client, professional hit men, Special Investigations with the Chicago Police Department, his ex-girlfriend, members of the Knights of the Cross, and a very nasty demon.

Appeal factors:

Pacing: Extremely fast paced.

Characterization: The series continues to be told in first person through Harry.  Familiar characters in this story include: Susan, Michael (the Knight), Gentleman John Marcone; Bob, the Skull and Murphy have smaller roles in this story.

Frame: The darkness affiliated with demons and vampires is balanced by Harry’s good nature, as well as his friends’.

Story line: A non-stop, action packed, spell binding story which focuses upon trusting one’s instincts, listening to one’s heart, and having faith that the forces of good will prevail over those of evil.

Subject headings:

From Pima County Public Library:

Wizards — Illinois — Chicago — Fiction.

Fantasy fiction.

Similar authors: Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Laurell K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Rob Thurman, Charlie Huston, Charlaine Harris

Personal notes: I’m still enjoying this series very much.

Other (diversity, themes, websites): Diversity – wizards, vampires, female detective, almost vampires,  demons, spirits, knights, fallen angels, organized crime boss

Jim Butcher’s website


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